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Question about pre-war flatbed construction #1327634 Wed Sep 25 2019 04:14 AM
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Chasz Offline OP
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My 38 Chevrolet 1.5 ton had its original 12' bed replaced many years ago by a 14' monstrosity off of a newer Ford truck. I've been trying to find details on how to recreate the original bed but I have not been able to find much. Last week I looked at a 39 GMC 2 ton that had a bed totally constructed of wood. The entire frame, crossmembers, everything was wood. The only metal on this bed was a 4" strip of metal around the edge. Also the corners were rounded not square.
My question is, does anyone know if this is a typical bed for the GM products of this period? I was thinking of duplicating this for my 38 if I can find something similar for the metal edge.

Re: Question about pre-war flatbed construction [Re: Chasz] #1327946 Fri Sep 27 2019 07:08 PM
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WE b OLD Offline
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Maybe this will help.another.. Also look in the gallery and maybe PM someone that has one.

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Re: Question about pre-war flatbed construction [Re: Chasz] #1327980 Sat Sep 28 2019 01:14 AM
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Chasz, I built my stake bed/flatbed totally from wood and bolts. My truck originally was a pickup converted to a stake bed.
Click here for specs on the '38 bodies.


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Re: Question about pre-war flatbed construction [Re: Chasz] #1328340 Tue Oct 01 2019 03:54 AM
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Brad Allen Offline
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Here are a few slides that have some construction details.
These will be similar methods of construction.
I think there is enough detail provided in the strips to establish construction was steel frames with wood decks.

Re: Question about pre-war flatbed construction [Re: Chasz] #1328482 Wed Oct 02 2019 02:47 AM
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ASU Offline
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here are a few pictures of my 48 3/4 ton flat bed. I have seen a lot of this style from the period. the outside rails are stamped , and have rounded corners

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