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    Default Running Board Material

    "A customer of mine is also restoring a REO truck. He is looking for new material for the running boards. Instead of conventional checkerplate this has small squares instead. The squares are approximately 3/8" and about two inches apart. Has anyone ever seen anything like this at a steel supplier? Any ideas to put this back to original would be appreciated.

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    not sure of a supplier but it could probably be done with a laser or plasma. material wouldn't have to be terribly thick as you could brace it from the underside. Programming wouldn't be obscene as it'd be a repeating pattern.
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    By checkerplate do you mean treadplate? or expanded metal?

    What you seek has raised squares or square holes?

    I've used round perforated and square and other shapes are also available. Maybe THIS is close?

    The stuff could be laser, plasma or even flame cut if cost and time were inconsequential, but it isn't. Roller punched.
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    I have seen the tread plate with the small square raised holes before. It is much better when wet than the common diamond design.
    I haven't a clue if you can even find it these days. Or if it is even still being made.
    You might find some scrap of it somewhere if you searched all over. No one can expect you to be able to source anything ever made tho.
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    Default Plate

    The squares are raised.I am not sure of the correct terminology to describe the plate. It is not expanded metsl. I am thinking that perhaps the material was proprietory so the supply may have been limited. I am hoping that someone out there may have seen it on some othere piece of equipment that may be common in the area that I am in. Thanks for the help so far.

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    Maybe this company can help you www.mcnichols.com It looks like they have something similar under the ''designer metals'' section. Mike
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    Quote Originally Posted by bjfab View Post
    The squares are raised.I am not sure of the correct terminology to describe the plate. It is not expanded metsl. I am thinking that perhaps the material was proprietory so the supply may have been limited. I am hoping that someone out there may have seen it on some othere piece of equipment that may be common in the area that I am in. Thanks for the help so far.

    Byron
    The plate you're after is tread plate. It used to be common in years past, I've worked with it before and even have a few customers who still have decks with it on. I'm not sure if it's available anymore or not though all of the tread plate I've used in the past 20 or so years has been the diamond pattern. I do remember when I was a teenager decking some mine sleds that went to the sulfur mines in Florida. That was also the project where the shop discovered what zinc poisoning was after I was hospitalized with it and nearly cost me my life.

    I will try to ask around tomorrow and see if any of my suppliers have it or can get it. That is if my old-timers allows me to remember it by morning!!!

    What thickness do you need and what is the approximate size of the squares?
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