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Old Chevys are full of wood bracing!

My "35" Chevy coupe is full of wood supports around the doors and the window openings. I want to remove some the wood so I can hammer out some bullet holes from the inside.

Anyone have a clever way other than a crow bar?
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One can use a die grinder and cut the fasteners..then put new ones in when you replace the wood..Be careful some of that wood may look good but is dry rotted from age..

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why not use a slide hammwe with the propper attachment and not have to remove the wood I saw a kit a few weeks ago at the Cummins tool sale for about $10

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ha, i was just reading street rodder mag, last months issue, and they had an article about chopping a 33-34 ford, but to get to the point in the article they mentioned that a big reason you see more 30s fords rodded than chevys was because the fords had a steel interior structure rather than wood. not to mention that ford produced over 2x as many coupes in 33-34 (88k to 36k i think)
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And yet Chevy still out sold Ford. Amazing isn't it? THe wood was to promote a more quiet ride, but unfortunately it also didn't last very long.

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see i didnt know that, I had no idea that the wood was sound deadening as well. I find the whole wood thing pretty interesting, but with my experience i ont think i would go jumping into one because i hardly know anything about metal work so far, wood work too, id be stuffing my brain haha.

very interesting though. thanks alot
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You've heard the term "tin lizzy" in reference to 30's Fords? That's where the name came from. I love old Ford's but am a CHevy guy at heart. Fords were used more often than any other to "hotrod" because there were so many of them and they were cheaper to get.

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I think Chevy quit the wood thing in 37
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IMHO your not going to get it out and be able to put it back in. The wood pieces are screwed together and nailed in. You can take the screws out and pull the nails. Take the wood out and do your repairs but the nail holes or wood will probable not hold nails again. you'll have to bend the metal around the door windows a little to get the wood out but it's screwed together not glued so it does come apart. the metal can be bent back into place no problem. I got my doors (36 Buick) with the old wood out and new wood in a box. put the new wood in and out a couple of times sorting it out. It wasn't an easy task but is do able. Putting the old stuff back in would be easier because it has probably shrunk some. I doubt you'll get a nice tight fit that will give the door much support when your done, and after all thats what it's there for.
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