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Tacomarotto's Simple BedRack Build

Discussion in 'Garage / Workshop' started by tacomarotto, Oct 25, 2010.

  1. Oct 25, 2010 at 12:16 AM
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    tacomarotto

    tacomarotto [OP] "Change is inevitable, but growth is optional."

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    This bed rack build is for a 1st gen Tacoma
    here is the finished product.

    [​IMG]


    i have a few thing that are just laying in the back of my truck bed when i go wheeling and id like them to stay in a neat manner while also maximizing the 4foot bed space i HAVE! so i have made a bed rack to achieve all of those needs i also want to make it a quick release system.




    the bed rack will be a platform for:

    spare tire
    hi-lift
    gas can
    shovel
    (future) ham radio antenna
    and other misc.





    Tools needed for the build:

    Welder of choice
    Angle grinder
    drill!
    adjustable wrench
    socket wrench
    measuring tape
    protractor
    chalk/sharpie
    various bolts and nuts (i will list sizes)
    De-greaser/dish soap with a hose


    things to purchase:

    16 feet of Steel 1" square tubing (home depot)
    6 feet of "L" shaped Steel (home depot)
    Spray paint of fav color. (home depot)




    i thought id throw this up too...
    heres a drawing of what i wanted the quick release system to be like.... if it means anything to you then the more power to you ya [​IMG]

    [​IMG]





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    SO first step is measuring out the steel you'll need to cut.



    With the "L" shaped steel...

    (2) bed side braces
    -cut each at 2 feet and 6 inches long
    -this will be a base for the rack and where it mounts
    (4) bed side mounts
    -cut each one measured at 3inch long





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    More cutting....


    with the 1x1" square steel tubing...


    (4) 7inch pieces from the steel need to be cut.
    -these are the arms that extend off the bed side to support the cross
    bars.
    -on one side of all 4 pieces, a cut needs to made at a 45 degree angle

    (2) 4 foot pieces of steel.
    -on both ends of the steel bars a 45 degree cut needs to be made.
    -*note make sure you cut the angles the same direction on either
    sides of the bar so it is symmetrical

    here's a picture of some of the square tubing cut into the correct dimensions

    [​IMG]


    ------------------------------------------------------------------------

    NOW for the "L" shaped steel. the two longer ones will be place on the side of the bed acting a brace for the rack.

    here is a picture of the side braces...

    [​IMG]


    here is a picture of the side mounts set in place on the side brace.

    [​IMG]


    once again here is the picture of how the mounting process works.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]






    Now for the cross bars. weld the two 6" pieces on the end of the 4' pieces

    like so...


    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]



    Repeate this process twice so you have TWO cross bars




    now weld the 3" mounting brackets to the legs of the rack

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]





    then weld the the two 2 foot support rails to connect the two cross bars...

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]




    PAINT IT

    [​IMG]

    MOUNT it....

    [​IMG]
     
  2. Oct 25, 2010 at 10:47 PM
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    tacomarotto

    tacomarotto [OP] "Change is inevitable, but growth is optional."

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    i need to add some steps into the build. like where you need to drill and stuff. i will later. im tired
     
  3. Oct 25, 2010 at 10:52 PM
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    Leadgolem

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    Very nice. You also gave me a good idea on what I want to do to protect my bed rails. Thank you. :)
     
  4. Oct 25, 2010 at 10:52 PM
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    Yoytoda

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    im thinking about doing something similar but with the brackets going down. no roof rack on it. still about 1' under it but put the tire on it so its lower than the viewing area
     
  5. May 5, 2011 at 9:00 PM
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    you just might be jealous of the bed rack i started building yesterday. ill throw up a pick or two of it in its current state. best part is i had almost all the metal laying around the yard. ill take a few picks and throw them up tommorow
     
  6. May 7, 2011 at 5:54 PM
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    In for pics, btw whered you get the rack?
     
  7. May 7, 2011 at 10:13 PM
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    tacomarotto

    tacomarotto [OP] "Change is inevitable, but growth is optional."

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    Dood im excited to see what you can make! cuz i cant weld for shit!

    i cut up the metal and drew up the design and my buddy welded it up

    i wish i had made it a little more beefy but it gets the job done!!!

    youd like some more pics? i can take some if you want up close or something...

    i got the Yakima rack on craigslist for $100
     
  8. May 8, 2011 at 12:01 AM
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    well here is the most up to date pic of the progress so far. it is going to have the spare tire underneath via a junkyard spare crank thingy. also took rail road spike and welded them at 45 degree angles off of the legs today to put an axe, shovel, fishing road, gun, ect on both sides. after that im gonna make some mount for small military ammo boxes as tool box on the side inbetween the legs going to the bed rails. i have a couple other ideas but still trying to figure out what im gonna use and not gonna use.
    [​IMG]
     
  9. May 8, 2011 at 4:03 PM
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    + found a basket on craigslist, but the guy wants $300 for it
     
  10. May 8, 2011 at 5:57 PM
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    jeeeeeez... yea. thats a little high

    i got a really good price for mine i suppose
     
  11. May 8, 2011 at 5:59 PM
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    Yeah, wish I could find one for that price
     
  12. May 8, 2011 at 6:03 PM
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    i got lucky. i kept an eye out for a good deal for 2 weeks.
     
  13. May 8, 2011 at 10:22 PM
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    both look good.
     
  14. May 9, 2011 at 9:09 AM
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    definitely gonna make a basket for mine out of the large amounts of threaded rod i have laying around. not sure if i wanna put a bottom in my rack or not though.
     
  15. May 9, 2011 at 3:32 PM
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    tacomarotto [OP] "Change is inevitable, but growth is optional."

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    sure why not

    get creative
     
  16. May 9, 2011 at 4:25 PM
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    i am getting very creative just a matter of time. wanna have it done by hangout music festival in gulf shores.
     
  17. May 15, 2011 at 10:31 AM
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    well here is the half finished product. still have many more things im gonna add to it but figure this was a good stopping point for now until i can get my funds up to do the other stuff

    [​IMG]
     
  18. May 15, 2011 at 1:24 PM
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    impressive! looks good.

    are those railroad nails on the side?
     
  19. May 15, 2011 at 1:27 PM
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    tacomarotto

    tacomarotto [OP] "Change is inevitable, but growth is optional."

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    any up-close pics of how you mounted the tire?
     
  20. May 15, 2011 at 10:43 PM
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    yes they are rail road ties. put them there so i would have a place to put shovel, hi-lift, axe, or what ever. the tire is mounted using a 3/4" piece of threaded rod in the center bar. welded a huge washer on it and grinded it flat to make it look good. use a piece of a vacuum filter (i know ghetto) to hold the tire up as a huge washer. fits almost perfectly inside the center hole of the rim. ill get some more pics tommorow.
     
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