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Old 04-23-2011, 07:55 PM
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History on the stepside

hey guys sorry to bother yall on a stupid topic but ive been doing some ressearch to find out the deal with the step side f100s like a 68 an up. Ive got one an cant seem like find too many other people or count on one hand pics of one. Its almost like a 50s bed an a 68 front. Do i have something rare possibly unique? if you know anything any information would be awesome guys thanks

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Hardly unique. A little less common. BTW, GM used "Step Side", Ford referred to these as "Flare Side".

The came in short (6ft) and long (8ft) boxes. I have a long box one, see below.
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Looks to be a nice truck you found.
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These flareside (stepside) boxes were used from 53-79. They were 6 1/2 and 8 ft in length with, I believe, some 9 footers made also. Bill can confirm or deny that. You can buy new ones from the 53-56 parts vendors. There were alot of 78-79 red F-150's made to compete with the Dodge Little Red Trucks.
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Hardly unique. A little less common. BTW, GM used "Step Side", Ford referred to these as "Flare Side".

The came in short (6ft) and long (8ft) boxes. I have a long box one, see below.
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Looks to be a nice truck you found.
Wow, your truck is clean, one of the squeakiest I have ever seen.
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There are actually two (slightly) different flareside boxes for this 67-79 time frame. The first style was the '53-'72 style. From '73-'75, Ford didn't offer the short version but still sold the 8' box. The 6.5' flareside box reintroduced in '76 used shortened (lengthwise) sides from the 8' box. It was wider than the early box to match the wider rear axle introduced in '73 and had inner wheel bulges on the sides. In '77, Ford flattened the top of the box sides and this box was used with the round fenders til '79 and then with the squared off fenders until
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These flareside (stepside) boxes were used from 53-79. They were 6 1/2 and 8 ft in length with, I believe, some 9 footers made also. Bill can confirm that.
Confirmed: 1957/66 F350 Flaresides have a 9' Express Bed.

Mar-K (mar-k.com) has reproduced the short Flareside beds, but I didn't want to download their online catalog to see what years the beds fit.

Flaresides have been around since the 1920's, so there are myriad different types. Actually...the 1953/56 beds were different than 1957/72's originally.

When the 1957's were introduced, Ford replaced all the part numbers used 1953/56 with 1957 part numbers.

1953/56 rear fenders and the bed sides were slightly different than 1957/72's as was the tailgate. I think but I'm not sure that the 1957's are slightly taller.
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Good points, Bill.
Last I heard, Northern Classics was also reproducing these flareside beds and tailgates, both Ford and Mercury.


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