Stake Bed Restoration Source

52stakeBed

Gear Grinder
Jul 14, 2010
12
First Name
Dan
Willys Model
Other
Willys Year:
1952
Hello, new to the forum..

Bought a 1952 original stake body truck this past winter. Going to be restoring it in the years to come. I was wondering if anybody has found a source for the bed hardware/rails - steel components for a rack body restoration?

Thanks

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Pete

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Staff member
Administrator
Sep 17, 2009
6,491
Hailey, Idaho
First Name
Pete
Willys Model
Wagon
Willys Year:
1960
52stakeBed said:
I created a gallery and put up a couple images, haven't figured out how to insert with my post.

Thanks
Welcome to the forum Dan-

There are two ways to insert an image from your gallery in your posts:

1. Copy and past the Image BBCode from the gallery (right under the image) into your post.

The image should show up as a clickable thumbnail like this:

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2. Click the "galleryimage button" just above the text window where you are typing your post, and insert the image number from the gallery between the tags. The full size image should show like this.

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Do the preview, and if the image shows up there, it will be good to go when you hit the submit button.

Pete
 

Old Willy

Bigger Hammer
Jan 1, 2010
170
Wi.
First Name
Bill
Willys Model
Wagon
Willys Year:
1954
That's a great looking truck you have there. Can't help on the bed pieces, there must be something out there. I like the stake beds better than the pickups. Seems they look more "truckish". Put some hay bales and a couple plastic pigs back there and you'll have a show stopper--or at least a conversation piece!!

Tell us more about the windshield wipers. Passenger side stock, driver side pivoting from the top. Interesting!! It always amazes me the ingenious ways past owners will modify old cars and trucks to solve a problem.

Good Luck,
Old Willy
 

52stakeBed

Gear Grinder
Jul 14, 2010
12
First Name
Dan
Willys Model
Other
Willys Year:
1952
Thanks for the comment Old Willy, I've got 4 little daughters - figured I'd just throw them back there with a few bails of hay... I found one source up here in the north east for rack body rails, they said they could fabricate to my specs, but I was hoping to find someone to match the original exactly. The wiper is the typical 1 side electric replacement for when the vacuum motor went. As far as 'truckish' looks go I like the look of the original bias-ply tires like on the front of mine. Like to replace them with some radials with similar tread pattern if I can find them. Cant stand the look of the over-sized off road tires with modern rims on a Willys.
 

freeman_m61

Gear Grinder
Aug 21, 2010
9
akron oh
Willys Model
Willys Year:
i have a 61 stake body so will be monitoring this post for any info found good luck i haul hay in mine on a regular basis
 

52stakeBed

Gear Grinder
Jul 14, 2010
12
First Name
Dan
Willys Model
Other
Willys Year:
1952
Nice to know there are still others out there Mark. I've yet to start mine, I'm building an addition onto my house which includes a 24 x 24 shop for me. My truck's currently under cover in a barn and its a challenge to leave it alone and focus on carpentry. Love to hear about any work you do on yours and I'll probably start a build thread once I get going. I'll post again with the source I found for bed rails.
 

worfdog

Bigger Hammer
Jan 14, 2011
141
greenville sc
First Name
lamar
Willys Model
Pickup
Willys Year:
Would love to have a stake bed. I could ride my cow around, he loves a good ride and he would be more comfortable in it. Only kidding about the cow, but i would like to have a good stake bed.
That is a very nice truck you have!!
 

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nugilo

Sharpest Tool
Feb 6, 2010
289
Ann Arbor MI.
First Name
Nick
Willys Model
Wagon
Willys Year:
1961
That's cool. Any known history on the truck? There must be some hard working days in that truck's past. That would be cool to know. Welcome to the forum.
 

52stakeBed

Gear Grinder
Jul 14, 2010
12
First Name
Dan
Willys Model
Other
Willys Year:
1952
Thanks for the welcome, don't know a lot about the history, I think I am the fourth owner since it was new. The original owner made notes in the owners manual from the day he purchased it. I believe its been here in the northeast since 1952 and I think it must have spent a long time in or under a barn somewhere for one reason or another because its in reasonably good shape for the year. Someone along the line was an artist, it has a couple trees painted on the doors. I'll add the pics to my gallery.
 

RWise

Bigger Hammer
Mar 21, 2011
166
Oakhurst Oklahoma
Willys Model
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Check out your local steel fab shops, they should be able to completely duplicate that bed, or any part of it!
 
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