The box is from an ‘84. It’s decent... but not great - needs some metal/body work. But it’s definitely salvageable.
I wanted to do something different. Once the trayback is finished (fold-down sides, headache rack, etc), if it’s not all I’d hoped it’d be, I’ll call the bodyshop and say “Tony, pull that bed off the shelf and... “
Looking good! The only critic I’ll offer is the way you formed the steel on the front of the tray should carry on to the back. The lines you have in the red square (comrade) should also carry over on the back where the red arrow is pointing. It might make it look a bit too modern/stealth bomber-like, but I think it should either be straight in front or bring the fold around the wrap portion at the back. It’s a bit of work, but not too bad at this point.
How are you going to hold the spare in? I don’t see any ratchet pockets on the driver side of it?
Thanks @joseywales. For the front part of the bed, the idea was to make that the transition from the squared-off back to the more curved panels on the cab. That front section is all flat with two soft bends that follow the body lines of the cab. The back, all slab. When it's all powder-coated to match the body, it should (hopefully blend better). Plus, there will be sides, with hinges, a headache rack - all in black, all disrupting the flow...
This shot shows those lines a little better.
Also, the way the front fenders go back out - leaving the cab tucked in... the rear section of the flatbed goes back to that line.
The strap shown in that pic holding the spare was temporary. The spare is on a female mount that lands on a male mount - a pin secures it. The hubcap is next
Since the truck only has 59,000 miles, not a lot of ass time in those seats. Still - time does take its toll on foam. The original seats looked good - shape of the bolsters, etc. So, the upholsterer added foam where it flattened at all - some on the bolsters, more in the middle. They look new... but I've not sat in them yet.
Just sat in the truck with the new seats. I say “new” because I think I know how this truck must’ve felt when it left the lot in 1984. The seat is firmer and more comfortable. I guess that old foam had flattened more than I thought. Hell, the view over the hood is even different.