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Old 12-29-2010, 08:50 AM
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please help 1932 chevy 4dr. sedan body question?

Hi I am new to the forum and iam just really in a situation here. I just bought my 32 chvy 4dr sedan and the interior was very nice but the car did need some work. I was told the doors didnt shut properly because they needed to be adjusted but once i tore off some of the interior carpet i realized it isnt the doors at all. all the wood is rotted out making the body not square. Does anyone have maybe some measurements like wheel well to wheel well or center door piller to center door piller etc. or input on how i could square the body up. thanks everyone for your help.

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The only proper way to fix your problem is to replace the wood structure in the body. This guy can supply you with everything you'll need to replace your wood. By the way, the reason you don't see all that many early Chevy's around was because of the wood inner structure of the bodies. Ford used wood but most of the body structure was steel.

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i did a 32 buick some years back. not really as bad as it sounds. just remember you build from the rear forward. meaning you square the rear door to the body, set the b pillar , then align the front door to the b pillat . shimming the cowl will align the front door.
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thanks everyone if anyone happens to come across anymore info let me know thanks
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Also - many folks that build/restore the early Chevys make up steel frames for many of the areas that originally had wood. While wood is the "correct" way for a true restoration, you will still have rot - again, eventually
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Thing is that the "GM" (Chevy, Buick, Pontiac) bodys were built by Fisher. Back in the day Fisher built stage coaches, and coaches for the elite. and when building car bodys they just did the same thing. wood frame with a metal skin.

If it's a hot rod, just replace the wood with steel. If not, there are available wood kits, which with minimal woodworking skills, can be made to work just fine. But in some years you'll be back to what you have now.
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would anyone happen to know where i could get wood dimensions so that i can make the pieces out of steal because the wood in it now is beyond rotted to get measurements. i know its a long shot
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Chubs, these guys may be able to help you:Chevy Talk .
They are quite knowledgable on the original specs.

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thanks man there is alot of info on that site.
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