10 wheeler truck body shed

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10 wheeler truck body shed

Postby eplummer » Tue Dec 05, 2017 8:19 pm

Hi Everyone, I have an old 1970's 10 wheeler truck body I use as a shed. It is not quite weather tight and I have been working in harmony with the resident grey squirrels above me and the wild rabbits underneath. But it gets me out of the house. The rear door slides up out of the way but the cables that assist with that are missing as are the corner mechanisms that would guide the cables to the center mounted spring. The door itself is heavy and has rotted out a bit on the bottom. I am looking for suggestions as far as materials to replace the door panels so I could use the existing roller tracks so that something could still be slid up out of the way but not use anyone else's help to do it.
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Re: 10 wheeler truck body shed

Postby dag1450 » Tue Dec 05, 2017 9:44 pm

Pics when u get a chance. Rebuilding the "garage door" would b tough. If not too bad maybe patch the bottom and get the cables working for the weight. Even if u add some garage door springs. Hey ...how about a garage door opener.....
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Re: 10 wheeler truck body shed

Postby eplummer » Tue Dec 05, 2017 9:56 pm

Hey Dave,
Yeah, A garage door opener would be awesome but I think it might be a stretch at this point. I am trying to keep it simple and functional. I have framed out the back with some old 2x6 and 2x8 left over from a project years ago. Maybe even go with a couple of sheets of framed up plywood hanging from hinges for the winter. Just prop them up to get in and out. I didn't know if I got some thin exterior sheet material I might be able to slide it up and down in the existing tracks and not have to worry about springs. Of course complicating the issue is I have less carpentry skills than I do tractor skills and the shed is full of crap! :lol:
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Re: 10 wheeler truck body shed

Postby BigMike » Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:03 pm

Sliding barn type door. Easy to make, full opening, relatively inexpensive.
http://www.natman.com/sub-category/box-rail

Put a 4x4 post off one side of the "shed" to hold the outer end of the rail.
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Re: 10 wheeler truck body shed

Postby dag1450 » Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:29 pm

Mike...u thinking like a star trek theme door style? I do like the sounds they made... :lol:
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Re: 10 wheeler truck body shed

Postby eplummer » Wed Dec 06, 2017 9:34 am

Beam me up Scotty! Big Mike Thanks for the link, I do have a few of those components somewhere I grabbed from my brother in law when he was cleaning out. I will have to pay him a visit to see if he still has the rails!
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Re: 10 wheeler truck body shed

Postby JMotuzick » Wed Dec 06, 2017 9:51 am

Swing doors! Hinges are fairly cheep a sheet of 1/2” ply wood for either side and if you want to make it nice(I would) 1” rough sawn siding. Paint the whole thing barn red and your good for 20 years... of course being the son of a carpenter I’m not the best but I could get the job done! That and having access to the mill at Zagray helps too!
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Re: 10 wheeler truck body shed

Postby dag1450 » Wed Dec 06, 2017 8:46 pm

Just for the record....I'm not a star trek nerd...I just thought the sound was cool. And for the record...I still feel repairs to existing door would b easiest. But....but...I have not seen what we r working with. If u can find a brand of the box u have....parts might still b available.....like cables or brackets. Idk
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Re: 10 wheeler truck body shed

Postby eplummer » Wed Dec 06, 2017 10:00 pm

Hey Dave,
I am not a "trekkie" but I would love to have a set of those doors!
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Re: 10 wheeler truck body shed

Postby dag1450 » Sat Dec 09, 2017 7:50 am

https://youtu.be/Ef6KjffNnv4. I don't have a lot of experience with garage door springs.....but can't be too hard. I should adjust some of mine as they are getting heavier.
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