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Technical 1932 Ford 5w coupe roof insert...How I did it.

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Standard32, Jul 20, 2018.

  1. paul55
    Joined: Dec 1, 2010
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    paul55
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    from michigan

    Nice job. Back in the 80's we did a '34 sedan and that's how it was recommended at the time. I think we used 2x3s, though.
     
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  2. Well done ! Annnnd... you did it yourself !
     
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  3. primed34
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    Small world indeed.
     
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  4. Standard32
    Joined: Oct 15, 2006
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    from LA

    Alright...I figured out the pics! IMG_3939.jpg IMG_3932.jpg DSC_0116.jpg
     
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  5. clem
    Joined: Dec 20, 2006
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    That is one cool coupe.
    And a great tech thread on how you went about the roof insert.
    Thanks for posting.
     
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  6. Standard32
    Joined: Oct 15, 2006
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    from LA

    Yeh, the 3w is different. The United Pacific is $400...much cheaper than an original and I've heard they are good quality too.
     
  7. Standard32
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    Standard32
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    from LA

    Thanks... check out what's on the wall in my shop!!!
    IMG_0004.JPG
     
  8. Jethro
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    Nicely done!....Thank you!
     
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  9. Standard32
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    Standard32
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    from LA

    Sorry, I don't know anything about the aluminum pieces. Maybe timwhit or someone else will see this and reply. I would check places like Macs... I'm sure shaping them to fit is a pretty trick process. Unfortunately, the originals are basically impossible to find. LeBaron Bonney is who you want for materials for original style insert. I JUST finished this a couple days ago and made the video...But, yes I'm sure there will be wind noise. It's just a necessary evil if you want the original style.
     
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  10. qwkchevy
    Joined: Mar 2, 2014
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    Great video I hope to own a vehicle like this soon and this is very helpful. Thanks for taking the time to document and share.

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  11. 3blapcam
    Joined: Jul 15, 2004
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    from Austin, TX

    Thanks for the video... I also plan on re-installing an original style insert, and I'm not quite there yet. I will re-watch the video prior to install though!

    3blap.
     
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  12. Great job and great video. I too will rewatch when it's time to do my 3wd.
     
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  13. Mike Colemire
    Joined: May 18, 2013
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    It was great, almost as cool as the car! I saved it, I'm still on the fence on cloth insert, which I like the looks better, or solid metal.
     
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  14. primed34
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    I don't notice any noise with my insert, but my wife says I don't notice any kind of noise.:D
     
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  15. scotti32
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    Great video thanks. Awesome coupe.
     
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  16. rustymetal
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    great job explaining how too and very sweet coupe
    thanks for sharing cheers
     
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  17. krylon32
    Joined: Jan 29, 2006
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    krylon32
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    from Nebraska

    Great Video. I have done several and take a little different approach. Instead of chicken wire I use 1/8 inch waterproof tempered Masonite cut to fit the hole and screwed to the wood with countersunk flat head screws. Some times you have to sand the edges a little for the right fit. I then cover the Masonite with the thin 1/8 inch high density black vinyl top foam glued down. From there on I do it like you using a wooden frame to stretch the top material ( I am alone) which I glue to the foam. After I tack the material down and trim it I use a non hardening black sealer under the metal tack strip to seal out the water then insert the rubber seal. When done it's not any thicker than a stock top insert. I started doing it this way because it allows me to put Dynamat on the roof for a little more sound deadening.
     
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  18. Standard32
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    from LA

    That's really smart to be able to dynamat it...I bet that does help. I thought about sealer, but kinda halfway hated to do anything yet in case I decided to paint my tack strip...I guess I fear commitment, ha! Obviously my car isn't a "finished" kinda car, but sealing it up would definitely be something I'd worry about if I had fresh upholstery... I bet a lot of guys ended up welding a roof insert in over the years because they were afraid of leaks.
     
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  19. Ron Plumlee
    Joined: Feb 12, 2012
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    Ron Plumlee
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    Question: did you have the original "tack strip" channel and wood to work with? 34 is different than 32, and nobody makes repro strip for 34....so I plan just make from thin waterproof ply or luan wood so I have something to staple to. Suggestions welcome.
     
  20. krylon32
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    krylon32
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    from Nebraska

    My tack strips have always been painted before I install them. I've had quite a number of deuces with top inserts and have never had a water leak to date.
     
  21. chinarus
    Joined: Nov 9, 2010
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    from Georgia

    Great video !
     
  22. Sweet ride, digging that cam'ed out small block too, come do my 36? :cool: Kudos.
     
  23. Saxon
    Joined: Aug 9, 2008
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    Saxon
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    from MN

    Don't pull the fenders off that gem. If you like I can scan a ton of sic 32 fender cars from the littles. Or someone else can post some.
     
  24. aripo
    Joined: Jun 10, 2011
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    aripo
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    from Finland

    Nice video!
     
  25. bobbooth
    Joined: Mar 8, 2006
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    bobbooth
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    from limeyland

    Thanks for sharing your " how to" clip, Got to do the same on a 34,5w. Real cool coupe by the way,Great stuff
     
  26. JimmyD3234
    Joined: Dec 3, 2015
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    JimmyD3234
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    from PA

    Nice Job Thanks For Pics Love The Car Is It For Sale :cool: :cool:
     
  27. KEEPITMOSTLYSTOCK
    Joined: Apr 25, 2011
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    KEEPITMOSTLYSTOCK
    Member

    Hi I've watched your videos, great job,
    I actually am in the market for a Henry 32. I love your car, you have well seasoned taste for a young guy. I'm in BC so I would like to find something closer. You're not in California by chance?
     
  28. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
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    Tim
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    from Raytown Mo

    Sure is

    Louisiana ;)

    Killer car, can’t believe he’s letting it go.
     
  29. Smoke4570
    Joined: May 22, 2015
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    Smoke4570

    Really like the video. Extremely informative. BTW, love your car too!

    Sent from my SM-G950U using The H.A.M.B. mobile app
     
  30. 19Eddy30
    Joined: Mar 27, 2011
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    19Eddy30
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    from VA

    Does this Video still exist or play ? It say must have permission from owner , I pm Standard32 about 4 days ago, no response
     
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