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Water-shed Ramps for your El Camino or Pickup Truck

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A common problem with El Caminos (especially 1973-1977)  is that the bed is sloped slightly towards  the front. This means that rain water collects at the front of the bed, and tends to cause water leaks inside the car's interior. One solution is to always park on a slope (like a driveway) or on car ramps, but this isn't always possible or convenient.

This instructable will show you how to create a pair of low-profile ramps that can be kept in the bed of your El Camino or pickup truck. These ramps don’t take up much room, and can be used whenever and wherever you need.

Materials:
(3) 2” x 4” x 8’ studs
2-1/2 drywall screws

Tools:
Miter saw
Cordless driver

Step 1: Cut the lumber

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Using the miter saw, cut 10 lengths (5 for each ramp) of 2 x 4's, 20 inches long, with a 60º miter on one end.

Place 5 boards side by side to mark and cut a top board.

Step 2: Assemble

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Two thicknesses of 2 x 4's is a lot to try to screw through, so it is best to drill 4 or 5 holes (same diameter as your drywall screws)  in one of the pieces first.

Place the board with the holes next to another board, and fasten together with the 2-1/2" drywall screws, using a cordless driver. Repeat this process until you have  5 boards fastened together.

Add the top board in the same manner.

Step 3: Using your ramps

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Throw the ramps into the bed of your El Camino or truck.

When needed, simply place the ramps directly in front of the front wheels, and carefully drive up on the ramps.

The bed should now be slanted towards the rear to allow the rainwater to drain out the back.

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artcfartc2 years ago
I love it! I'm totally making these for my '73 Ford Ranchero.
lime3D (author)  artcfartc2 years ago
Great! Would you like to vote for it in the Fix & Improve It Contest contest?
HandySun2 years ago
How sturdy are these? Hear any creaking or anything? My car is low to the ground, and it really scares me to get under this thing to do oil changes. Do you suggest I get under it with your idea? I found gentle sloped race ramps, but they're really expensive.

Any suggestions on wood that I could use for this that'll hold weight enough for this application?
lime3D (author)  HandySun2 years ago
These are rock solid.
l8nite2 years ago
Actually a lot of pickups have this problem. I have 2 ford rangers, one has some rust holes at the front of the bed so it drains but the other one, which also gets driven less, tends to collect rain water. While curb mining I found several cut off 4x4's about 2.5feet long, I lay 2 in front of each front tire and drive up on them. Someday I should probably attach them together and make some kind of rope handle. Nicely done"instructable" ....
ljhhontx2 years ago
I had a Ranchero with the same problem, would fill the hole behind the seats with water, this is a great idea, so was selling my Ranchero.