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Old 12-17-2007, 09:05 AM
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Hi i have been building a 52 chevy truck for 3years its on the road now .
I just got a new box unassembled does enyone no how to assemble it
no instruction came with it.It was made by mack hils.

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Truck box...as in bed?
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I would start by calling the manufacturer. Other wise the assembly would be just like building a car from the frame up. Start with the bottom of the box, add the sides and the front panel. Next install the stack pockets and rear hinge channel. Then the tailgate. Probably the best piece of advice is nut to cut or modify any thing. If you are having trouble, get back on the phone.

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My Mack Pro (from Moberly, MO) truck bed came with no instructions also. As I recall the front bed panel bolt locations had to be drilled for mounting to the side panels as well as the drilled for the front lower crossmember. The crossmembers had to be drilled and the stake pockets welded to the bed sides - pretty much a complete kit in a box.

Assemble (and drill if needed) the bed sides and front panel on a level surface. Remember the bottom of the front panel sits higher than the bed sides. There is a box member at the rear of the bed that positions the sides at the rear.

Level the truck frame front to rear and side to side for mounting the box. I used temporary support (2" box tubing) for mounting on the frame under the front cross sill. The height of the temporary support needs to be tall enough so when the bed is placed on the leveled frame the bed is level front to rear and side to side.

Since my cross members (under bed floor) were not drilled I had to place them in position on the frame with temporary box tubing. The temporary box tubing needs to be tall enough so the top of the cross sill will support the bed boards and the cross sill needs to be placed with their centerline matching the bed centerline. Then I placed the bed boards and stainless stips into position for center punching the cross sill for drilling in the correct position.

If you need any additional details let me know. Kinda confusing to explain. Next time I'll buy one from Mar-K.
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Thanks advanced design this is helpfull
Is the front cross member bolted to the the front panel and are the two side strips welded to the side panel and bolted to the cross members or is there a 3/4" space between the cross member and the strips.
The pic is helpful .do you have a closer pic of the boxs. Thanks Truck52
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The front cross member is bolted to the front panel. The two side strips are spot welded to the side panel. I positioned the side strip height by placing them on the bed board floor which of course was placed on the crossmembers. A little extra space between the side strip and the wood floor wouldn't hurt as mine ended up a bit tight.

Also remember the crossmembers fore and aft location must be determined by placing them under the holes in the bed strips. In the photo one crossmember is too far rearward in comparison to the factory location. I did this to make it easier for location of the drilling holes.

I'll provide more detail pictures once I return from this last business trip of the year. Yippee!

Curious about your bed Trucks52 - did it come from Mack Pro?
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Thanks ADVANCED DESIGN
And yes the box was from mack pro. Did'nt get much help from them but thanks to you i'm well on my way.Thanks for the pics very helpful
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You're welcome. Are you dong a restoration on this truck?
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Hi advanced design
Yup from the ground up the only thing not stock is the 454 under the hood buy the way what is the car in your shop I'm looking for a 41 willys
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That is a '35 Chevy Master coupe. All steel with Randy Ferguson doing the metal work. Some of the procedures are in my project journal. That car is on hold right now while we build the truck this winter.

If you are interested in a Willys you might want to check out Randy's site. http://fergusoncoachbuilding.com/ He specializes in Willys. Take a look at some of the past and current projects. Cool stuff.
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Hi advanced design
fronts all done but does the back stake pocket have to be cut and is the back crossmember bolted to the stakepocket. thanks again for the help
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As I recall the back stake pocket is trimmed to fit around the rear crossmember and it is bolted from the rear. I'll be in the shop tomorrow, verify and provide a picture.
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Thanks
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Here you go. Good luck with the project.
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