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one ton bed assembly #1326954 Fri Sep 20 2019 07:43 PM
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I don't know if this is the place to put this, but I thought others might find it helpful. If this is the wrong place feel free to move it.

Tim

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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: one ton bed assembly [Re: bluesman] #1327522 Tue Sep 24 2019 01:56 PM
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Where exactly do you buy a bed to assemble? Or is this period correct? I cant seem to find a 9 foot anywhere, aftermarket, new, used, or even scrap for that matter.

Re: one ton bed assembly [Re: bluesman] #1327527 Tue Sep 24 2019 03:31 PM
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It seems that no one makes reproduction sides for the one ton bed. I managed to find a good set several years back from Jim Carter. And I think that Mongo had a set llast time I was at his yard.
Other than that, the front panel, cross sills, wood, and tailgate are available from MarK, and also Jim Carter (which is where I got mine.
I guess there simply aren't enough one tons out there to make it worthwhile making reproduction sides.

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: one ton bed assembly [Re: bluesman] #1327531 Tue Sep 24 2019 04:21 PM
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Or the sheet metal cutting and forming machinery they have available can't handle 9'. I never asked but that's my guess.
They do make the other 1 ton specific bed parts as mentioned, so there is demand for 1 ton bed parts to some extent or they wouldn't even make those.


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1948 Chevrolet 6400 - Detroit Diesel 4-53T - Roadranger 10 speed overdrive - 4 wheel disc brakes
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Re: one ton bed assembly [Re: bluesman] #1327536 Tue Sep 24 2019 04:42 PM
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According to Mark (former owner now consultant) at Mar-K there isn’t enough demand for them to build the 9 foot bed sides.


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Re: one ton bed assembly [Re: bluesman] #1327569 Tue Sep 24 2019 09:11 PM
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There was a post a while back about a guy who built bed sides (don't recall what size they were) using exhaust tubing for the roll at the top. If a guy had access to a big enough brake to make bends in a 9' sheet of steel, a set could be built. I'm assuming that the stake pockets are the same as the short beds, which would be available from Mar-K or other vendors.


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Re: one ton bed assembly [Re: bluesman] #1327621 Wed Sep 25 2019 02:50 AM
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Well id like to find em or a complete bed if any1 runs across 1. I currently have nothing yet. Might have togo flatbed style, but dont want to invest in the time and money then find an actual bed that id rather have anyhow.

Re: one ton bed assembly [Re: bluesman] #1327633 Wed Sep 25 2019 04:07 AM
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The stake pockets are the same. However, I used pockets off of parts trucks. I did what Kevin mentioned above with my one ton building my own and it worked out very well. I built the bedsides, front panel, a couple cross sills, the rear cross sill, the running boards and fender extensions. I was able to use a huge brake at the shop where I was building rigs at the time. Those 9’ long welds took a lot of metal working to get smooth!

Would I do it again?

Yep. It’s going way faster this time around...that is, when I’m able to actually have time to work on trucks! Two little ones under 2 years old make it harder to find time!

I’m almost completely done the 1/2 box. I just have to plane and router the bed wood and it’s completely “roughed out!”

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Re: one ton bed assembly [Re: bluesman] #1327670 Wed Sep 25 2019 01:23 PM
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Question? Is a 9 foot bed the same, single wheel or dually, with different fenders?

Re: one ton bed assembly [Re: bluesman] #1327696 Wed Sep 25 2019 06:22 PM
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Duallies didn't have boxes. They would have been a cab and chassis option, and would have come equipped with a grain box, stake bed, or flat deck from a dealer. I hand built my nine foot pickup bed with flared running boards to accommodate the extra width.
Fenders would only come on a single wheel rear box as that was the only option.


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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
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