The Jalopy Journal
Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Paul, Jul 20, 2010.
Looking good, Paul!
Looken good Paul, wheres the cage?
Lookin' good! Are you doing the sheet metal with mig or tig?
probably not a bad idea, this one just might fly
using a mig on this one, it's just too easy, and I'm lazy.
although I did think about doing a post on gas welding..
maybe on the next bit, there will be plenty more sheet metal to weld..
'started working on one of the deck sides,
this one had been hit and pounded out and leaded sometime in the last 80+ years
I removed the lead and cleaned the area
and started working the wrinkles out
shrunk some of the high area
work some more
shrink some more
slowly it turned, step by step, it's getting closer.. and closer..
Thanks Paul. I'll try to measure up my decklid tonight. Mine's from Howell's. I didn't have the patience to wait for an original to come up, so plonked down the cash for the inner and outer skin separate. I had planned on punhcing louvres but seeing as I wanted a functional trunk I figured that was plain stupid.
thank you, I've been very close to giving them a call more than a few times
very nice work paul.
I like what you got going on there. I have most of the parts for my '27 but have to finish my truck first. So helpful to see your tutorial on all the parts I also have to replace, etc. Looking forward to starting it someday. I measured my original decklid. 34 5/16 wide x 26 5/8 high(convex)
Shiny just beat me to it.....i just measured my decklid. 679mm from lowest fold to the upper fold.....I'm in a hurry to hit the hay before I hit the road for the snow tomorrow otherwise I'd do the inches conversion!
thank you both!
ironed out the wrinkled corner a bit more
removed the T strip and gutters from this and the donor side,
will have to do some repair to the donor pieces to get them presentable..
and started repairing the bottom edge with new sheetmetal
u the man paul. i am working on a 27 roadster side project for a buddy i rarely touch it. but iv been saveing most of your pictures so i can try an make the body just right. i still have to find one to measure. befor i start. but looking good cant wate to see more.
Very nice Paul. Excelent work!
If you buy a complete deck lid from Howell's like I did throw away the frame and use the skin. Mine was so bad it couldn't be used. I was pissed that I wasted money on the complete lid very stupid.--TV
here's a couple pictures of the bottom edge and corner before
interestingly the sheet metal on the donor was worse along the edges,
but most of the inner bracing was worth salvaging,
the opposite was true of this one,
the bracing was in sad shape but the sheetmetal was for the most part, better
I'll use a combo of the best junk I have..
drilled the rivets on both T strips and gutters,
bottom patch goes in just like any other,
layout, cut, fit, tack, weld, grind
with lots of checking and gentle persusion along the way..
also cut a chunk of the reveal along the wheel well to patch the piece removed at the rear bottom
started coaxing it into place, obviously needs a bit more gentle persuasion to get in line..
clamped the T strip, gutter and bottom brace in to check
that's it for now,
gotta go play with the grandkids
I was thinking of buying just the inner frame thinking the skin would be easier to make,
this makes me think I'll either have to find an original or make the whole thing myself..
Panel work looks great!
think I'll name it Patches
after J.P. Patches the clown
I've never been a fan of T's until just this week when I found a KILLER deal on one. Now I'm watching intently, learning all I can and falling in love!
Not to rob your thread, but mine is a very nice steel body that was built in the late 70's. It has early Ford drums and axle, hairpins, Saginaw box and an early 9" rear. Needs a radiator, motor, trans, drive shaft, floors and wires, but I'll just HAVE to give it more love than that.
Keep up the food work, I'll be watching and learning!
I'll check the larder
I'd wanted a '26/7 T Roadster for a long time
every once in a while a nice complete original car would come up,
but for more money than I would have at the time
when a bare body would appear it was always too rough and for too much money
finally I decided I may as well piece one together
over the stretch of about a year I gathered most of two bodies and a bit more
almost all very rough, but relatively cheap
this is what the pile looked like about a year ago
I drug it all outside and started piecing it together
cowl and driver's door from a Touring,
Roadster seat back, driver's bun panel, subrails from mid door and one deck side from a second car
and passenger door, bun panel and deck side from a third
throw in a minimum of store bought patch panels and I had the beginnings of a car
unfortunately I took very few pictures of the beginning,
but here is one from last September
it really doesn't show how bad the parts really are
what I saved really was all there was worth saving here
This is rally inspiring that your patching everything together and working with rough stuff to make it beautiful. Gives us hope.
I dig it, coming out awesome and thanks for sharing... makes me yearn to get back to my build
Thanks for the inspiration!
Wow, you have fantastic metal skills! Keep posting!
You sir, are a classic.
I wonder how many of these little literary treats are sprinkled throughout the HAMB.
That is looking really good
took a minute to patch the bottom corner of this same deck side
pounded out a piece of steel
trimmed it to fit
marked for cut
tack, grind, shape.. sound familiar?
weld it all up, work it into shape and clean
and this deck side is almost done..
Damn, Paul, I wish I had the skills you have. I gotta finish re-doing my garage; my T is in pieces in the corner. I have almost all the patches cut and fit, ready to weld in. We did the corners like you did above from Howell's, and the panels above and below the decklid(not in these photos), but the top patches on the sides will have to be hand made. That will be tough.
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