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    Gator 6x4 replacement bed

    I got a John Deere Gator 6x4 for cheap. It had a blown head gasket and the plastic body panels are all pretty much destroyed. My wife and I have a hobby farm and she is always dragging around a dump trailer on the lawn tractor while tending the gardens.

    I replaced the head gaskets and got the engine going again. But to make it useful, it needed a bed. The bed that was on it was completely rusted through everywhere. It was the plastic bed liner that held it together. I really started this project thinking I would patch the bed, but it became apparent that wasn't going to happen. So my son and I pulled the bed and then I cut everything off down to the frame.
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    Everything other than the frame and headboard went in the trash. Most of it was swept off the floor as rust flakes.
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    Had the frame and headboard sandblasted. The sandblast guys always comment on how well the John Deere powder stick.
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    Re: Gator 6x4 replacement bed

    I formed a pan from 14 ga steel. And a tall angle to patch the front where the headboard was rusted away. Ran 1" square tubing down the sides.
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    2" x 1/4" for the end lip. Frame wasn't really flat. And pan wasn't perfectly bent. So used strap to pull it together and make it good enough. Was starting to get annoyed and how long this "quick project" was taking.
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    Ran 1" square down from top rail to back lip. That let me get the (end) of the pan squared up.
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    Re: Gator 6x4 replacement bed

    Test fitting. I wish I hadn't reused the head board. It was really rotten and I didn't want to take the time to fix it. So I didn't. Just unhappy about it.
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    Drop in tail gate. Another 14ga pan reinforced with some 1/4" scrap on the ends. Drops into slot.
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    It's off for another trip through sandblast and then powder coat. I probably spent 8 or 10 hours and will likely be $400 with materials and sand blast and powder coat. So much for a quick project.

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    Re: Gator 6x4 replacement bed

    Nice job on the box!

    I had two Gators on the farm for 20 plus years. A 6x4 like yours and a 4x2.




    Just sold them last summer.


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    Re: Gator 6x4 replacement bed

    Nice job! If you don't mind my asking, approximately how much does it cost to have a piece like that powder-coated?

    Tim

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    Re: Gator 6x4 replacement bed

    Quote Originally Posted by timrb View Post
    Nice job! If you don't mind my asking, approximately how much does it cost to have a piece like that powder-coated?
    Good question. Across the street we have a fab shop / small steel supply / sand blast / powder outfit. We do a bunch of business with them so I mostly pay for stuff by the lot. I'd guess around $50 to powder coat this. I can quite confidently say that it cheaper to have them powder coat stuff than for me to paint stuff.

    I had a forklift fork frame that went in at the same time for blast and powder. I try to have a pallet of stuff for blast and powder so they aren't spending more time invoicing than doing. I'm probably spending $500+ a week with them. I don't know what it would cost for somebody off the street. The process is cheap to do, but I suspect most vendors would charge a lot more for a business to consumer one-off type sale.


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