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Angle Strips
#325554 Mon Nov 13 2006 10:59 PM
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1950 3100. I have new bed strips, angle strips and bed wood. The angle and bed strips were pre-hole punched. The bed strip holes match my original ones. I did not have angle strips to compare them to the old ones. In about the center of the angle strips on both sides, one bolt hole does not match up with the bolt hole on the bed strips. It is about an inch or two off. Is this correct? Thanks in advance,


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Re: Angle Strips
#325555 Wed Nov 15 2006 08:36 AM
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Nifty, I just installed my angle strips a week ago and noticed the same thing. I bought my strips over ten years ago, so it's unlikely we got them from the same supplier. I'll have to do some research to see what other people have.

Thanks. I thought I got bad strips. Maybe they're correct afterall.

Re: Angle Strips
#325556 Sat Dec 23 2006 06:59 PM
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I purchased mine undrilled because I suspected this very thing and am glad I did. Got them from the old Chevy Duty in stainless. I realize this doesn't answer your question but I post it to let others know there is something else available.


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Re: Angle Strips
#325557 Tue Dec 26 2006 07:57 PM
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We have always made them with that hole offset. We made the measurements on an original truck years ago. There was no obvious reason why the hole was offset, we made it that way anyway since it was original. I would be interested in hearing from any board member that knows why the holes are offset.

Mar-Ktech

Re: Angle Strips
#325558 Wed Dec 27 2006 07:43 AM
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I replaced my bed wood, strips and angle strips six months ago. I will look tomorrow and see if I can remember what I went through. I do know that I have seen trucks with the angle strips installed wrong. There is a tendancy to lay the strip on the back cross piece. Since it was almost a year between disassembly and reassembly it took me several trys to line everthing up. The angle strip goes all the way to the front if you line up the hole at the front bed panel then sit the cross sills in place it only fits one way you should be fine and the holes will line up.
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Re: Angle Strips
#325559 Mon Jan 08 2007 12:02 AM
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I won't be tackling my bed for quite a while, but I have a question about Stainless Steel Angle Strips:

The original angle strips in my trucks ('57 GMC and '59 Chev) were spot welded to the bedsides. How does one attach new Stainless strips to the bedsides? Are they also spot-welded in place, or are they bolted? I cannot recall seeing any trucks with a row of bolts along the bedside just above floor level.

Any information that you gentlemen can provide would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

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Re: Angle Strips
#325560 Mon Jan 08 2007 05:46 PM
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The replacement angles may be either bolted or welded to the bedsides. Just be sure the attachment is secure. We have a pdf that helps explain the procedure. http://www.mar-k.com/54-72anglestrips.pdf

Mar-Ktech

Re: Angle Strips
#325561 Tue Jan 09 2007 07:37 PM
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Has anyone used the angle covers as opposed to replacing the originals and if so how do they look?


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Re: Angle Strips
#325562 Wed Jan 10 2007 03:53 AM
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Mar-Ktech,

Thanks for the instructions.

I still have one concern: Will the spot-welding not discolor the polished stainless steel? If so, can the discoloration be polished out?

Thanks,

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Re: Angle Strips
#325563 Wed Jan 10 2007 05:07 PM
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You are correct. Welding will discolor the angle where it is welded. You try to minimize the discoloring and scaling by using an aluminum or copper backup block on the angle as shown in the instruction. Depending on how bad the scale is, use progressively finer wet-or-dry paper to at least 600, finer if you have it, and then polish to a shine with a liquid metal polish. There will likely be some distortion at each of the welds that you can't polish out.

Mar-Ktech


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