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Buying a reproduction bed for 52 Chevy 3100 #1306588
Wed Apr 10 2019 04:02 AM
Wed Apr 10 2019 04:02 AM
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BFH Master tech  Offline OP
New Guy
Joined: Oct 2018
Posts: 5
H.B. Ca.
When I bought the truck (a year ago) it had a welders/utility bed on it. Now I am looking to replace it with a correct one.

Is there more than one manufacturer and if so is one better than the other? Anything I should look out for?
I am hesitant to just buy the cheapest one out there. But if they are all the same.......what the heck.

Any advise from someone that has done this would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

Re: Buying a reproduction bed for 52 Chevy 3100 [Re: BFH Master tech] #1306599
Wed Apr 10 2019 12:14 PM
Wed Apr 10 2019 12:14 PM
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49 3100  Offline
Shop Shark
Joined: Jan 2017
Posts: 275
Taos NM
I have done 2 beds one for my 49 and the other for a 51. Your best bet is Mar-K Manufacturing--look at their online catalog. Good Luck Bill

Re: Buying a reproduction bed for 52 Chevy 3100 [Re: BFH Master tech] #1306601
Wed Apr 10 2019 12:21 PM
Wed Apr 10 2019 12:21 PM
Justhorsenround  Online
Grease Monkey
Joined: Apr 2005
Posts: 7,270
El Reno, Okla
You can build a complete bed from the Mar-K catalog. Quality parts from a quality company. You will need to check if they ship to Canada.🛠


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


"I fought the law and the law won" now I are a retired one!
Support those brave men/women who stand the "Thin Blue Line" and lock up those on the wrong side of that line.

Re: Buying a reproduction bed for 52 Chevy 3100 [Re: BFH Master tech] #1306611
Wed Apr 10 2019 02:09 PM
Wed Apr 10 2019 02:09 PM
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Hookalatch  Offline
Shop Shark
Joined: Apr 2009
Posts: 512
Cottonwood, CA
Very happy with the bed parts I got from Mar-K.

Re: Buying a reproduction bed for 52 Chevy 3100 [Re: BFH Master tech] #1306612
Wed Apr 10 2019 02:23 PM
Wed Apr 10 2019 02:23 PM
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Lightholder's Dad  Offline
Shop Shark
Joined: Apr 2007
Posts: 596
Mesa, AZ
Another vote for Mar-K. My 37 project had been a landscape truck and the bed was really beat up. I opted to replace the entire bed and chose Mar-K. The reproduction bed matched the original right down to the number and placement of spot welds. You won't be disappointed. Since I like the stock look, I chose their pine bedwood and boy was it pretty (before I covered that flawless wood with black paint).
Kent


1937 Chevy 1/2 ton (project in progress)
1942 Chevy 1/2 ton
1947 Diamond T Model 509
1951 Chevy 1/2 ton
1950 Chevy COE Model 5700 ~ "Barney" ~ And more pix
Re: Buying a reproduction bed for 52 Chevy 3100 [Re: BFH Master tech] #1306618
Wed Apr 10 2019 03:56 PM
Wed Apr 10 2019 03:56 PM
John Milliman  Offline
Founder/Developer
Joined: Nov 1995
Posts: 4,093
St. Mary's Co., MD
And FWIW, Mar-K has been a great supporter of this web site over the years.


John

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

Re: Buying a reproduction bed for 52 Chevy 3100 [Re: BFH Master tech] #1306621
Wed Apr 10 2019 04:27 PM
Wed Apr 10 2019 04:27 PM
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WE b OLD  Offline
Master Gabster
Joined: Feb 2001
Posts: 6,340
marion, in. usa
I vote for Mar-k. one thing you might consider another year like a 54 for the flat side rails. Check with others about fit.


Ron, The Computer Greek
I love therefore I am.

1960 MGA Roadster Sold 7/18/2017
1954 3100 Chevy truck in the Gallery
2015 GMC terrain.
Pix on Photobucket
Re: Buying a reproduction bed for 52 Chevy 3100 [Re: BFH Master tech] #1306646
Wed Apr 10 2019 09:00 PM
Wed Apr 10 2019 09:00 PM
tclederman  Offline
Boltergeist
Joined: Sep 2001
Posts: 27,912
Jarvisburg, NC
Mar-K thumbs_up


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban - part of the family for 50 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic - part of the family for 14 years
Z-series (54/55) GMC 350 (2-ton) COE - now part of Dave's family
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engine are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler.
Re: Buying a reproduction bed for 52 Chevy 3100 [Re: BFH Master tech] #1306762
Thu Apr 11 2019 11:00 PM
Thu Apr 11 2019 11:00 PM
Cosmo  Offline
ODSS President
Joined: Jan 2001
Posts: 1,509
CHARLOTTESVILLE
I bought a Mar-K tailgate, unbelievable quality!


