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Technical Welding in a Walden insert Model A Coupe.

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  1. Raunchy
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    I will soon be welding in the Walden Insert on a 30 Model A coupe. I found a thread on here where a guy called Grits said you can weld the insert in THEN put your wood in. The thread he referred to is gone. Has anyone actually done this? I would like access to work the welds which is not possible with the wood in. Also if you have done one did you set the insert down in the recess on the top and it sets on the tack strip or cut the roof to fit the insert and butt weld it? I want to retain the wood and paint the inside of the roof. It would be easier to do without the wood in.

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  2. Happydaze
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    Can't you work out how or if you could get the wood back in with the top welded in?

    I can't comment on an insert on an A but to the best of my knowledge all Bobby's inserts are for flush fitting. Only this last weekend I eventually summonsed up the courage to remove the tack strip on my 3w to commence my install. Have some final trimming to do and will soon be welding! I'll be putting the wood back in but on a 3w that can be done from inside.

    You could always ask Bobby anyway! Super helpful and approachable guy if you don't already know him.

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  3. Raunchy
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    Nobody can help on this?
     
  4. wahoo
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    On the Walden speed shop website, there is a tutorial on how to chop a '32. In the last episode, they weld in one of his roof inserts. Definitely worth watching the whole series.
     
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  7. Raunchy
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    I watched the #20 of the 32 chop and it shows the basics of doing one on the 32 but I would still like to know if someone put the wood back in after the top is on? On a model A.
     
  8. clem
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    Are you referring to all the wood, or just the cross braces/tack strips that hold the netting up ?

    FWIW , on my 32, we just welded our own steel insert in, whilst the perimeter wood was left in place.
    All the cross bracing ( or whatever it is called) was missing. I don’t intend to replace it at this point, but don’t understand why with a little forethought and planning and maybe modifications, it couldn’t be done.
     
  9. Mr T body
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    Here's a pic of the top replacement on my '31 that shows the bows. As you can see, if you weld in an insert first you won't be able to put the bows in from the top and secure them as the factory did.
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  10. If it is a solid roof, why do you need the wood bows, they were there to hold up the chicken wire? You can make some sort of headliner bows that bolt in the sides if you need it for upholstery.
     
  11. Never2low
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    @flt-blk is right. You really shouldn't need any of the top braces, but if you want to add one or two, for something to attach a head liner to, then cut them short and add an end that bolts to the side rails.
    Like this;

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  12. Raunchy
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    I was worried about burning the wood where the top tacks down but I think the insert may be outside of that. And I can put it in afterwards that's the plan. Thanks for all the suggestions.
     
  13. akoutlaw
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    Please take pics & post them along the way. I am interested in seeing what you are doing.
     
  14. Mr T body
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    I hope you are not thinking you can get rid of all the top wood just because you are welding in an insert. The header is what the visor is attached to and the the door fit is determined by the side wood attachment to the header. Nailing the side panels to the side wood also adds rigidity. If you get rid of the wood, SOMETHING will have to retain the door fit (at a minimum). There's really good reasons all that wood is there (and not just because tooling was not very advanced back then).
     
  15. nochop
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    Is that metal under the bows?
     

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