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Old 01-15-2019, 09:04 AM
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Thumbs up 1954 F250 Stake Truck Rear End

  • I have looked and looked online, no real good photos on where/how the original tail lights were mounted on a 1954 F-250 STAKE BED truck. More photos the better!
My driver side frame-to-bed, beam is full length, where the passenger side beam, is just past the rear axle and stops (Which I know is original design)
  • Also pretty sure no rear bumper was used on the stake truck? (you see the open ends of the "C" channel frame from the back side)?

I know there are a few guys on here with a stake truck, so any help would be appreciated. Would like to keep it as close to original as possible.

Thanks in advance to all!
 
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Here’s a start. The 1954 F-250 Stakebed diagram from the Dealer Handbook shows one tail light mounted on the driver side. Stu

 
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1954 the year turn signals were still not required by law (at least in Minnesota)

Thanks for the photo! Looks just as I thought it should. How are members actually finishing theirs? Rear bumper of any kind? Mounting two tail lights (with turn signals). Just looking for ideas.
 
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Here is my 55 F250 tail lights;


I can get more or larger pictures if you like.
 
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Aaron, here are pictures of my 55 F350 flatbed. These are the best I have right now. My truck is in storage so I can't get you any others. Be aware that my bed is not a Ford bed. And it is 10 feet long. I do not know if Ford Script beds put on at the factory had the tail light mounted differently.

If you look at the first picture you can see that my truck has round Signal Stat lights mounted directly to the frame and the new in 1955 Ford Shield lights mounted on a holder attached to the frame. This holder splits into two and is mounted by two bolts.





Also, Please show us pictures of your truck!
 
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The way my lights are wired is odd, I think. Both the round Signal Stat lights and the Ford shield lights serve as tail lights. They light up when headlights or parking lights are on. The round ones are the brake lights and the shield ones are the turn signals.....
 
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Photos coming soon, thanks for the photos thus far!!!! Much appreciated.
 
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Here are pictures of my tail lamp brackets. I always thought they were stock, but they may have been installed when the Knapheide bed was put on. I assumed my truck came from the factory with no bed.

 
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That is about how mine look. And my truck did come from the factory without a bed.
 
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Hi Aaron, I saw your other thread with your pair of 54s. They are great.

So, there is no sign of any brackets on your frame like Harrier or I have? Do you have holes in the frame where a bracket might have been attached?

You could attach your tail lights anyway you like. But if you want to stay close to original then you will have to look for something in a junkyard. There is a guy in nebraska called Terry's F100's that has a lot of old trucks. Look him up and give him a call. Or get something made like Harrier or I have on our trucks.

About a rear bumper... no rear bumper on a flatbed.
 
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Hi Aaron, I saw your other thread with your pair of 54s. They are great.

So, there is no sign of any brackets on your frame like Harrier or I have? Do you have holes in the frame where a bracket might have been attached?

You could attach your tail lights anyway you like. But if you want to stay close to original then you will have to look for something in a junkyard. There is a guy in nebraska called Terry's F100's that has a lot of old trucks. Look him up and give him a call. Or get something made like Harrier or I have on our trucks.

About a rear bumper... no rear bumper on a flatbed.
Nope no signs of those holes. Pretty sure by the look and design this was an original stake bed from Ford "Twin Cities MN plant"

In 1954 no turn signals were required (in MN), so just like the F100 we have, it just has the single round tail/brake light.
I guess being turn signal lamps never existed in that year, there is no "doing wrong" by adding turn signals lights brackets in any fashion that looks clean.

Also any idea why Ford used a full length beam on the driver side, and only a 3/4 long beam on the passenger side? The bed structure, on the driver side, attaches to the full length beam, where on the passenger side, the steel bed attaches directly to the frame. See photos in other thread. Wonder if it was for "racking"? The original timbers were not cut off, and the big "U" bolt clamps are in original locations.

 
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Notice in the diagram that the spare wheel/tire on the stakebed mounts above the frame between the bed rails. The below picture of my bed shows the bracket that secures the spare tire in place. Stu

 
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I don’t have that, mine are two, one on each side, horse shoe shaped clamps, riveted onto the frame. From photos it looks like one side was a bolt and other side was s J bolt down to the tire carrier?

or do you have all this, and that bracket in your photo keep the tire pushed over to the driver side?
 

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