...And I'm working on getting it "equipped". In my 3500 (crew cab) I
carry I pretty significant collection of tools and spares behind the
back seat. On the new F350 (crew cab), there is only the most meager of
spaces behind the rear seat, as well as no space at all under the front
or rear seats. Does anyone with one of these have any tips for storing
the usual fire extinguisher, socket set, box of spare lamps, oil, ATF,
etc. in the cab?
I think I'd rather have a box in the bed to keep that stuff in,
something like one of those diamond-plate tool boxes but instead of
over the rails perhaps in the space behind the wheel well, along the
I've actually been looking for something like that, or a full sized
box that just sits on the floor, for my F-150 but I haven't seen
anything yet. (I have a camper shell on the truck, so the over-the-
rail box that was on it when I bought it is sitting on my back porch
making for a sturdy and expensive bench.)
In the Ram Boxes... Oh wait, Ford's don't have those... :-p
Actually the Ram Box is only currently available on the 2009 Ram 1500,
the 2500 and 3500 haven't been migrated to the new chassis yet. But its
a DARN clever idea.
I agree those boxes are a good idea...especially since the
beds are so damn high a 6 footer can't reach inside the bed
far enough to access a regular toolbox without a step or
ladder. I saw the '09 F150 at the Atlanta show with the
exterior side boxes in the bed. It also had a Titan-style
cargo retention system. I don't happen to be real big on
those since it seems they are never quite right for the job
at hand. They are probably a step in the right direction.
I have also seen the side boxes for you to install at a
couple of accessory and camper shops.
Whatever happened to those boxes installed in the front of the quarter
panels, about where the step would be on a stepside bed? I always
thought those would be handy, but haven't seen them since the 70's.
Actually I wouldn't mind having some on my own truck...
replace "roosters" with "cox" to reply.
I haven't seen those in a long time. There are a couple of
custom service body builders that make boxes for that. You
have to cut the openings and use the cutout to fit into a
provided trim frame as the door. If you have good metal
working skills, they look pretty decent. The ones I saw on
the new F150 looked like a large fuel door with a lock.
they are supposedly seal and water tight.
knaphide (sp?) service body or something? Most people use pickups as
cars, so it quit paying for the factories to have variants like that.
People who really need a rolling toolbox just buy a chassis-cab or
cutaway van chassis, and get an aftermarket bed or box. Most big cities
have one dealer that specializes in commercial/fleet sales, and has a
premade selection, or you can get them custom-made to order. Around
here, ex-power company or ex-Ma Bell trucks are very popular with
tradesmen on a budget.
no, not a service body, just a regular fleetside (there's a term I
haven't heard in years either, since the stepside is apparently no
longer sold for Real Trucks) bed, but with a box cut into each side of
the quarter panel, below the bed floor and in front of the rear wheel,
utilizing the space between the quarter and the frame for lockable
storage. I dunno if they were factory options on some trucks or
aftermarket add-ons, but I do remember seeing them, and then... not so
much. Usually seen on 70's Fords, most likely because you couldn't put
them on Chevies because of the sidesaddle gas tanks.
I'd DAGS but I'm not sure what search terms would come up with a pic of
what I'm remembering...
replace "roosters" with "cox" to reply.
One of my snail mail Popular Mechanics magazines from about two or three
months ago has a full page ad about the new Ford pickup trucks.The ad
says Ford pickup trucks are bolted together tigher than before for a
stronger Ford pickup truck.
One of Ford's ''Brighter Ideas''
It used to be you could buy pickup trucks with eight feet long beds.Big
enough to haul eight feet by four feet plywood flat on the bed floor.I
can do that with my 1978 Dodge van with room to spare.I can haul a
board(s) fourteen feet long and close the rear doors in my 1978 Dodge
van and my 1983 Dodge van.
Damn the mileage,,, Full Speed ahead!
Yeah, I remember what you are talking about- Ford sold those when I was
a kid, primarily to people who bought the 'camper special' packages,
seeing as how a walk-in camper took up the whole bed and then some. I
remember thinking, at even a pre-driving age, that those things wouldn't
hold up to salt rust and minor dents worth a damn, before they were no
What I meant was, if you want something like that TODAY, you have to go
aftermarket, other than the dodge thing.
I thought of this thread yesterday evening when I pulled up at a
stoplight next to a very nice pickup truck that had exactly this
feature. Of course it *was* a circa-1975 Ford F250 Camper Special :-)
A few years ago I nearly bought a '77 Dodge D250 Club Cab Trailering
Special that also had rocker-panel storage boxes (and a stout 440 under
the hood), but passed because of a little too much rust around those
boxes. That was the only rust on the truck, so I wonder if that might be
a common problem with rocker-panel storage boxes?
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