Anyone built a recovery truck from a chasis cab

  1. D.wilson94 Member

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    Thinking about building one
     
  2. Hitch

    Hitch Moderator Staff Member

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    Done a couple of beaver tail bodies over the years....last one was to carry an autograss car rather than recovery.
     
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  3. Ruffian Member

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    Done one on a transit previously.
    Similar design to above.

    Did build it a ltitle over kill mind.
     
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  5. D.wilson94 Member

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    Is it hard to build as a home project?
     
  6. Ashley Burton

    Ashley Burton Member

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    The question is do you have much welding experience?
     
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    I work as a welder yes
     
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    Hitch Moderator Staff Member

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    Depends what gear you have access to...
    For the one above I would have used a guillotine and Press brake, otherwise just the usual welder/grinder/drill...
     
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    Ashley Burton Member

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    Can't see it being a problem as a home project, Just depend on if you've got the space for it
     
  10. Shedendman

    Shedendman Member

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    Done a couple over the years
    What are you going to put it on?
    Whatever it is make sure its a long wheel base,seen a lot of builds on swb trucks with more overhang than whats on the chassis
    Steel or ali?
     
  11. ukracer Forum Supporter

    Its not just about overhang but also about carry capacity for anything other than a kit car.. :(
     
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  12. D.wilson94 Member

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    I have a grinder stick/tig and mig welder ,pipe bender but no guillotine or anything
     
  13. D.wilson94 Member

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    And also would be for car recovery as few of my friends repair and re sell write off cars
     
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    Shedendman Member

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    Thats why i asked steel or ali
     
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  15. Shedendman

    Shedendman Member

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    Theres a few builds on the transit forum,main thing is plan it out and keep the weight down with what you build it with,but keep in mind strengh
     
  16. D.wilson94 Member

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    il make it from box/angle then checker plate and a winch welded on,from steel
     
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  18. D.wilson94 Member

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    Could just space out angle? Then strap through wheels
     
  19. Shedendman

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    Yer but not a smooth rolling on/off cars esp with flat tyres and murder to walk on also;)
     
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  20. CompoSimmonite Member

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    Remember there is a legal max overhang behind the rear axle of, I think, something like 60% of the wheelbase so choose base vehicle wisely.
     
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