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Technical Switching From A Wood Structure To A Steel Structure In A Model A Ford Body

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Scotch Buzzard King, Sep 23, 2020.

  1. I'm finally getting to a point where I can start assembling my Model A Coupe from parts collected to an actual car. I have enough to build a five window coupe. My problem is that its a 1928-29. The parts I have are mostly Sports Coupe/Special Coupe items.

    I know I'm not reinventing the wheel here. I know some of you guys have replaced the wood supports in your coupes to metal tube framing for rigidity. If I were restoring a stock car, I'd use a wood support kit. I'm not doing that. I want something that will last as long as I do.

    If you have pictures of your metal structures with which you've replaced the wood, I'd love to see them.
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  2. Not a Model A but you get the idea. Chevys have a LOT of wood... image.jpeg
  3. Mat Thrasher
    Joined: Nov 5, 2007
    Posts: 1,156

    Mat Thrasher

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    It’s not an A but here’s what I’m doing for my deuce Tudor. It’s just 18 gauge formed on my brake, shrinker/stretcher, and dimple dies.

    I had the same thought. I could of bought the full wood kit but I wanted a different look. I’m not running any interior and all of this will be exposed. Plus I didn’t feel like dropping the extra $1000 or so in the full kit. I did keep the roof wood for a contrast.

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  4. Wow! You guys have talent!
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  5. denis4x4
    Joined: Apr 23, 2005
    Posts: 3,557

    from Colorado

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    I did a steel roof on my ‘29 CCPU with a 6-1/2” stretch. Redid it in wood. Some steel, but a lot of repro wood pieces and some custom white oak pieces I fabricated 01EE54B0-1467-49CC-89DB-79983BFCD636.jpeg DDE40AF3-29CC-4613-AD2C-B01402B5B87E.jpeg
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  6. goldmountain
    Joined: Jun 12, 2016
    Posts: 2,235


    You could check that old Chevy site somewhere on here - something to do with termites. That has a lot of information about replacing wood.
  7. goldmountain
    Joined: Jun 12, 2016
    Posts: 2,235


    "Termites and Bowties"
  8. From that page:



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  9. Looks familiar ;)
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