I love the look of the Ford and Chevy firewalls when filled, nice and clean. This truck has the ugliest firewall around. As a matter of fact, because of this, I almost passed on the truck. Studebaker thought this was a feature because you had easy access to all in the dash, gauges and the like.
After two afternoons with a power wire brush, grinder and alot of cutting wheels, I have removed the glove box and all sheet metal that ran fresh air to the cab and a bunch of other useless crap. I'll redo the fresh air vents, will shrink the glove box, and will weld up all the freakin' holes left behind. The vent holes (rectangles) will also be closed up and relocated.
A spare tailgate was then cut to fit and widened to fill the hole. A dozen or so bungs were welded in and the finished cover was mounted with hex head cap screws. Skimmed and primed, the cover looks like it came that way from the factory.
Thats a sweet looking firewall now, Dog!