March 8, 2004Any suggestion on replacing the bed of my 58 Ford?The front 3 ft.of my bed is shot.I have to replace the bed this summer.It was madeso you can replace just the bed part without replacing or welding new panels in.A new one would be pricy I would imagine.I'm thinking of doing it in wood.Any ideas?
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March 12, 2004There is a HUGE junkyard out here in the middle of nowhere that has tons of old trucks. If I remember right there was a '58 or'59 there. I took pics of them all so I sort of have there inventory. I'll check if that bed was any good as soon as I can get my POS comp back up and running. They do have a website as well. Just do a search for "Hidden Valley Autoparts". They only list a Number but that might help out with price and shipping.
March 12, 2004Thanks for the tip OldSkool.Fortunately they made the bed in 2 pieces,so it's rather easy to replace the middle section.I'll check it out.
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May 12, 2004Replacement IS expensive - I replace the entire bed on my 49 as the original would have cost more to repair than to outright replace it -
MAR-K is the company I used, for quality and reputation - with bed wood, bolt kit and stainless steel bed strips the total was almost 3K...
I love the product I got, but ouch :P
May 12, 2004Hi Brad. Did I read that right? 3k? Wow. Must have been a nice kit.lol. I don't have a lot of money to spend on the bed, so I was thinking of oak or cherry wood. I can salvage most of the cross members.
I will be spending more money than I thought on the floor panels of the cab,so I have to rob other areas to stay within the budget I set out with.lol. Thanks for the tip.
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May 13, 2004Yea, lol, you heard that right - it was a lot of money, and seriously crimped up some other plans I had.
You know, what I am seeing a lot of now on bed floors is folks installing 3/4 inch marine grade plywood floors in the bed, then either coating the bed themselves (with do-it-yerself kits) or having the bed rhino-lined by the pros...
This way there is NO need to try to smooth all the dents from the inside of the bed, and you can use the much cheaper "skins" for the bed sides and tailgates.
Might save yourself a lot of money by trying that - I have seen some really nice trucks at the shows with the coated beds...
Anyway, good luck!