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Old 12-13-2012, 06:42 PM
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So after multiple google image searches and sifting through the FTE archives I have come up empty handed. I am entertaining the idea of grafting / fabricating a styleside bed for my 55 f100 based off of the f100 panel vans.

As far as I know panel vans are pretty hard to come by, and i dont know anyone who makes reproduction sheetmetal for the 53-56 panels?

Has anyone ever attempted this? Or am I completely off my rocker?

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Ford F100 Panel bedside pickup | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
 
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Old 12-13-2012, 06:58 PM
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There are several people out there who have done this, or something similar. A couple dually trucks out there use a more modern bed.

I always liked this one, it's a modified S-10 bed. I can't seem to find the original photo of this, I had played with the idea once and photoshopped the taillights.



A bottom piece has to be flatted out, but for the most part it looks to be pretty close to the cab curve. A good place to start if nothing else.
 
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Originally Posted by w.m.w. View Post
So after multiple google image searches and sifting through the FTE archives I have come up empty handed. I am entertaining the idea of grafting / fabricating a styleside bed for my 55 f100 based off of the f100 panel vans.

As far as I know panel vans are pretty hard to come by, and i dont know anyone who makes reproduction sheetmetal for the 53-56 panels?

Has anyone ever attempted this? Or am I completely off my rocker?

a 10 second photoshop example:

Ford F100 Panel bedside pickup | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
I had some, but they are long gone
 
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Originally Posted by 4tl8ford View Post
NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

I like w.m.w.'s photoshop better!

What about a Ranger Splash bed or any other newer Ford Flareside bed?
 
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Old 12-14-2012, 08:22 AM
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Originally Posted by khadma View Post
NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

I like w.m.w.'s photoshop better!

What about a Ranger Splash bed or any other newer Ford Flareside bed?
I agree, the w.m.v. Photoshop looks pretty cool...whereas the late model beds always look a little off...
 
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Your examle looks very good. I oncw had a picture of a panel that was made into a pickup that looked good but not as good as your example. Can't seem to find the pic, maybe someone else has it, I remember it was yellow in colour.
 
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Here's one i always liked
<a href="http://s1137.photobucket.com/albums/n516/Nick_Gordon/?action=view&amp;current=0513tr_01_z1956_ford_f100 side_view-1.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1137.photobucket.com/albums/n516/Nick_Gordon/0513tr_01_z1956_ford_f100side_view-1.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>
 
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Here's one i always liked
That one is very nice but I think the shape of the fender hump from a panel has nicer lines than that of a pickup like he has on his example
 
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How about a fiberglass bed light this one from recent FTE post:

https://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/1...dual-diff.html

 
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Originally Posted by Gicknordon View Post
Here's one i always liked
<a href="http://s1137.photobucket.com/albums/n516/Nick_Gordon/?action=view&amp;current=0513tr_01_z1956_ford_f100 side_view-1.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1137.photobucket.com/albums/n516/Nick_Gordon/0513tr_01_z1956_ford_f100side_view-1.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>
Yeah that is about the closest example to what I am thinking, but still pretty far off. Those have got to be some of the worst tail lights ford ever designed for the f150...not to mention that entire generation of f-series.

I want to recreate a styleside bed as if it were available right off the production line. Although I respect the whole "customs" hot rod approach, its not for me, and its been attempted before. Im just not a fan of the smoothed roll pans and "frenched" everything. This is going to be a shop truck style build, but wanting to do something a little different.

I really think the panel bedsides are the only way to accompish this, but the tailgate and rearend are my biggest concerns. It almost needs to transition into the original flareside tailgate and rear bumper.
 
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Old 12-14-2012, 11:50 AM
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Thats definitely going to be tough to get the look of a factory bed like that. Maybe if you could somehow graft the back of a styleside from a 58-60 f100
<a href="http://s1137.photobucket.com/albums/n516/Nick_Gordon/?action=view&amp;current=f_292008504-3770823342.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1137.photobucket.com/albums/n516/Nick_Gordon/f_292008504-3770823342.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

That would get you the classic style stepside tailgate
 
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Originally Posted by Gicknordon View Post
Thats definitely going to be tough to get the look of a factory bed like that. Maybe if you could somehow graft the back of a styleside from a 58-60 f100
<a href="http://s1137.photobucket.com/albums/n516/Nick_Gordon/?action=view&amp;current=f_292008504-3770823342.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1137.photobucket.com/albums/n516/Nick_Gordon/f_292008504-3770823342.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

That would get you the classic style stepside tailgate
Yeah I actually ran accross a photo of this somewhere on here but didn't manage to save the pic. The lines and volumes of the 57-60's are just way too different.

I'm trying to track down a CAD model of a 55 f100 so I can build a styleside bed model for it. Im not about to try and tackle the entire cab and front end from scratch.

I appreciate all the input and suggestions from everybody thus far, keep em coming. There has got to be a solution somewhere out there. I'd hate to have to start looking into other motor companies for ideas.
 
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Old 12-14-2012, 12:18 PM
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You could probably cut the original panel van doors below the windows and weld them together to make a tailgate out of the original doors.
 
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Here's a quick photoshop:

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