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Projects Old 32 Ford Hot Rod gets "Updated"...Part II (Racing History, added 06-29-15)

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by NealinCA, Feb 2, 2014.

  1. NealinCA
    Joined: Dec 12, 2001
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    I am just getting back on this project after a couple of years. This is where I left off...

    http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=689457&highlight=boudakian

    As you may remember, the old Fordor was raced by the Boudakian Brothers in the late 50's...

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    The car had been rear-ended at some point and needed rear frame horns replaced.

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    I thought I could weld on some horns without pulling the body. When I dug into it, I found the frame damage was worse than expected and that the body was going to need to come off. That took the wind out of my sail and the project was pushed into the corner.

    The right rear rail actually needed to be cut off and replaced ahead of the crossmember and the crossmember needed to be replaced as well. I figured the best way to do this would be to build a frame jig. I borrowed a friends "good" original frame and started building. The borrowed frame appeared to be nice and straight, but as I started pulling center lines and measuring, it needed a little tweaking itself. After I straightened the so-called "good" frame, I came up with this.






     
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  2. NealinCA
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    With the frame jig built, I pushed the car out of the corner yesterday.


    and within an hour or so, I had the body loose...



    I had picked up some cut off 32 rails, so I threw together a body cart...



    Here's the body off and ready to tear the chassis apart.



    It came apart pretty quickly as well...



    And we were able to get the frame squared up in the jig and ready to start on the repairs..



    Here's the ugly part...



    Now it's time for the real work to begin.

    Neal
     
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  3. T&A Flathead
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    That is a cool 4 door, that deserves to be back hit'in the pavement

    Looks good.
     
  4. 3wLarry
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    dude...seriously...don't put those fenders back on. :)

    and are those brass tag guide 903 J's? hmm?
     
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  5. ss34coupe
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    very cool hot rod!
     
  6. NealinCA
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    Yes, they are brass tag, original paint 903 J's...and as cool as it looks without fenders, they are going back on. If I didn't have pics of it as a full-fendered hot rod in the 50's, it might be a different story.

    Neal
     
  7. fortynut
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    I love Deuce 4Doors with fenders and want one with a chauffeur to drive me around!!!
     
  8. onedge
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    "so I threw together a body cart..."
    Safe sound mobile. That's the way to do it.
     
  9. Tuck
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    In the last couple years I've really taken a liking to 32-34 four doors... seen some really nice examples lately. This is gonna be cool!
     
  10. fab32
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    Gotta believe this one is in good hands. If anyone hasn't seen Neil's work do yourself a favor and search some of his previous builds.
    OH! Larry, they don't all have to lose the fenders:eek::rolleyes::cool::D

    Frank
     
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  11. 3wLarry
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    ...:p
     
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  12. fab32
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    You always did have a way with words.:)

    Frank
     
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  13. Looks like this build is gonna make me regret selling my 4 door.:rolleyes: HRP
     
  14. turbodickie
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    Neal: Great looking 4 door. Dickie
     
  15. metal man
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    and are those brass tag guide 903 J's? hmm?[/QUOTE]


    Are the 903 J's with the brass tags something special? I just picked up a pair locally that are going on my tub, didn't think much of it. I just like the size.
     
  16. 3wLarry
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    Are the 903 J's with the brass tags something special? I just picked up a pair locally that are going on my tub, didn't think much of it. I just like the size.[/QUOTE]Brass tag lights were made from 1936-1942. When WWII broke out, they needed brass for munitions. The tags were then made from steel or aluminum.
     
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  17. metal man
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    Cool...thanks. I learn something new every day.:D
     
  18. 4 banger 4 life
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    Cool ass build nice start..
     
  19. Jim P
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    Can't wait. I have always enjoyed your projects.
    Jim
     
  20. metal man
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    Neal, your RPU build thread is one of my favorites on here. I can't wait to see this one come together.
     
  21. brady1929
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    Very nice Neal
     
  22. Rusty
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  23. scotti32
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    Very cool 4 door.
     
  24. thewildturkey46
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    I'm watching this close.......it looked so cool before you started (escept the rear view) I'm doing a fordor now and just decided to ditch the fenders....are you listening 3WLarry?? Keep use updated. Dale
     
  25. bonesy
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    The car has to have fenders. Looking great.
     
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  26. NealinCA
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    Cut the damaged rail off and drilled the crossmember out of the other rail...


    Got the new pieces of rail tacked in place...


    And mocked up the rear crossmember.


    It's a late (narrow) crossmember, so I need to make some reinforcing plates to go in the kickup to take up the width. This is probably a good idea anyway, since the rails are spliced there.

    That's it for this weekend, and I sure am glad I built the frame jig. It is making easy work of fixing this frame.

    Neal
     
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  27. You do great work, and that's all I got to say.
     
  28. HotRodMicky
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    How wide is a narrow crossmember?
     
  29. Stovebolt
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    x 2 please
     
  30. 3wLarry
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    I hear ya Dale...Hey Neal...looky here. :) 4door1.jpg 4door2.jpg
     
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