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Old 06-08-2007, 07:06 PM
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1930's-replace w/steel or wood

I have a 1932 chevy and would like to know whether i should replace the burnt wood through out my sedan with a original 32 wood kit (i haver located one cheap for 300)

or should i replace it with steel (i am very capablke of doing this.)

what are the pros and cons

it there any literature or websites that document the route of replacing the car with steel?

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Depends on how your going to build the car Orginal or hot rod etc.
I would do it in a mild stell! alot stronger plus these cars dont weight much as it is love to see some pics
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Old 06-08-2007, 08:27 PM
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What do you mean by "mild" steel. I would like the car to be light but srong engough so that it structurrally strong inthe event of an accident. It will be a hotrod

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Moving on along

I am going to move this to body exterior..What we generally do when replacing the old wood with steel is to use 0.65 wall square tubing in the sizes that we need..We build an interior framework and attach the existing body panels to that frame..

Lots of different sizes of tube are available just pick the ones that you need for this project..

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Wow! What an ambitious project. Hope we get to see more pics as the build progresses.
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If you found someone who supply's wood for older GM's maybe you could post it here. There are always people looking replacement wood. Most people can't find wood so they have no option. The reason GM stayed used wood so long was it's quieter. Thats why they called Fords "tin lizzys"
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I did that once on a 30's Chevy. It took a long time, but boy that car was solid when it was done! I'd say that if a wood kit is available, it will save you LOTS of time. Structural integrity is a whole different issue though, even if you put in steel you have no way to know if what you are doing will perform properly in a collision. If it's that much of a concern, think about a roll cage!
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I have a 1932 chevy and would like to know whether i should replace the burnt wood through out my sedan with a original 32 wood kit (i haver located one cheap for 300)

or should i replace it with steel (i am very capablke of doing this.)

what are the pros and cons

it there any literature or websites that document the route of replacing the car with steel?
I have a 1925 Chevrolet sedan that is still primarily wood and have driven for the past 4 years and believe me it takes constant work keeping everything tight. These wood framed cars were not meant to take the torque the modern motors put out. I am planning on building a 2 door panel delivery body for mine and will make the frame out of square tube and panels no wood for me! If it is to be a hot rod steel is the only way to go. By the way your project dosen't look bad to me I am starting the new body with only the front cowl.
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I have a 1925 Chevrolet sedan that is still primarily wood and have driven for the past 4 years and believe me it takes constant work keeping everything tight. These wood framed cars were not meant to take the torque the modern motors put out. I am planning on building a 2 door panel delivery body for mine and will make the frame out of square tube and panels no wood for me! If it is to be a hot rod steel is the only way to go. By the way your project dosen't look bad to me I am starting the new body with only the front cowl.

That is sure the truth..if it was a 100 point restoration to original then the wood is the way to go..but if it is a hotrod meant to be driven and have a late model motor then go with the steel..

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If you want to turn that Chev into a 2-door, maybe you can get a few ideas from my project at www.geocities.com/dantechfab .Actually, I don't recommend it, it was the crasiest thing I've done. TOOOOO much work. Dan
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What do you mean by (constant work to keep things tight

I'm curious NOT A T 25 what you mean by "constant work to keep things tight" I'm currantly building a 36 Buick with wood and your comment has got me wondering WHAT, WHERE, AND HOW you are doing to keep things tight???
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I have a 32 truck that started out very much like this car. I did the floor in sheet metal, the advantage is that you can take the body on and off without flexing it, cause getting the doors lined up is something you would only want to do once. Having a sheet metal floor in is like having a unibody. The wood in the in interior, I wood (pun) replace with , and I do not know the proper name, but the product is common in the interior business, cardboard like, that is sealed against moisture. As far as preventing injury in an accident (bad luck) steel versa wood, the only way to be effective against that one is a roll cage. never did like splinters, good luck on the build and do not get discouraged, it will be a long but VERY rewarding accomplishment, my truck was complete and all fitted, except for plumbing and wire, now I have torn it back down to the frame and am starting the build and drive phase, the paint part.
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I'm curious NOT A T 25 what you mean by "constant work to keep things tight" I'm currantly building a 36 Buick with wood and your comment has got me wondering WHAT, WHERE, AND HOW you are doing to keep things tight???
As I drive the car the joints loosen up and the doors start to sag and the latches don't work correctly I have had the car apart and tightened it all up and mounted it securely to the frame but still have alignment problems. Hope this clears things up some.
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For those that don't know the wood is the frame of the body and doors. All the steel is either screwed or nailed (yes I said nailed) on to it. The wood is constantly swelling and shrinking as the moisture in the air changes. As well the screws loosen and the nails pull out. Add to this the twisting and shaking of the body due to road conditions and the result is loose body panels and door fit.

Steel is the way to go.
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Steel may be the best way to go, but new wood came with my car and it's easier to use it than try to fab steel. I know what your talking about concerning wood movement with changes in temp and humidity as furniture making is my other hobby. To try and keep this to a minimum I have put a couple coat of outdoor urethane on all wood. If anyone has a reason why this is not a good idea, please post it. I had to make a couple of pieces of wood for this car and it wasn't that hard. I will admit I'm defiantly no metal fabricator but if I had to make some or most of the wood peaces out of steel I'd be lost.
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