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Projects Have you ever built a car starting with just one body part?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by HOTRODPRIMER, Sep 17, 2019.

  1. I'm sure a lot of cars have be built starting with one part, be it a engine or a set of wheels, I have done that myself but how about one piece of a body?

    About 20 years ago I saw a '32 Ford trunk lid at the Maggie Valley swap meet and since I am drawing to Deuce parts like a moth to a flame I stopped and looked it over, I knew it would fit a 5 window or a roadster but I really didn't have any use for it but it was in good condition and had the trunk lid handle, the price wasn't too far out in left field and I made a offer and brought it home.

    Since that time I have actively sought out parts for the hypothetical 5 window or roadster but when parts make themselves available at a reasonable price I add to the inventory.

    I found a mint firewall at Pigeon Forge and was able to swap a aftermarket firewall for it, I have a couple of nice grille shells and inserts, a extra hood, a dash and a cowl vent, granted I need a lot more to ever think about assembling a body but the collection continues to grow. HRP
  2. bangngears
    Joined: Aug 30, 2007
    Posts: 861

    from ofallon mo

    A friend gave me a mint red & white glass gearshift ball. So i attached it to a string and hung it down from the rafters and built a 32 5 window around it. :rolleyes:
  3. camcrusher
    Joined: Aug 11, 2013
    Posts: 120

    from Candor, NY

    NCM_0570.JPG This was all I had when I started. I never used it. Still have it.
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  4. 62rebel
    Joined: Sep 1, 2008
    Posts: 2,539


    The British rodders often find a lug nut and build up from there... restorers, too. I have a body tag and a title....
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  5. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 9,801

    Atwater Mike

    When I finally had a solid place to work on something (Wow, been 50 years already!) I got serious about doing a '27 Hiboy.
    I found the cherriest cowl I ever saw, but the turtle deck was a tough one.
    I found doors at 2 Turlock swap meets, kept looking. A friend had a '27 roadster body, so I bought it. Finished the car, long time build.
    I find myself wishing I had collected '32 stuff... It's what I really want. (again; the last '32 I had was a 5 window I bought in 1960, sold it when 'hot rodding was dead', 1965)
    Who knew it would come back???
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  6. oldiron 440
    Joined: Dec 12, 2018
    Posts: 1,031

    oldiron 440

    How about a crankshaft?
    I take that back I bought a set of rods first then spent over 10k on a motor. But I got a helluva deal on the rods.
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  7. 41rodderz
    Joined: Sep 27, 2010
    Posts: 3,240

    from Oregon

    Not yet :) But then I have a collection of sheet metal:cool:. I just do not think a pair of '32 Ford front fenders goes with '34 International hood and set of T rear fenders with a '40's exterior visor:D
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  8. Gotgas
    Joined: Jul 22, 2004
    Posts: 6,742

    from DFW USA

    I bought my '57 Chrysler in 2008. I worked on it at a glacial pace for years.

    One day my dad took the decklid, finished the bodywork on it, and painted it flawless black. Then he said, "There, the first part is DONE. Now finish the car."

    Thanks dad. :)

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  9. 46 ford custom 017.jpg 46 Kustom 002.jpg 46 Kustom 003.jpg 46 Kustom 004.jpg 46 ford custom 017.jpg 46 Kustom 002.jpg 46 Kustom 003.jpg 46 Kustom 004.jpg Had a customer years ago give me a 47 Olds grille, 6 years later it went in this full custom I built around that grille
  10. Stan Back
    Joined: Mar 9, 2007
    Posts: 482

    Stan Back
    from California

    I went from this . . .

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    to this . . .

