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vtxracer
02-19-2008, 07:26 PM
Just thought you might like a look see.......http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r221/seabeecm1/sideshot1.jpg

vtxracer
02-19-2008, 07:27 PM
and another view....http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r221/seabeecm1/rightcorner.jpg

haulin-rv
02-19-2008, 07:31 PM
Whats with the filler panel?? No offense it looks kind of crappy, there has to be a better way. Hopefully someone will come up with a body matching filler panel like they did for the Fords a few years back.

Common
02-19-2008, 07:35 PM
Oh, I love that.

Mr. Big Ram
02-19-2008, 07:56 PM
So now, that is a "legal" California pick up truck, correct? No scales required? :cool:

vtxracer
02-19-2008, 08:09 PM
that is correct. And as far as the filler panel goes, we have tried to have one made that matches the truck and they are at least two months out. But the ones we make now are color matched, and have tie down rings on the top to secure your cargo. It is steel and not plastic. We have some better photos showing how they are shaped, the top is perfect, it's the side bed/body lines that are hard to duplicate within the price we are charging. So we went with the steel one with the rings for now.

vtxracer
02-19-2008, 08:11 PM
here is a closer look at the top half...http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r221/seabeecm1/P2190026.jpg

vtxracer
02-19-2008, 08:21 PM
here is another shothttp://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r221/seabeecm1/tiedownshot2.jpg

vtxracer
02-19-2008, 08:22 PM
and from this shot you can see how we tried to follow the body lines...http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r221/seabeecm1/P2190022.jpg

07Chassis
02-19-2008, 08:55 PM
I think it looks great, nice work. Bet it rides horrible without a big 5th wheel. This one has 4.44's?

whereswaldo250
02-19-2008, 09:02 PM
Thanks a lot now I can't decide whether I like the regular pickup bed of a B&W custom flat bed the best. What an amazing truck![coffee] What transmission did you get?

Dodge man
02-19-2008, 11:48 PM
That looks sweeeeeeet! great job! [coffee][coffee]:D

frank305
02-19-2008, 11:52 PM
thats choping ford balls offfffff idk i think dodge makes everything better than for

haulin-rv
02-20-2008, 07:43 AM
There is a fab shop in Indiana that is making the body matching filler panels. He is using new take off beds and basically doing what your doing. If your interested in maybe getting with him I could get you his contact info (another driver I know bought one). He charging between $2500-3000 for the conversion (bed, mount, filler, paint and so on).

MikeyB
02-20-2008, 07:55 AM
I did a quick photo editing and removed the filler panel. Doesn't look bad. Gives the truck the 'industrial look'.
It's a work truck, right?[coffee]

MikeyB

RAMRODD
02-20-2008, 08:06 AM
Nice Job!!!! That is what I am going to do with my next truck. I need the payload of a 4500 but don't want a flatbed.

Vinceg99
02-20-2008, 01:27 PM
Now a 10' bed for the 4500!

vtxracer
02-20-2008, 06:49 PM
already working on it!

BCB
02-24-2008, 07:15 PM
wow... now that is sweet!... how does it ride?

vtxracer
02-24-2008, 09:36 PM
rough, but there is an airbag system available for ride comfort but you will loose some capabilities. The stock spring system is designed for payload, and if you dont need that much payload, then it can be a smooth ride, if you still need the payload, then you are stuck with a rough ride.
Matt

ol' 93 12 valve
02-25-2008, 09:19 AM
looks good.. dont know about the fender flares on the front.

shonne
02-25-2008, 09:51 AM
That is awesome. It looks really good.

BCB
02-25-2008, 03:43 PM
rough, but there is an airbag system available for ride comfort but you will loose some capabilities. The stock spring system is designed for payload, and if you dont need that much payload, then it can be a smooth ride, if you still need the payload, then you are stuck with a rough ride.
Matt

cool. where can i see some more info. one this setup? like how much you lose?

CrazyCooter
02-25-2008, 09:19 PM
So now, that is a "legal" California pick up truck, correct? No scales required? :cool:


Cali will not let us get away with that! They want/need the money.

Unless you put a camper shell on it, you WILL stop at the scales, participate in the BIT instection program, and have that ugly white sticker on you doors indicating you max GVW.

Only private passenger vehicles, pickups and RV's are exempt from stopping.

Pickup Truck
471. A "pickup truck" is a motor truck with a manufacturer's gross vehicle weight rating of less than 11,500 pounds, an unladen weight of less than 8,001 pounds, and which is equipped with an open box-type bed not exceeding 9 feet in length. "Pickup truck" does not include a motor vehicle otherwise meeting the above definition, that is equipped with a bed-mounted storage compartment unit commonly called a "utility body."

The 4500 and 5500 don't fit into the category, heck my 3500 doesn't even fit in the definition of a pickup! Can't wait till' the money grubbing posse finds out.

According to this, I'm a criminal[laugh]:

It is a misdemeanor for a person or company to operate any vehicle subject to the BIT Program without having submitted an application for inspection and the required fees to the CHP, or without the required inspection having been performed within specified time limits. For persons or companies regulated by or registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) or the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), failure to submit the application and fees, or failure to submit to the required inspection, may jeopardize DMV operating authority.

