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#11 ckent323

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Posted 29 June 2018 - 04:24 AM

Sounds like my guy!   He uses a 4" grinder and thin discs.  Steady hand, straight lines. 

 

My cuts were so-so. After my first cut he said, "why don't you let me do this but you can lay it all out".    :-(

 

I think he is very interested in this project and seeing it turn out well.  He is semi retired and mostly does smaller jobs so he doesn't get much custom work these days.


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Posted 19 July 2018 - 03:41 PM

Wow this is very cool! 


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Posted 20 July 2018 - 03:08 AM

New images uploaded to the Cargo Box mod Gallery

http://www.wanderthe...age-access-mod/


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#14 DavidGraves

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Posted 21 July 2018 - 04:22 PM

Hi

 

I could not see any new photo images.

 

Your project has the rapt attention of a LOT of folks....just wanted to give a heads up that the new images may not have gotten there.

 

Have you ever seen a Hide n Side up close ? I have not.

 

I am very impressed how you have taken on the utilmate shortcoming for FWC's....the storage shortage.

 

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Posted 22 July 2018 - 06:17 AM

David,

 

I will post some images in a subsequent comment.

 

I have only seen photos of the hide-n-side.  I have no idea how many were built before the legal wrangling with Chrysler began.  There have been other similar designs as well, such as the Stahl Grand Challenger and the Royal Sport Body.

 

Unfortunately as best as I can determine in 2016 Scott Clare, Neil Long, and their company Innovative Truck Storage, Inc lost their appeal in the case of Scott Clare v. Chrysler Group, LLC, Case No.. 13-11225 (E.D. Mich. June 4, 2014) which resulted in holding the lower courts ruling that Clare, Neil and Innovative Truck Storage had infringed upon Chrysler's patent.  So I suspect the Hide-N-Side is not ever going to be built.  The Royal Sport Body (never made for Dodge) went out of production due to errors made during manufacture by one of their vendors which resulted in a bunch of unhappy customers and costly warrantee claims on the finished beds.

 

So I make my own.  It is a bit different from all of them too.


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Posted 22 July 2018 - 06:31 AM

 

 

Here is the concept:

 

1993 Dodge W250 Club Cab Long Bed   side view
 
1993 Dodge W250 Club Cab Long Bed

 

 

I made camper templates to make sure at least !" clearance is preserved all around.

 

Here is the front template (I made a rear template too)

 

 

IMG 9220

 


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Posted 22 July 2018 - 06:33 AM

Cutting out the cargo bed interior walls and cutting down wheel wells.

 

I measured and preserved 11" of clearance from the top of the tire to the new top of the wheel well.

 

IMG 9211
 
1993 Dodge Ram W250 Cargo Box Cut   Driver's Side

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Posted 22 July 2018 - 06:37 AM

A mockup was made of the storage box to sort out height and clearance shape and weld connect points.

 

1993 Dodge Ram W250 Cargo Box Storage Area Mockup

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Posted 22 July 2018 - 06:38 AM

Passenger side storage box coming together

 

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Posted 22 July 2018 - 06:42 AM

Passenger side fold down door cut from the cargo box exterior skin it will be attached with hinges at the trim line (the hinge will be under the black rubber trim.

 

IMG 9300


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