1997 - Volume #21, Issue #6, Page #34[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Custom Built Truck Boxes
The box's top rail is made from 2 by 4-in. rectangular steel tubing laid flat which makes the box incredibly strong. We can add a 2-ft. extension on top to make the box 85 or 86 in. high. The tailgate is raised by a pair of hydraulic cylinders that are tucked in between the stakes - the driver doesn't even see the cylinders in his rear view mirror. The tucked-in cylinders allow you to pull a tarp over to the side and still be able to use the tailgate. When the tailgate is all the way up it sits horizontally about 8 ft. above the floor.
We use 4-in. channel irons for stringers under the floor and 5-in. channel irons on the main outside frame rail and standard 11-ga. sheet metal for floor and sides. We can make boxes in 14 to 26 ft. lengths for any truck brand including Freightliner, Chevrolet, Ford, Peterbuilt, etc. The boxes sell for $4,000 to $8,000 depending on equipment and length. We can even convert semi tractors by removing the sleepers and fifth wheel hitches, stretching the frame, and installing a double hoist. (Randy Schwindt, Aeroswint, Rt. 1, Box 144, Utica, Kan. 67584 ph 913 391-2277)
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