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Question Flatbed build

I have a 2003 international 4300 with a 24 foot morgan dry box.
Living and working in western NY rust is having its way with the rails underneath.
SO, MY plan is take off the box and since I cannot justify 10,000 to rebuild the floor new steel and wood, $15,000 + for a new box between $3,500 $5,000 for a used box just to have the same problem in a coupe years, I want to convert it to a flatbed.

Talked to the NYS troopers truck enforcement and they said as long as its properly secured to the frame, load can be secured, lights are properly located, its less than 102 inches wide, and has rear under ride protection there are no DOT issues.

The truck is a NON CDL unit and has a GVW 25,500 lbs incomplete chassis cab weight apx. 12,500 Im not carrying more than 10,000 lbs. I don't have to build a heavy haul bed but it has to be right.

I am wondering what is the recommended thickness for the I beams, and c channel. What is there now and solid shape is
2 inch x 3 inch x 3/16 thick.

Plan is runners 24 - 26 foot 2 x 3 x 3/16 I beam, cross members same material on 16 inch centers, 3/16 ribbon 1/4 inch anchors for the tie downs and rubrail.

Thanks for the help.
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