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Mrkixx

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09-08-2016 03:05 AM

Has anyone ever done the wood restoration on a vintage style vehicle? If so please message me I need some advice, I was approached by a friend asking me if I would like or could restore the wooden floor in his truck as well as the wooden side rails. It seems pretty strait forward but would like some advice on a few things.
Thanks in advance.


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#1 posted 09-08-2016 11:45 AM

Are you talking about restoring the bed of the truck? I am about to help a friend restore the wooden bed of a 63 Chevy pickup. It might help if you tell us the make, year and model.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#2 posted 09-08-2016 01:05 PM

When I was still in high school I worked on my friend’s MGTD. Lots of wood in that car. Plenty of opportunity for wood work.

Basically we removed pieces, traced around them and used a fret saw to cut them to size and shape and a file and sandpaper. We did not have a lot of wood working tools available to us. Nonetheless the results looked (to us) to be completely professional. (There was no complex joinery, and only the dash really showed. Beneath the sheet metal there was a supporting staff of wood braces and brackets.

Here are some images of the wood work required. I don’t remember what species of wood we used, it was 52 years ago. And we only had to replace the rotting wood. I don’t remember any complex joinery, but if it was required we worked around it as neither of us had the skills to do that kind of work.

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#3 posted 09-08-2016 01:22 PM

I don’t know if you are going to make new wood pieces or refinish what he has, but I would recommend West System epoxy to finish them with. You can thin it with acetone and put it on like paint and it penetrates the wood about 1/32”

cheers, Jim

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Mrkixx

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#4 posted 09-08-2016 03:56 PM

Yes Lazy, it is a older model GMC truck bed and cargo rails, I don’t know the exact model I do have a few pictures, they were just quick ones I will actually get and take some more detail ones later

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#5 posted 09-08-2016 04:07 PM

Hey Jim, I’m thinking that I will just refinish what he has, they are just greyed with some of the old finish on some parts and a few cracks and checks on some pieces of the end grain of the boards for the most part.

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#6 posted 09-08-2016 09:10 PM

In case you find that you need to replace some of them or just decide to do a full restore, here is a good web site that will give you the dimension of each board and also the profile that you have to rout on each edge:
http://gmcpauls.com/47-72_BedWood_Info.htm

There are also sites that sell the metal wear strips that hold down the boards, if you need to replace them, or even kits for replacing the whole bed.

I think that white oak was the traditional wood that came on most GMC/Chevy trucks. My friend is considering using ipe though that might be a little heavy.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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