- Nov 25, 2007
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and...More then likely the bed on the Ranger Shadow was manufactured by Delta III Corp, of Sturgis, Michigan. I was one of the owners of Delta III and we manufactured step side bed conversions for S-10s, Rangers and Dakotas. In fact, I'm the guy that drew blueprints for all the steel parts on the bed. We built several hundred for each brand and generally sold them to van and truck conversion companies.
There were a few companies at the time trying to get into this step-side conversion business (one was called California Stepsides) and maybe there was one who specifically made 15 for Ford, etc. We made hundreds. Southern Coach was a good customer located in Greenville NC. and probably purchased 300 - 400 beds from us. My wife and I delivered the first bed to them mounted sideways on the bed of my full-sized Ford pickup.
This was the issue: Van conversion companies were made to take the little trucks from GM, Ford and Dodge if they wanted to get the vans they wanted. The little trucks were not selling well. The conversion companies needed a way to add value to the little trucks and that's where these beds came in.
If you ever see a Dodge Dakota step side with "Lil red express Dakota" on the side, we made that bed. The beds we made were better built then the original equipment beds, by the way.
I asked him about some beds having the little step behind the fender, and some missing it. I'm waiting on a reply. He sent me a photo of a Dodge Dakota with one of these beds, and it's missing the little step.And sorry, I can't read what's under the word SHADOW. We had a couple of dozen customers, some even Canada. We build them for a few years before the factories saw enough of a market that they began to make them.