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Projects 1932 Ford Truck. You guessed it! Sheetmetal Work

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Flop, Jan 29, 2013.

  1. Flop
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    shape the panel bead then tip!

    well i have been fighting this truck for a while with measurements . thanks hotrodprimer for some measurements and Carter for stopping by today to take a look!


    door is hitting the subrail not allowing it to close

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    what i now believe to be the root of all evil for the door not fitting

    hard to see the more serious damage but the center of the area is sunk in a bunch



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  2. Flop
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    the problem in the b pilar! that should be a circle you can see how much it was bashed in

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    hard to see but the whole pillar is moving

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    and the crappy door gap

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    and after the removal of the smashed subframe and bracing :eek::eek::eek:

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  3. Flop
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    finally back in to it after a broken arm

    well i made a new subframe corner

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    had t make 12 inches of the B pillar the new corner and a new triangle brace due to some one bashing the hell out of this truck

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    same with the passenger side

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    now the cab is finally untweaked and the door fits as they are supposed to

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  4. hot rod pro
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    from spring tx.

    looking real nice.

    -danny
     
  5. Atwater Mike
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    Flop...

    The way you're going about this makes lots more sense that so many buying patch panels, then having to wrestle them to fit.

    But...Please! Tell me where you're getting the round sheet metal 'plugs' to patch holes.
    If I have to make 'em, it looks like I'm about to spend some serious time on the disc grinder!

    Thank you for an in-depth series of tough repairs!
     
  6. Good to have you back brother! It's been a while
     
  7. Flop
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    thanks hot rod pro !

    atwater . i usually cut them out with snips . thanks !!

    thanks prime !!


    well it was time to mess with the firewall

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    lots o holes

    smooth

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    now ken has some extra leg room because off the 33 firewall

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  8. alchemy
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    You had a real '32 truck and ruined it with a '33 firewall? Just for a couple inches? I don't get it.
     
  9. I can just assume that you are not a Neanderthal like myself.

    I should have done this myself with my deuce pickup,,I'm 6'4" tall and a couple inches of leg room would sure help on a long ride.

    I have a friend that has a 34 cab on a deuce frame and I am amazed at what just a little more inches of room in the firewall area helps. HRP
     
  10. Flop
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    I'm sure there are many many many more ruined 32 ford trucks out there then this one . My customer drives the hell out of his stuff and wanted to be comfortable . I can see if I put a smooth firewall in with a giant ugly recess but I don't think a 33 firewall will offend the traditional gods to much . Especially with a hood over it .


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  11. I've never seen your work "ruin" anything
     
  12. 117harv
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    Flop, when you do repairs on inner structure areas, do you just grind the metal as clean as you can or do you any chemicals or spot blast? I did lots of rust repair to early VW busses years back and would pull out the sand blaster and hit the repair area before final repair/welding...great work as usual:)
     
  13. VoodooTwin
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    I'm 6'-1" and the confines of my '33 are pretty cramped, even with a severely cut down seat bottom and back. Can't imagine how I'd fit into a '32 without a visit to the chiropractor. Yes, every inch counts.
     
  14. falconsprint63
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    always amazed to see the work you do. hop mine turn out half as nice when I get around to the metal work!
     
  15. Flop
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    thanks flow!!!

    117 it all depends . where the 2 pieces of subframe lap i spot blasted where they would lap then a few coats of weld through prime. after it was spot welded and rivited i try to flow some cheapo rattle can paint in there with one of those red straws from a wd40 can . if its inside the car like on t he pillar i simply ground off what was there did the repair then primed over. when its all done the whole truck will go to the blaster and will then be treated to some ppg epoxy .

    agreed voodoo

    thanks falcon !
     
  16. brady1929
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    man, i just want half of your talent
     
  17. Nice work flop!!! Kinda wishing I hadn't sold mine!!!!
     
  18. krylon32
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    Flop: I built 2 deuce pus using 33 cabs cause on the outside they looked like a 32. Really enjoyed the extra room provided by the 33 firewall cause on one I installed air. Both had a very small recess for the distributor. I also used the stock 32 tank with the top cut out for a seat riser, lots of room for the electrics and storage under there
     
  19. Thats a great idea on the 32 tank. I think i'll use that idea on mine.
    Sorry to sidetrack the thread.


    Now back to Flops great body work!
     
  20. Onelow34
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    Looks good! Had almost the same issues on my 34 cab.

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  21. Rem
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    Great work. Makes me appreciate mine more.
     
  22. Flop
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    thanks brady & left coast!

    good stuff krylon !! thanks for the tips .

    thanks onelow &rem

    well now its really ruined

    the visor and front of the roof was really hammered

    so lets cut it out

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    first option visorless

    with a 32 coupe styled opening and frame

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    bare metal already ;);)

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    Poster board !
     
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  23. The37Kid
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    Great work Flop, guess the arm is back to normal. Bob
     
  24. Flop
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    thanks bob . the arm has its days .

    tomorrow

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  25. bobbytnm
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    You do nice work!

    Thanksk for taking the time to post the pics

    Bobby
     
  26. Dennis Lacy
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    Truly nice, clean work resurrecting this worn out old cab. These poor trucks sure took a beating throughout their miserable lives and now another will be saved.

    Every time I see these '32-'34 truck threads it makes me even more grateful that I have one that's straight and rust-free.
     
  27. bondolero
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    While working on mine, the shop found a grain weight ticket for 9000 lbs. from 1968 !
     
  28. drmrman
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    from new Jersey

    Looking good man.

    I still want you to do my 32.

    Door bottoms, driver door fit, cab corners, rear cab bottom, and THE WHOLE BED! HAHA :D

    Pictured below :D

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  29. Flop
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    thanks bobby!

    you are lucky Dennis !! this one has been put through its paces thats for sure!! wish it could tell its story !

    armadillo !! and i wonder how all these trucks get so tweaked !! . question answered .

    lets do it drmrman !!
    the truck is looking great !!

    late saturday night work

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    well its junk now !!

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    3 and a half inches lower

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    now the fun part!! getting all this stuff to fit

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  30. Master of None
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    Looks great, I think it may be time to re-do my 34 cab again.
     

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