My 63 unibody longbed is in the same shape as yours and I too cant find any replacement panels, if i remember correctly, I believe I have heard of some people cutting pieces out of chevy beds so you might try asking around about that.
Believe the bottom bed panels are available for the later model trucks but the patterns are different. Also, FTE member posted pic's where he took an entire later model bed and swapped the side panel skins with his 66. Anyhow, food for thought!!
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Yes. A failure greater than the Edsel...But the most collectible ford truck next to the 53 to 56 fords. Garbz
I have to disagree Dave.
The Edsel was an abject failure, the worst the US auto industry has ever seen...before or since.
Ford went public for the first time in 1956 to raise the money needed to engineer, design and build the Edsel, which was introduced in September 1957 as a 1958 model.
Ford had studied the market since 1948, felt they needed a car priced to fit between Ford and Mercury, as GM had Buick, Olds, Pontiac, while ChryCo had Chrysler, Dodge, DeSoto (Imperial was a separate model then).
Ford expected to sell 200,000 Edsels in 1958, but only 63,100 were made.
This was due to several factor, the worst was the "Eisenhower Recession" of 1957/58. 1958 US automakers advertising slogan: "You auto buy now."
The Edsel was cancelled on November 19, 1959. Only 2,846 1960 models were assembled.
Total 1958/60 Edsel production: 110,847.
Ford lost over ONE BILLION DOLLARS on the Edsel, and that was when a buck was worth a buck.
Ford made a profit on every Uni they sold. F100/250 Uni production figures: 1961: 72,418. / 1962: 79,686 / 1963: 45,991.
btw: More "victims" of the Eisenhower Recession were DeSoto. Sales dropped like a stone after 1957. DeSoto was cancelled November 1960, after 3,030 1961's were assembled.
Nash & Hudson were cancelled at the end of the 1957 model run.
Packard went out of business in March 1956, the Detroit factory was shuttered.
Only "Packabakers" were made (in South Bend, IN) in 1957, early 1958, and only to fulfill dealer franchise agreements.
Bill / Retired Ford Parts Manager / SoCal Chapter Member / Part number research: 1928/2001 trucks & 1928/89 passenger cars.
On the last bed floor I had to fix I cut a section out of the center of another bed to get the right style ridges. It was off a long bed and I was able to cut a 23 1/2" x 48" section that I used in the front of my bed. Something to look into maybe.
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