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Old 08-26-2006, 08:07 PM
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Best steel '32 roadster body?

I built a fiberglass '32 roadster last year and loved it. I think the money I saved going with fiberglass instead of steel body I ended up spending on the extra bodywork required to get it straight. Now I want to build a metal one.

Things that are important to me are hidden hinges, duvall windshield, good looking floor from the bottom, and best panel fit and straightness to save on bodywork. A top is not a priority, so I've ruled out Dearborn because they are more expensive and don't look any better than the others. I think that leaves: brookville, reprosteel, and rodbod.

Anybody have any experience to recommend one over the other?

thanks,
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I kind of get the impression from you question that you may think a new steel 32 is somehow going to require less work. If i am wrong I apologize. Everything I have read and seen about the current crop of steel 32 bodies is that they require a huge amount of work to obtain a near perfect fit and finish. I looked at several at the recent NSRA nationals and I was not too impressed.

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I think that most any reproduction part that you buy is going to require a certain amount of work to get the proper fit. Buying a complete body is just on a larger scale, as it is just a collection of parts. I see several advantages to the metal bodies, as far as quality is concerned, but the work will be there. I am not saying that I have anything against 'Glass bodies, it's just easier for me to work metal than 'Glass. I can also see problems in the construction of metal easier than flaws in 'glass that may be hidden. Some shops may charge different amounts for work on 'glass as apposed to metal bodies also.

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Old 08-27-2006, 08:55 AM
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A good friend of mine bought, received and resold a Rodbods body because it required more bodywork than he wanted to do.
The definition in the beltlines was poor, the door gaps were off alot more than shimming the body would have taken care of, and there were some big sunken areas in the cowl and rear deck.
I didn't think it was all that bad myself. The doorgaps would have been a pain to make right though.

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Um im confused are we restoring an old find?

Or are we building one after market and repop parts?
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I built a fiberglass '32 roadster last year and . I think that leaves: brookville, reprosteel, and rodbod.

Anybody have any experience to recommend one over the other?

thanks,
My Brookville is a '31 and I have to assume that the POS quality of this body is indicative of everything else they build. The '32s that I have seen at their NSRA York Nats display sure are not something that I want to spend in excess of $12K then spend many months and many more dollars trying to fix. I am doing the best I can with the '31, but it will be a lot of compromises as I keep finding more and more discrepancies in their quality every time I work on it. If I had bought the Wescott, 'glass body coupe, I'd have been done last year, instead of next year.
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I have to tell you, after reading this thread this morning I went the Goodguys show and specifically hunted out steel bodies and gave them a "feel". I felt every one there and I have to say, they are REALLY rough. I had the impression that these bodies were like the new parts I deal with everyday at work on late model cars, they are NOT. As Mikey pointed out, VERY poor body lines, door fit, general "waves" and much worse than that most had severe low spots sunken in.

I have only tried to use one of these metal repro early ford parts (other than a few lower body panels on Model A coupes) and that was a Model A front fender. It was so rough, I sent it back and repaired an original bought at a swap meet.

I thought that this was the "old days" as this was 10 years or so ago. But after copping a feel on these bodies, they have not improved one single bit, they are VERY, VERY rough. They would take MANY hours, into a hundred or more I would assume to get them nice enough for my taste.

On the same subject, I checked out one glass body that just knocked me out. It was made by "New Age Motorsports" and was absolutely beautiful! Now, I can not stress enough, I know next to nothing about the fiberglass industry. One 30 minute chat with Mikey (Powerrodsmike) at the show today tells me I know even less than I thought I knew. But this New Age body is absolutely fabulas. It had a very shiney black gel coat and you could see it was VERY straight.

I would look into one of them before the repro steel bodies.

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But after copping a feel on these bodies, they have not improved one single bit, they are VERY, VERY rough. They would take MANY hours, into a hundred or more I would assume to get them nice enough for my taste.

Brian
IF I said this ... I would be called a elitist .... ...and a trouble maker ...
The Brookville bodies are the BEST of the 3 repro steel ones available IMHO ...
Also ... you know the bodies that the manufacturers bring to the NATIONALS are the " better ones " ... and the quality of the ones shipped MAY not be as good ...

Deuce ...
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I would imagine that buying a complete body would be similar to buying replacement sheetmetal. If you get it, and it has damage or poor fit, you are basically stuck with it. I recently got a set of quarterpanel skins for a 67 Barracuda. If I had gotten them locally, I would have refused them, because of the damage, and poor fit. The fact that it took 3 weeks to get them, convinced me to keep them, and make them fit. If it takes several months to get a body, and have to go thru the trouble to send it back, it will cost you a lot of time. Most people will keep them, and make them work. The companies are banking on that, when they ship them. Of course, if they have them at a show, they are going to be higher quality. Easier to show, and sell, if someone wants it then.

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Reprosteel
By far the best
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Member Jim Allen owns the company that distributes Reprosteel bodies.
His is not a totally unbiased opinion.

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Also a 2 year old thread
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Reprosteel
By far the best
Yes but you are the owner of the company....or are you the webmaster for Jim Allen? Which is it this time?
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Great, another company owner or salemanager coming to Hotrodders to hawk his wares. Next thing you know there will be new posters with the subject title "Just received my new ReproSteel body, I am so excited I wet my pants".

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In one of his prior posts, someone who identified himself as Jim Allen's "webmaster" said that the REAL Jim Allen is a very knowledgeable fellow, and he would be here sharing that.

Perhaps if he demonstrated that he was willing to share some of that knowledge with folks who needed technical help it would give his reputation on Hotrodders a boost.

If you go to the "web page created by" link on Jim Allen's homepage, you get an e-commerce shopping mall site.


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