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Hi,
I am trying to figure out what my options are to get the tray of the truck. (Don’t have crane or forklift)
After taking the floor out and the sides off, what do you think how much would it weigh?

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Based on various known things, I would venture to say circa 500kg, could be a bit less.

Do you have a shop building now? and do you have a reasonable sturdy roof frame? If so;

1) back the truck into the building
2) attach ropes or similar to each of four corners of the tray
3) put ropes over rafters/ trusses
4) ooch each corner up, re-securing free end, until the tray is clear of bed (e.g. jack from floor, use cable puller from above)
5) drive truck out from under
6) with a couple of extra hands, untie and use friction over the roof frame as a belay device to lower the tray to the ground/ waiting trolley. If you have two or more cable pullers, this whole operation becomes somewhat easier and safer

Goes without saying that care for safety of all involved is paramount

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My troop bed was, interestingly, right at 1300 lbs. I would not recall otherwise. If you have stripped the bed already it will be like 900, IIRC.

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I suspect the factory plywood decking adds a huge portion of that weight. I broke a 2000lb warn winch trying to remove mine. Granted a 2000 lb vehicle winch is not rated to dead lift that weight.
 

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I suspect the factory plywood decking adds a huge portion of that weight. I broke a 2000lb warn winch trying to remove mine. Granted a 2000 lb vehicle winch is not rated to dead lift that weight.
It’s not factory PLY, but some other PLY.
i will strip it down to just subframe and headboard before attempting to lift off. On that note, are the headboards always welded on or did I find another customisation done by a previous owner?
 

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+ the deck plate fittings in and undr the bed

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I swear my ply was saturated in bitumen of some sort As a preservative. Its insanely heavy where it was still fully intact.
 

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Do you mean the hundreds of bolts & nuts + kilos (or pounds) of glue, sealer?
My list of things to remove so far:
  • sides
  • tailgate
  • mudguards
  • floor (incl nuts & bolts)
That should be it, right?
I haven’t seen your truck, but from the Bund it would also have toolboxes, mounts under the bed for hand tools, and some wiring for coms and power.

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That’s a good looking Unimog, but not mine.
Mine is ex-NZ Army with a 2nd hand ex-ADF cab and ex-UK 2nd hand tray. She’s truely international!
 

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Discussion Starter · #17 ·
I’ve started digging in the rust removal and don’t like what I am finding. The seams look rusted from both sides and in side out.
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My worry is, whatever I do give it 2 years and the rust is back? (Pictures taken after 1st round wire wheeling)
Any ideas, recommendations regards next steps are highly appreciated.

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I had similar isses and had new sides bent up by a local shop - very cost effective and will outlive the rest of the truck.
I just cut all the hardware off and welded it onto the new sides.
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That’s the way to do it!! I am in the middle of restoring my U1300L bed and if I stick with stock style bed sides I will do the same thing. I also think it modernizes it.
 
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