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FC - big back window?
Posted by: scottymac ()
Date: November 21, 2022 10:19PM

I'll start by saying I know nothing about FCs. I've ridden in a Greenbrier once, that's the extent of my experience. I was reading the October issue of VINTAGE TRUCK that had a feature on a 1961 C-10 Custom Cab Fleetside pickup. This truck had the full width rear window, noting it's a "...seldom seen factory option...". Got me wondering, since the outline is pressed in the back of Loadside and Rampside cabs, were they ever offered with a big back window? Or has anyone taken the initiative to do a homemade conversion? Glass would need to be custom cut.

Scott
Danville, In.
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'66 Monza coupe


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Re: FC - big back window?
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: November 21, 2022 10:32PM

IIRC GM's prototype RS had one. we should have a pic!

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Re: FC - big back window?
Posted by: SteveInMarietta ()
Date: November 21, 2022 10:56PM

In 1959 there were plans for an optional larger pickup rear window - the "Panoramic Cab Back Window", which would have been RPO 650. Alas, it was canceled later that year. Why? "Excessive tooling costs".
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Re: FC - big back window?
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: November 22, 2022 07:43AM

Here's a video of one [www.youtube.com]

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Re: FC - big back window?
Posted by: NMCarNut ()
Date: November 22, 2022 08:06AM

Modifying a Rampside for a big back window is a neat idea; cutting the outer panel and getting custom flat glass cut would be a piece of cake. It is however the inner panel fabrication that would be a real PITA for anyone but the most accomplished metal worker.
60 - 66 Chevy pick-up owners have it easier since big window inner panels are available, similar but very different to what we'd need. We do not have that luxury.

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Posted by: American Mel ()
Date: November 22, 2022 04:44PM

Personally, I like the privacy afforded by a smaller rear Pick-up window.
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That Blue Rampy pictured above is quite nice.
The BC owner used to have his boat moored in our local Marina, and I would see it occasionally.
Not sure if he has returned since chinaflu or not.

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Re: FC - big back window?
Date: November 22, 2022 05:43PM

Here is the FC pickup Prototype:




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Re: FC - big back window?
Posted by: scottymac ()
Date: November 22, 2022 11:03PM

MattNall Wrote:
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> Here's a video of one [www.youtube.com]


Big back window conversion hits about 16:45.

Scott
Danville, In.
'65 Corsa coupe basket case
'66 Monza coupe


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Re: FC - big back window?
Posted by: corventure Dave ()
Date: November 23, 2022 12:24AM

As mentioned... the FC rear panel is double panel. So a simple cutout is not possible without a lot of fabrication. Anything can be done with the right amount or $$$.
However, take something like the "Two" Ramp custom Rampside. Perhaps easier design wise because the parts can be acquired from a doner.

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Re: FC - big back window?
Posted by: scottymac ()
Date: November 23, 2022 09:45AM

NMCarNut Wrote:
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"60 - 66 Chevy pick-up owners have it easier since big window inner panels are available, similar but very different to what we'd need. We do not have that luxury."

Fellow in Matt's video (16:45) says they adapted the C-10 repop piece when they converted their FC.

Scott
Danville, In.
'65 Corsa coupe basket case
'66 Monza coupe


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Re: FC - big back window?
Posted by: NMCarNut ()
Date: November 23, 2022 01:48PM

Yup, similar but very different. The adaption was certainly easier welding to the roll bar and not caring about the different radius at the top of the window.

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Re: FC - big back window?
Posted by: scottymac ()
Date: November 23, 2022 02:17PM

Like my disclaimer said, I know nothing about FCs, just thought I'd plant the seed in case someone was looking for a winter project. Wonder if any will turn up come spring time?

Scott
Danville, In.
'65 Corsa coupe basket case
'66 Monza coupe


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Re: FC - big back window?
Posted by: Paulsgt ()
Date: November 23, 2022 03:03PM

We saw one at our Great Plains Corvair Roundup. A local guy (not club member) showed up at our show with one. It was cool but he bought the truck that way.

Enjoy the Corvair.

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Lee's Summit, MO
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