Rear tray for my rusty '86 pickup

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I was thinking of building something along these lines. I know there is an abundance of these out there built bu owners, but I wanted to chime in and perhaps I get some opinions about it. Perhaps some suggestions on what to fix before I start cutting and welding.
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Looks like a nice plan, haven't ever built a tray, so not much to add. Post up some pictures when you get going on it.
 

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Yes, I just got the material. I will be starting on this this coming week. Will post pics. Oh this is what I am starting with by the way.

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Any plan to use internal gussets on the light bar hoop to strengthen the corner butt welds?
 

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Yes I will gusset the corners. Thinking of doing a removable rear hoop as well
 

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My chassis will need painting as the tray would look stupid all pretty on top of a rusty frame.
 

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I think those are the stockers. they need some cleaning and paint as well. I cannot wait to see it done either.
 

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Doing front axles and checking bearings. I have a howling noise, at highway speeds, thought it was the bearings. Everything looks nice and greased with no play. Should I change them still? Or reset the preload again and keep my new ones as spares? I will also do shocks while in there.
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Need to get this thing inspected.
 

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OK, so it's been a while but last weekend I tackled the tray install and it looks like this. I actually like it a lot. Since this is really a beater I didn't bother with frame coatings and such. Maybe in the future. Anyhow, truck has 90.5k miles and drives like new.
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Love it. Doing something like thst too but I have to replace everything from cab back. Frame gas tank spings. Everything. I want something like what you have here.
 

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best thing about it is i don't hear any rattles anymore. the bed was so rotted, it was rattling everywhere
 

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