Removing Back Body Panel on Model A/T - Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board
Hotrodders.com -- Hot Rod Forum



Register FAQ Search Today's Posts Unanswered Posts Auto Escrow Insurance Auto Loans
Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board > Tech Help> Body - Exterior
User Name
Password
lost password?   |   register now

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 09-13-2006, 10:51 AM
jasonbeam's Avatar
Hot Roddin' Hearse Driver
 
Last wiki edit: How to title a hot rod Last photo:
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Montana
Posts: 40
Wiki Edits: 2

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Removing Back Body Panel on Model A/T

I've managed to scrounge up a new back body panel for my T, but I am hoping to get some advice on the proper removal of the exisiting damaged panel. Any suggestions? I don't want to create more damage than what I am trying to repair.

    Advertisement
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 09-13-2006, 11:12 AM
Irelands child's Avatar
Registered User
 
Last wiki edit: Ford engine specifications Last photo:
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Upstate New York
Posts: 4,913
Wiki Edits: 8

Thanks: 14
Thanked 205 Times in 186 Posts
The '31 that I had a few years ago had a bolt in back center panel - but it was an odd-ball slant windshield. My recollection was that the nuts were square with machine screws, probably 12-24's
__________________
Irelands child
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 09-13-2006, 12:43 PM
jasonbeam's Avatar
Hot Roddin' Hearse Driver
 
Last wiki edit: How to title a hot rod Last photo:
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Montana
Posts: 40
Wiki Edits: 2

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
The part I am replacing is below the back window. I can see quite a few bolts to remove, but It looks like I have to really beat on it to get it loose. I'm wondering if I should take a cold chisel and work my way around the seams to loosen it - or if there is some other trick I should use.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 09-13-2006, 01:28 PM
Irelands child's Avatar
Registered User
 
Last wiki edit: Ford engine specifications Last photo:
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Upstate New York
Posts: 4,913
Wiki Edits: 8

Thanks: 14
Thanked 205 Times in 186 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by jasonbeam
The part I am replacing is below the back window. I can see quite a few bolts to remove, but It looks like I have to really beat on it to get it loose. I'm wondering if I should take a cold chisel and work my way around the seams to loosen it - or if there is some other trick I should use.
Remember that I am talking Model A - but depending on the year, the construction methods between a T and an A were about the same.

There should be a couple of body supports across that area as well. They should be, as a minimum, loosened on one side tho my preferance would be to remove them so you can get to all of the bolts and while out, cleaned and painted.

To answer your specific question, unless you absolutely have to, don't use a cold chisel. It will tear and distort metal that has to be fixed on the main part of the body before you can do any painting. If you are absolutely sure you have the right replacement piece, find a buddy that has a plasma cutter and cut it out, leaving a couple of inches between the cut and the main body flange. An acetylene torch will transfer too much heat and distort the adjoining body panels. Then you can easily reach in and remove the bolting. Throw them away and order new nuts and bolts from someone like Snyders or if it's going to be a street rod, drill 'em a size over and use a good grade of 1/4-20 with lockwashers

Dave
__________________
Irelands child
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 09-13-2006, 02:19 PM
adtkart@aol.com
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Newport News, VA
Posts: 3,220
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I rep[laced the rear panel on my '26 Touring several years ago. The screws came out fairly easy. Separating the panels was another story. They were rusted together. I basically had to use a stiff scraper to drive between the panel and the bead piece that goes in there. It is a real pain to get them apart.

Aaron
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 09-13-2006, 03:19 PM
Irelands child's Avatar
Registered User
 
Last wiki edit: Ford engine specifications Last photo:
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Upstate New York
Posts: 4,913
Wiki Edits: 8

Thanks: 14
Thanked 205 Times in 186 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by adtkart
I rep[laced the rear panel on my '26 Touring several years ago. The screws came out fairly easy. Separating the panels was another story. They were rusted together. I basically had to use a stiff scraper to drive between the panel and the bead piece that goes in there. It is a real pain to get them apart.

Aaron
Sounds like the bead is separate on a T. My 31 slant W/S was bead rolled into the side quarters and surprisingly, came apart very easily - but that particular 31 was really put together like a '32 and had no body wood except for the top. Interesting car but was sold for financial solvency and to purchase my '31 roadster.
Dave
__________________
Irelands child
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 09-13-2006, 03:36 PM
jasonbeam's Avatar
Hot Roddin' Hearse Driver
 
Last wiki edit: How to title a hot rod Last photo:
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Montana
Posts: 40
Wiki Edits: 2

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanks for the input you guys, I appreciate it. I currently don't have access to a plasma cutter, but I may try something thinner than a cold chisel (such as an old steel putty knife) and try to work it a little. If that's not getting me results, I'll slide that project to the side until I find someone with a cutter. I've got plenty of other stuff to work on!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #8 (permalink)  
Old 09-13-2006, 05:13 PM
adtkart@aol.com
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Newport News, VA
Posts: 3,220
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
The "bead" piece that I referred to id called a "T Strip" in Snyder's catalogue. It goes between the rear body panel and quarter panels. It hides the seam. Mine needed alot of work to be able to reuse them, because of the rust damage to them, from being rusted to the other panels. FYI.... They were $39 each back in the 2004 book.

Aaron
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

Recent Body - Exterior posts with photos

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name (usually not your first and last name), your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
this is a saver.... GM build codes TooMany2count General Rodding Tech 24 11-23-2009 09:36 AM
Metalshaping/Body Panel Fabrication Randy Ferguson Body - Exterior 15 06-06-2005 11:01 PM
Survey---Auto body panel fabrication Randy Ferguson Hotrodders' Lounge 16 07-20-2004 04:58 PM
Removing fenders? Jag Daddy Body - Exterior 3 11-26-2003 04:42 AM


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:26 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2
Copyright Hotrodders.com 1999 - 2012. All Rights Reserved.