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Old 05-02-2014, 11:02 PM
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I have a dream to buy a truck in this year range - I love these body styles. My question is that I am 6' 6" and am concerned about headroom. Does anyone know from experience if I am out of luck or have a shot?
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Old 05-02-2014, 11:10 PM
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I have a dream to buy a truck in this year range - I love these body styles. My question is that I am 6' 6" and am concerned about headroom. Does anyone know from experience if I am out of luck or have a shot?
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I'm only 5' 10" but I have about 10 to 12 inches of headroom in my stock 51.
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Seat type has a lot to do with head and leg room...that said, there is only so much room in these cabs. Find one and take a seat...
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I'm 6-5 and have owned 3 1956 F100's, never had a problem with head room, but...leg room is another story.

Regardless of what seat you have, there's only so much room in these cabs. 1948/52 F1 is tight, I gave up all hope years ago of ever fitting in one. 1953/73 isn't going to be much better.

1974: Super Cab introduced. Seat can be removed, holes re-drilled, seat moved aft for more legroom.

And this is what I did in 1979, 1988 and 1992, bought new F150 Super Cabs...then moved the front seat aft.
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I'm 6' 5" and have plenty of head room in my 51 with the stock bench seat. I have to duck my leg under the steering column though.
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I'm 6' 2" and have had two Bonus Built trucks. Legroom has not been a problem but using the stock bench seat will put even me looking through the top 1/4 of the windshield. I used a 90s Ranger bench seat in my trucks and was able to mount it lower and lean it back some so that now I look through the center.
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Head room should not be an issue with stock seats (6'2" here). There have been reports of belly steering by some members after winter hibernation or periods of time spent away from the garage. Frosty beverages were not a factor, however.
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I'm 6'4" and have a '49 F1 and am fine on head room, Leg room is tight... That is why I put in a auto trans. Where do you live? Maybe you can go sit in someone's truck to see how you fit. I had a friend in High School that was 6'6" that was in my passage seat a lot when it was my turn to drive.
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Head room should not be an issue with stock seats (6'2" here). There have been reports of belly steering by some members after winter hibernation or periods of time spent away from the garage. Frosty beverages were not a factor, however.
I'm 5'8" and headroom is not a problem, even legroom isn't too bad, I do however constantly polish the steering wheel ... frosty beverages are not a factor
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I have a dream to buy a truck in this year range - I love these body styles. My question is that I am 6' 6" and am concerned about headroom. Does anyone know from experience if I am out of luck or have a shot?
If your head hits the ceiling in one of these trucks, even at 6'6", your butt is too thick.

Lifting your leg to hit the brake or clutch pedal on the other hand might give you bruises on your knees from the back of the steering wheel.
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Legroom is the biggest challenge in the bonus built trucks......I'm 6'4" and I ended up cutting 2" out of the stock seat riser so I could see out the windows and am using a 15" steering wheel. That made it much more comfortable...
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The real question is how tall are you from your butt to the top of your head. Unless you have unusually short legs I don't think that you will have a problem. Regardless a new seat and/or steering column/wheel allows you to set things up the way you want as you can see from the previous posts. All those parts are readily available.
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It all depends on how much you really want one. As stated above, seats and steering wheels can be changed as well as the way they are installed. Good luck with yours if you do decide to indulge...
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I'm 6'2" and have no problem with headroom or legroom in my '56. I did have the interior redone, and they didn't make the seat bottom as thick as the original custom cab was, but that was so my belly had no problem with that giant stock steering wheel. Best advice is to sit in some.
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Another 6'2" guy here. My cab is chopped and I have plenty of headroom. Even leg room is good except for the GM column shifter hitting my knee. That will be corrected soon relocating the column closer to the dash.
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