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Old 03-23-2012, 03:06 PM
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1936 Panel truck that needs upholstery

I have a 1936 Panel truck that needs the whole interior bracing and floor pan replaced.

I plan to re-frame it with .75 thin wall square tubing and steel floor pan.

I do have access to a bead roller and tubing bender to do the re-framing and floor pan.

My Question is what would be the best way to prepare or layout the framework to be covered?

I have gotten advice from allow for attaching wood strips to frame, cover frame with thin plywood to do nothing and let the people doing the upholstery figure it out.

Iím hoping for some web site or person that has done something similar like a sedan or panel for some good input or advice before I start.

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Man, I would love to have your problem!!! That old panel would be screaming for a Red Oak floor with stainless strips. The sides and roof would also be finished with contrasting wood and much smaller width stainless trim strips. Sound proofing/insulation on the sides and roof would be a must. I would have a commercial entry/hallway rug to roll out on the floor if I wanted to use it as a hauler it was designed to be.

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1936 Panel truck that needs upholstery Steampunk style

The Red Oak floor is definitely a good idea as it would work well with the theme Iím going for. Which is called (Steampunk: a blend of Victorian era style with a industrial style). Where the items in the truck like heater and air, radio even a built in GPS unit would look like they were designed in a Victorian era. I have included a few concept drawings.

The trick is to do it in a way that it looks good using Victorian era design and blended it with 20th century technology that is camouflaged by the Victorian era look and feel.

The Oak Floor would be put over the floor pan to keep it from being exposed to the weather. With the sides and headliner concealing speaker and duct work.

My Question is what would be the best way to prepare or layout the framework to be covered?
Iím hoping for some web site or person that has done something similar like a sedan or panel for some good input or advice before I start.

ICE
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When we do the pickup beds we use crosspieces made from square tube about 18/20 inches on center and then lay the wood in place and then clamp the wood with the trim strips..Your concept looks good to me..

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I plan to re-frame it with .75 thin wall square tubing and steel floor pan.
Ayuh,.... .750", is 3/4"..... That ain't very Thin...

I'm guessin' ya mean .075"....
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