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Thread: F150 conversion into good welding truck.

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    Re: F150 conversion into good welding truck.

    Quote Originally Posted by tbone550 View Post
    That's a good example of the difference between trucks of the "same size" empty weights and GVW's. My 2000 SRW F350 is a lightweight; 2WD, single cab, gas engine, which gives a fair bit more payload capacity even though the GVWR is 9700 lbs. It has a Reading tool body, welder, Multimatic 200, Suitcase 12RC, Suitcase 8RC, work deck that was just mounted, TB325, torches, misc grinders and welding tools (no air compressor; there's no room), leads, extension cords, etc and now weighs 8300 when going across the scales. Still have 1400 lbs remaining capacity if I could just figure out where to put more stuff! At least half of that will disappear if / when I swap it to 4WD.
    Yeah that heavy 5.9 cummins and 4wd really add to the weight. And it's a crew cab
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    Re: F150 conversion into good welding truck.

    Trucks with service bodies sell at a low price around here.Buy it ready made.

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    Re: F150 conversion into good welding truck.

    Quote Originally Posted by farmer37 View Post
    Trucks with service bodies sell at a low price around here.Buy it ready made.
    You just hit the nail on the head .

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    Re: F150 conversion into good welding truck.

    Quote Originally Posted by dosswelding View Post
    You just hit the nail on the head .
    Except that no one knows where "here" is, lol.
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    Re: F150 conversion into good welding truck.

    Quote Originally Posted by mad welder 4 View Post
    Being on the east coast you really don't want to over load a half ton truck trying to turn it into a welding rig. The police will pull you over when they see the back axle of your truck riding on the bump stops.
    A few pieces of 2x2x 1/4 square tubing placed strategically between the springs and frame rails will prevent any rear end sagging on the truck, no matter how much weight you put into it. Moon shiners from WAY BACK learned this trick to keep the lawdogs off their trail when making a run with a fresh batch of hootch.

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