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Old 04-16-2012, 06:36 PM   #1
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Default 1980 Datsun Flatbed Project

as requested in another thread I have decided to make my little project its own build thread, I will update with pics as I go! rather then typing out all the details I will just answer questions as they come! enjoy!

the pictures are out of order, as they were all grouped together, new updates will be in order.








































































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Old 04-16-2012, 06:48 PM   #2
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Very nice and good welds.
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Default Re: 1980 Datsun Flatbed Project

I'm curious as to why you shortened the frame.

Nice looking welds, btw.

I've got an '84 (king cab, 4x4) that I've thought about building a flatbed for. The bed that's on it is a bit crunchy along the seams and under the top lip. I wouldn't shorten mine though, I still use it as a truck and want as much bed space as is practical.
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Old 04-16-2012, 06:59 PM   #4
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I'm curious as to why you shortened the frame.
I also wondered why ?
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Old 04-16-2012, 07:04 PM   #5
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Nice fab work.
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Old 04-16-2012, 07:07 PM   #6
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I've got a dodge 2500 (seen in a few of the pics) for when I really want to haul something, so not too worried about it, the main reason I did it was to save on material costs, was able to maximize materials built to the specs that it is. had I gone longer I would have had to buy twice the lumber, and it just works for me!
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So what are the dimensions of the bed?
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Old 04-16-2012, 07:26 PM   #8
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5'x6'
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Old 04-16-2012, 07:38 PM   #9
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Very nice welding work. Cool project.

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We need more pics
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Very nice! Your attention to detail really makes the project.
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Old 04-16-2012, 08:40 PM   #12
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I've got a dodge 2500 (seen in a few of the pics) for when I really want to haul something, so not too worried about it, the main reason I did it was to save on material costs, was able to maximize materials built to the specs that it is. had I gone longer I would have had to buy twice the lumber, and it just works for me!
The Bob Tail look suits it.
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Old 04-16-2012, 08:57 PM   #13
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Nice job, well done and thanks for posting.
Looks like some nice fab skills you have, and the welds look good.

I have brother to yours over here in Australia, which is a 79 dual cab 720 model and I spent 3 years converting it over to 4x4, V6, custom aluminum hydraulic tip tray, crane, chrome bull with a 9000 lbs winch etc, etc, etc.
I ended up taking it to shows and it has won 44 trophies from 36 shows so far, though it was never built with the intention of going to shows, just as a work truck.

Keep up the good work.

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Old 04-16-2012, 09:04 PM   #14
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looking goon man.....

like the wood bed...
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Very clean and functional yet simple
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It looks great. Really nice welds, too. I like how you went the extra bit and rounded the perimeter of the lumber, nice touch.
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Old 04-18-2012, 09:05 PM   #17
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Kind of unrelated but how do you like those saw horses? I've been thinking about buying a set or two.

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Kind of unrelated but how do you like those saw horses? I've been thinking about buying a set or two.

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I have a set of them. They are very solid and fold up well for storage. The only minor issue I have is they take a long time to adjust the height.

Back on topic. Those are some nice welds. Looks great.
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Old 04-19-2012, 01:43 PM   #19
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Very good work and it should look pretty good as well.

The only thing that bothers me is the wood.

I would have followed the lead of the guys that make decks.
I would treat it with preservative before installing.
And then installed with about 1/8th inch gap between the boards for drainage.
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Old 04-19-2012, 07:39 PM   #20
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wont all that steel add alot of extra weight to the truck?
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