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Hot Rods Transporting folding chairs and small cooler.

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by derb, Feb 9, 2018.

  1. derb
    Joined: Oct 17, 2009
    Posts: 31


    Do you have a nice fresh pickup with a really nice bed and finished floor? What have you done to haul two folding chairs and a beverage cooler?
    I was thinking of having an upholstery shop, or marine canvas shop fabricate a soft sided " cargo bag" to slip them into, and maybe use snaps to secure it to the bed floor.
    I would appreciate your ideas, thoughts and photos.


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  2. In the case of my F-100, I just put a piece of cardboard over the bed wood and this prevented any scratches.

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  3. I bought two rubber floor mats from Home Depot. When I get to a show,roll them up and put them under the truck.
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  4. derb
    Joined: Oct 17, 2009
    Posts: 31


    Thanks, but I'm not sure I'm disciplined enough to drive around nicely enough to have them just laying there, I don't want them bouncing off the tailgate and bed sides.
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  5. derb
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  6. derb
    Joined: Oct 17, 2009
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    Thanks, the rubber would help, but I'm not sure I'm disciplined enough to drive around nicely enough to have them just laying there, I don't want them bouncing off the tailgate and bed sides.
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  7. G-son
    Joined: Dec 19, 2012
    Posts: 633

    from Sweden

    Never a good idea to drive around with unsecured load. You should have tiedowns around the edges of the bed, makes it a piece of cake to put a strap or two over any load. (Okay, someone is probably going to say they don't like the look. Then don't put any f***ing load in there, loose items kills people.)
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  8. The Shift Wizard
    Joined: Jan 10, 2017
    Posts: 1,954

    The Shift Wizard

    My idea is similar to Boyd Wylie's. Just get a cheap carpet remnant. Or instead of paying big money for a fancy, custom bag, take an old blanket, fold it in half and sew the sides like a big pita pocket. If you can find something that looks old fashioned, even better.
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  9. pwschuh
    Joined: Oct 27, 2008
    Posts: 2,270


    If you're swimming in money, go to an upholstery shop and get something custom made. Otherwise, just get one of those giant sport travel cargo bags that college athletes use to travel to away-games and carry their gear. The ones I've seen on the airport luggage carousels are plenty big enough for two folding chairs and a good sized cooler.
  10. Cree
    Joined: Jun 13, 2017
    Posts: 108

    from Montana

    I use a compact pickup utility box on rubber feet and held in with turnbuckles. It locks and holds chairs, cooler, and jackets or, for those excuse-to-drive-your-rod errands carries groceries, parts, lawnmower gas can, etc. Plus it keeps a non-skid pad and tie-downs handy for bigger cargo. It comes right out if you want.
  11. Vanness
    Joined: Aug 5, 2017
    Posts: 406


    Guys., c-mon. They are trucks..the cooler with the beer stays in the cab close to the driver of course.
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  12. Joe H
    Joined: Feb 10, 2008
    Posts: 901

    Joe H

    I bought this at a swap meet, works for holding all kinds of stuff. I used the bolt holes already in the bed strips to mount it so no extra holes were needed.

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  13. jnaki
    Joined: Jan 1, 2015
    Posts: 4,491


    Hey D,

    Your Ford Pickup is pretty nice. That bed is outstanding. Somehow, you will have to find some folding, tie down brackets for the bed. When my 65 El Camino was new, I needed to transport a cooler, chairs and a couple of Greeves 250cc racing bikes. The idea was that the bed was going to get scratched at some point, but tie down hooks and brackets were the order of the day. One of my mom’s, old, thick bedspreads was used on the floor surface for the cooler and chairs. The bike area was left bare metal of the El Camino painted floor.

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    A couple of these flat brackets painted black would be less noticeable, but very effective in conjunction with nylon tie down straps. ( has the best prices for every available tie down situation. Their prices are so low, that it is impossible not to buy something. We had several chromed sets spaced all around the inside of the El Camino bed wall. If you truck will not allow surface mounts, you might want to use somewhere on the floor for anchor points.

