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Old 04-15-2004, 10:44 PM
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Where to buy smooth running boards?

Does anyone know of a company that makes the following body parts?

All for a 1934 Plymouth PE 4 door sedan. www.RustToRod.com

Set of smooth steel running boards.
Steel grill shell
New grill, or material for building a custom grill
Rear tail pan that covers the gas tank

Any company names, websites, or phone numbers would be greatly appreciated - I've been looking for a while!

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Old 04-16-2004, 01:53 AM
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Hmm, I've not checked, but not that I'm aware of. I have a set of '34 front fenders and grill shell in my shop for repair. The owner did tell me that the grill shell was worth it's weight in gold.
I'll send some pictures in a couple days.

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Old 04-16-2004, 09:30 PM
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Smoothy Boards

I just finished building a set of smooth running boards and splash aprins for a 31 Chevy. The Plymouth is more difficult but I can build them if you send me a sample. i wouldn't be able to give you a price until I see them up close.

You can check out my web page at (www.walts.info) and if you are interested give me a call or e-mail me.

I don't know how to post a picture on this forum because I've tried, but you can check the link below and see if that works for a picture of the Chevy boards.

http://www.jalopyjournal.com/ubbthre...NINGBOARD2.jpg
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Old 04-16-2004, 09:47 PM
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Hey Walt,
super job!! The embossing looks great too. Gives it a nice touch.

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Old 04-20-2004, 09:56 PM
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Well I've been asking around, and can't find anyone that carries the running boards. I'll probably have to have those custom made.

I've seen some pretty outrageous prices for grills and grill shells. I took a closer look at mine. I think it looks worse than it really is. The chrome plating is peeling off, making it rough to the touch, and it's hard to pull off by hand. I even tried using the grinder. I got it smoothed out enough to tell that it's fixable, which is good news. The bottom of the grill shell, where the grill comes to a point, has lots of rust pits, but not bad enough to justify cutting it out. What's the best product to fill in rust pits and get it smoothed out?
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Are you planning on having it replated? I've been able to work with a plater friend of a neighbor who copper plated pitted parts, and once that was done I could solder on the part and shape (i.e. much careful filing) the part before the final line of plating..

Of course that's for potmetal (i.e. castings) I dunno if that can be done with stamped sheetmetal parts.. I dunno even what a '34 Plymouth grill is made of.. I did look through your site and didn't see anything that sorted it out for me..
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The grill shell is all sheetmetal, at least 16g, maybe as heavy as 14g. I want to have it perfectly smoothed out and painted the same as the body color.

Anyone know any tricks for building your own grill?
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I had a few offers to build some running boards. That got me thinking, and I started looking at them closer. There's really not that much involved in making running boards. Just a flat sheet of metal with 4 bent edges. So I decided to try it myself. If I fail miserably, I'm only out $50 for the steel. Actually less than that, cause there will be plenty left out of the 4x8' sheet for other things.

If anyone would like to see my version of how to build running boards, check out the process on my website, and let me know what you think.

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Well I got as much done as I could to the custom made running boards, but I don't have a way to bend 16 gauge with the correct tapered radius on the outer edge. I took my sheet metal and original running boards to a fab shop, but they are taking forever with it. Just by luck, I ran across an article that mentioned Smoothie Fabrications.
http://www.progressiveautomotive.com/online008B.htm

They make smooth running boards for just about everything. I talked to a helpful guy there who said they would be $329 for the set. That includes the brackets that directly attach to the bottom side of the running boards, then those brackets bolt onto the original brackets which are still on my frame. I told him about my attempt to build my own, and asked if I could buy the bottom side brackets seperately. He said they would be $80 for the set.

If anyone else out there is trying to find smooth running boards, check out this site, and give them a call.

http://www.smoothiefabrication.com/

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The boards are looking great. Its great to do it your self, isn't it. Keep up the great work and keep us posted.

The finished product is going to look nice. Bragging rights are the bonus!

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