When someone decides to build a hot rod a major thing that's often taken for granted is the time spent finding & restoring vintage parts. In the case of this build, I'm using pre-1955 parts wherever possible & that means I spend a ton of time online doing research & a bunch more scouring eBay and Craigslist for desirable parts.
When Rudy & I initially discussed this build we decided that the 1940 Ford bed was the one we were after. A 1935 would have made more sense with the overall build theme but we both felt the side & tailgate styling was more interesting on the '40 as opposed to 1935 or '37 options. As mentioned in a previous post, the early Ford pickups were mainly used as commercial vehicles & the beds you find today are in pretty rough shape. It's not easy to find Henry Ford steel in decent shape but fortunately one of Rudy's connections had a '40 bed. For sale, yes. Decent shape? I think that's debatable.
Rudy told me not to worry though & just like always he & Jasper are doing fine work on the restoration. Sure, it'd probably be easier to buy a remanufactured bed from the Mac's catalog (and cheaper) but what fun would that be?