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Old 09-08-2013, 03:30 PM
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Today's Honey Hole Find!

As many of you may know, I am rebuilding a 70 Bumpside: http://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/11...l#post13490858 and have over the past few years been visiting salvage yards for lo-buck parts for both my Bump and Dent.

I went to the 'yard today to grab some brake line brackets to adapt '78 discs onto the '70. Both brackets needed to come from driver side because they bolt-on rather than the passenger side where it is riveted. Finding the brackets was no problem... snipped the lines and undid the bolts and merrily I went.
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I always look at all Bumps and Dents in case I find any hard to find parts like Autolite 4100s, bucket seats and seat backets, Dentside sport steering wheels, a tilt column from a manual trans truck (haven't found one yet), swaybars, cherry tailgate decor panels, etc.

After having looked at the interior of almost every Bump and Dent, they all had bench seats, cracked steering wheels, and were generally torn up and gutted. There wasn't much else except a '73 F350 DRW with a steel dumpster adapted to fit on the frame. It was a total hack job. There was a good two-foot space between the cab and the dumpster. I figured that an old work truck wouldn't have any desirable parts.. I was interested from afar if the cab roof lights were OEM or aftermarket... well, I opened the door to climb up on the sill and couldn't believe my eyes at what greeted me.....

Yeah baby... vintage '67 bucket seats complete with bucket seat brackets!!! One seat has a broken frame but it's nothing a few welds can't fix. The cool thing too is that the passenger side upholstery is really nice and the driver's is repairable with some stitching. For $80, it's NO PROBLEM. I'll be swapping the bench in my '73 for these seats... the 70 is already slated to get '70 Mach 1 high-backs.

So when at the salvage yard, inspect every Bump and Dent because there is no telling what you will find. Right now, I feel like partyin' like a **** star!

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Nice find!!!

Also, those brackets are close to non existent on most trucks in the midwest...
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Correction:.. the seats are 68 or early 69.

Yep... I've been looking in 'yards for about three years just for a set of brackets. I thought I'd find 'em in a Bumpside so it was very surprising to find them in a Dent.
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Curiosity got the best of me so I decided to see what I bought. I looked closer at the underside and noted some of the hog rings were rusty while others still have some shine. My suspicion was confirmed when the upholstery was peeled back... carpet padding! Actually, who ever "fixed" the seats did an OK job except for the broken welds.. the right floor bracket (left in the pic) is broken in two and a thin cross brace on front was also broken.

Oh well... fire up the welder!

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Still a sweet find. Those are cool. There's nothing cool in any of the yards around here.
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