Hello all, I've started taking the T around town to run errands and get groceries and I find that the cab gets pretty cramped with me and a few bags of groceries in it. So last time, I put the groceries in the pickup bed, but of course the wimpy plastic bags allow everything to roll around and fall out.
I've thought about getting a couple of old peach baskets and bungee cording them in the front of the bed to put things in, does anyone have pics they can post of their period looking solutions or suggestions? Thanks!
Gunny sacks or orange crates
Mark why not make aboard the width of the bed and make a couple of brackets that you can put "Screw type leveling feet" at the ends. then when you need to haul groceries put the board where you need it tighten the leveling feet against the walls of the bed that will hold the groceries in place when it is not being used it can be slid against the head board or left in the garage when not needed or going to a show. JMHO
Find some period correct (or almost most, most won't know the difference) wood crates or boxes to put the groceries bags in. "Wala" just like the good old days.
Judy and I use plastic boxes to hold stuff- they protect from rain etc. We drove our 1927 pickup 170 miles to the Winter Tour last year in Daytona. Worked great. I took my self-propelled lawn mower to be repaired today in the T. Protected the bed and used bungy cords to hold in place. I carefully protect the bed when getting rocks or mulch for the yard. It is a working truck.
Thanks all for the suggestions! G.R., I like your idea of the board with leveling feet, I think I'll make it my next project.
I use the plastic milk crates that you can still pretty much get at any dairy operation. Also have a rubber matt on the bottom of the pickup bed
Like Tim, I have a soft rubber mat on the bed floor,. My '25 has metal strips between the bed boards so things can slide very easily. Mat does the trick and protects the finish on the wood.
Tim and Bill, what does your rubber mat look like and where did you get it?
Farm centers have heavy duty rubber matting that is used in cattle stalls and can be cut to fit a truck bed. Also a softer type mat can be purchased through food service industry equipment supply house the type used by commercial dishwashers. Industrial supply houses sell for mats used around equipment where operators must stand for hours on concrete. I sure if you look on the internet you will find these type of suppliers.
How about an old steamer trunk? They seem to pop up fairly cheap. I would like to have one for the rear of our Fordor.
How about 4 boards, two for the length of your p/u box and two for the width. Cut slots half way through each board so they can be assembled in a tic tac toe configuration. # Extra slots can be cut to provide various size compartments. When done hauling they can be taken apart and stacked for storage.
There's always a glut of footlockers and steamer trunks on Craigslist. However, many misinformed sellers think they are rare and worth a lot of money.
Same thing goes with large, home made wooden carpenter's tool chests. There usually are a few on Craigslist at any given time. Quality and craftsmanship vary. (I have one in my basement that I plan to get rid of soon.)
Owners of stock and hot rod 1940s and 50s pickup trucks take 1920s/1930s accessory steel trunks and bolt them to the pickup bed, just behind the cab. The trunks occasionally show up on Craigslist. I sold this trunk to one such fellow:
Mark...can't say where the matt came from as it came with the truck when I bought it last year. However, it's a fairly stout one, I'd say 1/4 inch. thick. I know it's not "period correct" but who cares. Keeps stuff from sliding, looks nice, and can't see it from the road anyway. I do use the plastic milk carton crate too occasionally to keep small things in one place and keeps things tidy.
Thanks for all the suggestions! As an experiment, I think I'm going to try for a period look, so I bought a couple of wooden slat peach baskets. Instead of putting a mat in the whole bed, I may get some smaller sections of mat and attach them to the bottom of the peach baskets to help keep them from sliding around. Then, instead of a wood board, I may try using some rope to help hold the peach baskets towards the front part of the bed. I'll post a picture once I have it all assembled.
Ed I have a rack and trunk w/cover that my best friend used to have on his 4 dr T when he drove to Alaska, as far up as he could go and back to Fulton Mo. it's for sale as I don't have use for it firstname.lastname@example.org
Hay Mark! I use a spring loaded screw type shower rod with rubber pads on it for my ford ranger when we go for groceries and it keeps things where you put them.
Thanks Ken, that's a good idea.
I also have one of those spring loaded rods, I can use it if my experiment with the peach baskets goes awry.
A word of caution to Dennis Seth about the rubber mat. I have a hack that I put a heavy rubber mat on the floor to keep things in one place and to avoid scratching the wood floor. It works great BUT don't forget to dry under the mat if you get caught in the rain. It will destroy the finish very quickly
How about a small, stretchy, cargo net?
I think a butter box or dynamite box with the the finger joint corners would look period.
I have a Canadian butter box with the stencils on it and a dynamite box that has been cleaned up and varnished both with finger joints. They can be found in antique stores.
Whiskey barrel with hinged lid, or did you have prohibition at that time?
Yep, prohibition was 1920-1933, so that would include Mark's truck. I like the idea of peach baskets and old wooden boxes.
I have spirit boxes on mine. 2 whisky and a gin box on the back; another whisky box fixed to the running board for my lunch box, thermos flask, camera etc. I am going to line 1 out with polystyrene so I can have a cold beer when I reach my destination. I already have the bottle opener screwed to the side of the deck.
No prohibition in NZ.
Not vintage but this outfit has several options.
"No prohibition in NZ."
Unless you lived in king country?
Period correct? Nope! Very useful? absolutely! Also useable in your modern rig. http://www.amazon.com/Heininger-4016-HitchMate-Stabilizer-Full-Size/dp/B000FOUB8 M
my other suggestion would be to find an old milk crate to put back there. My buddy keeps two spare tires in his truck with a modern milk crate in the center of the two tires down.
My peach baskets arrived today, so I loosely tied them into the pickup bed to get a look at them:
I like the look - They are full bushel baskets, I suspect that half bushel baskets would not stick up above the top of the pickup bed.