Do-It-Yourself Flat Bed Truck Conversion

| 5/27/2014 8:47:00 AM

Renee-Lucie BenoitA flat bed truck is a very useful item on a ranch or small farm. It’s a lot easier to load and unload when you have to haul hay or straw, grain or feed sacks. If you have a regular bed truck, you can convert it into a flat bed with a little bit of effort. And you’ll save a LOT of money! If you have physical strength, patience and welding experience, you will be all set to try this. Otherwise just leave it to an experienced person. My aim here is to give you a taste of what you’d be getting into if you think you might want to do-it-yourself.

Our F-250 truck bed was getting dinged beyond recognition, and we already had another F-250 regular-bed truck that was in good shape. It was going to be helpful to have a flat bed for the various tasks we had around the place. So one day last fall we decided to just do it. The first step was to find a used flat bed frame in the classifieds. We lucked out and found one pretty close by for $600. Usually these things are standard size and construction, but it’s prudent to measure your truck before you go and to bring the tape measure when you get there. The one we found was perfect. It just needed to be sanded, primed and painted. Which we did and then it was time to attach it to the truck.

BUT first…

If there’s a bed liner, remove it. Look to see if screws are holding it in place. If there are remove them. Otherwise just yank ‘er on outta there. Take ‘er to your junk pile.


Have your finished flat bed on a raised platform. You will eventually be positioning the naked truck frame under it. At the Ranch we’re gerry-riggers to the Nth degree so we used old metal drums and 4x6 post beams. Be careful!