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Old 10-08-2019, 07:41 PM
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For the 300 difference, aluminum is worth way more! You will move the aluminum bed to your next truck where the steel will rot just the same as the original bed.
In the end, that was my logic exactly.

My biggest concern with going with the aluminum bed was some of the extra challenges that would be involved to mount the crane. I was so concerned in fact, that I almost went with the steel version.

The day I visited the CM Truck Bed distributor, there just happened to be a pick-up truck in the parking lot that they had previously mounted a steel bed on. In seeing exactly the way that steel bed was mounted, versus having the salesman explain to me how they normally mount the aluminum beds, I knew the crane install would be a lot easier on the steel bed.

All of the new photos I have are on my other computer, so I'll elaborate more in a day or two when I can post some accompanying pictures.
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Old 10-10-2019, 05:57 PM
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Due to the potential challenges of adding the necessary reinforcement needed for the crane and how that may interfere or complicate the installation of the new aluminum bed, I decided to just pay the distributor/dealer to perform the work.

Although they reassured me that they've installed plenty of reinforcements for cranes before, I was prepared to be disappointed. When I went to pay for and pick up the truck after they were done, I purposefully went directly out into their yard to look at the workmanship before going inside to pay.

When I crouched down to inspect the work I was immediately relieved by what I saw. The only thing I ended up being even slighting disappointed in was that they didn't use washers between the heads of the bolts and the 1/4" plate. I'll be taking these bolts out one by one and installing those washers before doing anything else.
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Old 10-10-2019, 05:59 PM
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Here are some more photos showing how it looked when I picked it up. I had only brought them the base for the crane, which is why you don't see the crane itself in these photos.
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Looks nice. Now just needs some removable wooden sideboards.


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Old 10-11-2019, 01:21 AM
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That's a good looking rig, Spencer. Are you going to add any more trim to it?
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Old 10-13-2019, 05:46 PM
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Looks nice. Now just needs some removable wooden sideboards.


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Agreed, I'd like to have some removable sides to put in the stake pockets. I'd actually love to weld some up out of aluminum, but I fear if I didn't have a way to lock them in place they would get stolen for scrap.
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Old 10-13-2019, 05:59 PM
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That's a good looking rig, Spencer. Are you going to add any more trim to it?
Thank you, the bed and crane are worth more than the truck itself, so I don't have a whole lot more planned.

I will elaborate in the next post about the electric winch I just finished wiring up today and then I'll follow that up with an additional post or two on some other thoughts.

Here is a picture of the electric winch I got on clearance at Cabela's last Winter. For the rest of the Winter after I made that purchase, it kind of sucked every time I was using the stock hand-crank winch, knowing I had a nice electric winch sitting in a box in the shop. I just never got the time to install it until this year.
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Old 10-13-2019, 06:05 PM
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I actually had installed this winch on the crane right before I decided to cut the old rusty truck bed off, so I literally had to unwire it just a few days after I wired it up the first time.

At least that made running the wiring today a lot quicker, as I already had the protective split-loom stuff installed around the electrical wires and had that all wrapped up in electrical tape.

I already knew the exact path I was going to run the wiring too, so I didn't even bother putting the truck up on the lift today, I just ran all the wiring using a creeper.

The negative ground wire is pretty short, so that doesn't run all the way up to the battery, I've got it fastened to a nice 1/4-20 stainless steel screw that I installed through the frame of the truck.

The hot primary wire is the only wire that runs all the way up to the battery. I wrapped that portion of the split-loom protective sheathing in red electrical tape to help identify it to anyone who may ever be working on this as something to avoid damaging.
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Old 10-13-2019, 06:10 PM
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I made a concrete ballast for my New Holland tractor back in 2004. I couldn't remember how much it approximately weighed, so I just went and looked up the original post I made about it over at TractorByNet.

It looks like I estimated it to be about 1,200 pounds:
https://www.tractorbynet.com/forums/...t-project.html

I've had this concrete ballast sitting in my neighbors yard for the last two years, as I had put it out there when I was selling my Boss Plow off my last pickup truck. I didn't want anyone to be able to easily just steal the plow, so I chained the plow up to the concrete ballast.

I hadn't really had a need to use the ballast on my tractor, so it has just been sitting out there in the corner of my neighbors yard. I figured trying to lift that up onto my new bed would be a great test of the new crane mount and to test out the new electric winch.
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Old 10-13-2019, 06:17 PM
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The suspension on the truck definitely sank quite a bit as I started winching. The ballast had been sitting there so long that it had kind of become part of the Earth.

Once the ballast had been broken free from the Earth the suspension raised back up a bit, but it was obvious that should I plan on moving heavy objects like this in the future, that an outrigger of sorts would be ideal.

What was especially great about this new setup is that I was able to stand on the ground using the tethered remote to operate the winch instead of having to be up in the truck bed using the hand crank.

I was able to easily stand far enough away from the ballast as to not fear it falling on my feet while at the same time position it and move it with my hands to where I wanted it to stay or move to. Trying to position or even hold it still while up in the bed of the truck would be almost impossible.
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