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Posted By: HandyAndy Bed Wood Kit - 1947 3104 - Fri Jul 17 2020 01:06 AM
I'm getting ready for my next project and it's putting new bed wood and bed strips in the '47. Has anyone recently used the kits from Jim Carter or Classic Truck Parts? They're my preferred vendors for this project and that's all I'm going to say about that........

Here's a few questions that I have:

Was the general fitment of the kit acceptable?

Did you use the pre-drilled bed wood? If so, how did it line-up during the installation?

If you drilled your own holes, any suggestions or advice on that procedure?

Thanks,
Posted By: dunfire Re: Bed Wood Kit - 1947 3104 - Fri Jul 17 2020 11:49 AM
I bought my bed kit from Mar-K and couldn't be happier with the quality and fit. The only issue I had was some of the bolts weren't long enough and Mar-K overnighted the correct ones at NC.
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Bed Wood Kit - 1947 3104 - Fri Jul 17 2020 12:37 PM
Sorry Andy, I can’t help with fit issues from your preferred vendors. I am not familiar with their sources. Mar-K is the industry standard and I can personally assure you they provide a product made entirely in the USA. 🛠
Posted By: HandyAndy Re: Bed Wood Kit - 1947 3104 - Fri Jul 17 2020 05:24 PM
Martin, PM sent.
Posted By: HandyAndy Re: Bed Wood Kit - 1947 3104 - Sat Oct 10 2020 03:32 AM
I was able to wrap-up my bed project today. The project included installation of a new front bed panel, nine-board yellow pine (pre-drilled), bed strip kit w/hardware, and bed mounting bolt kit, all purchased from Classic Truck Parts.

Thanks to everyone that provided input and guidance. It's a great project to have completed before the snow flies here in Iowa!

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Posted By: klhansen Re: Bed Wood Kit - 1947 3104 - Sat Oct 10 2020 03:47 AM
Nice job Andy. thumbs_up
I had to look twice. That After pic makes your truck look like a long bed.
Posted By: HandyAndy Re: Bed Wood Kit - 1947 3104 - Sat Oct 10 2020 03:53 AM
Thanks Kevin!

I did a '51 bed in the early 1980s, what a difference 40 years makes on this 'old guy'!!
Posted By: Justhorsenround Re: Bed Wood Kit - 1947 3104 - Sat Oct 10 2020 12:37 PM
Looking good!
Posted By: 52Carl Re: Bed Wood Kit - 1947 3104 - Sun Oct 11 2020 02:38 AM
Looks great, Andy!
Were they out of new tailgates?
Just messing with you. smile I like dents in old truck beds.
Posted By: Phak1 Re: Bed Wood Kit - 1947 3104 - Sun Oct 11 2020 11:27 AM
Great looking job Andy! How was the kit (fit and hardware) from Classic Truck Parts?
Posted By: HandyAndy Re: Bed Wood Kit - 1947 3104 - Sun Oct 11 2020 07:12 PM
Thanks you guys!

Carl, believe me, I thought about a new tailgate. However, I really splurged and bought a tailpipe heat shield instead, LOL!

Phil, I was quite impressed with the bed wood fitment, particularly since I purchased the pre-drilled bed wood. All six bed mounting holes were spot on. The hardware worked just fine as well. There were even a few extra nuts, locks and flat washers of all sizes in the bed bolt kit. It was a good thing too, because when I dropped something and couldn't readily find it, I just grabbed another and kept moving. All in all, I'm satisfied for the money spent. After all, the '47 might have to 'work' once in a while........ wink
Posted By: Shaffer's1950 Re: Bed Wood Kit - 1947 3104 - Mon Oct 12 2020 03:45 PM
Looks Great....bed is my next project...
What did you use to color/seal the boards?

I went to my old truck junk yard this week and got 4 bed strips. 4 of my original ones are rotted out at the bed to cab side.
Todd
Posted By: HandyAndy Re: Bed Wood Kit - 1947 3104 - Mon Oct 12 2020 08:51 PM
Thanks Todd!

Well, I didn't have much left to work with and no old truck junk yard to visit. Fortunately, the cross sills were all there and usable. Since my truck is garaged, I went with a latex deck stain from Menard's. Time will tell how well it holds up. It should be easy enough to re-coat as needed.

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Posted By: jerryschevyparts Re: Bed Wood Kit - 1947 3104 - Thu Oct 15 2020 12:33 PM
Love it, Now enjoy As always call if I can help. Jerry
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