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Old 08-05-2007, 06:43 PM   #1
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Hey guys I work out of a f150 8ft bed with a cap. I'm trying to think of new ways to keep it organized. So how do you guys with pickups store your stuff and stay organized?


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Old 08-05-2007, 06:54 PM   #2
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I have an A.R.E. aluminum contractors cap with double doors on the back, and two side doors with boxes on each side. All my small stuff like fittings, fasteners, etc are in the side boxes in plastic bins that fit the shelves. I made a custom steel lockbox that goes up against the front of the bed to hold all my power tools, so that even if someone breaks into cap. which would take some tools and time, they still can't make a quick dash with my most expensive tools. Above the wheel wells on the right side I made a shelf that holds my hand tool bags, with a cutout to hold my torch tank, and the left side I mounted four inch PVC pipe for holding short lengths of copper, below that is where I keep my tristand vise and my convertible hand truck and fitting trays, as well as my shovels and closet auger. It works for me and leaves the center of the bed open for carrying fixtures when I need to.

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Old 08-06-2007, 10:27 PM   #3
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Thanks killer I really like that lock box idea I think I might build some shelves on the sides too. Right now everything just sorta gets stacked (thrown) in there at the end of the day the last thing I wanna do is pack the truck, unless it was easier . Anyone have anymore suggestions?


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How about something like that?
..or this?




http://www.americanvan.com/catalog/c...y=Truck%20Caps

A gang box/job box bolted to the floor right behind the cabs rear window makes a secure holding pen for power tools....but can be a PITA in August
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Celtic ya thats what I was sort of leaning towards maybe that and some shelves built inside. I think that would keep everything off the floor so I could get 4'x8's in there. I'll have to add that cap into the next bid I do


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I saw where someone took a utility cap and put it on another bed from a wrecked truck. They then converted it into a trailer and towed that around so it was like having 2 trucks at the jobsite.
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I saw where someone took a utility cap and put it on another bed from a wrecked truck. They then converted it into a trailer and towed that around so it was like having 2 trucks at the jobsite.
That must have either looked awesome or like ****...LOL.
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That must have either looked awesome or like ****...LOL.
It looked nice. He did a very good job on it the bed was not damaged and was from a newer ford 01+ had the whole thing painted to match. I would have looked into it more if I did not already have a enclosed trailer.
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It looked nice. He did a very good job on it the bed was not damaged and was from a newer ford 01+ had the whole thing painted to match. I would have looked into it more if I did not already have a enclosed trailer.

Now those things are probably great.
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I saw where someone took a utility cap and put it on another bed from a wrecked truck. They then converted it into a trailer and towed that around so it was like having 2 trucks at the jobsite.
I think that would look pretty cool especially if both trucks were the same color and everything.

Ya Robert that trailer must be great , its gotta be a good feeling that you can have your whole arsenal with you.


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I have a cap on my pick up too. What I did is put a shelf up against the cab and bolt a storage rack for long things to the bottom of the roof racks. Check it out.
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I like the prominent display of the 30 pack of Pabst.
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Wow they make 30 packs of the Red White and the Pabst Blue Ribbon? Or does the box say (will make you sick for 30 Hours)?
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hahah relax, its only a box. Does give me something to look foward to at the end of the day thou...
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Oh, I love the Blue Ribbon...good choice, thats all I drink. Hey thats kinda the set up I have in my shell. What do you store in that box on the roof??
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doesn't the beer get warm by the end of the day sitting out like that, or are you saying that the box is empty because it's been moved to a cooler?
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if you look at my avatar, it shows where I built tool boxes on both side of the bed. Then placed the high top cap on top of it. I have enough space to stand inside of it and was not so expensive that i needed to over charge a customer to afford it. It was made from scrap OSB and scrap 2x6 blocks, cash paid out was for paint to match the truck. And $50.00 for used cap!
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I see the priorities of the forum. A thread about organizing your pickup stood no chance to a pic accidently showing a case of PBR
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Thanks guys for all the ideas, however I think the best idea yet is to make sure I save a spot for some beer when i'm organizing the truck


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Despite just hanging paper, I have a lot of crap. Several fives of paste take up a lot of space in a 6 and 1/2 foot bed truck. Then there are two pasting machines, hand tools, box fan, and 2 four board sets of pasting tables. Oh, and ladders. Can't forget those.

After rolling in a GMC Sonoma for 20 years, the last 6 without a shell, I got a full size truck (a Titan) and determined to make it my mobile office. To add storage space I built a simple sub floor out of 1X pine and the thinnest plywood for the top that I could realistically depend on. The picture shows the sub floor, a box really, prior to putting the top on.

Funny how all that space seemed like nirvana for only about 48 hours, because I soon realized that I had more stuff than I thought. I'd just been leaving most of it behind when I had a smaller truck. Weight is a big issue for me, because my truck likes gasoline. I mean, it REALLY likes it. So I resisted the idea of adding drawers for the extra weight they'd add, but I finally broke down and built some from 1/4" plywood. They were put together very fast, as was the sub floor. None of the cabinetmakers on this site would get paid for the kind of work I did on my truck, but it does the trick.

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