This is what someone about my height would see.

D100 Bed Treatment: bottle caps and a pallet

It’s the new word you use when you redo something… “treatment”. Especially when you use reclaimed wood.

Due to the ride height I wanted when we set up the suspension, a step notch was required to let the axle go above the original bottom of the frame rail. I wasn’t keen on having a sheet metal pan in the bed though – it wouldn’t really fit in with the theme of the truck. Even if it’s extra work, I prefer modifying something old to work with the new setup. If you think of the Sweptline as a truck hippie straight out of the 60’s, and then try to imagine the confluence of a human hippie with particular accessories from other “genres”, I think you’ll see where I’m going: a hippie with those caps people wear on their teeth, a hippie with an analog clock hung around their neck, a hippie wearing a NASCAR jacket and tearaway pants. Maybe I’m over-reacting, but I just didn’t want to see that sheet metal pan in the back of the truck.

SO… I thought I’d just grab a pallet from behind the shop and cut out the underside to fit over the pan. My goal was for people to glance in the back of the truck and see a pallet which is presumed to have been tossed there to serve some utilitarian purpose. And a couple beer caps. I love seeing beer caps in truck beds. If you discover one in your pocket as you’re walking by my truck, I’d love it if you threw it in the back. I’ve started with a Miller High Life cap, because it’s the champagne of beers. I’d prefer no Bud Light, Coors Light, or Corona, please, but I suppose I can deal with those on my own time if they end up there. Mick Ultra cans are ok because they remind me of Dave Tucci. He’s found his jam and sticking to it – I respect that. Most things Ultra at least sound cool.

Webber Chassis expertly handled the sheet metal work for me.

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