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  11. Yes! My all Steel 1932 Ford Roadster Pickup Project. I started with Steel RPU Cowl $600. In 15 months, I was able to find & Purchase 95% of a Original Steel RPU Cab Body, 32 RPU Dash $400. , 3-Doors $600.Burbank, CA. , New Door Body Wood $1,000 Brad Brown’s Wood Shop, WA. , Windshield, Windshield Frame, Stanton’s, Metal Divider Panel W/Wood Between Cowl & Windshield, Steel Top Frame & Wood Bows, (Stock 32 Pickup Back Cab & Lower Body Steel Sub-frame. Mint Cab $600,Denver Car Show 10/09.) Regular Back Of Pickup Cab, Rear Metal RPU Back Of Cab Body Bead, Free. New 32 Frame Rails, 32 NOS Front Cross-member, 32 K-Member, Rear Model A Crossmember, Model A H-101a Halibrand Quick-Change Rear End. $700., 32 Ford Wishbone, 32 Heavy Chrome Dago Drop Axle, New Bendix Front by Brakes, Rear New Lockheed Rear Brakes W/32 Axle & Torque Tube. $500., 32 Ford RPU Bed (Yellow), Purchase Repo 32 Front Fenders, Drake’s New Running Boards, Pacific 32 Rear Pickup Fenders.$1,250., & 32 Pickup Grill Shell. $648., 1940 Ford Complete Rebuilt Flathead V/8 Engine $1,000., NOS 32 Ford V/8 Radiator $200., 39 Ford Rebuilt 3-Spd Trans, $400., 6-16” X 5.0” wide Ford Kelsey-Hayes Artillery Wheels, $600. + $150. To ship, (eBay), Nos Steering Column Parts, Nos Steered by Tube, Column Mask, 15-1 Ratio Gears, $500.Baxter Bros., Mint like Nos Glossy 32 Steering Wheel (oldindy) $260., New 32 25-Louver Rootlidge Hood From Friend $200, pair Blems Chrome Bumpers $300., need to build 32 Frame Rails, stock 32 Pickup 3-Piece Pickup Seats W/Covers,$400., only item I’m missing is the rear Side Cab Corners 32 RPU Die Stamped Body Bead. Need to assemble 32 RPU Body. (Only) 593 1932 Ford RPU’s Built In 32). Total of (1,470) 1932, 1933, 1934 Ford RPU Built for these Years. Most of these 32, 33, 34Ford ROADSTER ‘s Pickups were Built @ Edgewater,N.J., Ford Plant & were export Models. Dallas, Tx. & Houston, Tx. Built in 1932 RPU’s Of only 5 each. No 1933 or 1934 RPU’s for these years. This information was found in Ford Life Magazine Vol# 4, issue #3. There’s a 12 Pages Factory Production #’s @ Each Ford Assembly Plants Of 1928 to 1934 Ford RPU’s W/Pictures. Best Regards Respectfully

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  12. That car turned out to be stunning, beautiful work. you did a amazing job. HRP
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  13. buddy built this 48 Ford panel cuz he had the skirts,...guess that's 2 parts...
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  14. Boneyard51
    Joined: Dec 10, 2017
    Posts: 2,906


    Maybe not built, but.......I found a headlight bezel in the junkyard for the car in my avatar. Brought it to the shop and hung it up many years ago. Told my helper there’s my dream car.....just missing a few parts! Was kinda joke for years.... my “ car” hanging on a nail in the shop.
    Fast forward have the “ car”.

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  15. stanlow69
    Joined: Feb 21, 2010
    Posts: 3,592

    from red oak

    The first part was 37 Desoto bumpers. Then the door handles, dual carb intake, then the body, the frame got scrapped. Little by little I am acquiring pieces. Motor, tranny,rear end and 34 Plymouth Deluxe headlights. last week I got the 2nd carb. Scan0656.jpg Scan0663.jpg Scan0687.jpg
  16. Do you have a picture of it mocked up?
  17. <Started this with a swap meet lower front fender, $5 at the Chickasha swap meet. I have a little more than that in it now.
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  18. Corn Fed
    Joined: May 16, 2002
    Posts: 2,626

    Corn Fed

    Not a body part, but I started with an oil pressure gauge.

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  19. I drove a total 22 hours to Niagara falls, from Kannapolis, NC and back to get my Model A body. CARS Custom.jpg
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  20. rustydusty
    Joined: Apr 19, 2010
    Posts: 1,096


    I had a nice 327 and a th350. Found a roller set up for a small block.
    Does that count?
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  21. 4wd1936
    Joined: Mar 16, 2009
    Posts: 789

    from NY

    I was accused once of starting with a shift knob, I think they were right and it turned out pretty good.
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  22. the-rodster
    Joined: Jul 2, 2003
    Posts: 6,552


  23. brjnelson
    Joined: Oct 13, 2002
    Posts: 425


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  24. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 26,017



    Next month will be the 9th anniversary of starting my '29 Steelback project. If things sell well I may treat myself to a pair of '32 rails, that may motivate things. Bob
  25. Desoto291Hemi
    Joined: Apr 21, 2009
    Posts: 847


    Hey Gotgas,

    Your right,,,that deck lid is flawless!!!
    Looks like a black mirror in the lights.

  26. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 10,021

    from Raytown Mo

    Our model A project started with a set of roached out stock front and back seats. Kinda snow balled from there
  27. My '32 pickup was built around the idea of these fog lights. HRP

  28. The Bugatti guys have been doing that for years as have the Benz Velo "restorers". Used be a healthy industry to break Velo's and other old stuff have 1? BAM. 4.
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  29. Desoto291Hemi
    Joined: Apr 21, 2009
    Posts: 847


    Hey Danny,
    That pickup is totally cool,,,,,I like the fog lights too!!
    What engine,,,,flathead?

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  30. partsdawg
    Joined: Feb 12, 2006
    Posts: 2,461

    from Minnesota

    I have seen some cars I would give my left nut for. That's a body part.
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