Hi Folks, I bought one of these nice coolers to put in the back so when I pickup Food goods, they wont be rolling around the cab. My Question to you folks, I have seen some folks with a cooler or trunk in the bed, how do you mount it, and is it easily removed? I have a 1954 3104 half ton. See picts below.
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28 Years of Daily Driving but now on hiatus. With a '61 261, 848 head, Rochester Monojet carb, SM420 4-speed, 4.10 rear, dual reservoir MC, Bendix up front, 235/85R16 tires, 12-volt w/alternator, electric wipers and a modern radio in the glove box.
I guess one way or another you'll need something permanently mounted to hold it in place. Hooks/loops that would accept a tie down of some nature, or a bracket it would slip into. You sure as heck wouldn't want it sliding around in that sweet looking bed.
38 Chevy 1/2 ton being resto-moded 65 AC Cobra replica USAF vet
I shopped for a couple years for a reasonably priced old Coke cooler. Never found one at my price point ($100 or so) that was as nice as I pictured in my mental images. Good ones were in the $300 range. One issue I considered was how to make it somewhat theft resistant (as opposed to the near impossible theft proof). If you come up with a good non-destructive solution, please share.
1951 3600 with Clark flatbed, T5, 4.10 rear 1970 340 Duster 1990 5.0 V8 Miata (1990 Mustang Gt Drivetrain) 1951 Farmall Super A
My 46 had a Coleman chest that fit inside a reconditioned steamer trunk. Leather straps and marine spar varnish. bolted to the floor with two 3/8th's stainless bolts. Trunk had a lock from the early 1890's but hay it looked fine for any truck up to 1st 55. Don't try to get one off Ebay it will be way expensive. Have found 3 on Pintrest. Just don't let them keep contacting you after you get your item. Have not paid more than $80.00 for a round top. Usually $ 30.00 to 40.00. Just found a new one on wayfare (dome top), for $74.00. Check it out, will need several coats of spar varnish, also set it on 4, 1/2" oak strips well varnished. Doc.
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I have an antique metal cooler and likewise have considered how to secure items in the bed. I think possibly substituting a couple of eyebolts for the plank bolts along with bungees/straps might work. However, you will need to have something under the metal cooler to prevent scratching the finished bed wood. You will also have have unsightly bolts or fasteners in the bed floor…and Murphy’s Law awaits every opportunity for something to come loose. My solution has been to always carry the metal cooler inside, in the passenger side floor secured with a long bungee attached to the seat frame. For car shows, the only items I carry in the bed are my canopy and folding chairs, (bundled together) and these are inside soft padded bags. That’s a beautiful truck you have, - you don’t want to take a chance with that paint & bed finish!
My ‘57 3200 is a daily driver with sheet steel and a rubber pad in bed. You guys with show trucks and keeping it original won’t like this, but it works for me. When I start tearing box off to sand down and repaint the entire truck, I might move these tie downs a little further from the corners. It limits what I tie down straight across the bed. I’ve done corner to corner diagonally ok, but it pulls the straps funny.
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