I live on my great-grandfather's farm. When I moved in 10 years ago, I was lucky that my great grandpa's 1949 dodge truck was still sitting in its little garage, not having run in 30 some years. The cool thing is that it had stakes built for it, and they are covered in signage for the farm. Taking cues from that truck, I have been busy acclimating Mr. T. to the farm. He is a new addition, having joined us last winter. While I am a purist and would never touch an original paint job, Mr. T had been painted and repainted. His original wood stakes had been painted too.....silver. Anyways, Mr. T now has a new paint-job, and his stakes are finally stripped of all of their paint. I also started adding signage to the stakes, with more to come when the weather gets better, but I started with the name of the farm and my great-grandfather's name. I think it came out well so I thought I would share. This is a 1925 TT with an unknown body (Lindsay?). All stock. No bells, no whistles.
Close up of Owl:
Good work Ryan. It looks great. Lots of fun I'll bet.
You receive a T+, nice job.
Looks good Ryan. Is the artwork burned into the wood or is it paint?
I used a small can of Rustoleum oil-based black paint. For the lighter parts of the branches and the bird I thinned down some paint with mineral spirits to fill in the shape, then added full-strength paint to create the shadows.
Wow, that's cool
what color is the cab? I like it.
Nice! Be even better loaded up with some wooden barrels or something in the back.
The cab is a greyish olive green. I looked for colors popular in the 20's in advertisements and books from back then and that color kept showing up. I thought it would make a good cab color and would compliment the black of the ford running chassis and the wood stake bed. A quart did it.
I've got plenty of farm things to put in the back. Barrels and chicken crates and what-have-you. Someday I'll do it for a parade or something.
Ryan my truck looks to have the same stake pockets as yours. If you see anymore of these I am missing one.. Fred
Fred, I'll keep an eye out around the farm for this. Mine came with no extra parts, just the truck. My great grandfather worked on cars for extra money in the 20's and 30's, so I have a building full of random parts from the teens through the 30's. I'll keep an eye out. What's sad is that you know this piece is out there somewhere in a bucket of iron parts...no one will know what it is..
Ryan, Fred or anyone,
Could you please post a few detailed photos of stake pockets in place on the truck?
It looks like just the cast stake pocket pictured above could be easily reproduced with some steel tubing but I'm not sure exactly how they are attached to the bed.
Thanks for any help,
I'll try and get some detailed pictures tomorrow unless someone beats me to it.