I worked on my truck bed again this morning but had to knock off by lunch because it was getting too hot. I didn't get a whole lot accomplished. But I did manage to cut the Styrofoam into the rough shapes it needs to be to support the bed.
It'd been a long time since I had to deal with Styrofoam and forgot how annoying the stuff can be. I put some more insulation in my camping ice chest a while back but I used poly Iso which is kind of like Styrofoam but insulates a lot better, and is way easier to work with.
I thought I was going to use my power saw to cut out the pieces but the first time I tried that I was covered in Styrofoam dust from head to toe which static electricity held there till I looked like a snowman. So I ended up cutting it out with a sharp knife which was somewhat laborious but a whole lot less messy.
It's far from finished but at least I have something to hold the bed up so I can lay down on it and get a rough idea about how it's going to work, and I learned very quickly that I don't bend like I used to.
Trying to enter the bed from the passenger side is kind of difficult because my truck sits up a little high, in fact folks with shorter legs have trouble getting into it, and then the bed is 10 or 12 inches higher than that, so making the transition from ground to bed is something I haven't been able to accomplish yet.
Getting in and out of the bed from the driver's side is also fraught with peril. I have to make my way from the truck door over to the bed in a very stooped over position, and getting into the bed from that hunkered down position stretches parts of me that have lain dormant for years.
Now bear in mind if you're 5 foot 5, and have been teaching yoga classes for 10 years, getting in and out of this bed would be no more difficult than getting in and out of the one back home. But in my current fossilized state this homemade bed is going to be a serious challenge.
I might be able to get out of it once a night but I'm not sure what I will do on those nights when nature calls at two in the morning and then calls again a couple of hours later, I guess I'll just lay there and hope it was a wrong number.
Looking from the front of the truck to the back. The hinges were necessary because I couldn't get it in the truck in one piece. But folding it up makes it real simple.
the bed now sits where part of the rear seat used to be. There's still a fold up rear seat behind the driver seat. The Styrofoam blocks will be glued together and shaped to fit the area where they're going to support the bed.
this is where the passenger seat used to be. there's not much room for storage under there because of all the electronics where the power seat plugged in. But the Styrofoam blocks will be smaller by the time I'm finished.