.So, yes, it’s a five ton bed. I’m also convinced it’s an M36. With the crane and all, I’m trying to put my mind into the place this previous owner had.
A deuce is big enough by any standard. But the cost and effort to throw a 5 ton bed on deuce, with a crane? WTF?
Previous owner could have been looking for a shorter bed. There were long frame and short frame Deuces. He needed a shorter bed to fit the crane. Long beds bring a better price than a short 5-Ton. Would have also not needed to cut the bed. Some folks (me included) are not that kind of fabricators.
Have you had a chance to crawl under your truck to see if the frame (on the inside) is "boxed" in the inside of the frame rails? And, if the extended frame is really a factory extended frame - or was it fabricated by somebody in their backyard?
It might not be a boxed frame. It could have an extra steel plate added to the outside of the frame rails. Generally there will be lots of drill holes in that plate to avoid the rivets...
The crane might never be worked hard. It just might be a way to pick up a pallet of wood or concrete. Whatever you might want to lift from the ground to that chest high bed...
Still excited for you!!