Been away for some years, No not locked up :), and I'm kinda sorta attempting to get back to where I left off...Rebuilding the engine and some body work to name a few, but I am curious if anyone on here has seen this type of bumper on a 55 1st? Little history, belonged to my Grandpa which he used for his furniture business and it made its way to me several years ago. Never quite payed attention to the rear bumper much until I noticed it is unlike any I've seen here. Kind of split on keeping it, what do you guys think on how it looks?
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Those are actually pretty common. My '51 had one similar to that, but without the braces up to the stake pockets. It was bent, so it got the heave ho. I don't like the way they attach to the rear fenders. A small bumper tap buggers up the fender as well.
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klhansen and tclederman, appreciate the replies...I will have to get under there and see if there are any other support brackets/braces that give it added strength; in case of a slight tag that would damage the fenders? I'm not doing a full resto on it , so I may just keep it seeing as you mentioned that they were pretty common. I was under the impression that it was some kind of "Frankenstein" bumper since I had never seen one, but then again, I mainly focus on my year truck for the most part. Thank you much...
Kato Having grown up in central Cally in the 60's & 70's, I have seen many 50's to mid 60's trucks with that type of bumper. In fact it seems that it was the norm to have one on the rear of your truck. Don't know where this name came from--but we always called them 'Barden' bumpers. Many trucks appear to have been sold, new with out rear bumpers, thus the dealerships sold many Barden bumpers as add on's. They are heavy duty & worked well----if they weren't so ugly compared to factory bumpers. delky dave in WYO
It is an aftermarket bumper often installed by the dealer. On many of the trucks back in that era a rear bumper was optional. These bumpers usually has a place for a trailer ball as well. There were many bent rear fenders though due to the design of the steps on the side. Often these were put on work trucks or ranch trucks. It looks like it is in pretty good shape. Jim
I'm thinking I might leave it as is since it is in pretty good shape...been on there I'd say for about 40 plus years or so? It does have a tow ball and I do recall my Grandpa pulling a trailer at the time. I believe the support bar that attaches from the bumper to the stake pocket gives it some rigidness as I believe them fenders are original. It needs a good amount of work and I only wish I were closer to retirement so I could speed up the time it will take me to get her on the rode again! In due time I guess, in due time... I do thank you all for chiming in and helping me out with the bumper identification! I'll post some pics of how she looks presently as soon as I recall how the heck I did it?? It took some trial and error and it posted, but I don't recall how I done it? (had to resize, send it here, send it there, download; somehow it worked)