Hey guys. I need a bigger truck than my F350, which is overloaded and out of room in the bed. I am considering purchasing this truck (pic below) and extending the cab to axle length from 60" to 84" so I can have an 11 foot bed instead of the 9 footer that's on it.
I know these trucks came available from the factory with reg cab and 60", 84" and 120" cab to axle lengths, so the frame should be strong enough to take the additional length. Finding one of these trucks with 4wd is a rare thing though, so I don't know that I will find one with the engine/trans/4wd/cab/wheelbase/mileage and asking price I am looking for. The truck meets all the other requirements except for the cab to axle length. I figure it shouldn't be an insurmountable task to change the frame length, but I've never done anything like that before.
My question is, HOW to do the extension... bolt in a section?? ...weld in a section?? Side plate it?? Where would I acquire the frame section? Anybody have experience doing this?
Thanks for any ideas!
Here is the truck-