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Old 01-14-2007, 10:16 PM
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Smile one more panel truck

well add one more panel truck to this discussion. i have a 55 f100 hopefully it will be lowered, tubbed, and running in a few months. it may not be complete by the summer but i hope that it will be at least running. i'm in need of a rear valance and hinges for the rear panel doors i know that it's not easy. push comes to shove i'll try to fab my own.
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The hinges are riveted to the doors, so it's unlikely you'll find a set that don't come with doors and vice versa. The rear valance should not be a fab problem since its straight, Just have a decent metals shop bend you one up. The rear wheel wells go all the way to the frame, tubbing won't gain you anything unless you are planning on narrowing the frame. You can put a pretty good sized tire under there already.
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I'm happy to say that I recently joined the panel truck club. I've been looking for one for a 1957-60 for over twenty years.

Here's my new friend:
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Now, shall we have a moment of silence for the the lost ones: The panel truck they burned up on an episode of CHIPS; The one they pushed into the borrow pit in the Jack Nicholson movie "The Border".

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Old 02-28-2007, 05:39 PM
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I have had a 59 panel for a year now, and just got the exterior finishedHad to use some glass on the front door bottoms, and right rear quarter panel, but otherwise all Ford steel

Original 223 still running good. Wants to jump out of second gear is only mechanical problem

Original wood floor is 90% alright

Still deciding whether to finish interior myself, or let the next owner do it their way

Yes, it breaks my heart, but I have to get rid of two of mine.


Have a 1930 Briggs Sedan Deluxe, 59 T-Bird hardtop, 59 stepside, and the panel

It is like splitting up my children, but 2 have to get out of the garage


Please talk me out of it.



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Old 02-28-2007, 06:37 PM
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For what it's worth, I just finished skimming through 300 odd threads with the word "panel" in them. Just for the heck of it I made note of anyone with a 1957-60 Panel. I count a total of 22, including mine. Some folks only posted once and some have not posted for years. That's 22 out of 32,952 built (based on McLaughlin, "Ford Pickups - 1957-67")...

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Hi there cal401 and welcome to the panel club, your panel looks pretty solid, do you have any more pictures to share. Delrisinger I'd hang on to yours, you will probably regret getting rid of it but I guess you'd know best, good luck to both of you's.
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Well in '58, Mercury of Canada only manufacted 8,756 M-series Trucks Total or there about & Only 5%-10% were Panels.
So that's 400+ @ the least & 875 @ the most, if my calculations are correct, I own one of those Panels & it's still stuck up in Manitoba w/o a way for me to get her down here.
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John,


My resto wasn't near as complex as yours, and took a solid year. i had to chuckle when i saw 49willard's comment that yours was "not for the faint of heart"

Mine was neck deep in honeysuckle, and stacked to the roof with lawnmower parts and surfboards. Turns out the only thing wrong with the engine not turning over was the resistor, and the guy I bought it from said the axle was broken, but it was just the rear shackle and bushing(that was a fun job!)

I'll probably keep him(this beastie is not a female!) and the T-bird, but still have the agonizing decision of parting with the Model A and the stepside.

Lord I hope I don't find another old Ford to bring home. At least I'll be able to live in the panel truck!


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I saw a panel truck on eBay some years back that was claimed to be the one from The Border. It had been done up in a custom van style, with nice paint, upholstery, wheels etc.

I'm still looking for a '57 front clip for my '57 panel. Right now it looks a lot like Cal401's 1960, except my grille is much rustier.
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Are the 57-60 panels the same wheelbase as the short wheelbase pickups?

Mulling over a 4WD panel...
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cal401, glad to see you found a panel, this summer I may make a trip to Tuscon to visit my brotherinlaw..I'll be driving my panel over there from LA,
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Hi Guys,

Thanks for the welcome and the nice comments. I'll try to get some more photos of the old guy. He's in fairly tough shape. Apparently built in Canada and has a 1961 series serial number (more on that elsewhere). The engine starts but sounds a bit rough; I haven’t done a compression test yet. It's a 223 6-cyl, three speed.

The body is in reasonable shape, aside from the two holes some idiot cut in the roof. Oh, and there's the stereo "upgrade" to the dash. The insides of the doors are completely rusted out at the bottom. Someone stripped every **** and handle they could get to out of the interior; that's gonna cost me! He's sort of a poor man's rat rod, with mag wheels, astro turf in the back and "custom window tinting". Fortunately, most of the important stuff is fairly stock.

Someone did a half-a$$ed job of installing AC. The compressor mount bracket is interesting, looks like it might be factory made. Were there factory AC installations on 223 6-cyl engines?

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Now I'm gonna have to go rent "The Border" and have a look. I recall the poor beast taking a 50+ foot header into the pit. I don't recall if they used the (almost mandatory) fire on impact “effect”. In any case, it would take a lot of bondo to fix that. Maybe you saw the truck they used for close ups (a la Dukes of Hazard) and I'm mourning it's "stunt double"?

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I’m just one wrong move from doing some “classic camping” myself. The boss was not the least bit amused about the latest addition to the fleet…

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Don't worry about it, my wife eventually gets over it whenever something follows me home. What you have to do is open up an "Marriage Account". Just keep depositting all the goofy things she does, or buys, and don't say anthing. Just keep storing them up until you need to make a withdraw, like another project truck, then pull out everything she's done. It works for me. A few years back I was looking around for a panel truck. I already had my pickup and my wife thought that was more than enough toys. I found a panel a couple of hundred miles away and was trying to figure a way of getting it when my better half came home from a Hen Session party and told me she told all the other women she had me "under her thumb". Well, that was it. That was a Wednesday and I went to look at the panel the following Saturday and bought it. I told her, " I guess I'm not under your thumb after all"
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Cal the air conditioning probaly came off a passenger car, I put air in my panel (Vintage Air) thats the only way I can survive the desert anymore, didn't bother me in my younger days, but it was nice on our Arizona trip last year to the Verde Canyon
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Ya'll need a Wife like I got...

'55 panel,front cap off and being disassembled...

'64 Biscayne no engine...

'55 BSA A-10 motorcycle in 40 pieces in the bedroom,two engines...

A sbc 350 +60 disassembled,hot-tanked and ready in the shed...

Not a word.

She's a keeper,from Chicago via Michigan and she has unmarried sisters...

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