Improving Your Hindsight
Have you been scouring the market for a first-gen C-10 with a big factory panoramic-style rear cab window? Then you know these things are getting much more difficult to find, and if you do locate one, the price tag is substantially higher than its smaller counterparts. If you happen to track one down that’s a reasonable price, jump on it. For those of us who haven’t been so lucky, there is hope. Be advised that a big-window conversion requires the attention of a seasoned fabricator, though.
The key to this transformation is finding a big window panel for the inside of the cab to pair with the larger window. Surely you’ve noticed that the exterior of the cab has already been designed for this conversion. That excess sheet metal surrounding the small window opening (but inside of the big window surround) was designed to be punched out by the factory in case an order for a big window came through. Aside from the inner panel, the only materials needed for the job are a larger window (obviously) and new weather stripping. The rest is skilled labor.
We got a call from Josh Freeman at Freeman Fabrication in Santa Ana, California, informing us that Martin Segovia’s ’64 C-10, aka Red Fox, was going to be rolling into his shop for just such a conversion. In the bed was a new-to-us big window inner cab panel, a fresh panel of larger glass, seals and weather stripping from Precision Replacement Parts. It was time for this truck to get a better perspective on where it’s been with a larger line of rearward sight. Follow along and watch how you too can help your C-10’s cab achieve big window glory.