About 2 months ago I bought this rough and rust pickup bed at Luray. I also was fortunate to pick up a set of old splash aprons dirt cheap to use as the basis of the lower side patch panels. The originals were all but rusted away. These really worked out well. The tailgate was just about beyond hope and the front panel was eaten away at the bottom and the battery kickout was smashed in. Bob's came to the rescue with a solid, but beat up tailgate and front panel. Both took at lot of straightening and welding, but they worked out. I got used bed strips from another forum member and made my own floor boards.
It was a lot of work, and at the beginning, I wasn't really sure if it was salvageable. But at the price I paid, there was little to lose trying. It's not pretty, but my goal was to make it serviceable. I accomplished that, so I'm satisfied. So here are a couple photos.
Here is what I started with.
Two thumbs up !!
Steve, you did a great job bringing that back to a useable state. When will we see it mounted up?
Good question Chad. My plan is to mount it on my 24 cut off touring. The only issue is that I have not yet cut it off. The car has been siting for a couple years too. Now that I'm done with the bed, I can get back to the car. I'm sure some will howl about cutting off the touring. But its in kind of rough shape and sagging. The parts I no longer need will be offered back to the hobby. It's a period authentic modification. For me it will suit my needs better and be more fun.
You painted the boards black too, like they are supposed to be. What a change. Good job too.
I thought about varnishing the boards. But in keeping with it being a resurrection and not expected to be pretty, I decided on plain black. While other things aren't as original, I figured it was just as easy to do it the right way, as it was the wrong way.
Looks great. Much better than the scrap pile. Cant wait to see it mounted on the cut off.
Real nice job Steve.
I like "serviceable". Nice work!
I just noticed, it appears you have a Model A tailgate too. No big deal, they work.
Larry - what's the difference? I got it along with the '25 front panel from Bob's. I assumed they came from the same bed. Either way, it works.