Truck Platform re-fix
Last year about two days after I arrived in Columbia, Mo, the metal legs on my back seat platform fell off. The spot welds that existed on the table I converted for this project weren’t strong, and I hadn’t secured them when I first built this.
I didn’t have access to a welder at the time, so I got some 2×4 cut and screwed those new, bulkier legs into the top and have had that in the back seat area this past year.
When I went to visit a friend in Springfield, IL last week, I brought the original metal legs with me. I took the wood legs off in my friend’s driveway
It’s messy in there!
We took the platform and the metal legs to my friend’s shop and they not only welded the legs back on, but also cut off the odd brackets and used them to gusset the legs so the platform won’t wiggle – which freaks out Argos doggie! – and also they painted it all!
Shout out to Phoenix Collision and Automotive Refinishing in Springfield, IL. (they also fixed a big ole dent in my truck front left fender a few months ago!) I didn’t need anything pretty, just functional, and they went above and beyond. It wasn’t supposed to be all shiny and fancy, and it’s super nice of them to have helped so readily with this odd project.
After vacuuming as much dog hair as the shop vac would get, I loaded the platform back into the truck and reorganized the stuff.
I’m constantly moving stuff around to find the best fits, and right now, I have dog food containers there were my hiking boots are in the pic. The platform is so solid! I’m super happy I got this done before I really set off on my adventuring!
7 thoughts on “Truck Platform re-fix”
You might want to make sure there is some sort barrier under each leg. Those open end square tubes will vibrate some, and cut into / damage / ruin the truck carpet in no time. Maybe a shim of thin plate aluminum under each leg?
Oooh, that’s a really good point! I’ll put some shims under!
I forgot! The legs set on metal (go over a seatbelt bolt in rear) and on the heavy duty mats on the floor. I think that’ll be good? Maybe I’ll put some shims under the front ones anyway so they don’t wear thru my fancy floor mats.
Even just driving around on smooth asphalt the truck will twist a bit and things will jiggle. With each jiggle those legs will chafe against whatever they are touching, leading to something being rubbed raw. Add in your penchant for wandering off the beaten track, and I’d add a shim of something under each leg. Plywood would disintegrate fairly quickly, aluminum would hold up reasonably well and if it got wet it wouldn’t rust / stain anything.
::dunno:: I’m blonde ::giggle::
I am thinking of those under-furniture pucks. But those might also just wear thru quickly?
Make yourself a weekly checklist.
a] check table legs b] check truck oil c]etc etc
That’s a good idea. I check my camper turnbuckles when I popup, but good to have a more specific written list for all the stuff.
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