1980 - 1986 Bullnose F100, F150 & Larger F-Series TrucksDiscuss the Early Eighties Bullnose Ford Truck
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^^^ Yeah, that's it. And Brad is correct; the red reflector part was not available separately. ^^^
That aluminum tailgate panel was designed for the 1985 - 1986 Lariat models, and it is not available anymore and no one reproduces these.
You could, however, put some sort of red vinyl in there. Or, you could replace it a panel from a 1985 - 1986 Ford Bronco (Ford oval on the left side) or with the more narrow 1980 - 1984 tailgate panel. I think there are still quite a few those left out there. The 1987 - 1991 panels and the 1992 - 1996 panels do not have the tailgate handle cutout section because the tailgate handle was relocated to higher up on the tailgate.
I doubt anybody here will be able to fully answer your question since this isn't a popular modification. What you can do is go to the junkyard, measure the reflector on the Bronco, and then transfer the measurements to you tailgate panel. If they match, you're golden. If not, and the Bronco reflector is too big, you can try cutting it down, but it's gonna be hard not to damage the reflector.
1980 Ford F150 4x4 Ranger Lariat -6.6 400 V8/C6/NP208/D44/Ford 9.
2003 Ford Ranger Edge+
-3.0 V6/M5OD-R1/Ford 8.8
It's just flat stainless that I got and had sheered at the local steel supplier. Did a little polishing on it to shine it up a little. It's attached with the gray 3M molding tape.
That was about the only thing I could come up with that looked good. Thought about putting a brushed finish on it, but now I can not get it off to do that.
How about cutting a piece of plexiglass and painting it red on the back side? Years ago, we used to buy clear plastic bodies for slot cars. These would be painted on the underside and the color would show through, be shiney and would not chip off when wrecked. Just an idea.
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