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Old 04-30-2005, 01:58 PM
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How do I rebuild the window well on my 41 Chebbie

My project got sidetracked when I took the quarter windows out of my 41 Chevy 2 door sedan. Rust. Bad rust. I have removed the worst side in order to work on it.

Does anybody know who might have NOS pieces to replace these? As far as I can tell, no one is making them now.

Any thoughts on how to build panels to replace/patch these. I have limited metal working tools and even less experience.
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Old 04-30-2005, 04:33 PM
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Hi redsdad,

The pieces could be made or better yet you could learn to make them yourself. If Randy Ferguson would pop in here he could probably provide some detail on what to do. Check http://www.hotrodders.com/t54665.html for an example of his work.

Also http://www.metalmeet.com/ is a great place to learn metal shaping.

It doesn't look like the pieces will be seen once the interior is in so they might be good repairs to try your hand at metal repair.

Don't despair it is fixable. It's only metal.

Have fun.
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I agree, make your own. These pieces aren't critical they need to function and be dimensionally correct but are covered and unseen when the interior is assembled. Or you could install the glass with adhesive making them nonfunctional-no more water running in your quarters and rockers this way. Bob
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and if after Randy gives ya an idea how to fix it & ur still lost or just dont want to try to fix it urself, then try this guy Metalman . in that link it shows stuff he makes for the old GMC/Chevy trucks, BUT he does lots more then that....joe
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Bob nailed it! Your local sheetmetal shop should be able to fab a piece easily.
It doesn't need the radiused corners and fancy stamped beading. Don't forget the drain!!!

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Randy,

Are you saying I don't need the beads? Or are the 1/2" ones I can roll sufficient. I figured I would curve the long corner and box the ends. That would limit the length of corner for water to collect. This box is also seam resistance welded to the other panel. I figure spot welds or even skip fillets and a high quality seam sealer would accomplish the same if not better. I hope to give it a try this weekend. The drain will definitely be there. There is a hole in the top of the rocker panel. I am assuming that at one time there was a hose running from the drain to a grommet in the rocker hole.

If they don't look too bad, I'll post photos.
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You can build it as simple, or elaborate as you wish. If you can put beading in it, great. I'm sure it'll work fine! You might want to consider using panel bonding adhesive to join it to the mating surface.

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