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Pickup Guy
05-08-2006, 09:41 AM
I was curious... we got any folks here that got any knowledge about chopping, stretching, etc...

I got 'big plans',... but don't want to get in over my head.
Not REALLY afraid to jump in and try ANYTHING. Got good common sense,... and decent skills.
Just don't want to get too far,.. and ruin my cab,.. and have to try and round up another one.

I got a '46 Studebaker M5 pickup
Here's what I was HOPING to do.
I DO PLAN on chopping the top 2 or 3 inches. I know that will require adding a strip at LEAST a couple inches wide to make up for moving the front post forward...
Also plan to add in a sunroof.

What I WANTED to do was see about adding about a 6" "stretch" threw the doors (making the cab longer) I figure since I'd have the roof cut into already,.. that part is just adding 6 extra inches.

WHAT ALL is involved with cutting the floor and doors into..?? Looks kinda complicated,.. but then again with the right knowledge,... most things can be overcome. Maybe I just need to get the right information.
Also would it be easier to swing the hinges around and make suicide doors on it... would the extra weight be better in the long run and have less chance to sag in the years to come??
Could some people that (I hope) have experience please post (or send me info) that can help me. Cab goes to the sandblaster tomorrow,.. and when I get it back in two weeks,.. cutting and chopping begins.

Finally,... I also plan to add 12 inches on back behind the door (kinda like an 'extended cab'). I think that will be the easiest of the projects. Lots of cutting and rewelding,.. but it's just cut loose, move, and reweld. Or is that an over simplification.

I'd be interested in hearing what all you folks have to say. Don't want to screw this up... Studebaker cabs are hard to come by... not to mention the 'down' time of looking for another one, added expense of buying another one,.. added expense of sandblasting it, etc... the cost just multiply.
Please chime in... any info is good info.
THANKS

Oh I meant to mention.. I DO have an extra cab (almost an extra whole truck)

Chris Pile
05-08-2006, 02:01 PM
You might get some help from this bunch, but you'd get plenty of help if you ask this question over on the Jalopy Journal's message board. Try the link -

http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/

DEEPNHOCK
05-08-2006, 04:13 PM
Anything can be done with enough time, money, talent and ability. Here's a few pic's of chopped M's...
http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j54/deepnhock/Jeff%20Rice%20Studebaker%20Pictures/1946MSeriesCustomized.jpg
http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j54/deepnhock/Jeff%20Rice%20Studebaker%20Pictures/1940sMSeriesCustom.jpg
You will probably need two cabs to do what you describe.
Fortunately the steel is pretty stout, so working it is a lot easier than some of the modern stuff.
If you have never done this type of work before, then you are already in over your head. Not trying to be smart, but you'd be better off to start on some small project and go to school to learn the tricks. Getting compound curves to look right after a chop/channel/section job is an artform in itself.
One great way to 'imagineer' to get the look you want is to play with a photo program and chop a few on your computer. While the experience will only be 2D, you will learn a lot about what it takes to move steel around. Try looking here for some idea's:
http://community.webshots.com/album/104540753NKtCAI
There are several people out there with the skills... Perhaps you could mentor under them in exchange for some guidance and help to craft your dram truck.
Good luck with your project.
Jeff[8D]
DEEPNHOCK at Cox.net
Ocala, FL.
'37 Coupe Express
'37 Coupe Express Trailer
'61 Hawk
http://community.webshots.com/photo/42559113/426827941Lsvfrz
http://community.webshots.com/user/deepnhock

casey
05-09-2006, 12:39 PM
My 6'2" frame is a little cramped in my Tcab. I've often thought of stretching the cab so that it accomodates the doors from a 59-60 2dr Lark instead of the front doors from same year Larks. More leg room, and more room behind the seat. I'd have to get a whole other cab to play with before I'd attempt it. And it would mean more wheelbase, not sure what to do there. Has anybody done this?

Dick Steinkamp
05-09-2006, 01:25 PM
quote:Originally posted by casey

My 6'2" frame is a little cramped in my Tcab. I've often thought of stretching the cab so that it accomodates the doors from a 59-60 2dr Lark instead of the front doors from same year Larks. More leg room, and more room behind the seat. I'd have to get a whole other cab to play with before I'd attempt it. And it would mean more wheelbase, not sure what to do there. Has anybody done this?


I wonder if you could shorten the bed rather than stretching the wheelbase?



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