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Buying a reproduction bed for 52 Chevy 3100
#1306588 Wed Apr 10 2019 04:02 AM
Joined: Oct 2018
Posts: 5
B
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
BFH Master tech #1306599 Wed Apr 10 2019 12:14 PM
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Posts: 375
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Shop Shark
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
BFH Master tech #1306601 Wed Apr 10 2019 12:21 PM
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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.šŸ› 


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Re: Buying a reproduction bed for 52 Chevy 3100
BFH Master tech #1306611 Wed Apr 10 2019 02:09 PM
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H
Shop Shark
Very happy with the bed parts I got from Mar-K.

Re: Buying a reproduction bed for 52 Chevy 3100
BFH Master tech #1306612 Wed Apr 10 2019 02:23 PM
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L
Shop Shark
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).
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Re: Buying a reproduction bed for 52 Chevy 3100
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.


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Re: Buying a reproduction bed for 52 Chevy 3100
BFH Master tech #1306621 Wed Apr 10 2019 04:27 PM
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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
BFH Master tech #1306646 Wed Apr 10 2019 09:00 PM
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ace skiver
Mar-K thumbs_up


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Re: Buying a reproduction bed for 52 Chevy 3100
BFH Master tech #1306762 Thu Apr 11 2019 11:00 PM
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I bought a Mar-K tailgate, unbelievable quality!


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Re: Buying a reproduction bed for 52 Chevy 3100
BFH Master tech #1306772 Fri Apr 12 2019 12:41 AM
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ace skiver
Yes, excellent quality and service.

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


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com [1954advance-design.com]
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban [stovebolt.com] - part of the family for 49 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic [1954advance-design.com] - part of the family for 15 years
Z-series (54/55) GMC 350 (2-ton) COE [1954advance-design.com] - 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. [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]
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