So, I bought the 1989 S1600 7.3L diesel 16ft dump truck. Got it for a decent price. I want to use it on the farm for many uses. I promised to show my progress as I rebuild some items on the truck. First up is the bed. Here are some pictures I took aver the past two weeks.
Here is the truck in the beginning.
Here is the beginning of me taking the old bed off.
This has been a task. Never thought it would be this hard. Here is 1/2 of the bed off. I am only replacing half of the bed. The front half is actually in good shape. The guy used it for his cleaning business. He hauled chemicals on the back end of the bed. This is why the back half is rotted through.
So now I have this part torn off. I am now laying the rails where the 1/4 in steel will go. I have to finish welding the rails to the main frame before I do that.
Need I say again this has been a larger project than I thought. But I am getting there as I am doing this by myself. I used my small plasma cutter to cut everything off. I tried a torch and it worked ok but it caused a lot of fire/sparks, not so with the plasma cutter. I also tried a Sawzall, forget it not worth getting out. Make sure you have plenty of tips for your cutter. I have been through 4 tips so far. The wet or white stuff you see on the frame is the liquid rust stopper. This stuff is suppose to be the best to stop rust, same stuff they use on ships. Got it from amazon. We will see how it works. So next weekend I will finish welding the rails and get the steel laid and welded. Then on to the front hood that need some serious work done to it. I will also need to have the radiator re-cored due to him running a backhoe into it. Then I should actually be able to use.
Picture of the front.