Fabricators of the first order, the technicians at No Limit Engineering are able to work with any sort of material--be it sheetmetal, aluminum, stainless steel or fiberglass. Fiberglass, that moldable substance that can be used to make almost anything, actually comprises the BeBop's F-100 cab. Come to think of it, the F-100 giveaway truck that No Limit is building for the 28th Annual F-100 SuperNationals this May in Knoxville, Tennessee, has a BeBop's fiberglass cab.

In recent issues, we've witnessed those masters of metalwork, those creators of cool customs, transform stock F-100 parts into radical one-off components worthy of any Ford Racing high-speed land flyer. They've whacked away at brand-new stainless steel bumpers, cut up and welded pristine rear sheetmetal fenders, crafted custom running boards from raw sheetmetal and aluminum, designed and welded tubular headers from available pipe stock, and installed the first-of-its-kind dual power aluminum tonneau covers. Until this very day, they hadn't demonstrated their skill with fiberglass. No Limit's fearless founder and leader, Rob MacGregor, sought to rectify such an oversight.

He studied the top-notch construction of the BeBop's fiberglass F-100 cab, dashboard, kickboards, floorboards, and doors. Rob knew he'd need to modify the kickboards and floorboards to accommodate the long Tremec manual transmission, but he wanted to make the trans tunnel out of metal. The fiberglass floor would simply be cut to accept the trans hump.

After much contemplation of the Effie's interior, Rob had the answer. He'd transform the oft-seen F-100 dashboard, which BeBop's molded out of fiberglass, into a one-off custom dash. His big idea: cut out the driver-side dash hump, which houses the speedometer and several other gauges in a stock F-100, and move it to the center of the dash. Is this man warped or what? At first we thought we might need to intercede. Then we came to our senses. We recalled all the artistry we'd seen in past visits to the No Limit Engineering shop in San Berdoo, CA (as the locals call San Bernardino). So we readied our digital camera, pen, and paper, and watched the man work. As with any good story, there were several problematic moments when we thought Rob's fabrication went awry. These construction challenges all concluded successfully, as you might have guessed. See for yourself how to take a perfectly fine fiberglass factory-appearance F-100 dash and turn it into a full-on Ford Racing-themed custom instrument panel. For obvious reasons, CCT prefers to call the No Limit Effie dash Cyclops.

SOURCE
No Limit Engineering BeBop's Glass Works
392 County Rd. 609
Athens
TN  37303
  • «
  • |
  • 1
  • |
  • 2
  • |
  • 3
  • |
  • View Full Article