The guys with the F450's are finding out now.....Google for " California F450".

wushock92
02-25-2008, 10:34 PM
Wow! Just followed that thread on Dieselstop. Sounds like another reason to stay as far from the Left coast as possible.:confused:

CrazyCooter
02-25-2008, 11:06 PM
I wonder if this is why so many 2008 F450's are already for sale.

Most I found have less than 4000 miles on them!

Mr. Big Ram
02-26-2008, 12:16 AM
Cali will not let us get away with that! They want/need the money.

Unless you put a camper shell on it, you WILL stop at the scales, participate in the BIT instection program, and have that ugly white sticker on you doors indicating you max GVW.

Only private passenger vehicles, pickups and RV's are exempt from stopping.

Pickup Truck
471. A "pickup truck" is a motor truck with a manufacturer's gross vehicle weight rating of less than 11,500 pounds, an unladen weight of less than 8,001 pounds, and which is equipped with an open box-type bed not exceeding 9 feet in length. "Pickup truck" does not include a motor vehicle otherwise meeting the above definition, that is equipped with a bed-mounted storage compartment unit commonly called a "utility body."

The 4500 and 5500 don't fit into the category, heck my 3500 doesn't even fit in the definition of a pickup! Can't wait till' the money grubbing posse finds out.

According to this, I'm a criminal[laugh]:

It is a misdemeanor for a person or company to operate any vehicle subject to the BIT Program without having submitted an application for inspection and the required fees to the CHP, or without the required inspection having been performed within specified time limits. For persons or companies regulated by or registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) or the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), failure to submit the application and fees, or failure to submit to the required inspection, may jeopardize DMV operating authority.

The guys with the F450's are finding out now.....Google for " California F450".

Hmmm.... interesting, so me and my hauling buddies with 3500's with pick up boxes and hauling OD "freight" have been bypassing Cali. scales for the past 3 yeras now when we are supposed to be stopping??? Pricks @ the Cajon scales told me when i got a level 1 inspection to stay the hell away from them, thats why they tried to mess with me on the inspection. I even had a 48' hi cube container on at the time... on my 40' trailer! :o

Mr. Big Ram
02-26-2008, 12:18 AM
that is correct. And as far as the filler panel goes, we have tried to have one made that matches the truck and they are at least two months out. But the ones we make now are color matched, and have tie down rings on the top to secure your cargo. It is steel and not plastic. We have some better photos showing how they are shaped, the top is perfect, it's the side bed/body lines that are hard to duplicate within the price we are charging. So we went with the steel one with the rings for now.

I take it that first sentence was directed at me?

Mr. Big Ram
02-26-2008, 12:19 AM
I wonder if this is why so many 2008 F450's are already for sale.

Most I found have less than 4000 miles on them!

CC, what do you haul?

CrazyCooter
02-26-2008, 10:12 AM
CC, what do you haul?


I don't haul anything for hire.

A large, heavy travel trailer and toys while on vacation is about all.

I am very carefull to not let the vehicle's apearance look commercial, but I do own a business and use it for such sometimes.[nonono]

boaterman
02-29-2008, 04:59 PM
I have just found the 5500 CC that I will try to make a deal on tomorrow...

I would like more info on this bed installation. I've checked with several up-fitters around this area (DFW) and no one is set up for the job.

Need web site info or contact#. Ballpark price info would be helpful.


Thanks

HBarlow
03-05-2008, 06:24 AM
There is a fab shop in Indiana that is making the body matching filler panels. He is using new take off beds and basically doing what your doing. If your interested in maybe getting with him I could get you his contact info (another driver I know bought one). He charging between $2500-3000 for the conversion (bed, mount, filler, paint and so on).

Can you provide contact info on the shop in IN doing the bed conversion?

Harvey

HBarlow
03-05-2008, 06:28 AM
that is correct. And as far as the filler panel goes, we have tried to have one made that matches the truck and they are at least two months out. But the ones we make now are color matched, and have tie down rings on the top to secure your cargo. It is steel and not plastic. We have some better photos showing how they are shaped, the top is perfect, it's the side bed/body lines that are hard to duplicate within the price we are charging. So we went with the steel one with the rings for now.

How did you route the fuel filler neck through the bed/fender? I notice your photo does not reveal that detail.

Are you offering the bed conversions for sale or is that just a one-off for personal use? If for sale, would you post contact info?

Harvey

mikmaze
03-05-2008, 06:35 AM
the whole deal on the filler panel would be gone if you slid the bed back say 6 inches, that way the stacks would come up clean between the body and the bed with room for a nice crossover box.

Kman9090
03-06-2008, 01:33 AM
finally some decent tow hooks.

vtxracer
03-13-2008, 11:16 AM
We are now doing the 84"CA 4500/5500 trucks and installing a fuel tank/tool box combo between the cab and bed. Will post some photos on our website soon.
Matt

air2bmc
04-03-2008, 10:12 AM
We are now doing the 84"CA 4500/5500 trucks and installing a fuel tank/tool box combo between the cab and bed. Will post some photos on our website soon.
Matt

What is your website?

vtxracer
04-03-2008, 01:28 PM
www.gobiggarage.com

budsowner
04-03-2008, 03:18 PM
www.gobiggarage.com

I dont think you can post that info without being a paying vendor.

vtxracer
04-04-2008, 09:56 AM
I am. I advertise on this site. It just dosent post it on my signature page. Don't know why. I have talked to larry about this. But I do pay.
Matt