turkeestalker wrote:Sure it sounds simple......as long as you've got countless hours and lots of funds. Trust me I would love to do it, but I've not got the knowlege or where with all to attempt it, nor the funds. Some things are better left to my imagination.
Junk metal is sky here. People will come to your house, give you a C-note and cart it off for you here.a2b wrote:...........................keep searching for a free s-10 frame in your area, that you could use for tubing, plus it will have the stock shackle hangers. you should be able to pick up a wrecked frame for free..........................
jflatley wrote:Just hear me out.
Couldn't you just take an old frame and cut out 18'' off the back. Weld them onto the rear of your frame. Remount all of the bed stansions and move the rear back to fit the rear wheel well. Remount the shackles and springs and place the box on. Wires and fuel line etc.
Would this be good enough. I have an old s10 frame, and a 6' step side bed from a 00 s10. Really thinking about this one but do not want to start on my DD before knowing everything.
Sounds like he knows what he is doing. Never cut or weld straight across the frame. Cut one side in one direction and the other the other direction. Looking across they form an X. This will help with torsional forces. You will not be stressing the same point on both sides. If the opportunity is there add a L under or L over on the opposite side as the diamond. Bolt this in place using grade 8 hardware. Hot or cold riveting is not an option for most, but would be great if you have the option.S10 wrote:There is a new guy at work... He said, to cut the frame, 12" in front of the rear cab mount, at a 45 degree angle...Grind the welds flush with the frame. Make diamond shaped gussets with holes, to overlap the welds.
Just take a refrigerator ad magnet with you to check it out.S10 wrote:........There is a stepside at work. I will ask the owner, if it is fiberglass.
S10 wrote:There is a new guy at work, that used to work for a company that made custom quad axle dump trucks (WOW!). He said, to cut the frame, 12" in front of the rear cab mount, at a 45 degree angle. Straightest part of the frame, on most pick-ups. Do the same with the donor frame, in the same area. Grind a V-pocket where the two frames were cut. Then weld the two frames together. Grind the welds flush with the frame. Make diamond shaped gussets with holes, to overlap the welds. The gussets will overlap, 12" on either side of the welds. Weld the gussets in place, incuding the holes. The reason the cuts, in the frame, are at a 45 degree angle and the gussets are diamond shaped, is to spread the load, out over the new frame, making it stronger.
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