Bigger is Better
By Don Emmons
In today's world of classic automobiles, there are many companies that produce patch panels to repair rusted section, whether it's a truck or a car. Patch panels can bring n old rusty body back to shining glory. A new product made my Mike Chessers Auto Emporium is a metal Big Window conversation unit that transforms a '56 standard cab into a deluxe cab model that all Ford F-100 owners dream about.
The Mike Chessers' Big Window unit is made just like Ford made the rear cab section originally, but this piece extends down approximately 3 inches below the lower edge of the window opening. In order to make the conversion, the top back body seam must be cut open. Also, both doorjambs must be cut, and the back panel must be cut below the small window opening. Now that may sound easy. That is how it's done, but it is far from easy. Ask y any professional body man about welding across a wide, basically flat expanse like the back of an F-100 cab and they will be emphatic that you need good welding skills or the body could end up badly warped. If you have to start heating shrinking wide body panels, a talented craftsman would be needed to save the project We are not trying to talk anyone out of making the changeover, because it does work out very well, but be aware that a talented body man is needed here. You may want to contact a good body shop in your area, show them this article, and ask if they will do the conversion. The project works out so well if done right and no one will be the wiser as you tool down Main Street in your newly acquired Big Window '56.
Kirk Bates is fond of F-100 pickups, especially the '56 Custom Cab model with that big wraparound back window. However, because of the limited number that were built for 1956, they are not easy to find and those out there come at a premium. He settled for a small window that was within his means and built an enjoyable vehicle , but always eyed a Big Window with envy. Now Kirk's standard model draws those same looks after the crew at Bobco in Lake Elsinore, California, performed the makeover magic. Thanks to the new factory-type metal wraparound window unit and the new glass that's available now, everyone can own a fishbowl cab.
1.Kirk bates owns this very nice '56 Ford F-100. He drove it daily and enjoyed it to the fullest until he heard that Bobco in Lake Elsinore, California, was converting a standard cab into a wrap around.