View Full Version : Can you ID this tailgate?

09-23-2014, 06:29 PM
Spotted this in an antique shop in Summerville, SC. They're selling it as wall art at $165. What year is it? Thanks


09-23-2014, 06:34 PM
I believe it is a '49-'55 tailgate - obviously all pickup beds. The later (and wider) bed's tailgate only had two ridges above and below the letters - early had three.

This one looks like it has been worked on a number of times - probably will not fit a square hole anymore...

09-23-2014, 06:35 PM
I would say 49-55.

09-23-2014, 06:54 PM
Would make a nice outdoor bench back.

09-23-2014, 07:56 PM
Wall art?????? Looks like $145.00 too much for wall art.:woot:

09-24-2014, 10:09 AM
One man's junk is another man's treasure, but that tailgate looks a bit rough for that price.

09-24-2014, 10:37 AM
I wouldn't spend too much for a used one..
You can buy a new one for $275 to $295 from Mack Products..


09-24-2014, 10:49 AM
Value depends on how bad you need one. Some time ago, we did a thread titled "over built vs under built." In my opinion, this was an item "under-built" by Studebaker. Compared to other trucks of the era, Studebaker probably had one of the best pick-up beds. The metal floor and dual-wall construction was great. Even the "under-built" tail gate was probably as good as the competition. However, once the gate was in the horizontal position, supported by the chains...the potential to over load, and abuse is a tempting result.

Square, rusted, dented, or warped...this would be of value to someone who needed one. Perhaps, at a reasonable negotiated price.

09-24-2014, 08:53 PM
Hmmm, would you buy a Tailgate from a Polish salesman? :ohmy:

Polish - Merriam-Webster Online (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polish)


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09-24-2014, 10:23 PM
Could You please explain !

Hmmm, would you buy a Tailgate from a Polish salesman? :ohmy:

09-25-2014, 10:14 AM
The price stems from being in an antique store. They are hoping to catch a person who wants a piece to hang on their wall, has the money and doesn't want to wait.

09-25-2014, 10:37 AM
Could You please explain !

I don't think he was referring to the ethnicity of the "salesman"...but the "product" on the table the tailgate is leaning against. One of the quirks of the English language, is the multiple applications of words (spelled the same), requiring "context" to determine the subject.

(Very clever, StudeRich:)...a rather devious exercise of the "Studebaker Personality.";))

Son O Lark
09-25-2014, 11:37 AM
Should it be polish or Polish? (capitalized) The second could be taken as derogatory.