    But, the tie downs were a necessity to keep everything from moving while driving or turning down those bumpy desert roads. Early nylon aircraft tie downs with hooks made things easy. The early spring buckles made adjusting easy and simple. That cooler and chairs were not going to move while driving. When we got to the desert, the thick bedspread was used as an extra comforter over our sleeping bags for warmth. 100 degrees in the day and freezing at night, that is the life in the desert.
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    Since the motorcycles had rubber tires, the El Camino floor stayed, relatively clean and scratch free until sold in 1974. The bedspread and nylon tie down straps/buckles were the items that kept everything from shifting while driving. They were a necessity. I even used the straps and bed tie down hooks to keep my surfboard from sliding all over during those long drives to the So Cal beaches and Baja secret surf spots.

    Your wooden floor is pristine and can be kept that way, but tie down straps keep things from not moving. We had several sets of nylon straps for absolutely no movement back in the El Camino bed. Recently, we have purchased some other tie down straps and buckles from The variety of straps, buckles, etc. will drive you cuckoo. But, in a good way.


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  14. low down A
    Joined: Feb 6, 2009
    Posts: 256

    low down A

    just sit em on your DO NOT TOUCH signs
  15. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 46,081


    I knew there was a reason I refinished the bed of my truck in the original black paint, instead of varnish and polish :)
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  16. get a rhino liner sprayed in it. :p:D

    I got a few of these to throw down on the cold floor to lay on.
    They are nice, super light weight and would work well in your request.
    A few cut to size and your whole bed would be protected.
    Magnets would hold it, and a 6yr old kid could take them out While you set up the chairs and gold chain.
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  17. flatheadpete
    Joined: Oct 29, 2003
    Posts: 9,706

    from Burton, MI

    Reminds me of the time I had a really nice late model truck (lowered, black, really nice) and had a flathead block 'secured' in the bed. Had to panic stop and it came 'unsecured' and slammed into the back of the cab. Had to pay for that upholstery cleaning...
  18. lippy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2006
    Posts: 4,575

    from Ks

    I usually pull a trailer. :D

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  19. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
    Posts: 6,589

    from Nicasio Ca

    DSCN0042.JPG Here's what I use. Scratchproof and no reaching for beer.
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  20. My 36 Chevy has an old potters trunk like Joe H's truck has. It's great for stowing tool box, extra parts and other things you need for road tripping. As for a place to sit, that's why trucks have tail gates isnt it?. My bed floor is a sheet of finished plywood and painted bed stips, nothing fancy, its a truck that was rebuilt to be used. Mitch.
  21. If I was doing an old truck with a finished bed, I'm not but if I was,,,
    I'd make a double side wall bed with 1/2" space for sure!
  22. Blues4U
    Joined: Oct 1, 2015
    Posts: 4,657

    from So Cal

    Sorry man, I can't relate, I use my pickup bed for what it was intended. It's a truck, use it.

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  23. Haha, you'd have been blistered for this, on the old HAMB. Talk about first world problems...
  24. HAAA! Miss the old HAMB and the old members

    Maybe we can talk @Ryan into a traditional HaMB original weekends
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  25. nochop
    Joined: Nov 13, 2005
    Posts: 1,592

    from norcal

    You drink a lot of water :cool:
  26. Hollywood-East
    Joined: Mar 13, 2008
    Posts: 1,197


    I used a piece of cord, To hold my rusty beat up non Kool brand kooler, Never lost it, even leaving the gate open... Nice truck by the way!
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  27. lippy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2006
    Posts: 4,575

    from Ks

    Phil!!!!!!!!! Lippy:cool:
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  28. If you use the truck it's going get a scratch or two,if your always worry about it you won't enjoy doing anywhere. HRP



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