The Stovebolt Page Forums Home | FAQ | Forum | Swap Meet | Gallery | Tech Tips | Events | Features | Search | Hoo-Ya Shop
Work those trucks!




Share what you're up to this summer!

Stovebolt Site Search
 
Old Truck Calendars
Months of truck photos!
Nothing like an old truck calendar

Stovebolt Calendars

Check for details!


Who's Online Now
15 registered members (Dr. Jag, BobF, DennisM, GMCanada9430, Hambone, 1 invisible), 316 guests, and 2 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Statistics
Forums47
Topics115,104
Posts913,431
Members42,115
Most Online940
Apr 5th, 2017
Image Posting Policy
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
installing running boards #1309223
Wed May 01 2019 10:34 PM
Wed May 01 2019 10:34 PM
B
bluesman  Offline OP
Shop Shark
Joined: Apr 2017
Posts: 414
Central Missouri
So, I've got one of my running boards all painted up pretty and ready to install. However, when I tired to put it on the body I ran into a couple of problems. One of the brackets welded to the bottom of the running board has a slightly enlarged slot, which means that the carriage bolt won't hold when I try to tighten it. Maybe I can use a slightly larger bolt to clear that up.

The biggest problem is that the tabs that sort of lock the carriage bolts in place, which I suspect are supposed to be spring steel, are not in good shape, won't maintain pressure on the bolt head, and are in serious danger of just snapping off. After looking at things, and measuring the holes in the brackets on the frame, I'm thinking of just tack welding the bolts into position, just sloid enough to hold while I install the running board and get the nuts tightened down,

Does anyone have any advice? I'd really like to avoid having to cut off the brackets and weld new ones to the bottom of the boards.

Tim


I am currently digging back in to a 1953 3800 (one ton) with a nine foot bed. I've owned it since 1979, and drove it until 1982 (or so). My wife got me involved in restoring it back in 2002, got the body removed and the frame redone, then things came up. Now I am retired and starting again. If anyone is interested I have photos on Imagur ( https://timwhiteblues.imgur.com/ ). I live way back in the woods in the Ozarks on 40 acres at the end of a 2 1/2 mile private road.

Tim
Re: installing running boards [Re: bluesman] #1309225
Wed May 01 2019 11:27 PM
Wed May 01 2019 11:27 PM
4
49 3100  Offline
Shop Shark
Joined: Jan 2017
Posts: 275
Taos NM
I have done 2 sets of these on my 49 and 51. I used Bedliner painted on bottom, sprayed on top. I had an issue with the tabs, and finally bent them out with a long thin screwdriver. Mine may have been in better shape--NM and CA trucks...hope this helps.... Bill

Re: installing running boards [Re: bluesman] #1309242
Thu May 02 2019 03:13 AM
Thu May 02 2019 03:13 AM
N
Nhluvstruck  Offline
Shop Shark
Joined: Jul 2013
Posts: 163
Merrimack, New Hampshire
I found that lining up all the board holes and bracket holes was tough, so I'd hesitate to weld any bolt in place and lose the freedom to slide it in the slot to long it all up. My brackets had good spring tabs so that was ok. Maybe you could cut up some temporary wood wedges to hold the bolts while you align it all and then cinch them down and pull out the wedges.


NHluvstruck...
1951 3100 5-window
https://stonefacegarage.wixsite.com/mysite
51 Chevy Restoration Page
Re: installing running boards [Re: bluesman] #1309245
Thu May 02 2019 04:05 AM
Thu May 02 2019 04:05 AM
B
bluesman  Offline OP
Shop Shark
Joined: Apr 2017
Posts: 414
Central Missouri
I thought about wedges, but there is really no way to get in to remove them after installation. They would be blocked by either the curve of the frame brackets ot the lip of the running board. I measured the spacing of both the bolt holes in the running board brackets and the frame brackets, and both are the same at the outside edges. I would plan on tacking the bolts in about 1/2" in from the end position, which should give me an inch or so to play with.

Hopefully tomorrow I'll get one side done, and let you know how it works out.

Tim


I am currently digging back in to a 1953 3800 (one ton) with a nine foot bed. I've owned it since 1979, and drove it until 1982 (or so). My wife got me involved in restoring it back in 2002, got the body removed and the frame redone, then things came up. Now I am retired and starting again. If anyone is interested I have photos on Imagur ( https://timwhiteblues.imgur.com/ ). I live way back in the woods in the Ozarks on 40 acres at the end of a 2 1/2 mile private road.

Tim
Re: installing running boards [Re: bluesman] #1309528
Sat May 04 2019 05:04 PM
Sat May 04 2019 05:04 PM
B
bluesman  Offline OP
Shop Shark
Joined: Apr 2017
Posts: 414
Central Missouri
Well, I got my running boards installed. I ended up having to weld in all of the carriage bolts. I bought a new bracket to replace one of the old ones that was trash, welded in on, also an new long brace between the two front brackets on that side. I discovered that the replacement bracket does not have the little spring arms to hold the carriage bolt in position, which is why I had to weld all of them.

I test fit them, then made some minor adjustments to the bolts to make everything line up (I essentially put two nuts on the ones I had to adjust, then beat them with a hammer to slightly bend them). Eventually I got everything lined up and bolted down, and they seem solid. And they make it sooo much easier to climb into the cab!

I took a couple of photos once they were done, now I am putting two coats of Herculiner bed liner on the top surface to make it slip resistant.

Tim

Attached Files
IMG_9622a.jpg (69 downloads)
IMG_9621a.jpg (72 downloads)
IMG_9620a.jpg (71 downloads)
IMG_9619a.jpg (66 downloads)

I am currently digging back in to a 1953 3800 (one ton) with a nine foot bed. I've owned it since 1979, and drove it until 1982 (or so). My wife got me involved in restoring it back in 2002, got the body removed and the frame redone, then things came up. Now I am retired and starting again. If anyone is interested I have photos on Imagur ( https://timwhiteblues.imgur.com/ ). I live way back in the woods in the Ozarks on 40 acres at the end of a 2 1/2 mile private road.

Tim
Re: installing running boards [Re: bluesman] #1309832
Mon May 06 2019 05:08 PM
Mon May 06 2019 05:08 PM
M
miraclepieco  Offline
Shop Shark
Joined: Dec 2014
Posts: 458
OR
Please let us know how that Herculiner works out. I'm planning on doing the same thing.


1951 Chevy Panel Truck

Moderated by  Fourbrads, HandyAndy 

Home | FAQ | Forum | Swap Meet | Gallery | Tech Tips | Events | Features | Search | Hoo-Ya Shop
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.6.1.1