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Steel Bed for 60-66 Short bed #1237401
Mon Oct 02 2017 06:50 AM
Mon Oct 02 2017 06:50 AM
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bartamos  Offline OP
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State48 Ranch
I'm doing a steel bed for my 1960 GMC short bed fleet. I thought about the wood, the strips, the finish, the polyurethane, the gouges, the eventual refinish and the money. So I decided to call it a custom steel bed. Using a 67-72 donor long bed. Long beds easier/cheaper to find. Here are a few beginning shots. Don't know if it is worth a "Tip" or just posts.
Of course, careful measuring of original bed and making a drawing is the first step. Will post more soon. Not using my good Ridgid angle grinder for this job.


First pic is donor bed as purchased. Bed liner is the scourge of the earth. Gotta get it off the edges for MIG welding,


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43.jpg (312 downloads)
36.jpg (309 downloads)
45.jpg (303 downloads)
35.jpg (301 downloads)
42.jpg (301 downloads)

1960 GMC K1001 (The Oreo SpeedWagon)
If it ain't fixed, break it.





Re: Steel Bed for 60-66 Short bed [Re: bartamos] #1237427
Mon Oct 02 2017 12:46 PM
Mon Oct 02 2017 12:46 PM
Justhorsenround  Online
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Central, Oklahoma
Don't ya just love it when a plan comes together. My Brother has property near Kingman, Az. When out there instead of his main home in Mena, Ar., we would get up at 6am and go outside to work until around 9 or 10am. Then back inside in the AC until 8pm then back outside for a couple of hours. Real challenge to handle the heat at our age.


Martin
'62 Chevy C-10 Stepside Shortbed (Restomod in progress)
'47 Chevy 3100 5 Window (long term project)


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Re: Steel Bed for 60-66 Short bed [Re: bartamos] #1237545
Tue Oct 03 2017 02:23 AM
Tue Oct 03 2017 02:23 AM
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bartamos  Offline OP
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This method is, of course, also used for those who are cutting a long bed down to a short. New metal floors are available for a huge delivered price.

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1960 GMC K1001 (The Oreo SpeedWagon)
If it ain't fixed, break it.





Re: Steel Bed for 60-66 Short bed [Re: bartamos] #1239346
Sun Oct 15 2017 11:17 AM
Sun Oct 15 2017 11:17 AM
Woogeroo  Offline
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Posts: 2,865
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Interesting stuff... keep posting please. grin

-W

Re: Steel Bed for 60-66 Short bed [Re: bartamos] #1239385
Sun Oct 15 2017 05:36 PM
Sun Oct 15 2017 05:36 PM
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bartamos  Offline OP
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Moving along.... Glad someone is interested.

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1960 GMC K1001 (The Oreo SpeedWagon)
If it ain't fixed, break it.





Re: Steel Bed for 60-66 Short bed [Re: bartamos] #1239387
Sun Oct 15 2017 05:39 PM
Sun Oct 15 2017 05:39 PM
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bartamos  Offline OP
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State48 Ranch
Meanwhile, back at the ranch:

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37c.jpg (158 downloads)
37d.jpg (156 downloads)

1960 GMC K1001 (The Oreo SpeedWagon)
If it ain't fixed, break it.





Re: Steel Bed for 60-66 Short bed [Re: bartamos] #1239410
Sun Oct 15 2017 10:14 PM
Sun Oct 15 2017 10:14 PM
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bartamos  Offline OP
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State48 Ranch
Morz:


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42A.jpg (141 downloads)

1960 GMC K1001 (The Oreo SpeedWagon)
If it ain't fixed, break it.





Re: Steel Bed for 60-66 Short bed [Re: bartamos] #1239411
Sun Oct 15 2017 10:15 PM
Sun Oct 15 2017 10:15 PM
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bartamos  Offline OP
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Rib repair rough in. Used a donor rib from another part. Sounds Biblical but Hey, it's just a bed floor.

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3681.jpg (142 downloads)
4184.jpg (135 downloads)

1960 GMC K1001 (The Oreo SpeedWagon)
If it ain't fixed, break it.





Re: Steel Bed for 60-66 Short bed [Re: bartamos] #1239984
Fri Oct 20 2017 05:44 AM
Fri Oct 20 2017 05:44 AM
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bartamos  Offline OP
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Sides, tailgate and Bulkhead mock up.
Looks like it all fits. Bolting bed down now. There really is no reference point/feature to locate modified bed to truck frame.
Next step, take all off to blast and paint.

Note: Up front where floor meets bulkhead mounting flange, there will be a space between floor and the flange. They will not mate up. This is due to the fact that the truck had 3/4" boards as a floor and now has only about .063 -.125 thickness. So there is about a 5/8 gap. You can cut the bulkhead and move the flange up to support floor bottom or you can use a spacer of 5/8 square tubing between floor bottom and flange or any idea that suits. Just FYI.

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bed37.jpg (114 downloads)
37bed.jpg (112 downloads)
366.jpg (96 downloads)

1960 GMC K1001 (The Oreo SpeedWagon)
If it ain't fixed, break it.





Re: Steel Bed for 60-66 Short bed [Re: bartamos] #1240877
Fri Oct 27 2017 12:02 AM
Fri Oct 27 2017 12:02 AM
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Wheelie  Offline
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Posts: 21
Winfield, Illinois
Hey Bartomas,

Thanks for the pics and the Idea. I have never met a wood bed that I liked. I think this mod is in the future for my '46.

Steve

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