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Technical 1940 Ford Bob Drake Running Boards

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by MrPhat40, May 4, 2017.

  1. MrPhat40
    Joined: Apr 30, 2007
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    H.A.M.B'rs Have any of you 40 Ford lovers had experience with the Drake running boards?
    I have the opportunity to obtain a pair in exchange for my well used set. Just wanted to know of fitment issues and the like. As always I appreciate the vast knowledge and experience you folks possess.
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  2. Used a set last year, fit was great.
     
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  3. I put a set on my coupe a little over a year ago. Great fit and a great product. I would recommend new bolts when ya do it, just because that makes the job easier.
     
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  4. b-bob
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    I put a set on my 39 deluxe a few years ago and they were perfect.
     
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  5. The 39 guy
    Joined: Nov 5, 2010
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    I put a set on my coupe in 2015. Fit great. Holding fine.
     
  6. Candfury
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    A quality product.
    I've had mine for about seven years and they still look great.
     
  7. Pewsplace
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    Very nice boards.
     
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  8. LOU WELLS
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    I used them on my coupe and delivery when I retired and very happy with the fit and finish... SIEBERT 2014 016.JPG
     
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  9. olscrounger
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    Have used maybe 7-8 sets. They are very nice boards. Only issue was at front where they turn down on fender there can be a gap at the bottom--easy to tweak to fit. New bolts help and look right when looking in the back wheel well.
     
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  10. CharlieLed
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    Bringing up an old post but I have been getting emails from Drake advertising his "new" running boards with vulcanized rubber pads. For those of you who have responded to this post...are your running boards "vulcanized" or are the pads glued in place? Thanks...
    (My running boards are in fairly good shape and I have a new set of pads/covers but if the "new" Drake boards are really that much better I may have to consider shelling out the $$$ and buying a set)
     
  11. They are all vulcanized if they are from Drake.
     
  12. i.rant
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    Have them on mine also,quality fit and finish.
     
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  13. The Vulcanized boards is the only way to go, the after market glue on covers never look or fit correctly. HRP

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  14. If you want them to look good avoid the cheap replacement caps.

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  15. okiedokie
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  16. CharlieLed
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    OK...so I get the message, vulcanized is better. Now here is my situation, I have OEM running boards that are in great shape and have been sandblasted and epoxy primed. The car came with a set of covers that I believe are about 10 years old. I mention the age since there may be a difference in quality over the years. As seen in the photo the replacement cover is sitting on the running board...this is just a pre-fit mockup. I was concerned about whether the covers would clean up after all these years...I think that they look good even without silicone sprays or other coatings. Fit seems to be perfect. I bought some 3M Windo-Weld to glue these covers in place, I saw a video of a guy using this adhesive and it looked like a much better technique than contact cement. The Mac's covers that HRP posted a pic of cost over $311...doesn't seem "cheap" to me but maybe there is something about them once they are installed that makes them look cheaper than they cost. I would love to have a set of the new Drake boards but $1275 + shipping is a lot of cash to spend on what I see as only a nominal improvement. Am I missing anything?
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  17. okiedokie
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    Look good to me, use em.
     
  18. Wait for one of Bob's annual sells if you want the vulcanized boards, if not use what you got. HRP
     
  19. Johnboy34
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    I'm in the use'em bunch. They look good, you can always spend more money and buy the others.

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  20. if it's not on Back order... seems like everything I inquire about on the web sites seems "out of stock"
    The running boards they make are really nice and worth the bucks spent for sure... like hotrodprimer
    said wait for the annual sale.
     
  21. enjenjo
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
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    I've used the window weld in the past. Here's a tutorial on using it
     
  22. i.rant
    Joined: Nov 23, 2009
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    They look fine,I suppose the trick is in the installation Good luck.
     

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