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#2414950 - 12/07/17 07:27 PM Re: Carbon fiber pickup bed, or aluminum truck? [Re: 360view]
65pacecar Offline
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I have a diesel when I need to pull a trailer or haul a bunch of stuff or engine parts. For a daily driver I use a C5 Vette, but I recently inherited a low mileage 88 S-10 that I have started using as a DD and winter beater. I love that little truck, nice size for a driver and can haul quite a bit with great mileage, I used to have a 97 S-10 that I always regretted selling. GM needs to bring that little truck back, perfect small truck and entry level vehicle for young buyers or people just needing a small truck.

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#2415059 - 12/07/17 10:52 PM Re: Carbon fiber pickup bed, or aluminum truck? [Re: 360view]
Stanton Offline
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I can say I am not one for hanging parts three feet in the air and dropping them into the bed. I think the commercials are ridiculous in that regard.


I doubt anyone drops stuff in from three feet BUT ... I regularly carry a loads of steel in my bed and a fast stop or tight turn sends it flying to the same extent or worse than dropping something from three feet. The point is what the box can withstand.

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#2415174 - 12/08/17 09:35 AM Re: Carbon fiber pickup bed, or aluminum truck? [Re: 360view]
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I don’t see why composites aren’t used more. What makes sense to me is a steel cab and all bolt on panels composite. Would it be possible to make a box where the inner structure is steel (floor, internal walls etc) and the outer skins composite?

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#2415554 - 12/08/17 10:09 PM Re: Carbon fiber pickup bed, or aluminum truck? [Re: 360view]
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WO - Yeah, it's called a Chevy Cameo, 1955-1957.

I'm sure the manufacturers look at replacement parts sales as well as build costs and complexity.

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#2415651 - 12/09/17 08:10 AM Re: Carbon fiber pickup bed, or aluminum truck? [Re: 360view]
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Would the aluminum cargo box/pickup bed of the recent F150s
be retrofitable to any Rams?
Are the widths in the same ballpark?

My fuzzy memory is that back in the 1990s a few Ram onwers retrofitted GM step side style cargo boxes onto their Rams for the look.

As these larger 3D printers evolve maybe custom cargo boxes may come up for sale.

Commercial-Industrial cargo boxes and flat beds for pickups almost always are heavier.

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#2415868 - 12/09/17 04:53 PM Re: Carbon fiber pickup bed, or aluminum truck? [Re: 360view]
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The huge piece of junk 4.7 and 3.7 are what really killed the dakota, ugly didn't help but people buy plenty of other ugly trucks.

I miss the dakotas, I am driving an 11 ram now and while it is nice it doesn't really do much my 99 dakota 318 5spd couldnt do except block the view of my flatbed car trailer so its harder to back it up.

They should really have offered a 5.7 in the last dakotas without having to buy some kind of R/T package and they would have sold like hot cakes just like every other car or truck with a hemi as an option does.
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#2416103 - 12/10/17 08:11 AM Re: Carbon fiber pickup bed, or aluminum truck? [Re: 360view]
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The Congress is about to “reform” taxes,
but repealing the infamous 25% “chicken tax” on imported small pickups
is not in either House or Senate bill.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicken_tax

The Indian tractor company Mahindra apparently is setting up an engineering center in MI.

In the past Mahindra has made noises about selling their small bare bones mini pickup in the USA, but has run into emissions and airbag stumbling blocks.

I would suggest to them that they also offer a “glider kit” without engine/trans/diff/axles and let diy’ers finish them to their own tastes.

I wonder what the legalities are about selling a
1950s era style glider kit of a
Dodge Power Wagon?

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#2416566 - 12/10/17 09:39 PM Re: Carbon fiber pickup bed, or aluminum truck? [Re: 360view]
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Originally Posted By 360view

The Indian tractor company Mahindra apparently is setting up an engineering center in MI.

In the past Mahindra has made noises about selling their small bare bones mini pickup in the USA, but has run into emissions and airbag stumbling blocks.

I would suggest to them that they also offer a “glider kit” without engine/trans/diff/axles and let diy’ers finish them to their own tastes.

I wonder what the legalities are about selling a
1950s era style glider kit of a
Dodge Power Wagon?


It was more than noises. They had started on a dealer network and had already started on making the trucks legal for sale here in the US. To be honest, it will be a losing proposition for them unless they start actually building the trucks here.

I think you have a much bigger chance of seeing the Fiat Fullback truck being sold here since they can use their exising light truck import system that they are already using for the Promaster City (which is made in Turkey) The fullback is already sold as a Ram in the UAE and its a pretty good-looking rugged little truck with a diesel option.

It's a shared vehicle with Mitsubishi.
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