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#814731 - Mon Jan 09 2012 02:48 AM Re: Plywood bed-floor for a working truck ? [Re: GMCFreak]
healingbear Offline
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Thanks GMCFreak for your post... I recently did my bed in the same material... Hope that it will last 5 years too...

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#815492 - Wed Jan 11 2012 01:16 PM Re: Plywood bed-floor for a working truck ? [Re: healingbear]
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For the ones who have gone the plywood route. I have the box off my '51 GMC. Is it easier to install the plywood and cross sills on the box and then install the box on the truck?

Are there any tricks to getting things properly lined up dimension-wise?
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#815628 - Wed Jan 11 2012 09:38 PM Re: Plywood bed-floor for a working truck ? [Re: magfarm51]
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Allan, I did mine on the frame but not bolted down... I think it might be easier if you had it off the truck... Be prepared to have help putting it back on the frame, it will be heavy...

I measured the bed dimensions... Making sure that the bed was squared when making my measurements... It was a bit difficult for my bed because it has not been together for 20 years... I did not know for sure where the cross stills went in relation to the bed and the frame...

I used two 4 x 8 3/4" sheets of treated plywood... Had them cut where I bought the plywood,( note that lumber stores that have their trim saw inside may not cut them )... The two pieces are the same size so the seam lined up in the middle of the bed, this made it easy to insert the plywood under the welded bed strips... I put a few coats of water seal/stain on them...

The cost for materials was about $ 150... I plan on using it to haul things so I went this route...

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#815797 - Thu Jan 12 2012 02:05 PM Re: Plywood bed-floor for a working truck ? [Re: healingbear]
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Thanks healingbear. I have the box off but as you mentioned, I'm not sure of the exact locations for the cross sills.
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#815805 - Thu Jan 12 2012 02:21 PM Re: Plywood bed-floor for a working truck ? [Re: magfarm51]
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Allan, if you know the locations of the cross still it would be easier drill in holes for the bolts... I did mine on the truck but had to more the bed side to side and raise the bed to drill the holes... An easier way might be to mark the holes, take the plywood off and drill your holes...This will work if you know the locations of the cross stills... I figured mine out by looking on the frame and saw wear marks and confirmed the front one by asking here on the forum...

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#819169 - Mon Jan 23 2012 10:24 PM Re: Plywood bed-floor for a working truck ? [Re: GMCFreak]
mo Offline
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why wouldnt you put all the bed strips in. would make it look a little more original. a little time with a router and straight edge and it would look better than original and probably last longer than the original boards with the pressure treated plywood. would let the wood dry outside sitting flat for a month or two first to acamalate to the weather and shrink up. then router and drill, seal everything with a good sealer and install. if done right would look original and nobody would know the difference.
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#820679 - Sat Jan 28 2012 09:39 PM Re: Plywood bed-floor for a working truck ? [Re: GMCFreak]
cmayna Offline
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3/4" ping pong table plywood (which is bigger than the typical 48"x96")does wonders. Cut and rip it to fit your bed. I've had it in my truck for over 20 years of service.
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#821345 - Mon Jan 30 2012 07:58 PM Re: Plywood bed-floor for a working truck ? [Re: cmayna]
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I took cmayna's advice on this and used 3/4" ping pong table plywood as a temporary bed in my '50 -- works great
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#824477 - Thu Feb 09 2012 10:10 AM Re: Plywood bed-floor for a working truck ? [Re: nrdesieyes]
magfarm51 Offline
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I searched and searched for "ping pong table plywood" and couldn't find any, did you guys have to special order it?
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#825039 - Sat Feb 11 2012 12:40 AM Re: Plywood bed-floor for a working truck ? [Re: magfarm51]
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i got mine for free off craigslist. look at the boise craigslist, there's one listed in meridian right now for $5. might be what you're looking for.
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