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Buying a reproduction bed for 52 Chevy 3100 #1306588 Wed Apr 10 2019 04:02 AM
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BFH Master tech Offline OP
New Guy
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
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49 3100 Offline
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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
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Justhorsenround Offline
Grease Monkey, Moderator General Truck Talk & Greasy Spoon
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
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Hookalatch Offline
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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
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Lightholder's Dad Offline
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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
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
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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
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WE b OLD Offline
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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.


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Re: Buying a reproduction bed for 52 Chevy 3100 [Re: BFH Master tech] #1306646 Wed Apr 10 2019 09:00 PM
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Mar-K thumbs_up


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban - part of the family for 48 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
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Cosmo Offline
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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

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Re: Buying a reproduction bed for 52 Chevy 3100 [Re: BFH Master tech] #1306772 Fri Apr 12 2019 12:41 AM
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tclederman Online
Boltergeist
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 48 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
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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
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Fox Offline
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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.


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1951 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
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Justhorsenround Offline
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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
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BFH Master tech Offline OP
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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
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BFH Master tech Offline OP
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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
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Fox Offline
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I’m eagerly awaiting, Martin! Very cool.


In the Stovebolt Gallery
More pictures here

1951 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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