1955 Ford cabover "windows"

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Project by RockyBlue posted 820 days ago 3038 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My pappy is building a 55 cabover right now. He is putting it on a 1ton van frame and building a 10’ flatbed on it as well. The engine is a 391 truck engine with a 5 speed manual tranny. The rear window was chopped up and someone put a smaller slider in (which was missing). The rear window can still be bought new for only $50, but he wanted me to build him one for inside and outside. He is building a tall toolbox right behind the cab, so the window would be blocked anyway. I made the 2 from beetle kill pine. He finished it with tung oil and many coats of spar urathane for the outside one. He did the roof himself with cedar t&g, and the cab now has a nice warm cabin feel to it. This has inspired me to finish the cab of my 72 1ton with similar wood, since it’s my lumber wagon.

This was his cab when he bought it a few months ago.

The 391 all ready to go

This will be a massive truck, sitting on the ground it towers over his super duty.

-- I haven't had this much fun since hogs ate my little brother.

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 820 days ago

Nicely done. Doesn’t look like Beetle Pine though.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#2 posted 820 days ago

Keep us posted on the finish.
(Good job on the woodwork!)

-- Having fun...Eric

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#3 posted 820 days ago

Cool truck well done

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 820 days ago

Love the wood head liner. Cabover’s are cool and for my taste very nice.

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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#5 posted 820 days ago

That cool, I would love to see the completed truck.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#6 posted 820 days ago

How is the head liner attached?

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#7 posted 820 days ago

Great start on a what should be a great woodhauler. May not be great on the MPG, but it should definitely
deliver the wood and keep you comfortable doing it.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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Mainiac Matt

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#8 posted 820 days ago

Looks nice…. I like it!

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#9 posted 820 days ago

You’ve been busy.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#10 posted 820 days ago

Keep us posted on that build… I love those old 1950s COEs…

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#11 posted 820 days ago

To attach the cedar headliner, he built a curved frame, and then nailed or screwed (not sure) the T&G to that. The rear windows are sandwiched together, and caulked on the outside. I’ll post new photos when he finishes the truck.

-- I haven't had this much fun since hogs ate my little brother.

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#13 posted 819 days ago

love it! I have a few upcoming car/wood projects to post.

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#14 posted 819 days ago

nice job….reminds me of my van days

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