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
How is this for another beauty: Source: Russ Moen, Youtube.com