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Now we all know why the bed scratches so easily.
 

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swampler said:
The supplier for the bed material (Meridian Automotive as listed in the article) filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy yesterday. Here's a link.
Just a note about the Meridian Automotive bankruptcy...

from detnews:

Meridian Automotive Systems Files Plan of Reorganization
ALLEN PARK, Mich.--March 30, 2006--Meridian Automotive Systems, Inc. today announced that it has filed its Plan of Reorganization ("Plan") with the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. Now that the Plan has been filed, Meridian will follow the process required by the Bankruptcy Court to obtain approval of its Plan and related documents at a confirmation hearing and ultimately exit Chapter 11.


Richard E. Newsted, Meridian's President and CEO, said, "Filing a Plan in less than eleven months since entering Chapter 11 is a major accomplishment and clearly reflects the strength of our company and our efficiency with respect to our restructuring efforts. Our restructuring process is now entering into its critical final stage and we are committed to completing our exit from Chapter 11 as quickly and efficiently as possible."


Sure seems like sales of the Ridgeline, and with it, demand for the truck's bed materials may be a "contributing factor" to the company's "restructuring efforts". Good to know that someone else is benefitting from the popularity of our RLs. :)

Thanks to Ridge Man and swampler for the interesting links! Heh-heh! Just noticed... this was originally posted a year ago... to the day. Just goes to show ya... old posts never die... ;)

Edit: just a note... the link provided by swampler has "expired". Guess it went to "Yahell". :rolleyes:
 

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Once bolted into the vehicle, the box contributes significantly to the overall vehicle stiffness, Flint says.
I thought the box was an integral part of the unibody design? This article talks about it being "bolted" to the frame. Isn't that the same as how regular body pick ups are assembled?
 

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The February 2013 edition of Wards Auto World features an article on the "risky" move of switching from steel to aluminum on the cabs and beds of some future Ford F-150 models. A section of the article also discusses GM's failed effort to introduce composite beds over a decade ago.

The articles states all the advantages of the composite bed then goes on to explain why it was short-lived: The dealers didn't order this factory option because they made more money installing aftermarket liners.

This may be old knowledge to many, but I found it interesting.

http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/b918d279#/b918d279/6
 

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Is that joint a paid stooge for chinese steel mills?
Aluminum has been used in work trucks like Land Rover for over 60 years. Most aircraft use it extensively to. And some guy says its not tough enough?

As for bonding steel and aluminum, avoiding electrolytic corrosion between the two metals is key. But that issue can be solved easily when you do it right.
 
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