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Projects the '27 Roadster saga

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Paul, Jul 20, 2010.

  1. attitudor
    Joined: Sep 28, 2004
    Posts: 2,975

    from Finland

    Looking good, Paul!
  2. marshall
    Joined: Mar 19, 2001
    Posts: 746

    from tacoma/wa.

    Looken good Paul, wheres the cage?
  3. need louvers ?
    Joined: Nov 20, 2008
    Posts: 12,906

    need louvers ?

    Lookin' good! Are you doing the sheet metal with mig or tig?
  4. Paul
    Joined: Aug 29, 2002
    Posts: 15,164


    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..
  5. Paul
    Joined: Aug 29, 2002
    Posts: 15,164


    '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..

    Last edited: Oct 26, 2014
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  6. 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.
  7. Paul
    Joined: Aug 29, 2002
    Posts: 15,164


    thank you, I've been very close to giving them a call more than a few times
  8. lazyv8
    Joined: May 24, 2004
    Posts: 577


    very nice work paul.
  9. shinysideup
    Joined: Sep 1, 2008
    Posts: 1,627

    from ruskin, fl

    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)
  10. 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!
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  11. Paul
    Joined: Aug 29, 2002
    Posts: 15,164


    thank you both!
  12. Paul
    Joined: Aug 29, 2002
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    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

    Last edited: Oct 26, 2014
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  13. Pat Pryor
    Joined: May 28, 2007
    Posts: 1,877

    Pat Pryor

    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.
  14. PeteFromTexas
    Joined: Apr 4, 2007
    Posts: 3,837


    Very nice Paul. Excelent work!
  15. TV
    Joined: Aug 28, 2002
    Posts: 1,451


    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
  16. Paul
    Joined: Aug 29, 2002
    Posts: 15,164


    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 :)
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2014
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  17. Paul
    Joined: Aug 29, 2002
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    that sucks.

    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..
  18. Panel work looks great!
  19. Paul
    Joined: Aug 29, 2002
    Posts: 15,164


    think I'll name it Patches
    after J.P. Patches the clown

    Last edited: Oct 26, 2014
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  20. daddio211
    Joined: Aug 26, 2008
    Posts: 5,998


    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!
  21. Paul
    Joined: Aug 29, 2002
    Posts: 15,164


    I'll check the larder
  22. Paul
    Joined: Aug 29, 2002
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    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

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  23. JeffreyJames
    Joined: Jun 13, 2007
    Posts: 16,612

    from SUGAR CITY

    This is rally inspiring that your patching everything together and working with rough stuff to make it beautiful. Gives us hope.

    Nice work.
  24. Coupe-De-CAB
    Joined: Sep 30, 2004
    Posts: 2,098

    from Nor Cal

    I dig it, coming out awesome and thanks for sharing... makes me yearn to get back to my build:)
    Thanks for the inspiration!
  25. kisam
    Joined: Feb 28, 2005
    Posts: 1,920


    Wow, you have fantastic metal skills! Keep posting!
  26. You sir, are a classic.
    I wonder how many of these little literary treats are sprinkled throughout the HAMB.
  27. 42 chevy
    Joined: Nov 1, 2006
    Posts: 623

    42 chevy

    That is looking really good
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  29. Paul
    Joined: Aug 29, 2002
    Posts: 15,164


    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..

    Last edited: Oct 26, 2014
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  30. 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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