If you have a finished truck and don't want to remove your original floor, but would like something different, we offer a which simply assembles outside the truck and lies on top of your original floor. This can be identified by examining rings of growth on the ends of the boards. All the other boards had grooves running down both sides. The later model trucks came with the bed wood painted the same color as the exterior of the trucks. If you are looking to make your own boards, you will need dimensions.
Cuts should also take into account that different woods and there coatings will allow wood to swell and shrink at different rates. Our product line includes thousands of replacement parts for older cars and pickup trucks, including pickup bed parts, wood bed floors, body moldings, hardware items and many custom parts. Bed Wood Applications We have accurate patterns for the following pickups. On the luxury side of things, the sound-deadening qualities of a hardwood, such as oak, do a much better job silencing road noise than the original yellow pine. From 1947 to early 1951, there were 9 boards making up the bed, from late 1951 -1972 Stepside's used 8 boards, the 1960-1972 Fleetside used 12 boards. .
Some prefer to alter this dimension to raise or lower. Central Time Bruce Horkey Wood and Parts © 2007 All Rights Reserved. Doing this ensures that center of board will rise rather than dip thus standing water will not occur and will instead run off helping to prevent retention of excess moisture. At first, I thought I could get away with just rebuilding the bed sides and forward panel, leaving the stock tailgate for a later restoration. Varnish or polyurethane does not prevent this natural wood movement but may slow it down some, so If you don't varnish or seal both the upper and lower surfaces of the boards, they will change moisture content faster on the unsealed surface causing cupping of the wood.
Long Wheelbase Fleetside Bed Wood Short Wheelbase Fleetside The reason for the unusual design is wood movement due to moisture content change. Long story short, I should have been planning a complete bed rebuild before I even considered the wood floor! The tables below show the width of each board and its relative position. Your hub for horsepower Get first access to hit shows like Roadkill and Dirt Every Day Join free for 14 days now Once the rear suspension was wrapped up, I refocused on the sheetmetal. It is important to allow clearance between the hold down bolts and the wood so that movement can occur. Simply set the edge board in place, mark the location, remove and drill.
The shallower the inside groove is, the higher the wear strips will ride above the bed wood. The bed wood is then cut to size, grooved for skid strips, drilled for hold-down bolts, sanded both sides, ready to finish. This explains the somewhat unusual groove pattern of the wood see below for dimensions. There are more than just cosmetic reasons to install a new oak bed floor. From there, I will replace the beat-up old fenders and running boards with replacements from Goodmark Industries.
A Special Thanks goes out to the many that have provided information in the creation of this page!!! If making your own bed wood and using new bed strips you should measure your new wear strips for precision cutting measurements. All the necessary parts to make the conversion are now available, including a new front bed panel, rear main crossmember, bed supporting crossmembers, hardwood floor, skid strips, and bolt sets. Many choose to use a variety of clear finishes to bring out the beauty of the wood grain. For people who are making bed wood please note: different species of wood move different amounts in response to humidity moisture content changes. To decrease your chances of cupping you should select all wood from heartwood.
Interestingly, the wood changes little along the grain lengthwise so it is not necessary to allow for much change in length. After spending a couple of hours on the old gate, I threw in the towel. Most marine type varnishes will meet this criteria, most highly recommended are those developed specifically for salt water application by the marine industry. For those interested in a show-quality installation, not even a bare minimum of sanding would be necessary to accommodate a high-gloss, marine-style varnish. On the safety side of things, a new bed floor seals better and prevents deadly carbon monoxide fumes from being drawn into the cab. Originally, the top protrusions of the wear strips were just slightly higher than the bed wood.
If you're working dry wood in a heated shop shrunk condition more expansion room should be allowed than if you're working air dried wood in the humid part of summer with no heat in the shop expanded condition. The Advanced Designed Trucks bed wood came from the factory treated with a combination of linseed oil and lampblack, giving it a dull black color. You will note from the drawing below that the outer edges of the wear strip came down lower than the middle of the wear strip. Stay tuned—and remember, do it right, do it once, and never look back! We use the best in our builds and they have the best beds, bed wood and quality parts for your trucks. With the bed box finally complete, I can once and for all get that wood kit finished and installed. Call for availability and pricing. The ones that have the center set of rings from the heart of the tree, if heartwood is not available be sure to groove the boards with the curve of the grain going up.
The boards were held down by metal strips between the boards which were also painted black. We also highly recommend that you add a groove running every 1' of board length from the C dimension to the outside edge of the D dimension allowing for the flow of water off the inset groove to allow trapped water in the groove easier drainage than only at ends of boards to greatly preserve the life of the boards. Add 40 years of wear and tear to the equation, and both safety and sound qualities deteriorate immensely. The drawing below shows how the boards were grooved. For example, have you ever noticed that even the stock pickups at a Barrett-Jackson auction almost always feature a highly varnished oak floor with polished stainless steel bedstrips? New T-shirt Design Take a look at this hot new T-shirt design featuring a Premier Street Rod's premierstreetrod truck build! The width of the boards varied depending on position.
Custom Show Bed Wood - In addition to the specifications given for the standard grade, special attention is given to select boards with similar grain pattern. The use of a s recommended to protect the wood from the sun and weather. Other species of wood are available on special orders. The groove design allows the boards to float without buckling while still being firmly held to the steel supports underneath during the expansion and contraction of the wood. . .