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Panel and Canopy Express floors
#325632 Thu Jan 25 2007 07:36 PM
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We at Mar-K are doing research into the change of the floor assembly of the 47-55 1st series 1/2 ton Canopy Express and Panels. What year did the floor assembly change from separate boards and 8 long bed strips to the one-piece plywood floor with 5 bed strips?
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Mar-Ktech

Re: Panel and Canopy Express floors
#325633 Thu Jan 25 2007 10:39 PM
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Mar-K....I'm not sure when they started but I have an original 52 panel and it is the one piece/5 strip.


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Re: Panel and Canopy Express floors
#325634 Fri Jan 26 2007 01:34 AM
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Mar-k
i have a 47 chevy panel with the board strips, a 53 GMC and 2-53 chevy panels with plywood.all appear orginal.
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Re: Panel and Canopy Express floors
#325635 Fri Jan 26 2007 05:33 PM
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Thanks Achipmunk and TPYLE for your response. I agree that your findings are correct. It seems that somwhere between 1950 and 1951 was when the change occured. It may have been at the end of the 1951 model year.
Thanks again,
Mar-Ktech

Re: Panel and Canopy Express floors
#325636 Fri Jun 29 2007 01:06 AM
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I have a 49 CE and bunck of photos of the floor as I just took it out. Check out my photos under 1949 Canopy Express. And I will be looking to replace all wood and strips so any and all info would be great if you are putting a kit together.


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Re: Panel and Canopy Express floors
#325637 Fri Jun 29 2007 04:21 AM
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According to a Mar/Apr 1984 articles in the Light Commercial Vehicle Association magazine, in 1950 ". . the floor boards of panel and canopy express models were changed to plywood construction. In the new construction a single panel of wood and five skid strips replaced thirteen floor boards and twelve skid strips. The new floor was positively sealed against dust leakage and the plywood made the floor 25 to 30% stronger than the former construction."

Tim


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