Cosmo

"...my good horse Rozinante ('49 Chevy Half Ton), mine eternal and inseparable companion in all my journeys and courses." ...Don Quixote, Cervantes

"If you come to a fork in the road, take it."...Yogi Berra
Re: Buying a reproduction bed for 52 Chevy 3100 [Re: BFH Master tech] #1306772
Fri Apr 12 2019 12:41 AM
Fri Apr 12 2019 12:41 AM
tclederman  Offline
Boltergeist
Joined: Sep 2001
Posts: 27,912
Jarvisburg, NC
Yes, excellent quality and service.

Too bad that they do not make 1954/55st bed sides. But, it is understandable.


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban - part of the family for 50 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic - part of the family for 14 years
Z-series (54/55) GMC 350 (2-ton) COE - now part of Dave's family
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engine are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler.
Re: Buying a reproduction bed for 52 Chevy 3100 [Re: BFH Master tech] #1306872
Fri Apr 12 2019 08:37 PM
Fri Apr 12 2019 08:37 PM
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Chev4t6  Offline
Shop Shark
Joined: Apr 2004
Posts: 963
New Hartford NY
Ditto On Mar-K service, parts fit and service!!! And a member and supporter of this site....

Dan

Re: Buying a reproduction bed for 52 Chevy 3100 [Re: BFH Master tech] #1306921
Sat Apr 13 2019 05:28 AM
Sat Apr 13 2019 05:28 AM
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Fox  Offline
Shop Shark
Joined: Apr 2002
Posts: 1,408
Breton, Alberta
I wish mar-k would get a bed option out for the 67-72 bedsides...hint hint mar-k! 😉 Theyd sell a pile of them!

I’ve bought 2 47-53 tailgates (gmc and Chevy) and both are fantastic.



In the Stovebolt Gallery
More pictures here

1953 GMC 9430 1 ton dually—-Shiny!

1970 Chevrolet C10 - Grandpa’s- My first truck.—in progress to shiny
1972 Chevrolet C20- rusted
1970 Chevrolet K20 Suburban—rusted.
1950 Chevrolet 1300- in progress to shiny.

Parts trucks-
1951 GMC 9300
1951-GMC 9430
1951- Chevrolet 1300
Re: Buying a reproduction bed for 52 Chevy 3100 [Re: BFH Master tech] #1306933
Sat Apr 13 2019 12:38 PM
Sat Apr 13 2019 12:38 PM
Justhorsenround  Online
Grease Monkey
Joined: Apr 2005
Posts: 7,270
El Reno, Okla
Fox, there is a possibility I will get an up close and personal tour of Mar-K with the former owner 59 fleet (Mark) on Saturday the 27th. I will pose that very question for y’all. I think I know the answer but will wait for an official response. Any and all Bolters are welcome, see the Events Forum.🛠


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


"I fought the law and the law won" now I are a retired one!
Support those brave men/women who stand the "Thin Blue Line" and lock up those on the wrong side of that line.

Re: Buying a reproduction bed for 52 Chevy 3100 [Re: BFH Master tech] #1307143
Mon Apr 15 2019 01:36 AM
Mon Apr 15 2019 01:36 AM
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BFH Master tech  Offline OP
New Guy
Joined: Oct 2018
Posts: 5
H.B. Ca.
Mar-K it is thanks all for the input.

Re: Buying a reproduction bed for 52 Chevy 3100 [Re: WE b OLD] #1307144
Mon Apr 15 2019 01:39 AM
Mon Apr 15 2019 01:39 AM
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BFH Master tech  Offline OP
New Guy
Joined: Oct 2018
Posts: 5
H.B. Ca.
Originally Posted by WE b OLD
I vote for Mar-k. one thing you might consider another year like a 54 for the flat side rails. Check with others about fit.

I've got a 55 bed in it now (flat side rails). Because i was able to pick it up for cheap and it does not fit properly. Rear fenders are to high and wont line up the the running boards.

anyone is the So Cal area looking for a OEM 55 short bed i will have one for sale soon.

Thanks

Re: Buying a reproduction bed for 52 Chevy 3100 [Re: BFH Master tech] #1307347
Tue Apr 16 2019 09:58 PM
Tue Apr 16 2019 09:58 PM
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Fox  Offline
Shop Shark
Joined: Apr 2002
Posts: 1,408
Breton, Alberta
I’m eagerly awaiting, Martin! Very cool.



In the Stovebolt Gallery
More pictures here

1953 GMC 9430 1 ton dually—-Shiny!

1970 Chevrolet C10 - Grandpa’s- My first truck.—in progress to shiny
1972 Chevrolet C20- rusted
1970 Chevrolet K20 Suburban—rusted.
1950 Chevrolet 1300- in progress to shiny.

Parts trucks-
1951 GMC 9300
1951-GMC 9430
1951- Chevrolet 1300
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