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Old 08-13-2011, 08:19 AM   #1
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Flatbeds....

some may have noticed my recent tube bed K30 musings..

as much as I'd like to do a CC with a semi short bed, I'm thinking it's more than likely gonna be a K30 single cab 131" WB, with the axle moved up just a bit.. chopped frame, as short a bed as possible...

all this has led me to start saving photos of flatbeds.. I'm looking to do mostly tube, and have some specific needs, designs i want to do... but I figured just start saving em all for idea's...

I'm gonna post em here in no particular order...... please add anything you may like/seen.. all flatbeds, from stubby to long are welcome/wanted... maybe this can be a good simple search for people....

















































































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You may notice that those two and this one look fairly similar




Dirk's (the first one posted) has always been one of my favorites
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i may be partial to the ORD crew, and the very first one you posted, because they's chebbys, but the design on them is clean, simple and functional
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So why as short as possible?

Flatbeds are the utility box of beds. You already have a wheeler.

So I basically like a flat bed that has a headache rack and is flat, with some sort of pockets on it to put a side on it if needed.
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"as short as possible" being a relative term to doing it within the specs i mentioned... it'll still end up 5 to 6' long... it's not like i'm doing a CC on a burb frame or something...

i just dont want to make a full length bed like fleetside long.. i think it looks much better.. proportionally... and I'm sure my tube order will appreciate it too...
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"as short as possible" being a relative term to doing it within the specs i mentioned... it'll still end up 5 to 6' long... it's not like i'm doing a CC on a burb frame or something...

i just dont want to make a full length bed like fleetside long.. i think it looks much better.. proportionally...
That's funny, I like regular cab short beds but if it's an extended cab or crew cab I think anything besides an 8 foot bed looks goofy.
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I love this dimensionally/aesthetically...









like i said tho, can't justify a CC body... plus, anything I did with a CC body would be a MUCH more involved project... I'll be DD-ing it and don't want to have to mess with anything cab forward...

Avery, got a shot of your rig from the side?
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Avery, got a shot of your rig from the side?
My k10? I'll dig one up. It's not really a "flat bed"... just an in progress cage plopped on the frame.
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"as short as possible" being a relative term to doing it within the specs i mentioned... it'll still end up 5 to 6' long... it's not like i'm doing a CC on a burb frame or something...

i just dont want to make a full length bed like fleetside long.. i think it looks much better.. proportionally... and I'm sure my tube order will appreciate it too...
ah I see. I am still for the more utilitarian design. I LOVED it when I had my cab and chassis truck it had like a nearly 8 ft wide 13 foot long flatbed, you could haul anything on that truck.

As wide as possible I say. I think I would go over 6 feet long but not much. Just a foot or so past the rear tires would look nice.

When talking about flatbeds the whole I like shiny things come out in me, the more polished aluminum or polished stainless the better
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