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Old 08-25-2018, 11:35 AM   #351
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Re: 1957 Chevy 3100, meet 1994 Dodge Ram 1500

How about using some of that Treks material? You know the stuff they use for decking.
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Old 08-25-2018, 01:31 PM   #352
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How about using some of that Treks material? You know the stuff they use for decking.
I'd never thought of that. If they made it in a 1" thick board, I imagine it would work, but I'm guessing enough to do the bed would probably be more money than the plate steel will cost.

I wonder if the Trex would start to sag between the cross sills over time.

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Old 08-26-2018, 11:38 AM   #353
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I don't know about the sagging, but if this is what you can use, it doesn't look terribly expensive. https://www.homedepot.com/p/Trex-Enh...ES01/203140659
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Old 09-02-2018, 04:44 PM   #354
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I don't know about the sagging, but if this is what you can use, it doesn't look terribly expensive. https://www.homedepot.com/p/Trex-Enh...ES01/203140659
I went with a piece of 10 gauge plate steel from the local supply store. I had to buy a 5'x12' sheet since they don't carry the 4'x10' sheet, but out the door, the entire sheet was $175. I clamped on a fence to keep things straight, and cut it down to the proper 49 1/2" x 97" for the floor, using a metal cutting blade on my 7 1/4" circular saw. Now i have plenty of plate metal left over for future projects and a floor that will out last the truck.

Once I got it cut to size, I tack welded five pieces of 1" angle stock to the bottom, between the location of the cross sills. Then I tacked on a length of 2" square tube down the middle, to act not only as a spine, but to use for lifting it in to place. It worked like a charm and I was able to use my engine crane to set the floor in to place on the upside down bed.

I have been drilling the holes in the bottom for the cross sills now and then I will add the holes needed for the bed strips and recessed D-rings. Once all my holes are drilled, I will cut the welds on the angle stock, weld in the D-rings, and clean the bottom of the bed floor for paint. After that, I can reinstall the cross sills and flip the bed back over so I can bed line the floor and install the bed strips.

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Old 09-02-2018, 04:51 PM   #355
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Re: 1957 Chevy 3100, meet 1994 Dodge Ram 1500

Here is what I have in mind for the D-rings and bed strips. My OEM strips are trashed after all these years and a very good friend just gifted me a set of stainless strips to use for the build. They should arrive about the time I am ready to install them if all goes well. The one good strip is more or less installed, just to get a better idea of how it will look, before I drill a bunch of holes in the floor. Keep in mint, the picture isn't upside down, the bed is.

The addition of the D-rings will also give a little drainage for the bed as well so I don't have to worry about water being held in the box.

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Old 09-03-2018, 11:20 PM   #356
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Re: 1957 Chevy 3100, meet 1994 Dodge Ram 1500

funny co-inky-dink, I just cut the steel floor OUT of my bed


looking good, probably last forever!
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Old 09-04-2018, 07:20 PM   #357
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funny co-inky-dink, I just cut the steel floor OUT of my bed


looking good, probably last forever!
Lol! I had considered re-purposing some square body bed floor last week when a long bed trailer popped up on Marketplace in OKC for $50, but since this truck may see some actual farm use, I figure to 10 gauge was a better choice, and yes, it should probably last forever.

I have the bed down off the sawhorses now, but it is still upside down at the moment. I need to get my recessed D-rings and then cut the holes for them. All of the holes have been drilled for the bed strips and aside from the D-rings, I only have the hole left to cut for the recessed gooseneck hitch.

I'm going to recheck my measurements for the location of that hole and mark the cut for tomorrow morning. After that, if the weather dries, I should be ready to paint the underside of the bed.

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Old 09-04-2018, 09:11 PM   #358
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That is going to work great. Are you going to coat the steel with something?
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Old 09-04-2018, 10:25 PM   #359
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That is going to work great. Are you going to coat the steel with something?
Absolutely. Once I'm done with the cutting, drilling and welding, I'm going to cover the bottom side of the bed with gray industrial enamel. The inside of the bed will be Monstaliner, either "Turquila" or "All Nighter", whichever more closely matches the original color of my truck.

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Old 09-08-2018, 08:58 AM   #360
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Well, I did get a bit more done before the rain settled in on us. To start with, I finished drilling all of the holes needed for the bed strips, then marked the floor for cutting the opening for the turn-over gooseneck ball hitch under the bed. I tacked the angle strips to the bottom side of the floor to guide my saw as I cut the new opening. Once the hole was done, I removed the angle strips again and ground down the welds, then cleaned, sanded, cleaned again and began to prime the floor.

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Old 09-08-2018, 09:17 AM   #361
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Just as I was priming the bare metal, the rain came. I managed to get primer on the edges of the holes I had cut or drilled, and all the places I had ground welds off, with just enough time for it to be dry to the touch. Then it poured...3/4" of rain in 15 minutes.

After that wave of rain cleared out, I tipped the bed up to get water off of it, and hit it with compressed air to speed up the process. Once the floor was dry, I cleaned it again and let the sun finish the job. When all was good and dry, I got back to painting. The bottom side of the floor is now coated in oil-based enamel implement paint, to keep the rust monster at bay. It should be durable enough to stand up to any bits of road debris that may hit the bottom of the floor.

Last weekend, out of the blue, I got a message from a fellow Marine I served with in the 1980s. He's a car guy too and has been following along with the progress. He asked to buy something I needed for the project, with no worry for the cost. Looking at the twisted pile of 61 year old bed strips, I had an answer for Hugga. Thursday, a set of natural stainless steel bed strips arrived at the house while I was at work.

These will be a nice addition and complement whatever color bedliner is used on the inside of the box. Now, as soon as things dry back out, the next big task will be getting either Monstaliner or Herculiner down on the bed floor and getting those new strips installed so I can get the bed back on the truck. and out of the driveway. Thank you Hugga! Semper Fi brother!

Edit: I have the pocketed d-rings on order and expect they will be here this coming week. One for each corner, so four more holes to cut and sixteen more to drill on the bottom side of the floor. Then the inside of the box can be addressed.

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Old 09-12-2018, 09:00 PM   #362
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The d-rings arrived yesterday and I was able to get them installed today. it was messy work to cut 3" holes...metal shavings and AFT (for cutting oil) everywhere.

Rather than get crazy trying to simulate wood pattern with bedliner, Kim says Desert Sand Monstaliner would be a good, solid color for the floor. We all know, if Kim is happy...

Now I just need to clean and paint the cross sills. Then they can be reinstalled and I can flip the bed over to cot the inside, install the bed strips and mount the bed on the truck.

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