Bedwood and Parts, LLC introduces Retro Liner(TM) product
Think wood liners for 2010 domestic and import models back though the muscle car era , including El Caminos, Rancheros, etc. to the pre-war classics.
I first heard about the RetroLiner™ wood bed liner system as I was video taping various displays at the Detroit Autorama. Here’s the impromptu video interview at the BedWood and Parts display:
Although the RetroLiner wood bed liner system was not shown at the show, there was quite a display of the type of wood species available; plus you can see more at the website.
The RetroLiner™ system is designed for Pickups, plus SUVs and Crossovers with steel beds or floors. As you hear din the video, it is a complete package containing all of the required materials needed to make the installation without damage to the factory steel bed.
According to the website, Bedwood and Parts uses state-of-the-art computer aided design (CAD), 3-D modeling and digital measurement procedures to assure a precision fit. That means each RetroLiner™ system package installs with a single tool (contained in each kit) and requires no cutting or drilling.
Each RetroLiner™ kit is available in nearly forty (40) popular and exotic wood species, for over 200 OE applications, and custom applications are virtually endless. Each wood piece is kiln dried and stabilized, pre-cut, properly milled, grooved, 4-stage finish sanded and delivered ready to finish.
In addition to the wood, every kit includes cut-to-length polished stainless steel bed strips, stainless steel mounting hardware, mounting pads, subframe and installation tool. Each kit has comprehensive, easy-to-follow instructions which include tips for care and treatment of the wood.
Final Review Comments
I agree the bed floor is the largest flat surface on a truck, and plays an integral role in the quality and appearance of the final build; especially at major show events like the Detroit Autorama 2011.
Whether you are restoring your own classic truck, building a one of a kind show truck or want to customize a new truck, the quality and integrity of the bed is a decision you have to make. It’s the difference between being a quality builder vs. a mediocre builder, in my opinion.
BedWood and Parts will be the first to tell you that oak, although an exceptional wood, does not fit all builds. Fact is, it has been practically the only species of bed wood offered in the aftermarket. Now you have choice.
The goal is to find a species of wood that compliments your truck. This is no different than choosing the furniture or cabinetry for your home. Point: a single species or style of wood simply cannot fit all truck bed needs.
About the Author: After 39 years in the auto industry as a design engineer, Frank Sherosky now day trades, writes articles, books and ebooks via authorfrank.com, but may be contacted here by email: [email protected]
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