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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.

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Here is the beginning of me taking the old bed off.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Good job on removing the bed so far. It does take a lot of work to do this. I did just like you on my Water tender one step at a time and soon it will be done. I would like one of those Plasma Cutter's to do stuff with!
 

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That's a pretty serious rehab on that dump truck but will be well worth it. What are you doing for sides, wood?
Yes it has taken on more work than I actually thought. My dad came over this past Friday and helped me weld the tubes and sheet steel on. I put the new radiator on Saturday and filled it full of antifreeze so that is now complete. I also drained the dump bed hydraulic tank and drained the cylinder. Man that stuff was nasty. It raises so much better now, no jerking and a solid thump when you reach the end of the cylinder.

I have a short piece to finish on the steel bed and that will be completed. I plan on using 2" X 8" X 16' treated wood for the sides. Then add a 2" X 8" X 8' with heavy duty hindges to fold down when I dump the materials.

Lastly, once I complete that, I will be ordering new Glow Plugs and possibly a new glow plug relay. It is hard to start when cold and the GP relay begins to click after about 10 seconds. Even after it has ran and sets for a half hour or more. So Iwill be testing the glow plugs first see if I have any bad ones. I am sure there are some bad as I doubt the former owner replaced them. never worked on a diesel and I am sure learning a lot about them, at least this unit anyhow. More to come........ I know once I get done it will be a good truck to use.
 

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Good job on removing the bed so far. It does take a lot of work to do this. I did just like you on my Water tender one step at a time and soon it will be done. I would like one of those Plasma Cutter's to do stuff with!
Man your not kidding. I had no idea that they welded every cross bar and every cross frame to the sheet steel. I was so glad to have the plasma cutter. I bought this thing a couple of years ago from a company that was selling out of these models for new ones. I bought it at more than half the price since I bought the floor model. This thing ws a life saver. Using the torch produced so much fire and spark. I will just keep plugging along it will get done.
 

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Good job on removing the bed so far. It does take a lot of work to do this. I did just like you on my Water tender one step at a time and soon it will be done. I would like one of those Plasma Cutter's to do stuff with!
I have one from Harbor Freight. Well worth the money. Two planning considerations when getting one, you need a 220v power source (at least that is what mine is powered with, not sure if they make a 110v one or not) and an air compressor. They can make short work of projects requiring metal to be cut up.
 

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I have one from Harbor Freight. Well worth the money. Two planning considerations when getting one, you need a 220v power source (at least that is what mine is powered with, not sure if they make a 110v one or not) and an air compressor. They can make short work of projects requiring metal to be cut up.
110v Plasma cutters are available, but much like 110v welders are very limited in capacity and therefore usefulness.
 
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