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Ford Bucket Truck to Flatbed? #4627337
01/07/18 08:14 PM
01/07/18 08:14 PM
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dogememe Offline OP
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A friend has a 2000-ish F550 bucket truck, perhaps selling it. If I can get a good deal on it how hard would it be to convert it to a flatbed truck? It's a 7.3 powerstroke duallie. I mean, I like the service body but the bucket is so huge it's a pain in the you know what. It doesn't fit through 90% of all drivethrus lol.

My biggest concern is the bucket thing has a pto, is this seperate or part of the transmission or what?

I'd hope that I could sell the whole bucket/utility body off the truck and then just find a flatbed to put on it with that money or have something simple fabricated.

Other problem is it's got all the emissions [censored] removed, idk if i can even register it in Cali. I think he registered it as a commercial vehicle in another state to avoid smogging it.

Last edited by dogememe; 01/07/18 08:16 PM.

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Re: Ford Bucket Truck to Flatbed? [Re: dogememe] #4627358
01/07/18 08:29 PM
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Deplorable in apple valley, ca
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Most of the newer pto's have a belt mounted pump with an electric clutch like a ac compressor. I have not seen a trans mounted pto in many years.


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Re: Ford Bucket Truck to Flatbed? [Re: dogememe] #4627377
01/07/18 08:46 PM
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pass, sounds like a cluster. esp the smog in CA stuff.


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Re: Ford Bucket Truck to Flatbed? [Re: dogememe] #4627388
01/07/18 08:54 PM
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If the PTO is ran off the transmission.....Just remove the PTO & install a PTO block-off cover which are readily available.

Medium Duty trucks are great when making you money. They suck as daily drivers! Dealing with 19.5" tires alone is a deal breaker for me.


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Re: Ford Bucket Truck to Flatbed? [Re: dogememe] #4627403
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Who would buy a used bucket then install it on "whatever"? There's a chance the whole rig would have to be certified by someone who knows what they're doing for OSHA/insurance reasons.

Let your friend sell this rig to some tree service people or whatever.

Re: Ford Bucket Truck to Flatbed? [Re: eljefino] #4627428
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dogememe Offline OP
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Originally Posted By: eljefino

Let your friend sell this rig to some tree service people or whatever.


thanks, sounds like a good idea.


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2010 Escape FWD 2.5 ~84K Miles, Castrol Edge EP 5W-30, Wix Filter, Rented on Turo, 10-15K OCIs.
Re: Ford Bucket Truck to Flatbed? [Re: dogememe] #4627569
01/07/18 10:51 PM
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It is worth far more as a bucket truck than a chassis.


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Re: Ford Bucket Truck to Flatbed? [Re: dogememe] #4627652
01/08/18 01:02 AM
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No...you won't be able to register it.

Re: Ford Bucket Truck to Flatbed? [Re: dogememe] #4627736
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