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TECH: Fitting A 31 Cowl To A 32 Frame

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by D-Russ, Jan 24, 2007.

  1. To mount my 31 A body onto my 32 frame, I had to channel the body slightly so the body's flat subrails would fit the graceful curve of the frame. Once I did this, the bottom front corner of the cowl hung down over the frame about 3/4 of an inch, and I thought it conflicted with the flowing lines of the deuce frame. Since I needed to put patch panels in the lower cowl anyway, I decided to address both issues at the same time.

    I made a simple pattern that flowed upward with the shape of the frame.

    Next, I transferred the new shape to the patch panel and made a few cuts.

    After a little welding and grinding, I had a new curved patch panel.

    I then fit the panel to the cowl and welded it in. Here you can see how much the lower body line will be moved up.

    Next, I cut off the remainder of the lower cowl and moved it up to align with the patch. You can see how the original body line is cut and bent down to line up with the new body line on the patch panel.

    A little more welding and grinding (plus a future skim coat of filler) and it's done.
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2017
  2. abonecoupe31
    Joined: Aug 11, 2005
    Posts: 696

    from Michigan

    I saw this done years ago, but they usee a patch panel from a 32 Ford to get the curved section...
  3. RodLand
    Joined: Dec 19, 2005
    Posts: 369


    Very good, I will use this trick on my 30 coupe when I find my Round Tuit.:eek:
  4. Kevin Lee
    Joined: Nov 12, 2001
    Posts: 7,392

    Kevin Lee
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    Yup, one of the first cars I really looked at up close had the same thing done with a '32 patch panel. And sodbuster, if you're reading this it is your boss' roadster I'm talking about.
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  5. Mike Paul
    Joined: Oct 10, 2003
    Posts: 930

    Mike Paul

    Did you pinch the rails? Do you have any pics of the cowl foot from the inside? Thanks.....Mike
  6. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 18,564

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

    great post.
  7. Rolf
    Joined: Jul 23, 2002
    Posts: 1,831


    Druss, looks great, love the curved part. Looks like Henry did it.

    I had to clean up my server, the pix should be back now.
  8. sololobo
    Joined: Aug 23, 2006
    Posts: 7,852


    Love those Vicky cars. I have a neighbor with a minty 31 that makes me drool when I drive by it. Really nice work on this dandy. Rock on dude. ~sololobo~
  9. Sky Pilot
    Joined: Jun 30, 2010
    Posts: 679

    Sky Pilot

    a real craftsman br:cool:ther !
  10. charlieb66
    Joined: Apr 18, 2011
    Posts: 549


    In the last photo, the patch panel bead appears to be somewhat wider than the door bead. How will you address this? Also, if you are working on a Coupe, the door bottoms are not straight. Replacement cowl panels are mostly crap.

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