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Old October 16th, 2009, 05:06 PM
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Default Troop seat wood length?

what is the length of the wood for the troop seats? I am measuring about 90 inches, and did a search on board and came up with anything from 87 to 91 1/4


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Old October 16th, 2009, 07:13 PM
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This is an email I got from Gary a while back in regards to the troop seats:

"The planks are 3" tall by 3/4" thick and the total length is 87"
The screws that attach the planks to the brackets are countersunk by a 11/16th" hole.
The center off the mounting screws are roughly 1 1/2" from the ends of the planks.
The top two planks have screws/bolts (measuring from inside of the bed behind the drivers side) at 1 1/2" - 41 1/2" - 45 1/2" - 85 1/2"
The third rail on down has centered screws/bolts at 1 1/2 - 43 1/2" - and 85 1/2"
The tabs that hold the seat up are 2 3/4" in from the ends.

Now all my measurements were done alone with a 25' tape measure but they are close. I noticed minor irregilarities by 1/16th to 1/8th inches which I think is all about measuring dried up old wood."

Hope it helps.
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Old November 15th, 2017, 05:48 AM
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these measurements were SPOT ON. Made my day when all these planks came together. they look Awesome. thank you
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Old November 15th, 2017, 08:39 AM
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How meney boards do you need for the complete rack and troop seats?
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I just completed mine in the last month using Ronner's measurments. You will need 6 planks for each side. I picked up a set of deuce and a half seats and repurposed the oak for my seats by cutting them down.
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Old November 15th, 2017, 02:18 PM
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thanks for the reply 44willysmb
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Default M 715 troop seat wood

Thanks for the dimensions. As white oak is getting expensive and hard to find, someone told me poplar is a good substitute, just not quite as strong as oak.

Anyone ever use poplar for troop seats?


PS Near me is a hardwood shop, they use red oak, BUT, they told me it would not be good for troop seats, because it is quite porous ( compared to white oak), and has a tendency for the ends of the boards to swell and split.
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Old December 25th, 2017, 05:12 AM
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Let me also say that the measurements were spot on. I used them exactly and drilled the holes with a brad point drill after using a forstner bit to sink the hole for the head of he carriage bolt using a drill press.

Thanks for the research!
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