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Old 04-29-12, 10:23 PM   #1
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S**w the bike rack, I just bought a POS truck to carry my bikes

And now for something completely different. I was tired of putting my bike inside my Camaro and I couldn't take the kids to the beach with their bikes. I welcome a new addition to my bike family. Say hello to "Armageddon". Its a 1996 or 95 Ford F150 Utility truck.

In the spirit of Classic and Vintage, I'm already thinking of what I can upgrade, fix, or just look good.

32" tires, and a 3" body lift to start out. Oh yeah.

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Need to make some racks for the top. Then you can have two levels of bikes and use the cubbies for parts. Also, add a flip out repair arm and truing stand.
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Need to make some racks for the top. Then you can have two levels of bikes and use the cubbies for parts. Also, add a flip out repair arm and truing stand.
Dope ideas!!! I think Park or that other stand company used to make a flip out repair stand for team vans. Super expensive.
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It shouldn't be too hard to make a repair stand that uses the receiver hitch.
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Tip: Buy a couple of these, bolt them down, keep your bikes from hitting all that incredibly hard plate steel while you're driving-



Google "fork mount" to find them. ~$20 each.
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Google "fork mount" to find them. ~$20 each.
On my list of things to get! My work gets pallets all the time. I'll take one home so I can scavenge the wood and make something. Oh, I also so a guy make a box garden out of pallets. Already has slots! Sweeet. I'm so McGuyver.
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It shouldn't be too hard to make a repair stand that uses the receiver hitch.
I have a hitch? I should look
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Hmmm, maybe I shouldn't get rid of that ladder rack. I can put a couple of those Fork Mounts to the top bar behind the window. Then the fork will be up instead on the bed. So it'll be like 45degree angled upwards instead of angled downwards. Hmmmmm.
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I have a hitch? I should look
I should have looked at the pic closer. We use trucks like that and they all use receiver hitches.
You could weld a piece of square tubing under the bumper that would take a hitch. If all it holds is a bike and stand it would have to be as strong as a receiver.
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Backdate the front clip.



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On my list of things to get! My work gets pallets all the time. I'll take one home so I can scavenge the wood and make something. Oh, I also so a guy make a box garden out of pallets. Already has slots! Sweeet. I'm so McGuyver.
If that's the case, make your own mount with a chunk of wood, an old hub and something like copper plumbing strapping (the flat sheet with holes in it) to pin the hub down.
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I had a Ford F250 that I loved until a homicidal (vehicidal?) maple tree dropped a huge limb on it and totaled it. You'll love yours.
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Although I used to think the 90's style Ford front ends were ugly after having my 84 & 86 F250 & 150 for so long my 93 Bronco's front end doesn't look bad after some upgrades.

As you can tell from my user name I love Ford pickups and have built quite a few of them through the years and I am in the process of rebuilding my 86 F150 4x2 now, installing a flat bed ( that I removed from my 84 F250HD 4x4 ), installing 31x11.50x15 wheels & tires, replacing most of the sheet metal and installing a new interior to start. I am also looking to change the rear end to a limited slip with 4:11 gearing and putting in a fresh motor.

I am going to install the fork mounts on my rack behind my rear window and on the bed it self, if I could recess them some how that would be cool, I like the utility body on your truck it's not as big as some that are on the 3/4 & 1ton trucks. If you want to put 32" Tires on your truck you would be better off installing a 2" suspension lift ( they have them up to 6" for Ford 4x2's ) instead of a 3" body lift as it will be safer in the long run, you can also fit 31x10.50's with out any type of lift but any wider and they may hit the front bumper when turning lock to lock. Before my health turned on me I was always building or rebuilding some type of Ford truck.

Here are a few of my projects, the big purple truck ( Barney) I sold as I couldn't afford 6 miles to the gallon anymore with a 460 & 750 Holley.




The bed that was on here is now on my truck pictured above,

This is my low mileage 1993 Eddie Bauer Bronco with 31x11.50x15 tires, I had to move the front bumper up and out 1" to clear the wide tires, Height wise they were fine.


This is when I had 31x10.50 tires on it which fit fine but when I went 1" wider they hit the bumper ever so slightly when turning lock to lock.


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That's sweeeeet looking!! I'll have to PM you for more questions. Are those 31's now? PM me to keep it off line. I'm sure this thread will get too off-topic for C&V bikes.
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Where's Auchencrow on an old beater truck thread like this??
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We have an old beater truck thread???
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I have a hitch? I should look
I see a ball hitch but no receiver. Someone did at one time make a hitch the clmaped onto a ball but I forget who.

You could almost make this a mobile bike shop.

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That's sweeeeet looking!! I'll have to PM you for more questions. Are those 31's now? PM me to keep it off line. I'm sure this thread will get too off-topic for C&V bikes.
Yes those are 31x10.50x15's on stock Ford rims, the nice thing about having my Bronco & pickup is I can move the wheels and tires from one to the other when I want. I just picked up a set of mint 95 F-150 alloy rims for my Bronco that I am going to install 4 new 235/75/15's I have and replace the wheels on my Bronco with them for a little better fuel mileage, I then will install the wheels I remove from the Bronco and put them on my pickup which gets good mileage for being aerodynamic as a brick.

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Google "fork mount" to find them. ~$20 each.
Better yet, take a length of 2x4, add a couple of pieces of 1-1/2" angle aluminum to the ends so you can mount it across the pickup bed, then add one or more of the above. Clamp the rack down with the kind of clamps you'd use to mount a fiberglass cap. I'm currently running three across on my Ranger. Add on my hitch mount rack and I can carry seven bikes on the truck when necessary.
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Better yet, take a length of 2x4, add a couple of pieces of 1-1/2" angle aluminum to the ends so you can mount it across the pickup bed, then add one or more of the above. Clamp the rack down with the kind of clamps you'd use to mount a fiberglass cap..
Wut?? Do you have a picture? I think I can find some scrap wood around but what's a 1 1/2" angle aluminum?
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You Don't Need No Stinking Rack!
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Where's Auchencrow on an old beater truck thread like this??
The title on this thread kind of threw me off, OldsCOOL. -My truck may be old, but it's no POS - It's MY PRIDE AND JOY!

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I've been keeping my eyes open for a Dodge A100 van to carry both my upright bass and bikes.
Something like this guy:
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Man! Some great pictures of old beat up trucks. Every guy needs a truck like that just to bang around in. Love it! Keep 'em coming. We should probably have pictures of bikes in them so we don't get into too much trouble.
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