I am planning on replacing the wood in the bed and wondering if anyone has had any experience with doing it with the bed off? I want to take it off but can I do this and still get the alignment correct when installing the bed back on the frame with the new wood installed?
Why do you want to take it off in the first place? That sounds like more work than necessary. What alignment are you referring to? If it’s still on the truck, it likely is aligned. I would leave it in place unless you have a major need to remove it. I installed my wood with the bed on the frame after paint. It went very well. Work from the outside toward the middle. If it’s very nice and shiny wood with shiny strips, wear your comfy socks to keep it shiny.
Nothing has ever been done with the frame and I am just looking to clean it up and paint. So I figured while I have the bed off i could replace the wood since it has never been replaced..couple holes in it..
Just wondering if anyone has done it and have any tips doing it with the bed removed..
I used a Mar-K bed on my ‘46 Chevy 1/2 ton. The bed was assembled and bed wood installed off the truck, then slid onto the chassis. It was fairly easy, but did require a helper. Drifts/punches were used to align the bed cross members with corresponding holes in the frame. I don’t know if this process will be applicable to your 1950.
I took the bed off my 49 1/2-ton this summer, after I discovered all 4 wooden blocks that are supposed to support it on the frame were missing. I replaced one of the bed boards, which is clearly not the same as doing the entire thing, but it certainly seemed much easier to have the bed off. I was able to stand the bed on end in the garage and work from both sides. Also gave me a good opportunity to sandblast/clean/paint the frame in the rear.
I attached a couple pictures, not that they'll help a lot.
I was hoping that it would be OK..I was going to just place it in saw horses but that tip with standing on end is great!
When you sandblasted the frame did you remove any parts from the frame? My plan was to remove the bed, pressure wash the frame then wire wheel it has best has possible but if I can sandblast it I think it would come out a lot better..I just don't want to start getting into to much at this time with removing a lot of parts..my space is at a minimum. .
I'm not going for any kind of significant restoration, just trying to clean things up a bit, so I didn't remove anything. I primarily sandblasted/painted the top of the frame because I had the accessibility with the bed off. I had previously removed the shocks and cleaned them up. There actually isn't much else to remove if you're stock.
Housekeeping (Moderator) Making a Stovebolt Bed & Paint and Body Shop Forums
Originally Posted by Prochevy
Hi Carl, Can the bed be removed with the wood still attached?
I'm not Carl (and happy about that ) but I'm pretty sure you CAN'T remove the bed and leave the wood behind. Each board is attached ABOVE the bed steel at front and back, and at the sides is tucked UNDER the bedside angles.
Kevin First car '29 Ford Special Coupe #2 - '29 Ford pickup restored from the ground up. Newest Project - 51 Chevy 3100 work truck. Photos [flickr.com] Busting rust since the mid-60's