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  • Truck bed swap?

    I have a 62 T cab with long wide box. I have a long narrow Stude bed of unknown vintage (49 or later) on a trailer. Can I fit the narrow box on the Champ? I believe this combo was not available after 61.

    I think there were some changes in the narrow bed over the years, how can I identify the bed I have?

    Don Wilson
    53 Commander Hardtop
    64 Champ 1/2 ton
    WA state

  • #2
    The 1949-55 beds were an even 4' wide.

    PackardV8
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    • #3
      Actualy, I believe the early C-cab beds are a wee bit under 4ft. But it WILL fit just fine on your 62 truck.

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      1960 Larkvertible V8
      1958 Provincial wagon
      1953 Commander coupe
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      1955 President State
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      1963 Daytona project FS
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      • #4
        My 1950 truck brochure shows the bed's inside width as 48 1/2" - here's the page:
        http://www.tocmp.com/brochures/Stude...ck_1950_14.jpg

        They became wider in 1956. I believe 51"?

        Anyway, if they put the 3" wider bed on the same frame in 1956 as had previously held the narrower bed, and if they put that 1956 vintage bed on the first T-cab trucks, then I'm betting you could put on a 1949 bed. Didn't the frame remain the same for the T-cabs as for the C-cabs that preceded them? Correct me if I'm wrong.

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        1955 1/2 Ton Pickup
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        1955 1/2 Ton Pickup
        The Red-Headed Amazon
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        • #5
          Hi, Mr. Biggs,

          FWIW, over the past 25 years, I have hauled hundreds of 4' wide sheets of plywood, drywall and whatever and they always slide inside my 1955 box.

          However, the box is just a tad shorter than 8' long with the tailgate closed. Have to leave it down when hauling 8' goods.

          thnx, jv.

          PackardV8
          PackardV8

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          • #6
            The beds on the TCABS had additional spacers under the rails where they went to the frame. They were welded on and looked like pieces of 3/4 pipe. You can use washers for the same effect. I found this out when I took a narrow tcab bed and put it on a transtar. I had to cut off the spacers.
            Milt

            1947 Champion (owned since 1967)
            1961 Hawk 4-speed
            1967 Avanti
            1961 Lark 2 door
            1988 Avanti Convertible

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            • #7
              PackardV8, I've never actually owned a pre-57 PU, but I'll bet the extra couple of inches of width came about because with a standard of 4'X 8' sheets of building material (I wonder WHEN said standard was established), it was just easier to manuver the stuff with a couple inches to spare instead of a relativley close fit.
              How much clearance to the sides of those 4X8 sheets do you have?

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              1957 Transtar 1/2ton
              1960 Larkvertible V8
              1958 Provincial wagon
              1953 Commander coupe
              1957 President 2-dr
              1955 President State
              1951 Champion Biz cpe
              1963 Daytona project FS
              No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.

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              • #8
                Thanks all for the input. This particular bed is 48.5" X 96.25" or slightly over 4' X 8'.

                Don Wilson
                53 Commander Hardtop
                64 Champ 1/2 ton
                WA state
                Don Wilson, Centralia, WA

                40 Champion 4 door*
                50 Champion 2 door*
                53 Commander K Auto*
                53 Commander K overdrive*
                55 President Speedster
                62 GT 4Speed*
                63 Avanti R1*
                64 Champ 1/2 ton

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                • #9
                  Hey ddub,

                  Crazy question!

                  Do you have a good set of fenders to put on that skinny bed?

                  Regards,
                  Bob (stude53)[8D]

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                  • #10
                    I wish my '55 truck had a 51 in. wide bed, because a sheet of 49" x 96" MDF is 1/2 inch too wide to lay down flat!

                    Biggsy, that's a good question about when the standard 4x8 sheet of plywood became a standard. I only know that plywood came into popular use after WWII.

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                    1955 1/2 Ton Pickup
                    The Red-Headed Amazon

                    Paul Simpson
                    "DilloCrafter"

                    1955 1/2 Ton Pickup
                    The Red-Headed Amazon
                    Deep in the heart of Texas

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                    • #11
                      I've got a neighbor that retired from selling plywood about 10 years ago. I'll ask him if he knows anything as to when the sheet size was standardized.

                      Miscreant at large.

                      1957 Transtar 1/2ton
                      1960 Larkvertible V8
                      1958 Provincial wagon
                      1953 Commander coupe
                      1957 President 2-dr
                      1955 President State
                      1951 Champion Biz cpe
                      1963 Daytona project FS
                      No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.

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                      • #12
                        quote:Crazy question!

                        Do you have a good set of fenders to put on that skinny bed?

                        Regards,
                        Bob (stude53)
                        Actually I do. I also bought the kit from Classic Enterprises to add a fender mounted spare. I was their first customer for that product. Hope to get it installed this summer.

                        Don Wilson
                        53 Commander Hardtop
                        64 Champ 1/2 ton
                        WA state
                        Don Wilson, Centralia, WA

                        40 Champion 4 door*
                        50 Champion 2 door*
                        53 Commander K Auto*
                        53 Commander K overdrive*
                        55 President Speedster
                        62 GT 4Speed*
                        63 Avanti R1*
                        64 Champ 1/2 ton

                        * Formerly owned

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