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Re: Probably a dumb question- - - - -
Hotrod Lincoln #1284403 Mon Oct 22 2018 12:28 AM
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With the bedside strips welded in place. I would rip the plywood into 2 parts. It would make the install a bit less frustrating.. The gap in the middle would be covered by the normal metal strip and no one would ever know.


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Hotrod Lincoln #1295109 Wed Jan 16 2019 11:15 PM
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I actually like Jerry’s idea. If you’re not a purist, and you’re just looking for performance and durability, a sheet of stained marine plywood would work really well. 52Carl says there’s no need to route the grooves ‘cause the strips will lay flat. If that’s the case then that’s an extra bonus!


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Hotrod Lincoln #1296544 Mon Jan 28 2019 01:58 AM
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Without grooves, the metal strips will be on top of and therefore sitting above the wood. Seems to me that the strips should be either flush or slightly below the bed wood.

John


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Hotrod Lincoln #1296567 Mon Jan 28 2019 04:25 AM
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I really like this idea. I might have to steal it.

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J Lucas #1297208 Sat Feb 02 2019 12:37 AM
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Originally Posted by J Lucas
Seems to me that the strips should be either flush or slightly below the bed wood.

John

Why would that be? Aren't the strips designed to protect the wood while sliding cargo in and out?
Carl

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Hotrod Lincoln #1297216 Sat Feb 02 2019 01:36 AM
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Carl is correct.


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Hotrod Lincoln #1297375 Sun Feb 03 2019 02:46 AM
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So the question may remain as to why is the bed wood of the pickup trucks notched for the bed strips?
My guess is to contain the edges of wood, preventing separation from shrinkage during dry weather.
Why would GM notch the plywood beds? Maybe to maintain the exact distance between the top of the strips and the plywood so that it looks just like a pickup bed?

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Hotrod Lincoln #1305692 Tue Apr 02 2019 01:21 PM
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This may be a bit late in the conversation, but if you look at the way the notches and strips mate, I suspect that they are made they hold down the planks but allow expansion and contraction so they don’t warp. Just my 2 cents.


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Hotrod Lincoln #1311236 Mon May 20 2019 03:25 AM
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WOW, love this site! I was planning on oak from a logger in the fam. $100.00 would have been a bit much for my 40' Midwest, prior resto, dirt road beater! I'm going with the ply-board. I was thinking 5/4ths deck boards as an alt.

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Hotrod Lincoln #1311323 Mon May 20 2019 10:42 PM
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I was thinking of using marine grade plywood to build a slide out using casters in the metal strips so I would not have to crawl under the bed cover to retrieve things that I have in the bed. I bought low profile casters for another project that did not work out.


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