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Old 04-19-2017, 12:25 PM   #10
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Re: Installing a new wood bed on a 65 c10

Originally Posted by PGSigns View Post
I used The info from GMC Pauls to make mine and they fit perfect. Here is the link. Make them based on these measurements and you will be good to go. I would order all new bolts to back with. Makes it a lot easier and a good bit of mine broke. A cordless impact will be your new best friend doing this. There are a lot of bolts to pull.
I am not a fan of GMC Pauls info page. I took down all the measurements they suggest for board widths and lengths. That part works great. The problem is if you follow the shoulder cut they recommend for the strips to recess into you will find yourself cutting too much wood out. They recommend a total of 3/4" on each plank edge. That adds up to a total of 1 1/2" plus you have to add in the width of your anchor bolt and you end up with close to 2 inches. The stainless strips are about 1 1/4" wide. This leaves you with more gap on each side than was original from the factory. Instead of my strips riding up against the recesses, there is an additional 1/4"-3/8" gap on each side. If I had to do it over again I would only route out 1/2" or maybe 3/8" to keep the strips tighter in the recesses. It doesn't look too bad, but a tighter fit would be closer to what came from the factory. Now it may also depend on who you get your stainless strips from. I got mine from NSane Hot Rodz during their special promotion. I;m not sure if any other companies make different widths of strips or not, but I now have a larger gap on each plank than I'd like to have. Just an FYI before you start cutting your planks and routing out the grooves.
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