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Projects Repairing an abused & wrecked 5-window coupe

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Rocket's Hot Rod Garage, Apr 12, 2017.

  1. The owner thought I should share some of the work we've been doing on his '32 5-winder. The car was a kinda finished car with a troubled past. The history is not clear but It's had a rough life. He's been driving & enjoying the car for a coupe of years but on his way home from the previous Deuce Days run he was ran off the road by a steal truck causing some damage. He asked if we could help... IMG_2419.JPG IMG_2420.JPG IMG_2429.JPG
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  2. Ya know, I'll never understand why some drivers just have to be in a hurry. Looks like you're going to be at this for a while. Good luck with the repairs. Oh, I'll keep the owner in my prayers.

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  3. brady1929
    Joined: Sep 30, 2006
    Posts: 8,628


    Good luck. I will be watching.

  4. Thankfully the owner & his wife where fine. Sounds like his wife doesn't want to ride in the car anymore once it's done though.
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  5. I can understand why.

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  6. BJR
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 6,994


    The door and quarter doesn't look that bad, why the new parts. Have seen way worse fixed here in build threads. Or is there a lot of damage that doesn't show?
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  7. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 27,012

    Jalopy Joker

    best part is that they did not get hurt - yes, very scary when put in a situation like that - like riding a horse, when you fall off need to get right back on - what info do you need to help figure out repairs?
  8. mike bowling
    Joined: Jan 1, 2013
    Posts: 3,556

    mike bowling

    I'm thinking the same thing.............
  9. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 29,563


    Glad to see that he finally got it in your shop to be repaired. I believe that the story was that the semi wanted the lane the coupe was in and crowded them into the barrier .

    This photo was taken the first time I saw the car at Rockets open house a couple of years ago.
    Last edited: Apr 12, 2017
  10. Valid question. The quarter in question was way bad before we fixed it in the past. This was before new UPI quarters where available. The chop on the door was very crude & never fit right. The owner requested that we replace the quarter and door.
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  11. Yes, that story is correct.
  12. ididntdoit1960
    Joined: Dec 13, 2011
    Posts: 1,013

    from Western MA

    can i have the scrap quarter and door lol....
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  13. Quarter, window & tail panel off.

    17902947_10211114481532347_859946117_o.jpg 17916198_10211114482812379_949711646_o.jpg 17916840_10211114483492396_1950919477_o.jpg
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  14. 17916380_10211114523733402_1014994847_o.jpg deck fit.JPG old seam.JPG

    New UPI quarter fit & mocked up. These new UPI parts are exceptional in fit and stamping quality.
  15. We made a template of the old window shape and chopped the new quarter window on the bench, then fit it to the car.

    quarter window UPI chop 1.jpg

    Check out that old leaded up seam on the back of the top.

    Tom's '32 quarter window metal finished.jpg quarter window tacked.JPG
  16. edcodesign
    Joined: Mar 30, 2007
    Posts: 4,166


    Nice start, good luck .
  17. Y Block ECZ
    Joined: Apr 5, 2012
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    Y Block ECZ

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  19. Jeff Norwell
    Joined: Aug 20, 2003
    Posts: 13,302

    Jeff Norwell
    Staff Member

  20. Flop could of fixed it.;)
    It's sad but some will say it's not a real 32 anymore. I still like it.
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  21. Still have half a real '32! Is that like only halfway kissing your sister?
  22. The quarter all wrapped up.

    IMG_3077.JPG qtr. finshed 2.jpg Finished qaurter.JPG qtr. windoe finsihed 1.jpg
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  23. Thanks for the kind words so far. We're glad the owner decided to let us fix the car right & try to make it better than it was.

    There was also quite a bit of work that needed done on the top area above the drip rail. The pass. door never really fit right before. We had to move the post forward and in at the bottom to correct this. We think the car might have been on it's top at some point in it's life.
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  24. Great work man. You make it look so easy
  25. Hot Rods Ta Hell
    Joined: Apr 20, 2008
    Posts: 4,288

    Hot Rods Ta Hell

    Nice work. Looks really straight now.
    Don't toss the old door and quarter. You'll have plenty of folks that will put them to use.
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  26. Lol I guess when you got a smoking hit sister that would be ok. But I don't so it would more like kissing a brother.:oops:
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  27. Nice work, Looks good what color will it get sprayed???? I like the red oxide
  28. Thanks Chris. Mike has been doin' most of the work on this one. He's doing a fine job.

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