I just picked up a '46 3/4 ton stake bed. Bed PhotoBed Photo 2
The wood is obviously shot as are the strips. The corners are in great shape. I have a few questions:
1/ The stakes are bolted together with what appears to be carriage bolts with the nuts with the little points on the washers that you hammer into the wood. The bolts attaching the wood to the corners have hex holes in the heads so you can turn them into the nuts (the nuts can't move since they're in the wood) but the side bolts have no such holes so you can't turn the bolts. I have no idea how they put them together.
2/ It appears that the front wood, corners and side wood attached to the corners would have to come off as one unit since they're all bolted together, plus there is nothing else holding the corners to the bed. Was this from the factory?
3/ The wood bed slats appear to slide into the bed frame rather than sit on top of it.
Does anyone know if a regular long bed wood kit will fit or do I have to make everything myself?
I'll try and take some better photos once I get things cleaned up.
Thanks for any help