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    Interesting.
    Thanks for all the comments.

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    I just thought I'd update this thread. After reading all the answers I decided there is no "best" way to do what I wanted so I let my thrifty side take over and didn't use any other fittings. I don't have notchers or an ironworker, or tubing benders, or a chop saw, but I do have machine tools so I used those.
    Now I know those of you who do this for a living could never take the amount of time that I did to make what I needed. But I enjoy projects like this and have a new respect for fabricators. The pictures will show what I did.
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    I used a couple pieces of inch and a half, 90 degree elbows of electrical conduit to make the curves at the end of the rails.
    I still need to weld the front cross bar, but it's getting there.
    I will alter the back rack over the rear window to fit later this year but for now, I like the way its turned out. The paint is just Rustoleum Sunrise Red that is a pretty good match. I think I have about as much in stainless hardware and paint as I have in buying the ladder rack.
    Thanks again for all the comments.
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    I saw the first set of pictures and thought "he certainly will get frugal cred cruising around with that on his truck". Then scrolled down and was impressed when I saw the (more) finished product.

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    looks good

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    Here's the finished pictures. This was more work than I thought it was going to be, but I'm pleased with the outcome.
    Now I can tie off a heavy machine or a ton of wood pellets and not worry about the load.
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    Great job mayah. As my university shop teacher used to say, (imagine in a sort of Dutch/Canadian accent) "There's a right vey, and a wrong vey" I think you did it the right way. Also thanks for updating the thread with the finished product. I've done this a few times and I know others have and it's a great thing.

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    Thanks rcoope.
    Now I'm curious how long my Rustoleum paint job is going to hold up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maynah View Post
    Thanks rcoope.
    Now I'm curious how long my Rustoleum paint job is going to hold up.
    Who cares? It's easy to touch up!

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    Like the headboard. Good visibility, outside posts to keep long stuff on, lots of places to tie down.

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    Well that turned out several orders of magnitude nicer than I expected it to.


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