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Hot Rods It begins... Rebuilding a 1934 Chevy.

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Imperial Kustom, Dec 16, 2014.

  1. bigheadbaxter
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    I agree if there is enough wood. But like on my project there was less than 25 percent remaining on 2 cars total. My cars were outside forever. I'm definitely subscribed to this one


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  2. i have never had any problem finding another girl friend.
     
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  3. L.O.L.
     
  4. Imperial Kustom
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    Finished up both subrails for the cab today and set them in. Still have to rebuild rhe mounting points, but the fit is nice.

    Left side:
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  5. Imperial Kustom
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    Both rails in place: 20141220_205710.jpg 20141220_205751.jpg
     
  7. Imperial Kustom
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  8. Very nice work for sure.
    The Wizzard
     
  9. Cowtown Speed Shop
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    Nice work!....Be glad this is not a sedan, We done a 1930 chevy sedan years ago, with bad wood and in some areas No wood. And I personally will never get involved with another project like that again....talk about taking the fun out of something. But it looks like you have this under control, And there is alot less wood in this cab than a sedan.....Goodluck!
     
  10. Imperial Kustom
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    To me though, this is the fun. I dont make a bunch of money doing this, but I do enjoy what I do every day.
     
  11. 3wLarry
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    likin' the way this is going
     
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  12. Imperial Kustom
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    20141221_213338.jpg 20141221_213308.jpg 20141221_213308.jpg sunday fun day. Miniscule progress today, but hey, it is sunday.
     
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  13. This thread is like "Porn" for an early Chevrolet enthusiast. Thank you for documenting this build.
     
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  14. Very nice work! Thanks for posting.
     
  15. burl
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    2014-11-01 09.52.58.jpg Just in time.Was wondering where to start on mineOutside is pretty good but the wood is toast.
     
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  16. 33sporttruck
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    Your Metal Work is awesome and inspiring. A good friend and myself have owned several of these old Chevy Trucks.
    There is a 33 Chevy Truck in my garage waiting to be worked on (stretch cab project) Old age and health has me moving slow but I have not given up yet. Keep the pictures coming......... Thanks, Jeff
     
  17. Very nice work. I looked at a 34 Chevy pickup a couple years ago and came very close to buying it. Problem was that all the old wood had been removed and tossed. My Dad restored early cars and I remembered all the work of replacing the wood in a Pierce Arrow- a lot of work, and he had the old wood for patterns. I didn't see myself being able to pull it off without anything to replicate.
    Gonna be quite the truck when you're done. Thanks for sharing.


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  18. Imperial Kustom
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    So I took a little break from work for a week to go see the wife's family in Colorado Springs for the holidays where I managed to pick up a cold, or flu or some junk. Got back into the shop sporting a fever on the 29th still managing to finish the subfloor assembly in this Chevy. Got the floor braces done, installed a rear floor, and built a new seat base to carry an original style bench seat.

    Here is the in progress and finished product regarding the seat base;
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  19. Imperial Kustom
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    The next area I tackled was the front pillars. Nothing exciting there but it still took about five hours to build and install the parts. Then I set the doors and windshield in place and gapped them where I wanted them to be before welding everything solid including welding the windshield pillars to the cowl. There will be some extra braces and upholstery points added, but those parts will come after I build the new firewall, after the cab is a cab again.

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  20. Imperial Kustom
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    Today begins the reconstruction of the doors. So far I have just begun to tear them down. Lotsa wood but at least one jamb is steel! 20150106_115715.jpg 20150106_115701.jpg
     
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  21. wingedexpress
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    Your doing a great job replacing the wood . I just bought a 34 and will use some of your ideas when the time comes to replace my wood.
     
  22. flatmotor40
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    If you look at Jellybean auto they are doing a 34 standard and boy do they do some fine metal replacement for the wood.I'm starting on my 35 standard sedan now but just started with frame this week
     
  23. I got lazy, and cut my 35 Standard more door in half. The wood was rotten on the right side, so I tossed it, and started building a Roadster Pickup. Chevy didn't make em, but I figure I've halved the workload.
    I plan on making a steel frame and subframe, but didn't think of doing it the way you are.
    I really think your on to something.
    There may be an opportunity to make some good money replicating these wood frames in steel.
    I know I'd be keen. My metal fab skills are pretty shitty, so I'd buy em.
     
  24. wingedexpress
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    Anything new on this project?
     
  25. Imperial Kustom
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    Wow. It has been a long time since posting about this project. I have been on other projects for quite some time and have only been able to piddle around on this thing here and there until recently. I did build a new firewall and restructure the doors a while back as well as cut the roof 2" in the front and 2 1/4" in the rear. I do not have those picture files on this device. I do however have fairly comprehensive pictures of the cab restructuring that I am finishing now. The floors, doorjambs, firewall recess and all of the returns so far have taken 62 hours this week. I ended up cutting out the previous front jambs that I had already built. I did not like them at all and decided that they were simply shit.

    So without further ado, here are some photos from this week.

    The hammer form that I had to build to form the jambs. IMG_20160531_120112.jpg IMG_20160531_120112.jpg

    Right rear jamb in place
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    Right door gapped, aligned and tacked in place IMG_20160601_083322.jpg

    View of right front jamb from inside with door in place.
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    View of right rear jamb from inside with door in place. These will be a more modern, pinch weld type that accept a compression type weather strip. IMG_20160601_083406.jpg
    Left rear jamb in place
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  26. Imperial Kustom
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    IMG_20160601_182032.jpg IMG_20160601_182202.jpg This is the right rear door return made up and clamped in place. The returns attach to the door jambs as a pinch and are then bracketed and welded to the cab at the roof, midway down and at the floor. These returns will eventually tie together around the back of the cab.
     
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  27. Imperial Kustom
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    Here are the forward returns being built from paper pattern to a completed part

    First, the paper template.
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    Transferred to 18 gauge and blank cut out
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    And the completed part. IMG_20160602_160311.jpg
     
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  28. Imperial Kustom
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    FB_IMG_1464906230346.jpg IMG_20160602_162053.jpg IMG_20160603_112431.jpg IMG_20160603_112343.jpg IMG_20160603_171743.jpg IMG_20160603_171708.jpg Here are the forward returns made up and installed along with the A-pillar returns. There had to be a step between the two. That is the small part tacked in between.
     
  29. Imperial Kustom
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    And that leaves me where I finished tonight; the floors and extensions. There is still some work to finish on the main floor where the brake pedal comes through and a small, hinged access for the brake reservoir as well as a little more bead rolling to remove any oil canning. I wanted to build a nice round blister for the trans tunnel, but alas, time and budget constraints only allowed for the cheesy square one visible in the photos. Oh well. At least I didn't have to listen to the planishing hammer!

    Left outer floor extension built and clamped in to check fit
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    Floor extensions made up and installed.
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    Toe board flange in place. IMG_20160605_162123.jpg IMG_20160605_205235.jpg IMG_20160605_205254.jpg IMG_20160605_205308.jpg IMG_20160605_205748.jpg IMG_20160605_205825.jpg IMG_20160605_222414.jpg IMG_20160605_222423.jpg Floor pan is a one piece, bolt in affair to allow trans and body mount access. It is held in using Nutserts and stainless fasteners.
     
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  30. Imperial Kustom
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    A few pictures of the new firewall, door structure, the chop and some of the metal finishing in this truck.

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    They still accept the stock door panels and garnish moulding. Garnishes not installed in this pic. IMG_20160606_001826.jpg
     

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