I had wanted to bob the bed of my truck for some time, but was not sure if I would like it permanently. I had the chance to trade some parts for a flatbed built to my specs, so I went for it.
Below is the basic frame & floor for the flatbed sitting on the frame.
After a long wait, I was finally able to find time to finish mounting the flatbed on my truck. The bed mounts to the frame using the 6 stock bed mounting points. For these mounts, I used some generic Jeep CJ polyurethane body mount bushings I purchased from J.C. Whitney. In addition to these mounting points, I used some 1/2" plate through the rear of the bed into the frame rails. These offer a solid attachment for some shackles, as well as strengthening the bed for the future addition of a rear winch.
For tail lights, I used some standard round stop/tail lights and blinkers. The fit nicely and Add a nice look to the back of this flatbed.
To work with the fuel filler neck, I cut a hole in the bed just in front of the passenger side fender as a temporary fix. Later I plan to dress this area up and add a tool box. For now - it works :)
Here are a few pictures from the first day after the bed was mounted. I will try to get some other pictures up later showing some of the details such as the tail lights, mounts, and fuel filler mount.
I am still in the process of "tweaking" the bed to my liking, but I am slowly getting there. Here are a few more pictures of the bed. The tool box is mounted to the floor, and I also added a mount for the Hi-Lift jack. I am presently working on a spare tire mount to secure the tire to the bed.
And here are a few pics of how the bed is mounted. I used some generic polyurethane body mounts meant for an old Jeep at the 6 factory bed mount positions. Also, the rear D-ring mounts go through the rear of the bed/bumper and bold into the frame for a solid pulling point.
Here are the most recent pics I have of the flatbed with the spare tire mount completed. I have plans to refine the bed a little later on, but I am pretty much done. I does need a fresh coat of paint pretty bad though :-)
I got the design for this bed from Joe Chacon. Unfortunately his page is no longer active, but I have re-created some of his original page here to help you out in building your own flatbed.
Here is also a image he sent me with some specifications on the bed he built. Unfortunately - this is the only technical specifications I have on the flatbed I built using these plans, and I have sold the flatbed and no longer have any way to measure or verify specifications: