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The inside of this car body is basically wood framed. I am working on the front door hinge posts. I have removed all the old rotted wood and have taken the hinges and door off too. Now is the part I need a hint on. Shall I replace it with wood or try to do the job with steel, or with a combination of both? For wood I would use 3/4 inch pressure treated plywood , laminated and glued 3 thicknesses, to 2 and 1/4 inches , the same as original dimensions. Another thought is to put one layer of plywood on because it is easier to work the room for the hinges to go out of the body with wood instead of steel. If I knew how to post a pic of it I would, and I will take pics of it today, and try to post them, then it is easier to understand what I am working on. Of course nothing is a straight piece , and all must be cut to fit, wood or steel.

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The inside of this car body is basically wood framed. I am working on the front door hinge posts. I have removed all the old rotted wood and have taken the hinges and door off too. Now is the part I need a hint on. Shall I replace it with wood or try to do the job with steel, or with a combination of both? For wood I would use 3/4 inch pressure treated plywood , laminated and glued 3 thicknesses, to 2 and 1/4 inches , the same as original dimensions. Another thought is to put one layer of plywood on because it is easier to work the room for the hinges to go out of the body with wood instead of steel. If I knew how to post a pic of it I would, and I will take pics of it today, and try to post them, then it is easier to understand what I am working on. Of course nothing is a straight piece , and all must be cut to fit, wood or steel.
You have hit on one of the main reasons that early Chevy's didn't share the same popularity as other early pre-war cars.

Is this a restoration? If it is, I would stick with the laminated wood (not today's plywood). If it's going to be a Street Rod with anything other than a 1933 Chevy engine, I would use metal and use the original wood pieces as a template.

Pictures would be great, I've had nothing but trouble trying to post pictures...I'm sure it's me though...not to great when it comes to computers.

What you have described here with all the wood on a 22 Chevy is the reason that my favorite year for pre-war Chevy's is the 37. First year that the use of wood was negligible...I love the 37 front grill too.

Ray
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I did a 33 master sedan, I kept all the wood from the lower doors up, I just made templates and cut from kiln dried ash, the joints were finger cut and glued with resorsinal glue, the lower perimeter was replaced with steel, with a boxed frame. All in all it was a lot or work but fairley easy, body did not flex at all when done, doors fit as originaly done in 33, closed easy and with a defnate thud..
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