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Customs chrome roof rails

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by toolmn68, May 15, 2019.

  1. toolmn68
    Joined: Jan 6, 2011
    Posts: 3

    from canada

    hi everyone---looking to put roof rails on 1952 pontiac sedan delivery--anyone done this--what vehicle roof contour comes close to 50's gm sedan delivery---thanks--jim
  2. 41rodderz
    Joined: Sep 27, 2010
    Posts: 2,105

    from Oregon

    Well first thought is a 1952 Pontiac delivery :D but I wonder if something from an early Falcon wagon might work. I guess you will have to search the web for used, repops or trial and error . Ebay , Google , old wrecking yard or CL.
  3. Same year/body type GM wagons...
  4. jnaki
    Joined: Jan 1, 2015
    Posts: 3,199


    upload_2019-5-16_3-38-16.png 6 big holes in the roof...


    From a previous owner of two 1940 Ford Sedan Deliveries,(a flathead powered and 327 SBC) why would you want to put on roof racks on a sedan delivery? The clean lines of the roof is what makes the sedan deliveries what they are. There are no drip rails to break up the roof vs. the smooth lines. If it is storage, well, the whole back area is open and empty, usually for your stuff. It certainly isn't for passengers, as we tried that route and did not work out for either of us teenagers. "just pile into the big space in the back..."
    We used our sedan delivery for going to the beach, tried tying the surfboards on top and found out that the smooth lines of the sedan delivery make is nearly impossible. These days, the boards would fit inside,but back in 1960, they went through the removable rear door window. We tried all kinds of rooftop tie downs and they all failed on those heavy 1960s longboards.
    Later on, when we had our 2nd 40 Ford Sedan Delivery, plywood, tools, photographic equipment and ladders of all kinds fit inside the big empty cavern. We even thought of putting in a 3rd bucket seat in the back for a new arrival to our family, but that did not work out.
    upload_2019-5-16_3-40-35.png The second sedan delivery had a 327, auto, A/C, full upholstery and was a pleasure to drive, especially for my wife. It was not the bare bones sedan delivery of a teenage high school surfer/hot rod kid.

    So, like all others, the question remains, why would you want to drill big holes in that smooth roof top? There are no drip rails for clamp on roof racks.


    If you are planning on traveling for camping or such, wouldn’t a cool trailer be just as stylish and nice looking with room for more fun? It would be much more practical without destroying the smooth design of the sedan delivery.
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  5. Gerrys
    Joined: May 1, 2009
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  6. Graystoke
    Joined: Mar 23, 2010
    Posts: 358


    You could probably build your own from stainless boat railing and fittings.
  7. gnichols
    Joined: Mar 6, 2008
    Posts: 10,402

    from Tampa, FL

    Just a thought or two... would you be looking for something purely decorative, decorative and also functional, or just functional? I like the 50-60's styles, but a commercial style actually meant to haul stuff might also be appropriate, eh? Or half way-ish, similar to the ones VW Beetles had. You could fab one like that easily, me thinks, and get it chromed. Gary
    Joined: Dec 14, 2009
    Posts: 1,650


    There are lots of guys building the aluminum/ wood slat style that came on vw bugs and early rabbits
    Try u-boob and see how it’s done
  9. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 24,555


    • I have to go along with Jnaki on this one. Why stick crap up there just to be sticking crap up there?
    • Bolting on shiny doodads might be called customizing if you are a new member of the Harley Owner's Group making your weekly trip to the Harley shop for more lights and trinkets but leave that junk to the lowrider Bomba brigade when it comes to cars.
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  10. Doublepumper
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  11. toolmn68
    Joined: Jan 6, 2011
    Posts: 3

    from canada

    Hi Jnaki--rails would be for decorative looks--saw sedan delivery on google images and was intruiged
  12. toolmn68
    Joined: Jan 6, 2011
    Posts: 3

    from canada

  13. nochop
    Joined: Nov 13, 2005
    Posts: 793

    from norcal

    Lumber Rack, just seal the holes where you DRILL THROUGH THE ROOF
  14. zzford
    Joined: May 5, 2005
    Posts: 1,818


    Are you talking just the roof rails, or a whole roof rack?

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