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97 OBS failed safety inspection.... radiator support (on order from LMC truck) and bed supports rotted away. Are there any sources for the bed supports, or dimensional steel that I can weld in? One of the supports has a hole in it and needs to be replaced/patched. Thanks.
 

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LMC would be another source. You might also consider simply measuring each of your existing supports and then buy actual square tubing. Kits are nice because they include proper size supports and new fasteners however the square tubing will be much stronger and likely less expensive. I bought a kit on line for my super duty and it worked out great.
 

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You mean frame brackets that support the bed, or rhe bed's own channel structure?

The bed is superficial. Just fill/cover with new/used metal. You can have a roadworthy truck with bare frame rails and mudflaps/lights.
 

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LMC would be another source. You might also consider simply measuring each of your existing supports and then buy actual square tubing. Kits are nice because they include proper size supports and new fasteners however the square tubing will be much stronger and likely less expensive. I bought a kit on line for my super duty and it worked out great.
LMC does not have anything
 

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You mean frame brackets that support the bed, or rhe bed's own channel structure?

The bed is superficial. Just fill/cover with new/used metal. You can have a roadworthy truck with bare frame rails and mudflaps/lights.
The bed channels parallel to the truck frame.

Failed inspection here in PA for that and the radiator support (which is toast and on order from LMC)

I'm actually looking into getting "antique" tags for the truck. In PA, any vehicle 25 years or older can have "antique" tags with no annual registration or inspection.
 
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Aren't you referring to the channels that run perpendicular to the frame rails? You are correct about the antique plates in PA, I currently have three vehicles with them. Plates are a one time purchase (no annual renewal) and eliminate annual safety inspection.
 

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Quick search on the internet, appears there's a vendor on eBay selling them. It's a 5-piece kit designed for 1980 thru 1997. Vendor name: classicparts4u. eBay item number: 403798811668.
 

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Aren't you referring to the channels that run perpendicular to the frame rails? You are correct about the antique plates in PA, I currently have three vehicles with them. Plates are a one time purchase (no annual renewal) and eliminate annual safety inspection.
Florida doesn't have inspection, but I'm totally jealous about the non renewal. My newest vehicle is 1990.
 

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It's not all "beer & pretzels", there's an annual mileage limitation.. I think it's just 2500 miles and you're not supposed to use it for every day transportation. Still, it's an affordable way to keep older vehicles around and on the road.
 

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It's not all "beer & pretzels", there's an annual mileage limitation.. I think it's just 2500 miles and you're not supposed to use it for every day transportation. Still, it's an affordable way to keep older vehicles around and on the road.
Lol, dang, it sounded good at least. Just keep @ 6-10 running old cars and rotate them around, I guess.
 

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I'm actually looking into getting "antique" tags for the truck. In PA, any vehicle 25 years or older can have "antique" tags with no annual registration or inspection.

As already mentioned... read the fine print.

We have a similar "collector" registration here for vehicles. Trouble is the condition and originality need to be especially good (also completely unmodified) and puts a lot of restrictions on use.
 

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As already mentioned... read the fine print.

We have a similar "collector" registration here for vehicles. Trouble is the condition and originality need to be especially good (also completely unmodified) and puts a lot of restrictions on use.
Dad gum beauracrats! If y'all ever want to dress up like indians and throw our licence plates in Boston harbor, let me know, I'm down.
 

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It's not all "beer & pretzels", there's an annual mileage limitation.. I think it's just 2500 miles and you're not supposed to use it for every day transportation. Still, it's an affordable way to keep older vehicles around and on the road.

As already mentioned... read the fine print.

We have a similar "collector" registration here for vehicles. Trouble is the condition and originality need to be especially good (also completely unmodified) and puts a lot of restrictions on use.

No cop around here is going to hassle someone with an "antique" plate, even if driven everyday IMO. If they do, you say you're going to a car show or it's the first time driven this week. Much more pressing issues for the police to act upon than someone with antique plates. You're also not supposed to carry passengers or haul anything in the bed. LOL.
 

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Quick search on the internet, appears there's a vendor on eBay selling them. It's a 5-piece kit designed for 1980 thru 1997. Vendor name: classicparts4u. eBay item number: 403798811668.
$200 I'll probably just cut and patch the "bad" rail. I'm actually surprised they put that on the reason for failure (aside from the radiator support which i admit is pretty much gone in the usual spots)
 
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