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Chevy Cabover Pickup

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Chevy Cabover Pickup

Cab over engine pickups like this 1952 Chevy Cabover Pickup were deemed to be ugly ducklings and very few people would restore or customize them.
Until 6 to 8 years ago that is, and today it is common to see some beautifully restored examples like this 1952 Chevy Cabover pickup, others have been customized to a very high standard.
To go one step further there are the special one-off builds like this one,  a mix of a Dodge pickup, a 1937 Willys sedan and an x armoured security truck. Fabulous result as you will see.

The big three, General Motors, Ford and Chrysler’s Dodge all made cab over engine versions of their pickups and trucks,  popular 4 x 4 ‘s like Jeep and Landrover offered the same for a while,  and anyone wanting a cab over engine pickup as a project should find it reasonably easy to find something suitable parked up somewhere.

When was cab over engine  first introduced?  Wikipedia has this to say:

The first truck in the United States was built by Autocar in 1899 using a format then called “engine-under-the-seat” and was available with optional 5 or 8 horsepower motors.  Although early Autocar trucks were not exactly “cab-over”, since the truck did not have a cab, per se, they were the fore-runners to COEs. The Sternberg company of Wisconsin produced cab-over trucks as early as 1907, though by 1914 only their seven-ton model was a cab-over. They reintroduced the cab-over layout in 1933 with their “Camel Back” model, which allowed the cab to be tilted to access the engine.

The introduction of the first modern cab-over layout in the United States is credited to industrial designer Viktor Schreckengost, who, with engineer Ray Spiller, designed a cab-over truck for the White Motor Company in 1932.

As trucks had a length limit  cab over engine allowed more cargo space, or if  the truck was actually a tractor unit it meant a shorter wheelbase would then allow the trailer unit to be longer.
The big truck manufacturers of course all have their cab over units along with tilting cabs which makes servicing a breeze.
Delivery vans were often built so the engine was either under the seat, or the engine cowling would be between the driver and passenger seats

 

chevy-caboverHow is this for another beauty:
Source:  Russ Moen, Youtube.com

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