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Chevy 3100 box on 3800 #1298102 Fri Feb 08 2019 11:12 PM
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jayhawkdoug Offline OP
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Will this work or is the 3800 frame a different length

Re: Chevy 3100 box on 3800 [Re: jayhawkdoug] #1298104 Sat Feb 09 2019 12:28 AM
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Assume we're talking about an AD truck ('47-'55 1st series)? Short answer -- no. The 3804 bed is 9 feet. To make a 3100 bed work and look right, you have to add 3 feet. Notice the 3804 bed sides have 4 stake pockets versus only two for the 6-foot 3100 bed.

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'49 Chevrolet 3804
'70 Boston Whaler Sakonnet w/ '84 Evinrude 90
'85 Ford F-350 "The Farm Dawg"

Re: Chevy 3100 box on 3800 [Re: jayhawkdoug] #1298146 Sat Feb 09 2019 03:48 AM
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jayhawkdoug Offline OP
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Thanks John. Yes I was talking about the AD truck. How common was the 3800 with a box and how hard is it to find a box for one?

Re: Chevy 3100 box on 3800 [Re: jayhawkdoug] #1298156 Sat Feb 09 2019 06:24 AM
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sstock Offline
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If you cannot find one, contact these guys:
http://www.mar-k.com/index.php?p=about


1953 Chevrolet 3100
261 cu inch, sm420, 3.55 rear, omaha orange, still 6 volt, RPO green glass, side carrier spare
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bli...n05i04t1aokgm4p04jiwgffwhyyih5xbk0h00410
Re: Chevy 3100 box on 3800 [Re: jayhawkdoug] #1298165 Sat Feb 09 2019 12:29 PM
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John Milliman Offline
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sstock has the right idea... wink

But if you are patient, you may be able to find one. You are in a better part of the country than here, that's for sure. The 3804's aren't nearly as common/easy to find used parts for as the 3100's. In fact, we caused a bit of a stir at Kansas City a few years ago when we had three of them on the show field together (Joe's, Mine and Jim Carter's). I can't say how hard it will be to find a complete box (only the tailgate, tailgate hinge stuff, and fenders are common with the other pickups. The bed sides, planks, strips, running boards and splash panels are unique to the one ton). You could be looking for a long time or one might pop up for you tomorrow as a result of this conversation, or who knows? Chances are, you will have a bit of a quest on your hands. Worth doing, though, if you have some time -- putting one together from new parts is going to be expensive (we like the Mar-K guys a lot and they have been good to all of us here at Stovebolt -- those 1-ton items are expensive to make and are a low-demand item, so they are rightfully going to cost more). And I'm not aware of anyone repopping the running boards and splash panels for us or the 3600 guys.

Some of the other guys should chime in who've actually had to replace their beds. I did not so I have no experience with sourcing/procuring any of the bed items.

Last edited by John Milliman; Sun Feb 10 2019 07:12 PM. Reason: Slapped down by the Grigginator

John

'49 Chevrolet 3804
'70 Boston Whaler Sakonnet w/ '84 Evinrude 90
'85 Ford F-350 "The Farm Dawg"

Re: Chevy 3100 box on 3800 [Re: jayhawkdoug] #1298173 Sat Feb 09 2019 02:23 PM
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Grigg Offline
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Front bed panel in a 1 ton is similar but not same as smaller trucks. The 1 ton part has an additional reinforcement channel added.


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1948 Chevrolet 6400 - Detroit Diesel 4-53T - Roadranger 10 speed overdrive - 4 wheel disc brakes
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Re: Chevy 3100 box on 3800 [Re: jayhawkdoug] #1298302 Sun Feb 10 2019 05:21 AM
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Fox Offline
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I built my own 9 ft bed. It was a BOAT LOAD (about 9ft to be exact) of work but it was worth it. Like John said, people really flock and like to chat about the ole 1 tons. My pal (Doyle1950) has a tilt bed on his and that REALLY gets attention at shows. In hindsight it might’ve have been faster, better, etc to buy the bed, but I got the immense satisfaction of being able to say I built the box. (Excluding the tailgate and polished strips.)



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Re: Chevy 3100 box on 3800 [Re: jayhawkdoug] #1298314 Sun Feb 10 2019 01:35 PM
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sstock Offline
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Good piece of info Grigg, never knew that.


1953 Chevrolet 3100
261 cu inch, sm420, 3.55 rear, omaha orange, still 6 volt, RPO green glass, side carrier spare
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bli...n05i04t1aokgm4p04jiwgffwhyyih5xbk0h00410
Re: Chevy 3100 box on 3800 [Re: jayhawkdoug] #1298719 Tue Feb 12 2019 11:47 PM
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aggie jon Offline
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Thankful my 3800 is a flatbed. I guess correctly a cab/chassis. I'm currently in the process of rebuilding said flatbed. Excited to throw some cattle feed or kids from church to go caroling on it. Fingers crossed that it will be ready by the end of the year.


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