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#1497366 Thu Apr 20 2023 06:18 PM
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CBall Offline OP
Backstory: My 48 Chevy 3800 was purchased with no bed at all, just the frame rails, and I have been considering a flat bed for it.

I was also really wanting the original truck bed as well but was going to just build a flat bed since it would be easier and cheaper to do. I know they come up for sale every now and then and have seen people purchase used truck bed for AD trucks, but is there a reliable source for parts for the XL long beds that the 3800's had? Do many come up for sale at all even?

CBall #1497380 Thu Apr 20 2023 08:20 PM
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I have a 49gmc 1 ton. I’ve been searching for a 9ft bed forever. Not many out there to find. Every time I see one its 2000 miles away. Lol. John. I’ll keep digging

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CBall #1497381 Thu Apr 20 2023 08:37 PM
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We just happened to be rummaging around with "bed" questions ourselves this morning.

Maybe this Tech Tip will help you (with the 1-ton ?) -- "Irwin's fight song: "Where’s the fun in that?" ... With the help of Mar-K Quality Parts, we held a "virtual clinic" in our forms on " Making a Stovebolt Bed." Irwin Arnstein did just that -- a flat bed complete with a nice utility box. Click on the pictures to get a larger view. ~~ Editor

Then there's three others under General Body Work:

BED - Building Truck Bed Sides and Front Panel -- Make new sides for the truck bed by Vic "vickraft" Leger
BED - DIY Flat Bed (with utility box) -- Step-by-step instructions with some help from Stovebolts R Us -- by Irwin Arnstein
BED - Rebuilding wooden bed in your truck -- Sometimes a frightening task, but this one went fairly well -- by Mark Marmon

Also, use this search to find "making a bed." There we a lot of threads that popped up in there.

Maybe a start (reading) while others chime in.

Last edited by Peggy M; Thu Apr 20 2023 08:43 PM.

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CBall #1497383 Thu Apr 20 2023 08:55 PM
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Thank you Peggy

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CBall #1497441 Fri Apr 21 2023 11:28 AM
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I have been reading up on making a bed and trying to build something to 'look' like an original bed. I have designed up and 3D modeled a flatbed that I do like but just wanted to know others experiences with trying to purchase a 9ft bed somewhere. Seems like they are even less common to find than the rear brake drums for these

CBall #1497513 Fri Apr 21 2023 07:46 PM
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Housekeeping (Moderator) Making a Stovebolt Bed & Paint and Body Shop Forums
FYI, there was a member who made his own bed sides that were modeled after the original ones by welding exhaust tubing of the correct size to the angled top. One could make a bed of any length, but you'd either need a 10' sheet metal brake or other method to make the bend in the top of the bed side for a 9' bed. The stake pockets can be bought from Mar-K or other vendors and welded on to the fabricated bed sides.

[on edit] Found it in the Tech tips HERE

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