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“Made It Myself” Truck Bed Has It All
Henry Daugherty turned a worn-out pickup truck bed into a rugged flat bed equipped with a crane, storage and more. It has a rebuilt cab and an 80 by 108-in. treated lumber bed with internal 1 3/4 by 3 3/4-in. (I.D) stake pockets. The stake pockets are used to hold side and backend boards, as well as a portable vise.
“I do excavating, trucking, snow removal, and equipment sales,” says Daugherty. “The factory bed on the pickup was rusted out. I disposed of it and built a replacement. It has hand grabs and tie-down rails, as well as bump posts on the headboard for holding pipe, ladders, and other long material.”
Daugherty added cargo lights, under body tool storage, and a 1/2-ton crane with a 5-ft. reach boom powered by a 12-volt electric winch.
“I added a grab bar on the side of the crane and a ladder under the bed so I can climb onto the bed easily,” says Daugherty. “I also installed a 6,000-watt inverter in the cab behind the passenger seat to provide 115-volt AC power to power outlets on the side of the bed.”
For added longevity, Daugherty added two coats of used motor oil to the surface of the 2 by 6-in. floorboard bed. The sideboards are treated 1 by 6-in. decking. The headboard is 2 by 4-in. tubing.
“I built the bed for my own use and didn’t keep track of materials or labor,” says Daugherty. “If I did it over, the only change I would make is to go with standard 2 by 4-in. stake pockets.”
He says he is not interested in going into the custom truck bed business, at least in the short term. “I am building a retirement shop and will probably be busy with it for the next 2 years,” says Daugherty.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Henry Industries, 107 Sierra Heights Rd., Dubois, Penn. 15801 (ph 814 371-8010; mobile 814 603-0788; henryindustries@yahoo.com).

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