BED TRICKS

CUS­TOM BED TIPS AND TRICKS WITH FREEMAN FAB­RI­CA­TION

Street Trucks - - CONTENTS - TEXT BY JOHN MATA JR. PHOTOS BY KEVIN AGUILAR

Cus­tom Bed Tips and Tricks With Freeman Fab­ri­ca­tion

WHEN YOU GO low, ex­pect to lose use­able cargo space in the bed along with those inches in height. We’re talk­ing about trucks that can limbo down to the ground and still squeeze mas­sive meats in the rear. If that de­scrip­tion sounds fa­mil­iar, then you are well aware of the strug­gle that an ex­treme sus­pen­sion drop presents.

The shrink­ing space is a fair trade­off, though, es­pe­cially if you’re good at mak­ing the most of sit­u­a­tions like this. This par­tic­u­lar 1961-63 body-style C-10 called for a com­plete bed­floor re­con­struc­tion, rais­ing it in or­der to ac­com­mo­date the ad­justable sus­pen­sion sys­tem be­low it, specif­i­cally, 11.5 inches higher than stock. To clear enough sus­pen­sion travel, it just had to be done, but it wasn’t the end of the world.

Josh Freeman of Freeman Fab­ri­ca­tion in Orange, Cal­i­for­nia, was called in to add his artis­tic touch to the sheet metal floor, in­ner walls and fender de­signs. LMC Truck also stepped in to as­sist with the project by pro­vid­ing its qual­ity-built bed­sides and tail­gate, since the truck’s pre­ex­ist­ing parts were toast. Bolt-on prod­ucts like these are the per­fect so­lu­tion for any truck (lifted, low­ered or stock height) that could ben­e­fit from ar­row-straight rear pan­els. There is ab­so­lutely no need to hop around be­tween parts yards or spend time or money at­tempt­ing to save heav­ily bruised fac­tory bed­sides and/or tail­gates.

This kind of job hinges on pre­ci­sion crafts­man­ship. The bed floor and walls are com­prised of mul­ti­ple pan­els that fit to­gether to form a func­tional struc­ture that just hap­pens to be ex­tremely eye-catch­ing. Ever won­dered what goes into lift­ing a bed floor or mak­ing a cus­tom ver­sion from scratch? Fol­low along and see for your­self just how it’s done, from vi­su­al­iz­ing and mea­sur­ing to the types of tools you’ll need to tackle such an ex­ten­sive job.

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