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Projects Putting metal in doors.

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by homer2, Jun 29, 2020 at 2:38 PM.

  1. homer2
    Joined: Nov 11, 2019
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    homer2

    Hello. I am ready to start on my doors. 1933 Chevy. The wood is pretty much gone. Does anybody have any close up pictures of how they replaced the wood with metal. I would like to get some ideas.
    Thanks for any help.
     
  2. sloppy jalopies
    Joined: Jun 29, 2015
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    sloppy jalopies
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    I replaced the structural body wood in my '33 ford three window with steel...
    made the tubes 3/8" narrower [left-right] than stock, then got some 3/8" hardwood trim from lowes,
    drilled and countersunk the wood and then tapped the tubes to 10-32...
    countersunk 10-32 screws anchor the wood to the tubes
    it will give the upholsterer some wood to nail to... HIH.
     
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  3. homer2
    Joined: Nov 11, 2019
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    homer2

    Got any pictures? Thanks
     
  4. sloppy jalopies
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    sloppy jalopies
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    Did that in 1991... 14 years before I was forced to take on a computer...
    want me to draw something ? … I will...
     
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  5. error404
    Joined: Dec 11, 2012
    Posts: 247

    error404
    Member
    from CA

    Someone before me replaced the wood in my doors (and A pilar) with metal on my 33 Chevy pickup. I'm in the process of replacing all the rest of the wood structure inside with metal now too. A lot of the truck isn't very HAMB friendly, but I'll snap some photos of the doors tonight after work.

    Is yours a truck or a car? I don't know if they are different or not.
     
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2020 at 5:44 PM
  6. Funny you should ask this. I just today took some photos of my 34 Chevy door and B post to show another member how I installed Bear Jaw latches without letting them interfere with the Window Glass for his Model A project. I sent the photos in a P.M. Sounds like you could use a peek at the same photo. I hand built everything that had been wood out of 16 gauge Sheetmetal. I put the striker Pin in the Door and the latch in the B Post. This is not a small undertaking!

    P.S. I don't think like normal people or follow directions very well.
    20200630_080406.jpg 20200630_080426.jpg
     
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  7. I don't know the interchange of doors but I have a unopened box of replacement wood for a 34 2 door Standard sedan. If that wood kit would do you any good send me a P.M.
     
  8. southcross2631
    Joined: Jan 20, 2013
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    southcross2631
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    I did mine in 1965 . No pictures and I was 15 and figured it out. I used square tubing and sheet metal and gas welded it all because my old man got pissed when I burned up his small stick welding rods.
    I got metal coat hangers from the truck stop that was next door.
     
  9. homer2
    Joined: Nov 11, 2019
    Posts: 15

    homer2

    Did you eliminate the vent windows? Looks like I might be able to use some of your work as a starting place. Thanks
     
  10. homer2
    Joined: Nov 11, 2019
    Posts: 15

    homer2

    I am pretty sure the doors on my 33 and your 34 are different. Would have to make adjustments to the kit. So maybe someone else could use what you have. Thanks
     
  11. homer2
    Joined: Nov 11, 2019
    Posts: 15

    homer2

    Mine is a car. But what I am looking for are some ideas. Thanks
     
  12. When this project came to me there were No vent windows at all with it and after searching for 3 years for anything worth working with the decision to do one piece door glass was easy to make. If you would like I can take you better pictures of the Doors. I can tell you this, this was no walk in the park and most that hire me would say my Skill level is better than most. I'll also say I'm not interested in trying to do it again. Once is enough.
     
  13. error404
    Joined: Dec 11, 2012
    Posts: 247

    error404
    Member
    from CA

    Here's the driver door on my 33 chevy pickup.

    IMG_20200630_194402.jpg IMG_20200630_194213.jpg IMG_20200630_194146.jpg IMG_20200630_194043.jpg IMG_20200630_194031.jpg
     
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  14. homer2
    Joined: Nov 11, 2019
    Posts: 15

    homer2

  15. homer can you post a photo of your doors?
     
  16. WB69
    Joined: Dec 7, 2008
    Posts: 1,184

    WB69
    Member

    I did it on my 29 Murray 4 door. No pictures though, computer crashed and ate them. Just started in and formed every piece. Was time consuming but the outcome was worth it!
     
  17. error404 Did the inside door handle on your truck stay in that location? Looks like it would be just about at the seat back location.
     
  18. error404
    Joined: Dec 11, 2012
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    error404
    Member
    from CA

    I've not moved the handle, that's how it was when I got the truck. Is it normally farther forward?
     
    Last edited: Jul 1, 2020 at 4:49 PM
  19. I don't know those trucks in stock form well enough to answer that. It just seems further back than what I would expect and I'm not aware of anything else that has the inside handle actually fastened to the latch in that fashion.
     

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