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Old 09-29-2011, 08:56 AM   #1
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I've been thinking a lot about nerf bars lately. I've always had a certain fascination with them. When I was first building my '38 coupe, I tried for weeks to fabricate a set similar to the bars found on the front of the McCoy '40. I didn't have...

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Old 09-29-2011, 09:04 AM   #2
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Last weekend I was given a copy of Custom Car Volume 1 Number 1 published in 1957. It has an article on nerf bars. There were some pretty squirrely arrangements back in the day. It is a tough look to accomplish well. You're more than welcome to the magazine if you want it. Sans cover so no real collector value.
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Old 09-29-2011, 09:07 AM   #3
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I definately agree with the “cool” and “awkward” part. I've seen some that look like something out of a jeep parts catalog stuck on cars that they made look worse. To me, they either need to be small and subtle, or if they're the big full size one, they have to have rounded ends, and follow the shape of the end of the body they are protecting. I've really wanted to do a set like the ones on Billy Gibbons 36 3 window for my coupe. The ones on the California Kid are also nice. Although it is hard to beat the ones on McCoy's 40. I bet that's probably the car people associate nerf bars with the most.
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Old 09-29-2011, 09:14 AM   #5
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I have alway's liked the look of fat fendered Fords with a simple set of nerf bars. I plan on running them on my '46, something along the lines of these...
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Old 09-30-2011, 10:41 PM   #6
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I have alway's liked the look of fat fendered Fords with a simple set of nerf bars. I plan on running them on my '46, something along the lines of these...




^^^^These are nerf bars...anything else is a guard. Grille guard, tire guard, whatever you call a rearend guard. If they ( nerf bars) are connected, they are now BUMPERS.
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Old 11-17-2012, 02:18 AM   #7
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^^^^These are nerf bars...anything else is a guard. Grille guard, tire guard, whatever you call a rearend guard. If they ( nerf bars) are connected, they are now BUMPERS.
I hope people don't mind me bringing this back to the top. I was thinking something like this for my 36 5 window.
Can anyone tell me the size of the round rod and flat bar on this type of nerf bar?
Thanks
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Old 11-18-2012, 08:36 AM   #8
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I hope people don't mind me bringing this back to the top. I was thinking something like this for my 36 5 window.
Can anyone tell me the size of the round rod and flat bar on this type of nerf bar?
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Last ones I looked at seriously were 1 3/4" X 1/4" flat stock, and 5/8" rod.
I found the nerfs in your post on that evil auction site for around $165-170 a pair in stainless. So, I'm thinking, hey! I can go to the store and buy the metal to build my own for about $30.
Then I started talking to the chrome people around here who wanted $150 each!!??!! to chrome them! And stainless will come closer to matching the trim on my 47....
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Old 11-18-2012, 09:02 AM   #9
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We had a lot of fun making the nerfs for my Son's rpu and it was actually pretty easy. He used (I think) 3/4 inch solid round stock and made a simple jig to hold the metal in alignment. I heated it cherry red with the torch and he bent the steel around the fixture. He had to use a hammer on some portions of the bend to get it to exactly conform.

Here is the jig and the first piece of round stock in it.



Then I heated it with the torch and he started the bending process.





We kept clamping it down to minimize distortion and continued the bending.




This is the final hoop shape, after welding the ends together to make it one continuous piece.



For the brackets he cut and shaped flat stock and two round pieces for the crossbars.






And after welding it all together this is how it came out.




He still hasn't had them chromed as it will cost about $ 300 for the one on the back and another $300 for the front one, so he just polished the metal and clear coated it for now and it has been holding up pretty well for 2 years. In hindsight he thinks he should have done it out of stainless steel as he could have just polished them when done.

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Old 10-17-2011, 05:08 PM   #10
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I have alway's liked the look of fat fendered Fords with a simple set of nerf bars. I plan on running them on my '46, something along the lines of these...

These look like dune buggy/early beetle parts.
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Old 09-29-2011, 09:17 AM   #11
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This is the one my dad made for a 37 he built he built a few years ago.
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Old 09-29-2011, 09:25 AM   #12
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This the one my dad made for a 37 he built he built a few years ago.
Wow... Brilliant...
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Old 09-30-2011, 10:11 PM   #13
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This is the one my dad made for a 37 he built he built a few years ago.
Very cool!!
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Old 10-17-2011, 02:20 AM   #14
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This is the one my dad made for a 37 he built he built a few years ago.
Once again I am learning to never to say "NEVER" I thought I never saw a 37 Ford I liked...your father's coupe has proved me wrong! Nice coupe!
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Old 10-17-2011, 06:09 PM   #15
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Once again I am learning to never to say "NEVER" I thought I never saw a 37 Ford I liked...your father's coupe has proved me wrong! Nice coupe!
Not my dads, he built it for George Poteet a couple of years ago.
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Old 09-29-2011, 09:19 AM   #16
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I am always thinking of Nerf bars for some reason. I think they should be functional, so you truly can "nerf" something and have them hold up.

Kennedy, that one is truly unique and VERY cool!
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Old 09-29-2011, 09:20 AM   #17
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Piero's classis solution....
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Old 10-06-2011, 05:53 PM   #18
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That was someone elses solution... that was off an old Hot Rod... I bought it off of ebay and I bid like 700.00 for it so I made sure I would get it,,, I'm glad it didn't start a bidding war
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Old 10-06-2011, 05:56 PM   #19
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That was someone elses solution... that was off an old Hot Rod... I bought it off of ebay and I bid like 700.00 for it so I made sure I would get it,,, I'm glad it didn't start a bidding war
That nerf rules. It fits the car like it was made for it.
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Old 09-29-2011, 09:20 AM   #20
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The ones pictured in this thread so far look good, but most of the time I see them, I always imagine how much better the car would look without them. Some make the car look like it is wearing the front part of a footbal helmet, and this always makes me wonder why they are attached to the car.
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