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Old 05-08-2011, 09:34 PM
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82 Stepside 4x4 wood floor help

I have a 82 f100 stepside with a wood floor in the bed. Need some suggestions on how i should go about replacing the floor. Should I get new rails and 2x6 treated lumber or solid one piece? Im lost as to how to go about this build. I will post pics ASAP.
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Here is a link to all the parts you need. It's easy to do just take your time!

http://www.mar-k.com/catalog/index.aspx

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I have a 82 f100 stepside with a wood floor in the bed. Need some suggestions on how i should go about replacing the floor. Should I get new rails and 2x6 treated lumber or solid one piece? Im lost as to how to go about this build. I will post pics ASAP.
Is this a work truck or a show truck?
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Truck currently has 8 inches of lift. Would be a daily driver with limited off road
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Then the original floor from Ford was plywood, 3/4" thick. You can go back with that. That's what I'm doing because of cost ($34). I looked at sheetmetal and diamond plate but that's to expensive ($473 + $120s/h). The wood kits are more for show trucks, plus they use 7 boards and you have to redrill the crossmembers.

If you go with one of the wood kits I would stick with pine and paint both sides. The company the Matty suggested had the most helpful people I talked to compared to others.
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I looked at the site and 361 bucks aint bad for the whole kit. But im also trying to budget myself. ( wife just loves my projects ). Im liking the 3/4 in ply wood idea do i have to remove the whole bed. or just rip up the boards it has now and replace them witht he plywood? Thanks for the help guys.
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I took out the whole floor. It's one piece, or it seemed like it was one piece. It was rotted bad.

I got a 4x8 sheet. It's 48" between the inside wheel wells. I slid it in, measured and cut off the end. There should be enough of the end to make the 4 corners. Once I cut all the pieces I'll lay them in the bed and mark the bolt holes. Then drill, paint and assemble. Later I'll do either a roll in or spray in bedliner. It should last a good long while. It's for hauling stuff not for a car shows.

It's still in the body shop. I hope to have it back this week. I'm taking next week off to finish it off. When I get to the bed floor I'll make sure to take pictures and post it.
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thats pretty much what bot sides look like
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Yeah, its been replaced before. The metal strips that help the bolts hold are missing. And they didn't bother to replace the corners. They just threw a piece in and bolted it down.
You could go back with another sheet of plywood but even treated I would still paint it top and bottom.
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Having the same issues with my Flareside (stepsides are chevy/gmc names). The factory plywood is over-sized beyond the standard 48 inch width and was impregnated with a fiberglass type resin for durability. The strongest repair would go with individual 1x6 & 1x8 boards with cross-members and strips from Mar-K.

Good luck with the build!
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Ford used individual boards until 82 or 83 then they went to the marine grade plywood with grooves cut it it for the metal strips
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Then the original floor from Ford was plywood, 3/4" thick. .
This depended on year model.

The Flareside bed didn't change much from 1948-1987. Cosmetic changes mostly.

The only changes made to the bed in 1980's was the tailgate, the Fenders, and the plywood floor. 1979 and earlier used seperate planks and the beds are vitually identical.

I also recommend seperate boards, as it's stronger, even if you go and buy the boards yourself from the home depot or something. If you are good at woodworking you can even put in the bevels in the wood to hold the strips you need.

For a show truck, get the kit.
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1981 still used individual boards (Douglas Fir I believe). You can use nearly anything if you cut and fit is correctly...marine plywood, oak, maple, fir, 1/4 sawn, etc. The only ones to veer away from is interior plywood, unfinished exterior plywood, particle board and chip board.

I plan on using marine plywood cut into the original board dimensions.

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I'm going to use white oak in my 56 and cut it myself.

I say just go to home depot and grab some wood that you fancy!
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