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Project by richgreer posted 359 days ago 1570 views 1 time favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my 2003 Ford F250 with a 7.3 liter diesel engine.

The box was in bad condition so I removed it and had a flatbed installed. I call this truck a “mini flatbed”.

I built the wooden rack myself. 99% of the time, what you see is all I will need. If I need more capacity I can add extensions that increase the height of the sides and back. The oversized toolbox you see is bolted into place, but can be easily removed and put it into the back seat if needed.

These diesel trucks are usually good for 250-300,000 miles. I only have 87,000 miles no it. This truck may last my lifetime. The Ford 7.3 diesel is considered a very dependable engine. It was replaced by a 6.0 liter diesel engine that has been quite problematic.

Note – one of the important functions for this truck is to pull a trailer carrying tractors and other farm equipment. It can easily pull 10,000 pounds (and I need to be able to pull that much).

If curious – If I am not pulling anything, this truck gets about 19 mpg. Pulling a heavy load the milage will drop to about 13 mpg. Much better than an equivalent gas engine would do.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.





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Biff

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#1 posted 359 days ago

Nice work…I would like to see how your extensions work.

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Jim Bertelson

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#2 posted 359 days ago

Have shop, can do! No need to limit woodworking to furniture. Nice solution.

Back when I had a lot less money, and the back of my pickup kept getting filled with snow, I built a plywood cover for it out of exterior fir ply, and finished it with a couple coats of BLO. The BLO lasts a long time in the interior of Alaska. I also built a liner for a lawn cart that lasted 25 years. It is still on the cart, but the cart needs to be replaced now, and the neglected liner has run its course….......

Did you finish the rack? Have you though of doing an instrument panel in wood…........(-:

Having a real summer up here in Alaska, the warmest on record. But summer started a month late, May was like our usual April, and the trees leafed out a month late…...........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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grizzman

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#3 posted 359 days ago

really nice rich, nice to have a good truck, you never know when you will get that call alerting you to a wood gloat. keep at it…look forward to more wood work from you…take care…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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tturner

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#4 posted 359 days ago

rich
Its very good to hear from you once again. I was getting concerned since I hadn’t seen a lot of activity from you. But not from me either. The warmer months tend to keep me busy. VERY nice truck and Very nice bed! I had the same thing a few years ago and basically its the best workhorse ever made. Yep, the 6.0 and 6.4 liters were not the best, but let me tell you, the 6.7 is spot on! It wont get any better than this. I have a 2012 with the 6.7 and it pulls 10,000lbs without breaking a sweat. The best part is there is NO turbo lag! I do large field mowing so I tow an equipmet trailer with a 9 foot Woods mower and my 2010 New Holland Boomer 8N. I know youre a John Deere guy, but youre still a tractor guy and that’s what matters (2nd only to woodworking, of course!)
Great to hear from you again.

Todd

-- I'm him

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richgreer

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#5 posted 359 days ago

Thanks for the nice comments. I admit that I have not been very active on LJs lately. To me, woodworking is for late fall and winter. In the spring and summer, my interest turns to my second love, tractors. This truck rack project is a rare, quasi-woodworking summer project.

The wood on this rack is basic pressure treated wood with no finish. I seriously considered doing it in white oak but I could not justify the extra expense.

Biff – I have not made the extensions yet, but they will be 2×12s with attached 2×2s that come down over the existing rack and stradle the 2×4s on the outside. There will also be 2×2s on the inside. The back and the front will set into slats in the side pieces. The back will be in 2 pieces because it will be easier to lift them off as separate pieces. I’m an old man.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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whitebeast88

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#6 posted 358 days ago

great side boards.nice looking truck.with only 87k miles you’ve not even gotten it broken in yet.
i have a bunch of friends that use them and i agree the 7.3 is a stout motor,with nothing but complaints on the 6.0.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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Gary

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#7 posted 358 days ago

I see a bumper hitch on there. Are you using bumper pull or goose neck?
Nice truck. It’s always nice to have the heavy duty to pull the equipment.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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Joseph Jossem

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#8 posted 358 days ago

Very nice the bed design is awesome Mine is very similar fits the trucks profile real good nice job!!

Of course down the line you can always take the bed off and put it on a dodge cummins then its a real rig..

Just playing nice job!!

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richgreer

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#9 posted 358 days ago

Gary – I wish I was using a gooseneck, buy I use a bumper pull. I have a very heavy duty trailer with a GVWR of 14,000. With my John Deere and it’s plow loaded, I’m pulling just over 10,000. If I put both tractors on it I am pulling about 11,500. I’ve not put both tractors on yet but, in theory, they would fit.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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firefighterontheside

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#10 posted 358 days ago

I loved my 7.3. Great mileage no problems. Skipped the 6.0. Got a 6.4. Terrible mileage, great power no problems. Wanted to put 250,000 on my 7.3 but carseats dictated that i get a crew cab.

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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Gene Howe

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#11 posted 358 days ago

We have an 03 250 with the V12.
Empty….MPG about 18. Pulling 6500lb…...8….In the mountains? I really don’t want to know!
150K on it. Mechanic tells me to expect 250K without a problem.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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woodcox

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#12 posted 358 days ago

gene, V12? European edition?

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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firefighterontheside

3304 posts in 458 days


#13 posted 358 days ago

Maybe a v10?

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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Gene Howe

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#14 posted 357 days ago

OOOOOPPPPS!
Yeah, V10.
And, from the markings on many of the electrical components, it’s the Mexican edition.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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nuttree

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#15 posted 357 days ago

I just sold my 2008 F350 4×4 supercab with the v10. I started driving my old backup truck until I decided what to get next. The backup truck is my 1992 F350 4×4 Crewcab with the 7.3IDI. After driving it around the last few months and pricing new trucks (don’t like payments) I think I’m gonna keep driving it. No rust, no leaks, cold air and everything works. I do like the flat bed concept though. I may have to give that a try down the road.

-- I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. -John Muir

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