Anyone have luck finding a bed replacement?

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  1. JonVeeDub

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    I'm starting to think there is a bias against Rancheros. Do you guys just fab out a replacement bed or is there place everyone uses? My 66's bed is rotten and need to replace, no chance to fix it. Thanks guys
     
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    The closest thing I have seen is the replacement for the Bronco rear floor.
    Would take a bit of fabbing to use, but without a tape measure I doubt anyone would notice the difference.
     
  3. JonVeeDub

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    That's a phenomenal idea!!!
     
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    there is bias against rancheros. Elkys get all the attention and repo parts first. gotta love the Chebby.
     
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    How much of the bed floor do you need?
     
  6. JonVeeDub

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    the piece that butts up to the cab. I would say that a good ten inches of the bed that touches the cab is gone.
     
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    If that much is gone, I'd bet there is more rust you'll have to deal with elsewhere.
     
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    Oh god yeah. The whole floor is smoked, and so is the metal that is at the base of the rear panel under the rear window that matte up with the bed. But..... I've got started replacing the floor boards and I (as figured) finding a bed replacement had become the most difficult part to find
     
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    I've got a 1966 Ranchero -- I found that the rubber bed mat for a Dodge Dakota fits almost perfectly in the bed of my Ranchero. The cut outs for the rear wheel tubs are slightly bigger (longer) than the Ranchero but everything else fits perfectly. So I think the metal bed of a Dodge Dakota might just work. Just a thought !
     
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    Rear floor of a 66 Fairlane Wagon? Maybe?
     
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  11. JonVeeDub

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    What year is that bed mat you are using from?
     
  12. JonVeeDub

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    Just noticed you're out in Martinez, I work at Shell. would love to see a 66 thats not torn down sometime.
     
  13. kal

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    would a bed floor from a another make honda ridgeline chevy el camino subaru brat/baja etc.. work?
     
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    If you can do relatively "quality" body work/sheet metal forming you can use prefab bed repair panels or a whole replacement bed from a late model truck as suggested above about the Dodge Dakota. I replaced an entire '72 Ranchero bed with an F-150 bed - split it down the middle and then fabricated what was needed to blend it to original appearing contours.
     
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    This was during the fit up of the aforementioned F-150 bed, bear in mind the '72 - 79 Ranchero are full frame cars and not the unibody such as your car. The F-150 bed was wider and longer and required trimming and narrowing, I elected to take the excess out of the middle to keep from having to form right angle bends at the edges in ~20 gauge steel with no sheet metal brake.

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    looks like it come out well ,hard to bend 20 gauge
     
  17. 72GTVA

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    Same place in the project, the underbody...

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    Same car, a little earlier in the fitting/fabrication - had to hand make the cross brace and then the bottom of the tailgate well:

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    Wow. Babe doesn't need that much repair to her bed, but I'm sure she's gonna need a body shop for the repairs to the front right corner floor and box.
     
  19. kal

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    Yea on mine box fine & sealed it good just got couple places under the box an a couple small places on passenger floorboard needs fixed come next year. Its a wonder ford just not put a F series 6 foot bed on these vehicles an go with that to cut costs. An why they put the tailgate handle on the inside instead of outside like the F series trucks.
     
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    Jon: We could meet for a cup of coffee …. what is best for you ?
     

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