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Old 01-04-2004, 01:54 PM
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Have 1936 dodge coupe----have priced out new running boards(ouch) -------The boards that i have are strong enough ,but, look like crap and could not be made into smooth boards. Would like to find something to cover that will still look good on a street rod and not break my pocket. Thanks for any help----this sight is the best on/line

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Old 01-04-2004, 02:59 PM
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Mopar 36 I have to build all new running boards for my 38 DeSoto cause they are in very bad shape. (I'm working on fender repair at the moment-see photo album. ) I'm using 20 gauge steel. If your fenders are strong enough as you say how about putting new steel over the old running board? Just a thought.
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Old 01-04-2004, 03:14 PM
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I put a piece of aluminun "checkerplate" over my running boards. Looks pretty good. My running boards are rotten in between the ribs.

If you look at my album, you can see them (barely) on my green truck. Never mind, here it is.

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Old 01-04-2004, 03:24 PM
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Hey Ponch I have some aluminum diamond plate I assume checkerplate is the same thing just a different name. That's a good idea. I may have to keep that in mind if I screw up my running boards. It's always good to have an (in case all else fails) back up plan.
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Before I found a pristine set of boards from California for my '53 I was going to cut a recess in my original running boards and inlay the tire tread from a big rig. Cheap and you don't have to worry about stepping on them. Unfortunately now that I have a perfect set I'll have to be very careful and NOT step on them.

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thats another thing. I think if I found a good set, I would still put the Diamond plate(like that name better) back on. Just to help protect from scratching etc.
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Old 01-06-2004, 01:50 PM
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HEY MOPAR: Would it be possible to recover with rubber? You can get rubber mating in rolls at Home Depot or Lowes. I have also seen people use the pickup bed coatings. Hope this helps...DAVE
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