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Technical Arm rest ideas

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by topher5150, Sep 27, 2020.

  1. topher5150
    Joined: Feb 10, 2017
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    I'm slowly putting together my 47 Ford and juggling different ideas. Not having an interior gives me a lot of opportunity to have some fun with it. Are there any cool aftermarket arm rest, or any old factory bits. I'd like something with a little chrome. Pics would be nice to

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  2. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
    Posts: 16,471


    My 32 sedan has arm rests from I think a 49 Chevy. Sorry no pic, but they are short, have a hole to pull through, and seem to fit the car well. Easy to mount to a flat surface. Maybe google has some pics?
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  4. 302GMC
    Joined: Dec 15, 2005
    Posts: 6,609

    from Idaho

    Alchemy's suggestion is great - those GM '49 - 52 "A" body units are good looking, easy to find, & simple to mount. Most of the ones from the rear seat (on 2 door bodies) have an ashtray, too !
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  5. 41rodderz
    Joined: Sep 27, 2010
    Posts: 5,385

    from Oregon

    If you have any vintage wrecking yards around , go check them out . Probably a part that is not missing very often .
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  6. The original arm rest in the Ranch Wagon were plastic and they had a vinyl covered top, the plastic had deteriorated and become brittle, in my looking for something similar I found these on Dennis Carpenters web site.

    He has a lot of different style armrest listed. HRP

    Dennis Carpenter armrest

  7. 1971BB427
    Joined: Mar 6, 2010
    Posts: 6,425

    from Oregon

    Early 50's Chevy cars had a polished stainless strip running the length of the armrest, dividing the padded top from the cast plastic base. They look good in a lot of older hotrods. I put them in my '39 Chev.
  8. Noah*
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
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    1963 Ford Galaxie 20200719_175231.jpg
  9. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
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    The Chevy ones are all metal except for the padded top. No plastic in them. And they cost me $10 at a swap meet.
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  11. dana barlow
    Joined: May 30, 2006
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    dana barlow
    from Miami Fla.
    1. Y-blocks

    Unlike today with all the phones that can grab a pic. Back in the 60's,thinking about get a pic,kind of stopped what we were doing. Still wished I had a lot more old pic's.
    The idea I'll pass along is what I had done for a buddy's custom; He didn't want the arm rest there all the time? never did a full why for that. But I made him a folding one,it folded down and when up,was a bit into the door panel. Made the metal /hinge part out of house door hinge,mounted so it folded back ward so stopped at 90*< most door hinge do that.
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  13. Bob Lowry
    Joined: Jan 19, 2020
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    Bob Lowry

    The Chevy passenger car arm rests work great. Be aware that for Chevy trucks, from '49 to '54,
    the reproduction armrests are plastic, and tend to break pretty easily after closing the door so many
    times. It is a poor design and they come with a note recommending that you fill in the void space
    with epoxy filler. I finally designed my own sheet metal reinforcing strip that took care of it.
  14. okiedokie
    Joined: Jul 5, 2005
    Posts: 4,193

    from Ok

    I have used Nissan pickup arm rests in my 40’s and like them a lot. Easy to mount, easy to look at and cheap in the salvages. At least used to be.
  15. 90s Buick I think on my '53 pickup.
    Full side upholstry finished.jpg P1010616.JPG rear seat finished.jpg
  16. stanlow69
    Joined: Feb 21, 2010
    Posts: 5,154

    from red oak

    A tad bit more traditional. 48 Ford. Scan0168.jpg
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  17. topher5150
    Joined: Feb 10, 2017
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    A little rough but I found a set of galaxie, front and back arm rests. And idea why one is shorter than the other? IMG_20201005_104956587.jpeg

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  18. The short one is probably from a Fairlane or Falcon as Ford used very similar styling in the various models for this stuff in those years. The front armrests look like '63 Galaxie, the long rear one is their match.

    If you want something custom, ever think about carving some out of wood, use some metal reinforcement for attaching to the doors, then covering the result?
  19. That's what I did for our El Camino build. Dark gray is a wooden construct, light gray is a sheet steel shape with 1 1/2" foam rubber glued on, both then upholstered.
  20. Jokester
    Joined: Jan 29, 2005
    Posts: 483


    A lot of those look pretty bulky to me. My car is narrow enough inside already. So I took a piece of 2x4 (yes lumber) and cut away everything that didn't look like the armrest I wanted. Sorry, no pics.

    my 2 cents

  21. Thats one damn fine lookin truck you got there!

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  23. ZZ Top Chop
    Joined: Aug 12, 2018
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    ZZ Top Chop

    This is what I'm going to use in the Merc. Goes well with the Falcon console and T-Bird Seats
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  24. Thats the same plan I have with mine. Falcon console, t bird seats, and when I looked again I guess mine are galaxie arm rests. Same style, just a little bigger. (Still waiting on my parents to visit and bring me the console) 20200916_180729.jpeg Resized_IMG_20200724_141155_472.jpeg

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