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Hot Rods 32 Ford "You build it" Glass bodies...?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by scibjenkins, Oct 9, 2014.

  1. scibjenkins
    Joined: Jul 10, 2005
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    Alright, so I did a thread a few years back asking about 32 glass bodies. I still haven't bought a body yet because of other projects and budget/storage space limiations. Now I am coming much closer to finally getting a body.

    I've been looking around at bodies on eBay and found these unassembled 3 window, 5 window and roadster 32 Ford bodies. The roadster is going for $2,750, the 3 window is $3,300 and the 5 window is $3,400. For these prices, it's just about right for my budget. BUT I would have to assemble the inner framing, wood for the interior and hang the doors and trunk/rumble.

    So my question is, has anyone here on the HAMB bought a bare fiberglass body and done the innerstructure and doors themselves???

    As I was finishing typing this up I saw a roadster with all the inner structure done for $4.200... Made by Cain's Hot Rods. Verno30 here on the HAMB built a really nice roadster from one of their bodies. For that kind of money, it's hard to argue.

    http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/threads/1932-ford-roadster-build-full-fendered.653460/

    But still! If I could save a huge chunk of money, is it really worth it? I want to hear from the people who have tried it, successfully or not.
     
  2. Pewsplace
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    Wescott makes one of the best bodies on the market. I have owned 6 of them and never had any problems. You can now find those bodies for around $2500 used, as owners replace them with Brookville bodies. Search Craigslist and you will find one or advertise. Building your own inner structure is not that difficult but buying a complete unit is the way to go in my opinion.
     
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  3. big duece
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    IF you owned your own fiberglass shop, it might be worth the time to assemble one. If you dont do it everday, even a small upfront investment could be a bad one if the body doesnt turn out good. Take the advice of Mr. Miyagi and use your hard earned money to your advantage.
     
  4. Badrodder
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    You will save huge amounts of time and worries as the glass guys know all the tricks of building it right . These bodies move around with the summer heat and the framing needs to be done right to cope with it . I have afriend who did his own and the door fit is nowhere near what my manufactured body has ..Brookville or glass they are all replicas ...
     

  5. I bought a glass body years ago and had to do the wood structure and glass it in place,,end result it look like crap,,,stick with the better built bodies. HRP
     
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  6. scibjenkins
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  7. Its got a nice finish but I cant get used to no vent, no hinges and that fire wall. JW
     
  8. For what you'd pay for that ugly glass body you could easily get a running Model A coupe that would be the real deal and all steel.

    Thats what i'd be doing.
     
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  9. I agree Nick, I was going to get a glass 32 rstr but got my 26 RPU for 4k less, its real and has history. But if that is what you really want......go for it. JW
     
  10. deto
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    I remember a great thread on here where somebody took a glass bodied coupe that looked like the jegs catalog threw up on it and made a very nice looking ride out of it. He added the right hinges, firewall, and vent if I remember correctly and it looked pretty damn good. If I remember the back story correctly he picked it up for a song and it was a "make the best with what you got" type deal. I'm sure he got some shit for it but I liked the creativity it took to make it look that good.
     
  11. That was a great build tread, the car was stolen and not recovered. JW
     
  12. scibjenkins
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  13. There was another with a black '33 / '34 coupe if i remember correctly.. it turned out fucking awesome.. but still.. Model A coupes are awesome as well.. and steel.
     
  14. verde742
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    Hey Lynn, I want one of those $2500.00 Wescott body, ready to roll to come get it,
    Bob
     
  15. Check out the '32 roadster and 5w coupe bodies by New Age Motorsports in Connecticuit.
    Excellent products.
     
  16. 34Fordtk
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    cough i got a real model a roadster wanna be for sale in the classifieds cough........
     
  17. BiscayneBrain
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    I like the buy a Model A coupe idea over the ugly glass body. I'm not sure if $7900 gets you a complete running coupe, with a very nice body though.
    I did jump all over my sedan because it ran and drove with an exceptional unrestored rust free body. It gave me a good excuse to buy parts while I search for a coupe or p/u.
    I just noticed you lived in California. I'm sure if you look, you could definitely find an A with a nice body, reasonably priced. It's much harder to do so in the Chicago, Il area.
     
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2014
  18. 54 Chevy
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    Show me rod and custom makes nice fiberglass bodies and they are priced good.
     
  19. X2. Doug White is a good guy to deal with. I have one of his 32 roadster bodies and it is a good value. Has an extra 2" in the doors and cockpit.

    I would not attempt to steel out and assemble a fiberglass body. Just too many opportunities to F#C* up.
     
  20. My roadster is not a '32 , but the principle is the same..bought a bare shell, fab'd a steel tubing inner structure, doors,floor/trans tunnel, dash ,etc... Could have bought a quality complete assembled , paint-ready body for a lot le$$ and would have saved a ton of time..
    Just my $0.02 worth
     
  21. Bad Ass makes a nice glass body... Barry's (ratrod0) built this beauty and from what I can understand the body is reasonable. HRP

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  22. Merlin
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  23. k32t
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    Put one together from pieces. 20 years ago nobody made a stock height 3 window. Tuff job buy a complete body.
     
  24. 4thhorseman
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    Yeah. Glass sucks. (sarc).
    Depends on your intentions and wallet. I built mine to absolutely haul a$$. Nostalgia "flavor" but lots of modern parts to be competitive. Bought a roller from East Coast Rod Shop. A year later it is heading to the drags with 800hp plus of blown and nitrous'ed big block Ford at 2400lbs. I cruise it on the street as much as possible. Fun!


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