John, is this a low budget project? Do you have more time or money? There
is a Big window GMC cab with doors and glass in Round Up for .....OUCH!
$2500.00 (x fire truck).
For my son's '56 3100 I welded new inner and outer rear cab corners, steps,
lower hinge pocket face plates and custom made the actual hinge pocket
(lower cowl, behind the fender) on both sides! It was a lot of work but not
impossible. We haven't put the cab back on the frame yet so I'm not sure
how it will all work out in the end. We hope to rough assemble the sheet
metal over the holiday weekend, to check alignment.
For my '56 Wrecker I bought a much better Big window GMC cab which I am
going to convert to Chevy by swapping dashes. I will still need to replace
the steps and will have to do some miner work at the rear corners. I paid
$500.00 for the cab and think I am way ahead of the game by doing it like
this! My original cab is just to rough in to many places.
Good luck with your project!
Mike B. '56 8400 Wrecker :)
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Wednesday, November 17, 1999 6:03 PM
Subject: [oletrucks] Hinge pockets
> Well, I've come to the conclusion that my VIN number on the frame must
> been covered by the motor mounts the previous owner fabricated.
> They are two v shaped plates on each side kinda like this > <...the wide
> ends towards the wheel wells.....just in front of the stearing box. Great
> Job!...now what?
> Now I'm on to another problem. My sorce for hinge pockets changed his
> mind.....he'd rather sell me the whole cab...rather than cut it up....it's
> already missing floors and doors...but?...and I've got a wide back window
> that I'd like ta keep.
> Sooooo, my search is on again. Here's my question for all the fabrication
> guru out there:
> If I'm going to do all this welding....wouldn't it be best ta go with new
> hinge pockets?
> Everybody makes lower pockets, but, no upper.....sooooo by looking at the
> actual pockets on the upper and lower don't seem to be much
> different....anybody ever trim a lower down and use it as an upper?..or
> they just a wee bit different?
> Next question: Are there any "major" differences in the upper and lower
> blocks? How about the hinges?
> I've looked over my drivers side....the only side with any hinges...and
> look pretty close.
> Any ideas or experiences?
> Thanks, John Schulz
> 59 3100....Uni-Door
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