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Unread 12-07-2008, 08:12 AM   #1
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Do You Know About This Truck ?

I came across this 'uniquely modified' Dodge Ram pick up truck by chance the other day and I have not been able to determine any info about it.

As shown in the two attached photos, the box of this truck can be lowered right to ground level, providing a pretty convenient way to load and unload - or even to position the box at various heights to facillitate loading/unloading to raised site requirements.

Now, the interesting construction of thios vehicle would involve two independent frame 'arms', extending back from the cab area to support each rear wheel. Quite a structural feat.

Anyway, I am quite curious as to where it was made and other details of its construction an dfunctionality? Any one seen this type of vehicle?
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Unread 12-07-2008, 08:52 AM   #2
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I never saw anything like it Michael, pretty neat though. Let me guess, front wheel drive only, the heavy tailgate is structural and actually holds the truck together and when you raise the body it somehow locks the two independent frame members together. If it's safe and solid it's a nice option.
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Unread 12-07-2008, 08:54 AM   #3
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RE: Do You Know About This Truck

I've never seen anything like this in production. My guess is that this is a custom modification. Looks pretty cool though.
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Unread 12-07-2008, 09:02 AM   #4
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the name "Power Bed" is on the rear tire cover and side of bed,
did a search and nothing comes up for it.

I do see a number on the side of the truck, calling it might give you more info if the prior owner know where it was made/fabricated.

I'll ask some people I know about it on Monday.
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Unread 12-07-2008, 09:47 AM   #5
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The ultimate tile delivery vehicle.Or TDV,made right here in the Jb forums research lab, it had a short life though as the recession virtually stopped all tile deliveries of over 10 boxes.
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Unread 12-07-2008, 09:48 AM   #6
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I don't know anything specifically about it Michael but it looks a lot like the fleet of trucks Stephen's Rentals uses to deliver equipment. Maybe you can ask them.
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Where do the axle go?
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you think it couldn't handle much weight without a rear axle.
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Unread 12-07-2008, 10:01 AM   #9
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Looks like a mechanical nightmare to me.
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Unread 12-07-2008, 11:18 AM   #10
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Yes, it is an intriguing design (Nightmare maybe?).

It looks like a conventional 4-wheel drive truck with the rear-wheel connection removed. (So, Mattt you're right - its a front wheel drive truck - perhaps this is the main drawback to this design?)

CX: There is no rear axle or any obvious structural connection between the rear wheels as far as I can tell. The idea that the box itself provides this structual connection between the rear wheels is a good thought - however, I could not see any way that this was done... The suspension for each rear wheel a leaf spring that is located up in the "wheel well" well above the wheel.

This design looks well thought out and well-constructed - it would seem to be a lot of expense and effort for a "custom' effort, Scott.

Brian - let us know if you find anything out.

I did an Internet check on "Power Bed" but also came up with nothing similar to this truck. Perhaps a local tool rental company (Toronto, Ontario) may have had something to do with this truck, as Colin suggested? I'll check this lead out further.

On another note, one might think that this design would be ideal for many trades - especially thoses which do "site work" (e.g. lawn car companies, home construction, companies, plumbers, local delivery, tile setters, etc).

Maybe this design will be the next big thing out of Detroit (might help GM, Chrysler or Ford if this design can be perfected) !
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Unread 12-07-2008, 12:09 PM   #11
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I was told by a mechanic long ago that the military Hummers have planetary gears, which allows for a higher ground clearance. Maybe there is something similar on this truck? I wonder how the power is transfered to the rear even if there are planetary gears?
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Did you take these photos in person? I'm thinking it's a photoshop if not. Otherwise, it would be a tremendous amount of effort for what they got.
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Unread 12-08-2008, 06:41 PM   #13
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Yes - I did see the truck in person. It is certainly real!

I have a number of other photos which I will download from my camera and post.

The truck is still parked where I originall saw it. I will go into the adjacent building and ask about it. I didn't expect that it may be one-of-a kind.
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Unread 12-08-2008, 07:28 PM   #14
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Michael,

did you try calling the number on the side of the truck to find a history ?
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I've seen it before, the truck is front wheel drive only, and the back axle is like what a drop trailer has.

A truck body place near reading pa (Crest truck body) is a dealer for them, thats about all I know.
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