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Old 08-22-2014, 04:32 PM   #1
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You know what this place needs? A thread dedicated to utility beds... So, post what ya got!



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Old 08-22-2014, 07:11 PM   #2
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While it ain't a Ford, it was my grampa's last work truck. The family car then was a '29 Briggs leatherback Ford...
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Nice!!
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Yes, nice; love Diamond T's
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Old 08-22-2014, 09:00 PM   #5
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In the 50s,where ever you went,it seemed the Bell system beds looked alike.I wonder who made e'm ?
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1939 Willys Ute(utility)
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Old 08-23-2014, 08:46 AM   #7
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When I left school I worked in Oz for a year, and saw Holden and Ford "Utes". I thought Utilities were unique to Australia. Evidently not judging by the pic of that lovely Willys.
Am I right in thinking a Ute is distinct from a Pickup in that a Ute is more of a "car" spec, ie better finished in the cab, where as a Pickup is more "truck" spec?
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Old 08-23-2014, 07:38 PM   #8
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Yes, nice; love Diamond T's
So do I, but I think that one is a Mack.
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Old 08-23-2014, 08:06 PM   #9
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You are so correct!!
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Old 08-23-2014, 11:23 PM   #10
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we had a utility bed exactly like the one pictured
it was in use in Sacramento as late as the 1980s
the mechanic used it and it was in perfect shape
never in a wreck,no rust,and always garaged
it went for auction around 1985 when he retired
the new mechanic wanted a van and didn't want that old piece of junk
I don't think it had more than 25,000 miles on it
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Old 08-24-2014, 05:29 AM   #11
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A utility bed (Ryan's pic) and an auzzy Ute are completely different beasts. I'd love to see more pics of utility beds. In my mind these be built beds for a specific purpose, with all they lockers and different sections for different things.
Anybody got any of these, or pics of them like the Mack and Ryan's pic please.
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Old 08-24-2014, 08:15 AM   #12
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image.jpgHow ironic, I was searching craigslist for a friend who's looking for a 55 pick up for his wife and came a across this Bell truck for sale. Then I click on the Barn and see. Ryan is looking for pics. It's not mine but it's for sale and here's a couple pics from the ad
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When I left school I worked in Oz for a year, and saw Holden and Ford "Utes". I thought Utilities were unique to Australia. Evidently not judging by the pic of that lovely Willys.
Am I right in thinking a Ute is distinct from a Pickup in that a Ute is more of a "car" spec, ie better finished in the cab, where as a Pickup is more "truck" spec?
Tom you also had "Utes in England , Austin & Morris -A55 & A60 , Mini utes & a few others from the BMC group.
I work on all them British nightmares growing up in NZ.
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Tom you also had "Utes in England , Austin & Morris -A55 & A60 , Mini utes & a few others from the BMC group.
I work on all them British nightmares growing up in NZ.
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Tony,
All of those you mention are pickups, and are called pickups over here. There not called utes, and never have been, they were advertised and sold as pickups over here. The "Ute" name is I believe a southern hemisphere name for this style of automobile, that being car based pickup, as far as I can tell.
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that restored truck I believe lives in the philadelphia area. Looks like hershey with the white fence in the background. If I'm not mistaken the owner had most of his collection burn in a fire a few years ago. I hope that truck was not one of them. Then again I might have my owners confused.
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My grandmother worked for bell from about 1948 to 1978 or so. My father wanted one of those trucks to use on his farm when my parents were starting out. Bell had strict rules on maintenance and they were in excellent shape. She looked into getting a used one for him but for one reason or another it didn't happen.
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Old 08-28-2014, 04:30 PM   #18
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1939 Willys Ute(utility)

If I remember correctly, Willys made pick up trucks (USA) that had the passenger car front sheet metal and a separate bolt on bed (not like the UTE pictured).
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Old 08-28-2014, 09:37 PM   #19
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No v8 but our pickup gets plenty of use.
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Here's a phone truck that I took photos of at a local show:





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