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Old 02-13-2006, 10:16 AM
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replacing wood body structure in the '29 dodge

So the wood structure in the body of the '29 dodge is pretty useless, is it best to replace it with wood again?
I like metal, but wonder if there is a reason not to 'upgrade'.

Oh the car is going to be chopped and channeled so origionality is not an issue.

I have looked in the archives, but didn't see anything.

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Old 02-16-2006, 08:01 PM
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Wood does not have to be replaced with wood, it is good if the wood you have is in good enough shape to use as a template to make metal fit. Metal in my opinion is better and stronger.
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A lot of the guys use square steel tubing.
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It is quite a task to do that..the tubing can be formed to fit the curves of the body and use some larger sections at the door jambs to recieve the hinges and bear claws..

Use small section like 3/4x3/4 for frames and bend them to suit and then cut the pieces for door jambs either with a plasma cutter to suit or your bandsaw in the vertical position..Probably a good idea to strip your body panels and prime them as you go..

Takes a bit of planning and thinking before starting on this kind of project..

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Old 02-16-2006, 11:22 PM
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replacing wood body structure in the '29 dodge

dantech is building a 28 Dodge. In a few of the pictures you can see how he used tubing to strengthen his body.

http://www.geocities.com/dantechfab/page11.html
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your upholstery man will hate you for leaving him no wood. if you are paying someone to do the interior, plan on spending another 500 in having him add wood back in on top of the steel to be used as "tack" strips. at least leave some room for 3/16 to 1/4 inch pieces of wood to be added later.
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Old 02-17-2006, 08:34 AM
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Thanks for the replies,
Sounds like a combination of wood and metal might be a good idea.

I've seen Dantechs car, he's an artist! But the dodge Bros club guys sure hate him, LOL
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