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Do you know how the original long bed was structured? That is, the frame under mine is wood with 5 cross-supports of wood. The wood is toast. Can I replace with cross members as the F-1 short bed uses? Would 5 be required, while the short bed requires 2? My rear cross-sill is welded to the bed sides, would that be original?
Welcome to the forum! You can't use the F-1 crossmembers as those beds are about 6" narrower than yours. That said, the crossmembers and bedwood is the easy part of fixing and restoring your truck. The parts are all available. The sheetmetal, not so much. No one reproduces the sides, front panel or tailgate like they do for the half tons. Here's a link to your crossmembers. You'll find bed wood and strips in plain or stainless steel there, too. Good luck with your project.
Thanks, Wayne, Dan, Moe Craig, Allan, and Vern! My wife found this F-2 (Album) in the want ads in 1997. I think it was a farm truck and spent a lot of time in a barn in the Orland, Calif area. I'm in Chico, across the valley to the east. Today, I made some measurements and drawings in preparation to mill a wood structure, per your advice. Probably the biggest problem I had with it was the gas tank. I finally simply replaced it; 'should've done it right off.
My Airflow mechanic lives in Orland and works in Chico.
There are many excellent mechanics in Chico. If your Airflow mechanic also owns one, I've probably seen him as I see an Airflow on occasion on the highway between Chico and Orland. I just finished reading your no-compression thread. I know the feeling. It looks like many of us want to know what it was in the end.
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