01. Jake Brazille takes inventory of the LMC repair panels that we’ll use to bring the fo
One of the favorites of Custom Classic Trucks fans is the ’56-F-100. With their wrap-around windshield and clean overall look, the styling has stood the test of time. Unfortunately time is often unkind in other areas and as a result it’s not unusual for the elements to have eaten away the once pristine sheetmetal.
At one time finding a solid F-100 was relatively easy, after all, Ford built over 160,000 of them in various configurations. But it has been 56 years since ’56 pickups rolled off the assembly line, so today many builders are saving trucks that they wouldn’t have looked at twice in the not too distant past, but now bringing one back to life has never been easier. A case in point is shown here.
Jake Brazille, of Jake’s Place in Florence, Oregon, came across an F-100 that could be charitably described as rough. The inner and outer rear corners, doorsills, lower cowl panels, lower hinge pockets, and portions of the floor were all riddled with rust. At one time that much damage would have relegated any cab in this condition to crusher status, but thanks to LMC’s assortment of correctly contoured patch panels they can get a reprieve and escape the scrapheap.
02. This cab is in rough, but redeemable, shape. The hinge and latch posts, sills, and c
In this particular case the truck was disassembled, so to make repairs easier some were done with the cab on its back (and as a result some of the photos may seem to be turned). However, in most cases repairs can be mounted with the cab on the chassis. In any case, the real secrets to successfully installing patch panels are to cut carefully so the replacement pieces fit properly, solidly clamp the panels in place to keep them aligned and use plenty of tack welds and proceed slowly so as not to warp the metal.
Follow along as we give a rusty Ford a new life with a variety of patch panels, then stick around to see how we turn a standard cab into a custom with a big window conversion.
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03. The first step was to cut the sills away from the floor. Jake cut around the center
04. Although the front cab mounts could be saved, the floor above them was rotted away. A
05. The cab mounts were removed by drilling the spot welds, then the rotted floor was cut
06. After removing all the loose rust with a wire brush, Eastwood’s Rust Encapsulator wa
07. A cut-off wheel was used to remove the remaining portion of the doorsill from the la
08. The LMC replacement sill was slipped into place. Thanks to the “dog leg” where it jo