2016 - Volume #40, Issue #1, Page #34[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Wooden Beds Add Class To Pickups
Horkey, a former cabinet maker with a fascination for old pickup restoration, recognized how much woodwork was involved in the hobby and decided to fill the need for replacement bed parts and accessories. In 1980, he and a couple family members started Bruce Horkey’s Wood & Parts in Windom, Minn. Thirty-five years later, the business has eight employees and about 50 old Dodge, Chevy and Ford pickups in a “museum yard” that provide patterns for the wood, steel and fiberglass parts Horkey’s manufactures and supplies for pickups built from the 1920s through 2005.
“In 1988, we realized the Big Three auto manufacturers weren’t offering a wood floor option any longer,” Horkey explains. “So we developed the Show Deck, a hardwood and stainless floor overlay. This product allows the new truck buyer to blend current technology with the classic look of the past.”
Horkey’s custom cuts the materials to fit all type of pickups and they’ve done special orders for other types of vehicles such as El Caminos, station wagons and special show cars.
Customers can choose from oak and ash cut locally or custom order more exotic woods such as black walnut. Kits also include the hardware and marine-grade spar varnish. Complete Show Decks start at $920 plus shipping.
Horkey’s doesn’t claim to have parts for all old trucks, but their catalog includes an impressive inventory with everything from fenders and hoods to cabs and exhaust systems. When parts aren’t in their inventory, Horkey says staff works with clients to create them.
The website includes details of parts available and a link to a YouTube video installing a Show Deck.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Bruce Horkey’s Wood and Parts, 46284 440th St., Windom, Minn. 56101 (ph 507 831-5625; www.horkeyswoodandparts.com; firstname.lastname@example.org).
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