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    does anybody know where i can get a set of plans to build a ladder rack for my 2005 f-150? i just need to get pointed in the right direction. i plan on using mainly 2x2x1/4 angle iron. any tips on design would be welcome too. also would like a little info on the best types of joints and welds to make. i am pretty new to welding and really want to do my homework before i tackle this project. thanks a lot.

  • #2
    Welcome,

    I built a boat/ladder rack for my Chevy this year using square tubing welded to angle which was bolted to the bed.

    The rack 1 1/4" nests inside the 1 1/2"? (can't remember exact diameter)tubing and is secured by 1/4" bolts, 2 bolts per corner, one bolt going in line with the pickup box, the other across it. I also cut the tubing and used a torch so I could bend it in to sort of match the cab.

    I used some about 1/8" flat stock lengthwise to stiffen the front to the back.

    I built it so I could take it appart myself, front unit come out in on peice as does the back one after unbolting the flat stock and the 2 bolts per corner.

    Just let me know if you need more information
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    • #3
      Sarge, that's a very versatile design. I like the knockdown feature and the rollers would be useful for anything that has to be slid up there. Just have to make sure it's tied down well.

      dwfrailey,
      The only thing I'd do differently is to have the joints so that water didn't run into them. Or leave the bottom open (which may have been done on these, can't tell.)

      Dave
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      • #4
        rack pics

        i finished my rack and decided i would post a few pics. thanks for all your help. let me know what you think.

        Will

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        • #5
          more pics.............

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          • #6
            last ones...........

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            • #7
              Nice job! Looks like it'll be plenty rugged enough for anything you can carry on a half ton pickup.
              Corm

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