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1946 3/4 ton Stakebed #1229869
Sun Aug 13 2017 03:59 PM
Sun Aug 13 2017 03:59 PM
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JoeR  Offline OP
Wrench Fetcher
Joined: Jul 2013
Posts: 69
Southern California
I just picked up a '46 3/4 ton stake bed. Bed Photo

Bed 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
Joe

Re: 1946 3/4 ton Stakebed [Re: JoeR] #1230545
Thu Aug 17 2017 02:17 PM
Thu Aug 17 2017 02:17 PM
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T-RUCK  Offline
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Joined: Feb 2002
Posts: 208
Turner, OREGON
JoeR
I have the same bed and side boards, It looks like you'res has been modified [the wood sides]anyway. I may be able to take some pics of mine so you will know what you are in for if you rebuild it. The bed boards on mine went away as soon as it got damp, the metal strips between boards looks to be about the same shape in cross section as the half ton but wider and longer [ mine were not good] . The front corners on mine were shortend for some reason ??? you'res look full size. there is a frame around a opening at the cab back window, I can get a good pic of this. The bed boards are about a inch thick but 2x6 2x8 possibly could work BUTT????? Good luck with you're project you have a long way to go before the bed
T-ruck

Re: 1946 3/4 ton Stakebed [Re: T-RUCK] #1232052
Sat Aug 26 2017 01:03 AM
Sat Aug 26 2017 01:03 AM
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JoeR  Offline OP
Wrench Fetcher
Joined: Jul 2013
Posts: 69
Southern California
Thanks for the info T. I got all 4 wheels moving this week. A lot easier to move around the shop. Took the tranny apart, cleaned it all up and gave everything a good soaking in oil and put that back together. Goes into all gears nicely now. Time to move to the engine.

If you get a chance could you post the photos of yours. I've got to rebuild all the wood parts so it would be nice to have a guide.

Re: 1946 3/4 ton Stakebed [Re: JoeR] #1234417
Tue Sep 12 2017 01:00 PM
Tue Sep 12 2017 01:00 PM
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GreggE  Offline
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Joined: Aug 2017
Posts: 42
California
Joe you sure have your work cut out for you. Looking forward to seeing photos down the line as you go.

Gregg

Re: 1946 3/4 ton Stakebed [Re: JoeR] #1239793
Wed Oct 18 2017 07:58 PM
Wed Oct 18 2017 07:58 PM
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rickmg  Offline
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Joined: Feb 2011
Posts: 462
michigan
On my 1939 3/4 Stake the sideboards were southern yellow pine and the picket/uprights were oak. The bed was also southern yellow pine. Carriage bolts were used on the side boards with T-nuts. The T-nuts had 3 notches in them to turn them tight on the carriage bolts. The corner, steel window behind the cab and panel hardware was carriage bolts with square nuts. Drop me a PM and I'll send you samples. I fashioned a 3/8 drive socket into 3-prongs to turn the T-nuts.

Rick


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