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Hot Rods Contemplating a 36 Chevy build but need some advice.

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Suprathepeg, Sep 19, 2016.

  1. Suprathepeg
    Joined: Sep 18, 2016
    Posts: 14

    from Canada

    I have access to a 36 standard sedan that is pretty complete but the wood is shot and that is more than I can handle.

    I'm thinking of building up the frame and drive train etc. Are there any aftermarket Fiberglass bodies available for that frame? I don't need fenders RRS just the tub, can be roadster, coupe or sedan...
  2. I am not familiar with any. oem bodies are out there...
  3. Suprathepeg
    Joined: Sep 18, 2016
    Posts: 14

    from Canada

    By OEM do you mean new manufacture or old ones?
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  5. low budget
    Joined: Nov 15, 2006
    Posts: 5,538

    low budget
    from Central Ky

    Hmm, didnt realize they were still using wood in 36, (wood minimal in these?) I knew they used it in previous years but never knew that.....Can you weld and replace the wood with metal? It would be a start with only a frame I guess but.....
  6. 325w
    Joined: Feb 18, 2008
    Posts: 5,207

    from texas

    36 Tudor sedan I had a hundred years ago had lots of wood.
  7. belair
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 8,189


    Chevys had lots of wood. Doors were hung in wood, etc. 37 was first year for all steel Chevys.
  8. Funny thing when I read this, was I thought that 34 was the last year for the termite cars, then I remembered I brought a desert find, beat to hell 36 Chevy coupe home. Went out and looked, completely full of wood.
  9. If you can't do woodwork pass on the sedan and look for a Ford around the same year. HRP
  10. jcmarz
    Joined: Jan 10, 2010
    Posts: 4,636

    from Chino, Ca

    I agree, those Fords make great Lawn Ornaments.:p:D
  11. grumpy32
    Joined: Apr 1, 2010
    Posts: 216

    from Australia

    My first effort at a hot rod was a 35 Chev Master Roadster, almost identical to a 36 but had suicide doors, the thing was full of rotten wood, 90% of the wood was replaced by steel. I picked it up when I was 15yo and still at school (1977ish), I just liked the curvey shape. I am not sure if I would tackle some thing with so much wood these day. Although I still like the fat fender shape. The pic is around 82/83. A 35 Chev roadster.jpg
    Build what you will enjoy... sometimes that means more work...
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  12. HRK-hotrods
    Joined: Sep 26, 2007
    Posts: 922


    Framing the body structure in steel is relatively easy. Don't let the wood scare you. Check out the Termites and Bowties group on here. You will have a cool car when finished with a little extra effort.
  13. '36 was the last year Chevrolet used wood for he body structure, and there are a few '36 cars that have steel doors (testing tings out for the '37 line).
  14. .....and there are replacement wood kits you can you dont have to be a carpenter at all....just swap out the old wood for new.

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