Keep chopping on that thing and you'll be here before you know it
I'd imagine that shipping for that would be atrocious. I'm not even sure how to ship something that big. I'll ask around and see what options there are, but I'm assuming it's going to be very pricey.I have a black double cab bed for sale in florida, i could let it go for a low price if you can find a way to ship it to you.
I’m either incredibly impressed… or confused…The Rez has some new life! I have been spending all my free time on other projects for several months, with no time left for the truck except to watch the rust from the winter continue to mess with the whole back half.
I went through and cleaned off any surface rust I could find from the frame, then cleaned and painted it with two layers. I will definitely get back to the Fluid Film routine before winter. The didn't apply it the last two years, and the truck was stored outdoors all winter. It shows. This winter I finally have space for it to stay indoors. I applied Fluid Film now to the parts that are difficult to access, and will hit the rest before winter.
I then installed a dash mount from Kam Design Studios. I've been looking for something like this for a while, but nothing was available for the 1st gen Tundras/Sequoias because of the curved dash. Kam Design solved that problem with a 3D scanner and some CAD design. The mount shipped quickly and communication was excellent. The instructions were clear and straightforward. It's not an overly difficult install, but it does take some patience. It accepts RAM balls with no problem and seems to be rock solid. I'm very happy with it.
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And after looking for a replacement bed, and trying to get someone to weld up a flatbed for me, after 6 months I finally gave up. I figured I would try to do something with my old crushed bed. I originally was thinking of cutting the sides all the way off and using the factory floor as a flatbed. It's a pretty ghetto idea, but something is better than nothing. I'm sick of not being able to carry anything in the truck.
However instead of going full flatbed, I decided to first cut off the outer skins on the side and see what was underneath. To my surprise the inner skins on their own still seem to be plenty strong and sturdy. I have to straighten the passenger side quite a bit, but the driver's isn't bad. Once straightened I should be able to still use the factory tie down loops. I have to say the factory olive drab primer is not a bad look. I'll paint over the primer eventually to protect it (I don't expect it will stand up to the sun and elements)....but I might just paint the bedsides olive drab because I'm digging the look so much.
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With the outer skin removed I have at least 6-8" of useable space now. I'm thinking of making some sort of a mounting rack in the future to mount whatever in that dead space....bags, Rotopax, Maxtrax, etc. Might as well use all that extra room for something.
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I will have some things to figure out. There is an awkward open space in front of the wheel wells. And I probably ought to make something to cover up open space behind the wheel also. Otherwise wheel spray is going to get everywhere.
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Thoughts on this set up? It's the best I can think of for the moment until I either find a new bed or learn how to weld up a flatbed. Otherwise, I'm curious to see if the chopped besides will actually be a functional alternative.
Like you, I don't care for the Toyota step side beds. That's not what I was going for here, but I guess you're right....it does have that look. Good advice on the chain oil as well. I haven't heard of that trick before. The Fluid Film works great, but man is it stinky.I like the "step side" bed and the idea that you would use that space for recovery mats or fuel cans. I do not care for the factory Tundra step side beds; yours is much better. Consider a two-part Aliphatic PolyUrea for the inner fender wells and a thinned bar and chain oil, as a undercoating and alternative to Fluid Film.
My thoughts exactly.....the look is growing on me. What I did here was out of pure necessity. I would never cut up good sheet metal. But both sides of my bed were crushed beyond saving, the passenger side so bad that it pushed the inner bed metal a good 4-5" in. It will take some work to straighten that out. It was either try and save the inner bed metal, or cut the sides all the way off and use the factory bed floor as a flat bed. In the end, I really wanted to try and see if I could salvage the inner part of the bed and be able to still throw things in the back. I use my truck as a truck and often have to haul quite a bit in the bed, in addition to wheeling, camping, etc. A flat bed would make it tough to haul things as it would have to be tied down all the time.I’m either incredibly impressed… or confused…
And I’m not sure I care which one at this point, because I kind of dig it.
I will definitely be bolting things to the side. No sense in wasting space, and I'd like to keep the inside of the bed as open as possible. Both to haul things, and that's where I sleep when camping.I like the look.
Maybe just do something with the open spaces and bolt stuff to the sides if needed.
I'm wondering of you may need to do something to keep the top portion from spreading?
What did you use to cut the sheet metal?
Utility beds would be nice for the storage, but they are impractical for what I need the truck for. They would be too heavy and too wide. Pacific Northwest trails are tight. Anything that hangs out past the cab is asking for trouble.
I vote Utility Bed or glass fenders.
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I've been considering the storage box idea. It'll take some fab work that I don't have the capability to do at the moment (no welder). But eventually I'd like to do that. But I'm thinking of mounting a couple of recovery boards to the driver's side. I should have enough room for them there, and they shouldn't be sticking out so should not get snagged on anything. Plus if I have to use them and they get filthy I don't have to spread all that junk to the inside of the bed. I probably will not do any bedliner on the outside. That stuff just collects dirt and never gets clean. I'll likely sand down the factory primer, re-prime, then shoot either dark gray or olive drab to protect the metal. Mounting stuff on the sides will cover most of color anyways.Make some storage boxes in between the rear wheels and cab , weld them to the bed. Also you can rhino line the bed black to make it match the original black color. To be honest is looks great and if you add accessories to the sides it will look even better.