Thanks for all the help guys. The shell I bought came from a local wholesale warehouse,
It was marked as "made in Canada" and it fit just like the original. They can be had with or without the spare tire bracket and with or without the holes for the nameplate. All the brackets fit properly, the glass worked flawlessly, (after cleaning up the tracks), the holes were in the right places for the wiring harness clips. It looks great on the truck, lines up properly, etc. It ran about $300 CDN vs. the $425 an original Ford piece would run. I suspect the manufacturer may also have stamped the OEM piece, there are a lot of part manufacturers up in the Windsor Ont. area who supply the auto industry. I also got a gas tank from the same company for about $150 CDN, same story. They were in stock, in Winnipeg and I don't think this is the only warehouse this company uses. Shipping should be reasonable as they are not heavy when they are empty. As far as the weatherstrip goes, well, Ford decided to do away with dealership based parts departments around here and has centralized the parts business into something called FastParts. Problem is, FastParts does not want to talk to you, you're still supposed to order your parts thru the dealership. The formerly excellent service we used to get has been replaced with a bunch of disgruntled clowns who could care less if you get your part let alone quote you a fair price. I was quoted $85 CDN each for the outside seal and the brush strip for the inside. The end caps were not included, but I was assured they were expensive. I probably should tell the story of the day I decided I had to replace my tailgate. I was driving around with the glass down. My tailgate did'nt look too bad from the outside, but unknown at the time, all the internal braces were just about disintegrated. I stopped in a field at a friends place and was standing behind my truck when it happened. KERASH ! there went my window glass. The torsion bar retainers, inside the tailgate had let go, the bar spun, whacked the window and I was out another $300 plus the tailgate itself. Anyways, by the time I had it painted, glass replaced, (with defroster), and all those [img]images/graemlins/cussing.gif[/img] taxes paid, I was out $1000. A week later, my buddy's derelect 67 Bronco, with no brakes rolled into my parked truck and messed up my new tailgate. Life sucks. Of course, I was spoiled by the shine from that new orange paint and now I'm preparing to repaint the entire truck. My buddy's springing for the next tailgate. B.O.B.