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F100 Panel Truck Question

I was at a local show today and was looking at a 55 panel truck. A discussion about the differences between the 53-55 and the 56 panel trucks got started. The owner of the 55 said that the roof on the 56 was different than those on the 53-55. There was also some debate on whether the rear doors were the same across the years. Can anyone clarify?
 
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I'm pretty sure the barn doors are the same. i only have a 56 Panel so I can't compare roofs to see if there is a difference.
 
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Rear doors are the same but the roofs are different
 
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Originally Posted by CharlieLed View Post
I was at a local show today and was looking at a 55 panel truck. A discussion about the differences between the 53-55 and the 56 panel trucks got started. The owner of the 55 said that the roof on the 56 was different than those on the 53-55. There was also some debate on whether the rear doors were the same across the years. Can anyone clarify?
1956 pickup (all conventional cabs) roof is different than 1953/55, due to the wrap around windshield, so I would assume that the panel roof is different, too.

The rear doors should be exactly the same, 1953/56.
 
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Thanks Kevin/Bill/BJ. Some time ago I was going to make a mold and layup some one-piece doors for the F100 panel. The guy I was talking to yesterday has a panel that he would let me use to make the mold. I haven't looked the panel over real well yet but he is stopping by my place later this week so I will check it out then.
 
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The roofs are about an inch and a half higher on the panels too compared to the pickups. Making fiberglass hatch still door would be a big plus because the 2 steel doors welded together are quite heavy plus it is hard to find good rust free doors and would be a shame to weld them up if you did find any..Some like them to look as two individual doors with the 2 separate windows while others like them with the single one piece glass.
 
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John, I remember having this discussion some time ago. The door(s) on your truck looks great. Is that a fiberglass door? Did you fabricate it? I am thinking about using a sliding mechanism, similar to the side door on a mini-van, that will allow the one-piece door to swing out and then push in to disappear into the underside of the roof. Kinda like the cover on a roll top desk or better yet a garage door.
 
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I welded the 2 doors for mine Charlie, the reason I say they are heavy. I have a single door popper in the center of the door but it's not strong enough to pop the door open on the second stage of the bearclaw and I have to grip the bottom of the door and lift as I activate the actuator. I did cut out a fair amount of the inside of the doors to lighten it but still not enough. I think a glass door would be the ticket..
 
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Not a full on view in this picture but think there is enough to see how much I cut out, I'm thinking of removing some of that Eastwood acoustic shield to see if that will lighten it some..
 
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The guy I was talking to yesterday has a panel that he would let me use to make the mold. I haven't looked the panel over real well yet but he is stopping by my place later this week so I will check it out then.
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Wish you lived closer, I have a pair I could loan you. I'd try to mold some myself but have no experience with fiberglass. I want a hatchback but hate to bugger up decent metal doors that someone else could use.
 
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I'm not sure a glass door would be that much less weight after you add in enough structural ribs to prevent warping, to get a good seal, and provide strength at the hinges and lift points. The window glass is heavy too.
 
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I have no idea what the difference in weight they would be, should have weighed this door in case this subject ever came up I suppose. I know I'd hate to be under it if the gas shocks ever failed or even worse if my wife was under it...
 
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There are many structural foams on the market today that provide exceptional strength without much weight. Some of the stronger ones are even machinable. My thoughts would be to build a door that resembled a surf board...strong foam core with a lightweight carbon fiber skin. A side benefit would be exceptional heat and noise isolation. When my buddy comes by this week with his panel I will assess the condition of his doors and go from there. Thanks for the offer BJ, the internet has made the world smaller but until someone develops a Star Trek transporter we are still miles apart.
 
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Charlie,
If you build em I'd like one if the price isn't too high.
 
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Do you have any ideas as to what these doors might cost Charlie, sounds like it would be a lot of work to make the molds.
 

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