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  1. janders

    2000 F250 7.3L "Trucktor" build

    Wrapped up the bed platform and drawers I built both drawers out of a single sheet of 5/8th AC ply which was a mistake. The AC ply sat in my plywood cart for a few months and was twisted and cupped in two dimensions. It took a decent amount of wrestling the cuts into square(ish). I kept the...
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    2000 F250 7.3L "Trucktor" build

    I can't even tell you how much better life is with those ambulance doors off the back than a traditional tailgate and swing up topper door. So much easier getting in and out. I'm really digging the Snugtop Outback.
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    2000 F250 7.3L "Trucktor" build

    Progress on the bed build I'm using 3/4" shop-grade birch ply. This stuff is pretty cheap - $55/sheet - and really light but the A surface is really nice. These sheets aren't cabinet grade so they have some twists and wiggles to them. As I assemble the carcass, I have to convince the sheets to...
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    2000 F250 7.3L "Trucktor" build

    Bed platform design Next up is the bed platform in the back. I built one a few years back and made it high enough that our Action Packer boxes fit underneath. Which they did and that was great for storage but it was high enough the sleeping in the bed felt like a coffin. And the space under the...
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    2000 F250 7.3L "Trucktor" build

    Snugtop Outback Canopy Our canopy leaked like a sieve. We smashed our heads every time we climbed in or out of bed. The tailgate was pretty manky. The previous owner hauled a fifth wheel with this truck but wasn't great about remembering to lower the tailgate when disconnecting the pin box so...
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    2000 F250 7.3L "Trucktor" build

    Go Rhino Side Steps We had the factory side steps on and it's only a matter of time before we ripped them off on a trail. I did some research on F250 sliders but a few things I read said frame attached sliders on a truck this heavy can actually bend the frame. Don't know if that's true. At some...
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    2000 F250 7.3L "Trucktor" build

    Warn Locking Hubs Our automagic 4WD vacuum system ******** the bed on our Death Valley trip so it's manual locking hubs for us. Except. The driver's side locking hub literally fell out of the wheel on a camping trip up to Mt. Rainier. The only thing that kept it on the truck was the lugnuts cap...
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    2000 F250 7.3L "Trucktor" build

    We bought this truck in 2015 after buying 10 acres of forest on an island in the Puget Sound. We used this truck to pull stumps, haul logs, and clear brush. Before we bought our Kubota, this F250 was our tractor. Hence the name "Trucktor". Fast forward 5 years later and we're living in the...
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    Propane Storage

    If you're carrying 3 disposable 1lb cans, why not rock a refillable 5lb can with a decent mount? We just got one for $45 off of Amazon. Or you can get all high maka maka and throw down for one of these: https://ignik.com/pages/gas-growler
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    Input on Overland Pros Wraptor Awnings?

    Bump to see if anyone else has some first hand beta on these awnings. I'm willing to spend a little work mounting and a little more work deploying if I can save $300-$500.
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    Experience with Ultraswing hitch-mount spare tire carrier?

    I'm looking at upgrading the stock tires on my 2000 F-250 to something in the neighborhood of 33 to 34 inches. I'm assuming that sized spare won't fit in the well under the truck but even if it does, I'd like to get it out onto a hitch-mounted spare tire carrier. I ruled out a new rear bumper...
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    Electric Chain Saw???

    Uhhh... I'd like some words. What is happening here?
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    Ronny Dahl's Recovery Mat Torture Test

    Truth. I do really like Ronny's videos. I've learned a ton from him. I didn't learn much from this one but his channel is one of my YT goto channels.
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    Ronny Dahl's Recovery Mat Torture Test

    I bought two pairs of the X-Bulls based on this video because he put them through a bunch of recovery scenarios. They weren't as good as MTs but I can buy two pairs of X-Bull boards for the price of one pair of Maxtrax. That's a no-brainer.
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