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    I think this has been asked before but I can`t locate it in my search. Pulled the cab and bed off my truck a while back, can`t recall the thickness of the spacers between the cab and frame and if all 4 bolts had springs. Also how is the bed attached to the frame, I don`t think the way it was before was the right way. Any help would be great.

  • #2
    There are only 3 springs. The front left corner is bolted directly through the frame with a shorter bolt than the other three. The spacers used are just enough to have the cab sit level on the 4 points - as if the cab and frame were truly straight after 60+ years! Use something like 1/8" or 1/4" fabric-reinforced rubber belting or the sidewall of an old tire for the pads. Tighten the nuts just enough to compress the springs a little, no more than 1/4". Use a lock nut. These are to allow the frame to twist when you hit a bump without stressing the cab sheet metal.

    The bed mounts are really very simple. There are two small plates about 1-1/2" square in the front that fit under the inside edge of the top of the frame rail and 1/2" bolts. There are also two bolts for the rear mounts. Put 3-4" of treated cotton tape between the frame and bed at each mounting point so that you don't get squeaks.

    [img=left]http://www.studegarage.com/images/indy/gary_indycar25_vvsm.jpg[/img=left] Gary Ash
    Dartmouth, Mass.
    '32 Indy car replica (in progress)
    '48 M5
    '65 Wagonaire Commander
    '63 Wagonaire Standard
    web site at http://www.studegarage.com
    Gary Ash
    Dartmouth, Mass.

    '32 Indy car replica (in progress)
    ’41 Commander Land Cruiser
    '48 M5
    '65 Wagonaire Commander
    '63 Wagonaire Standard
    web site at http://www.studegarage.com

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    • #3
      Thanks for the info Gary, now I can start putting it all back together, Mike

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      • #4
        Gary
        are the springs between the nut and frame?
        art

        Brad Johnson
        Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
        '33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight
        "All attempts to 'rise above the issue' are simply an excuse to avoid it profitably." --Dick Gregory

        Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
        Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
        sigpic'33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée"

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        • #5
          Yes, the spring goes against the frame. See pic below:



          I used two nuts to get a locknut, but I think it's better these days to use a deformed thread steel locknut for this location.

          [img=left]http://www.studegarage.com/images/indy/gary_indycar25_vvsm.jpg[/img=left] Gary Ash
          Dartmouth, Mass.
          '32 Indy car replica (in progress)
          '48 M5
          '65 Wagonaire Commander
          '63 Wagonaire Standard
          web site at http://www.studegarage.com
          Gary Ash
          Dartmouth, Mass.

          '32 Indy car replica (in progress)
          ’41 Commander Land Cruiser
          '48 M5
          '65 Wagonaire Commander
          '63 Wagonaire Standard
          web site at http://www.studegarage.com

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