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Old 12-30-2005, 09:23 PM
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The problem (at least with my 62 ) with using just aluminum diamond plate is that the original wood is 1/2" thick and the bed is designed for that thickness. The bolts that hold the bed down also hold the bed and fenders to the frame. I don't know how one would fashion 1/4" diamond plate to work. Plus wood is a more substantial surface than the diamond plate and acts like a bushing for the bolts.

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hey Milo... will try and post some pics soon.

I was told that i need to have some rubber strips between the aluminium and steel, any where the aluminium will contact the steel of the bed, fenders, supports, etc. An electrical corrosion process will occur and the steel will rust 10 times quicker. I see alot of Jeeps with aluminium diamond plate bolted on, but have never asked if this sped up the rust they were covering up. Any experience with this?
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If ya'll don't mind my asking, what would the cost be for a piece of the aluminum diamondtread, shiny side up? My youngest son has a '56 chevy pickup we have restored and one of the last things to do is a bed kit or the diamondtread. The alum. sure won't rot like wood will! This is a daily driver so it's not a pampered garage queen and need something that will last! thanks...gary.
Well I can tell you this. I have a solid wood door on my shop. The outside was originally done in spar varnish but after years got weathered. I opted to cover the outside with aluminum diamond plate rather than refinish. The door is seven feet high and about 39 inches wide (nearly as I recall) I had a piece cut to fit and it scared the heck out of a hundred dollar bill. Looks cool though and I havent noticed any corrosion for going on three years now. AL
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While we're on the subject, another cool thing you can do with diamond plate is powder coat it. I powder coated some anodize blue and was very happy with the results. AL
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did you say you were hauling a bike or wanting to? Alum. diamond plate and motorcycles, makes me think scratches and gouges, I focused on this because I am planning on using the same as a floor pan, wondering how I was going to like the scuff marks from shoes, . Saw 4x8 sheets 1/8 (.125) in Orlando Fla for $100.xx this will give you an idea of the expense.
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If I remember right, and it has been a while since I paid that much attention to a bed with a wooden floor, the boards are actually thicker than that. They are cut so the metal strips are recessed into the wood some. That keeps the intividual boards from shrinking and sliding under the metal strips. Although using something like pine, it wouldn't last long in the weather, there are some woods that are quite durable, specially when coated with polyurethane. The original wood in the beds did hold up quite well in the weather. They were not designed to be kept out of the rain. Actually they were sonething like 1X6 or 1X8 that were used so that if one piece got damaged badly, it could be replaced separately if needed.

Consider this. Boats have been made out of wood since the beginning. They are not built to be kept out of the rain/water. They just require good maintenance.

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Practical matter

Take a look at the roll back trucks used by the tow companies..those beds are made of welded aluminum..that is what your bed will look like in a couple of years if the truck is used as a truck..

Wood beds as a prcatical matter in a working truck are made of Oak as oak wears well and does not splinter up like some other woods will..

For a practical truck slide a piece of 1/2 ply into the bed and you will have some hope of saving the bed..

Comes down to do you want a show truck or one that works..

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All of the above posts are the reason that I said to use STEEL diamond plate.....It's not as pretty, but if you are going to use the truck, it's the way to go.
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hey Poncho

That makes sense!! I was hoping for the shiny look but a powdercoated steel may look better for my application - Flat black and tough as hell. Question for a fellow canuck... working in the garage yesterday, -3 degrees with no heat. (had to keep moving.. lol) will I have trouble with epoxy primer curing?

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Question for a fellow canuck... working in the garage yesterday, -3 degrees with no heat. (had to keep moving.. lol) will I have trouble with epoxy primer curing?

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Yes....you will need some heat...at least 10c.........I primed my truck a few winters ago, and had it about 10c in there.
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Hey everyone, thanks for the info on the diamond tread. I will show this to my son (18yrs old) and he can make a decision on what he wants to do. We are finished with the rest of the truck, so he needs to make a decision on a bed kit or this...thanks again, gary....glad my 66 mustang doesn't need any diamond tread...lol!
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