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    I know this is not the correct post but you have to admit that jetboaters do their fair share of fabrication work. I am looking at getting rid of my dually bed on my GMC and replacing it with some sort of flat bed / hauler bed that would have a couple of cabinets, etc. Now my question is, should I build it from scratch (Steel, not aluminum) or should I start with a used flat bed and build from there? If I go the used route, anyone know of a place that sells them used in So. Cal?

    Looking for something like this (Flatbed/Service Body) that I could cut and weld to .
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    Quote Originally Posted by probablecause View Post
    I know this is not the correct post but you have to admit that jetboaters do their fair share of fabrication work. I am looking at getting rid of my dually bed on my GMC and replacing it with some sort of flat bed / hauler bed that would have a couple of cabinets, etc. Now my question is, should I build it from scratch (Steel, not aluminum) or should I start with a used flat bed and build from there? If I go the used route, anyone know of a place that sells them used in So. Cal?

    Looking for something like this (Flatbed/Service Body) that I could cut and weld to .
    I made my flatbed/dumper on my older Chevy. This was 4 years ago. Steel prices are even higher now. I paid 1800.00 in steel alone for this build. It took me quite a while to build this thing too. Here is a link:
    http://www.tjsperformance.com/chevytruck.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by probablecause View Post
    I know this is not the correct post but you have to admit that jetboaters do their fair share of fabrication work. I am looking at getting rid of my dually bed on my GMC and replacing it with some sort of flat bed / hauler bed that would have a couple of cabinets, etc. Now my question is, should I build it from scratch (Steel, not aluminum) or should I start with a used flat bed and build from there? If I go the used route, anyone know of a place that sells them used in So. Cal?

    Looking for something like this (Flatbed/Service Body) that I could cut and weld to .
    my father owns a fab shop here in yuma United Iron Works they build all kinds of custom beds and i can tell you your best bet would to either buy the flat bed kit (forget who makes it) it comes with the frame and the stringers but no sheet metal or buy a used one but when you look at used ones make sure they are built correctly get underneath and make sure the striners have at least been welded every two inches along with being welded ontop but if you want more info pm me and ill see if i can get a cost from pops or a location in so cal that sells them

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    You can try this shop

    Skaug Truck Body Works
    (818) 365-9123
    1404 1st St, San Fernando CA 91340

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    id suggest looking for a used one . they are out there. talk to the companies that put new ones on they sometimes have ones that have been taken off and changed larger ones. with steel prices as high as they are your real cost of materials and welding supplies and labor will not be a real difference, than forking out the money and it bolts right on

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    Now that would be a fun lil prodject to build . And it will fit right
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    We get all of our custom truck beds from Lee Brothers:

    15707 S. Avalon Blvd., Gardena, CA (310) 532-7980

    They have used stuff lying around most of the time...

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    I just got off the phone with my dad he said that Drake truck beds is the company that sells the kits that include the sides and the cross members pretty self explanitory if your looking to build your own all you need is the sheet metal or diamond plate for the actual floor and also in the LA area there is another company called pacific truck that might be your best bet for new or used truck beds i have personally been there and they have all kinds of different styles of beds from plain flat beds to full on service beds with tommy gate lifts just depends on what all you want

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    If you have the time I would build my own.It is alot easier to start from scratch and less time.(in my opinion)And you can build it the way you want it.Here are a couple shots of my work truck the bed is not finished yet but gives you an idea.There are so many things you can do fit your needs.
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    around here steel prices would prohibit this from being cost effective. I know in so-cal steel is quite a bit cheaper but it's still unreal. I had to have all the metal for the truck i just built shipped in from so-cal to save over 500.00. and just themetal to build the chassis, sheet metal bed, firewall, and fuel cell were still almost 2000.00

    IMHO Ur best bet is going to be to find a used one and modify it as needed or find someone who prefabbed some last year when metal was a bit cheaper and is willing to pass that on to you.

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