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Old 12-17-2016, 04:51 PM   #1
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I've heard that there is a supplier/manufacturer in Missouri - for Model A sheetmetal parts. I'm considering buying a new complete bed for my 30 CCPU

I would like to eliminate the shipping and crating charges to close the gap on repairing my bed vs replacing it.

any advise on New reproduction beds would be appreciated.

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Old 12-17-2016, 05:27 PM   #2
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The one in your photo looks very worthy of restoration. They are heavy gauge and there is a lot of metal there to work with.
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Old 12-17-2016, 06:25 PM   #3
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I am currently rebuilding a bed that has many, many more condition issues than the one in your picture. As Russ/40 says, there is a lot of metal in those beds and if you already have it, there are no shipping and crating charges.
If you can't live without a new bed the supplier is Missouri is Mack Products, Moberly MO. but I am not sure if he sells a complete bed.
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Old 12-17-2016, 06:36 PM   #4
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The company in MO is Macs in Moberly, MO. What I've been told is they no longer make the 28 - Mid-31 pickup beds. They are only making the late 31 Pickup Beds. You might want to give them a call and check. Brockville roadster is the only one I'm aware of that is making the 28 - Mid-31 pickup beds.


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I've heard that there is a supplier/manufacturer in Missouri - for Model A sheetmetal parts. I'm considering buying a new complete bed for my 30 CCPU

I would like to eliminate the shipping and crating charges to close the gap on repairing my bed vs replacing it.

any advise on New reproduction beds would be appreciated.

Thanks, and Merry Christmas
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Old 12-17-2016, 07:03 PM   #5
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Brookville Roadster of Brookville OH is where you can get a newly manufactured bed. I have one and aside from some small details, are excellent reproductions. They have a website.

Is yours not salvageable? Looks to be in pretty darned good shape.

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Old 12-17-2016, 10:13 PM   #6
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For our Model A pick up, I bought a new bed unassembled from Mac's Auto Parts for about $1,730. plus $250 crating. I used the old one as my pattern to rivet the new one together as Ford would have done. Seems that it was shipped directly to me from Pontiac, Michigan for about $200 freight. It went together real nicely and I would score the build excellent!
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Old 12-18-2016, 08:11 AM   #7
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someone is selling the repro beds on ebay for around 600. have no idea who they are made by.

look it up.


ps dont see then on there any longer, but there is one for 1399. plus shipping.
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Old 12-18-2016, 08:40 AM   #8
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I've heard that there is a supplier/manufacturer in Missouri - for Model A sheetmetal parts. I'm considering buying a new complete bed for my 30 CCPU

I would like to eliminate the shipping and crating charges to close the gap on repairing my bed vs replacing it.

any advise on New reproduction beds would be appreciated.

Thanks, and Merry Christmas
I believe I would put my money in that bed and not in a reproduction one!
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Old 12-18-2016, 08:52 AM   #9
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I agree with the above posts, the bed in the picture looks as good or better as the one I restoring now. More pictures might let us see the bed better. I would advise restoring it. Nothing beats original Ford parts.
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Old 12-18-2016, 01:24 PM   #10
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It might look fine but if it has dens or a lot of them since it is one piece it is hard to make it look real good, I built a new bed for my 1937 ford p/u
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Old 12-18-2016, 02:51 PM   #11
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I went down after Russ/40's remark and started looking at the thickness of the bed. I have some scrap metal - about 16 gage - and it is too thin.
So, I need to determine how thick the metal is on this bugger. It might
Be easier welding than I thought.

I may even go with a repair rear channel, instead of buying the more costly
U channel.
Anyone know what thickness Of steel I should buy?

Also, how are are the rivets to set If I go with new stake pockets?
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Old 12-18-2016, 03:34 PM   #12
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The makers of the pick up beds are not hard to find. With just a little investigation you can find them. Howell in Texas and Rootlieb in California are just two sheet metal workers that come to mind, besides the Brookville in Ohio. Just call them up and ask if they make the pickup bed and if so, do they sell on the open market. If they do not make the bed, I am sure that they know who does and can direct you to the source. Then make a call.

You can then determine if any are closed enough to justify the trip to pick up your pickup bed - or if the $2,000 for a new unit and your time for self pick up, can be better spent. Also, you might want to consider 'component' parts of the metal make up of the bed. If re-working your existing old bed has a particularly bad piece, you could just replace the bad part for a new part.
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Old 12-18-2016, 04:02 PM   #13
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we used everything from Brookville Roadster for our roadster pick up and were quite pleased with the quality of the bed.
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Old 12-18-2016, 04:53 PM   #14
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Howells in Texas buys their beds from Brookville. I don't believe Rootlieb sells beds. At this time and to my knowledge their is only one manufacture of 28-Mid-31 pickup beds and it is Brockville Roadster.



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The makers of the pick up beds are not hard to find. With just a little investigation you can find them. Howell in Texas and Rootlieb in California are just two sheet metal workers that come to mind, besides the Brookville in Ohio. Just call them up and ask if they make the pickup bed and if so, do they sell on the open market. If they do not make the bed, I am sure that they know who does and can direct you to the source. Then make a call.

You can then determine if any are closed enough to justify the trip to pick up your pickup bed - or if the $2,000 for a new unit and your time for self pick up, can be better spent. Also, you might want to consider 'component' parts of the metal make up of the bed. If re-working your existing old bed has a particularly bad piece, you could just replace the bad part for a new part.
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Old 12-18-2016, 05:30 PM   #15
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Brace with the pitting and cancer you have you will get a much nicer job by just replacing the bed considering the paint and all the work you are looking at a new bed may just be your best choice.
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Old 12-18-2016, 07:04 PM   #16
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BnChief.... Yea, I've been down working on the Firewall this afternoon.
I was rebuilding some of the ribs that had been repaired (welded) and put
a good deal of bondo on the rest of the firewall to cover up all the pits.

I also want to thank the guys who have responded - I checked Brookville roadster, and their replacement parts - in some cases, are cheaper than the big boys....

I'm also factoring in selling the old bed - as it can be repaired.... just a lot of work....

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Old 12-18-2016, 08:50 PM   #17
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Mack products 544 North Avenue P.O.Box 856 Moberly Missouri 65270-4403 Phone 660-263-7444 They still list a 28-31 complete bed in there new catalog www.mack-products.com
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Old 12-19-2016, 08:45 AM   #18
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Sounds like you are leaning towards a new bed. If you decide otherwise, and for those who have an interest, the material thickness in the bed varies depending on the part. The side panels are .074" thick (14g) and the rear channel is .089" (13g). Before purchasing a repair channel you might want to see how long the repair part is. I was concerned about the length so I had a hat channel fabricated.
The best way to repair your bed would be to disassemble it but don't do that if you are going with a new bed. Sell the old one and let the new owner see how it is put together.
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Old 12-19-2016, 02:39 PM   #19
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I called Mack products - they don't have them anymore. Anita suggested Brookville.....
so... still scratching...
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Old 12-19-2016, 05:08 PM   #20
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Most of your responders favor restoring the bed.

I sense that your project has become a matter of "how soon can I get this thing done."

Model A restoration should be a pleasurable thing with little regard to schedule. Thinking out the details and actually being able to say, "I did that work myself" is most fulfilling.

Paying over 2K and maybe not getting the good fit or appearance should be one of your primary concerns.
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