1967 Step-side Truck Bed - Something a little different

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Project by EarlS posted 08-27-2015 12:17 AM 2705 views 4 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend of mine has been restoring a 1967 step-side Chevy pick up for the past couple of years. He wanted something a little more interesting than the typical wood truck bed for it. We looked through the online sites where you can buy the finished beds (expensive!!!) and he finally settled on walnut. We hand selected some pieces that had good figuring and color. Making the boards was fairly straight forward using plans he found on one of the truck sites. The boards were finished with 3 coats of Watco walnut Danish oil, 6 coats of high gloss spar varnish with 600 grit wet sanding between them. The final coat was sanded out to 12,000 grit and then finished with Behlens finisher which is an amazing wax product.

The truck bed is secured with stainless steel strips that fit into the recessed slots in the boards.

He has showed the truck 3 times and won “best in class” for it at one of the shows and a Top 25 at one of the larger shows.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#1 posted 08-27-2015 12:25 AM

Looks Great!

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#2 posted 08-27-2015 12:29 AM

Beautiful truck. I’m not surprised that he won best in show !

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#3 posted 08-27-2015 12:31 AM

AWESOME! I had a 69 and 72 but no wood bed nice work

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#4 posted 08-27-2015 02:28 AM

Looks great. I will be doing my 65 soon. I am thinking Hickory for mine.

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#5 posted 08-27-2015 03:50 AM

Awesome, very sharp truck


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#6 posted 08-27-2015 03:50 AM

Very nicely done. That is one sweet looking truck.

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#7 posted 08-27-2015 10:01 AM

Awesome looking truck and bed

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#8 posted 08-27-2015 01:29 PM

Great job, I have one to do with my grandson soon. Appreciate the finishing ideas.

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#9 posted 08-27-2015 02:32 PM

I’d have to kill anyone who attempted to haul something in that bed!!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#10 posted 08-27-2015 02:42 PM

I d have to kill anyone who attempted to haul something in that bed!!

- hotncold

+1 on that , No way I would put a load of Fire wood or Gravel in that bed.

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#11 posted 08-27-2015 06:06 PM

Very nicely done—well deserve DT3!

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#12 posted 08-28-2015 12:07 AM

Nice truck. I’m a fan of the 67=72 body style having owned 4. Maybe one day I will own one with a bed. Mine have all been panel trucks. If your friend isn’t already a member have him check out Lots of great info and trucks over there.

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#13 posted 08-28-2015 12:13 AM

Awesome truck with a beautiful bed!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#14 posted 08-28-2015 04:50 AM

Awesome truck bed!

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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#15 posted 08-28-2015 05:52 PM

Nicely done! My dad & I restored a ‘49 Chevy 5-window about 10 years ago. When it came to the bed, I went with white oak. I hope your friend enjoys that truck as much as I’ve enjoyed the my father’s. I get immense pleasure out of waxing that wood bed every spring.

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