Here's where we are at so far, the spare tire mounts flat towards the end of the bed. All of the bed panels are bolted in. The exo bars are finished and it should be at 100% by Friday.
20-ton press, 2-1/2" & 3" dies.Real nice .
What tonnage are you using for those dimples--looks like 2.5" or 3" dies through 1/8"?
straight / angled sides - not sure what you are referring to on this?
What made you go with straight sides vs angled sides? At least it looks that way...front of the bedsides pulled inside the exo hoop and straight to the rear.
Looks like it'll work out great :tu:. I like the battery & ptank location...it balances the weight distribution better front/rear to put that ~100# in the back.
Removed many many beds. The heaviest was a 67 chevy shortbed. Guess I am just used to mini truck beds which are pretty light.20-ton press, 2-1/2" & 3" dies.
only using touch up paint to avoid rust, dents give it character .
shocks clear fine when articulated, I had them pretty tight when they went through the stock bed also.
only limits on articulation are the springs themselves (but linking it will be easy now and was thought out prior to this project.
Panels are 14 GA steel, but extremely rigid due to dimple die holes.
weighs less, ever tried to pick up a factory bed - they are a boat anchor.
all panels are bolted in and can be removed by one person.