I want to make a custom bed for my 51 GMC 5-window pickup out of the rear body of a 60' Cadillac with the long tail fins. Where could I find a body of a 60' Caddy? <img src="graemlins/pimp.gif" border="0" alt="[pimp]" />
BillyBob, you sure you want a '60? '60's tailfins are way smaller than the notorious '59. '60 is when they started to phase out the big fins. Finding a '59 won't be easy or cheap, most have bbeen restored, but they can still be found in pretty rough shape, try <a href="http://www.traderonline.com." target="_blank">www.traderonline.com.</a> The '60's may be a bit easier to find, but I doubt it. If your going to be making a custom bed, why not just make the fins from scratch, it will be a little more work, but alot cheaper and easier. those fins are pretty simple to make, just shape the two sides and weld them together, with a little metal finishing you can be ahead of the game. By making them from scratch you can also accentuate or tone down anything you don't like or may want more of. Let me know what you decide and if you need any help, be glad to do so. Below is a great example of a beautiful '59 curtousy of our own Hotrodit.
Thanks HK. I have some pretty cool drawings of what my 51' would look like with tail fins. I have indeed decided to build my bed from scratch because of a dream I had of my truck (gets pretty bad when you dream about it huh?). I now I need to decide how I am going to build them? Steel vs Fiberglass??? I don't know haw my abilities are with forming sheet metal like that from scratch. I can fix dents etc., pretty decent at body work, but from scratch? I have had a little experience with fiberglass though. Anyone got an opinion??
By the way, I am waiting to get my scanner delivered, but when I do I am going to put up some of my drawings to get some opinions..
One more thing...I did find a 60' Caddy (complete body w/rust)for $500.00...
Either way I can teach you how to do it. I preffer the steel aproach because fiberglass is to messy I think and repairing a steel bed after an accident is easier than fiberglass, and most of the time 'glass is a total redo. Both are pretty much simple process, but steel fabrication will require welding knowledge and a few more tools, but once you learn this you can use it forever in future prodjects. Let me know through another PM and I will gladly help you out.
So many old Cadillacs and so few people who care... there are plenty of those old 60s and 70s Grannysleds in the jumkyards and small town backyards so you shouldn't have much trouble finding a "bed" for your truck. Just be sure to channel the cab to maintain the proper body balance. It ought to be really interesting.
One of the coolest weirdo pickups I ever was right here in Pasa-getdown-dena Texas. A fella had a early 70s Olds 4door. Cut the back of the body off at the rear doorpost. Added the back of a 61-66 Ford Pickup cab to the shortened Olds 98 body. then put a short WB Styleside bed on it, and ...the connection to the Caddy theme.....used the chrome tall Cadillac taillamps on the Ford bed. They fit perfectly and I only wish he had finished all the body work and painted the thing. It disappeared from town or is it in hiding?
There was something in one of the recent issues of custom classic trucks magazine - a chopped and sectioned '54 cab with a custom bed with fins like you're talking about. It was pretty cool looking, worth checking out for sure. I couldn't find a link on their web site.
HK, If you can remember back through all of the millions and millions you have served with your vast knowledge, I had talked to you before about this. I have since started working on this here at the shop. I did however find a 59' for $700.00. I could not do it! If I would have bought it I would have scrapped my GMC and went to work on that caddie!