I just ended up with a 12 foot composite style bed for the CCKW and/or the Studebaker US6.
Data plate says manufactured 06/14/45. Bed assembled by MMF. It looks to be VERY nice shape metal-wise-- ZERO rust other than the strips that hold the wood down--, but the wood is REALLY BAD. As in gone. Not much of any left to get a pattern from.
There is one short piece of one 6 1/2 inch board that is good enough to show me that this wood looks to be 1 1/4" thick as near as I can tell. Can someone here verify the actual thickness? Also looks like about 4 different widths of planks. Can someone clue me into just exactly what these boards measure width-wise. And what type of router bit would work to cut the groove the metal strips fit into? Do the planks join side to side with a half round notch to allow for the bolt or does the bolt simply separate the boards?
Although I have a planer I could make whatever thickness this calls for--has anyone tried using thicker wood--say 1 1/2" ? I'm thinking Douglas Fir --clear grain frameing lumber since I have a pile of it in the back yard.
If someone would be willing to send me a picture of (or the real thing) a cross section of a floorboard so I can understand how the "groove" looks, I would be forever grateful.
Also what are the Dimensions of the wood beam between the bed and on top of the frame rails?
Or dare I dream and ask if there is a source for pre- cut ready to install bed board kits