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Old 12-16-2017, 11:26 PM
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A custom car builder from Sweden told me when he first got started he cut the curved shapes he needed for a build out of junk fenders,hoods,etc. Building custom cars has been his only job since the late 80's.Have any of you used this method for a build.Can someone share pics of a build they did,or know of, using shapes from other bodies.Also if anyone can point me to builds either on here or other websites i'd appreciate it. .............Greg

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A good friend of mine cut his thumb and some fingers off while using a wood shaper and the doc used some of his toes to replace the mangled digits. I thought that was a pretty good repurposing of body parts.
one of the nice things about using hoods and such for making patches is they have the epoxy primer on both sides already, it saves a good bit of cash just in epoxy primer alone.
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Go through the thread until you get to the pictures.. Iron Man Joe was very skilled at doing that sort of thing.

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Go through the thread until you get to the pictures.. Iron Man Joe was very skilled at doing that sort of thing.

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I'm using parts from various cars, primarily a 96 S10, to make a late 30's coupe. Here's the link to the build: Hot Rod Photo Journal - Supercharged03's Journal. The early photos show more reuse of other body parts.
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I am all for re purposing "body parts". When I had my left hip rebuilt the second time the doc says there is so much damage we are going to need a graft of bone. I am thinking they would chip some form some other part of me so I ask where is he getting the graft? His answer was simple, He says, " Ah I am gonna use a chunk of bone from some dead guy"..... Of course the doc was known for a warped sense of humor!!!!

I wouldn't be at all surprised there are not ware-houses stocked full of parts and such all over the place..
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Repurposing body parts

Up here in the 'rust belt' we did that sort of thing on a regular basis. We used to save anything we could salvage from front fenders to use for quarter panel wheel opening patches. One guy I worked for had I would estimate about a hundred or so "slightly" damaged fenders & quarters that we used for patches, he NEVER threw anything usable away. Oh, by the way Rip...Your surgeon was probably telling you the truth. My wife had to have major back surgery a couple years ago, and they DID INDEED use bone grafts from a cadaver.
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Honestly, I think by the time you fit something cut from another panel and cover it with bondo to make it right you might as well have made it from scratch.

The mistake often made when using a "parts car" in any degree be it suspension parts or body or what ever is you use parts you wouldn't "choose" to use but you all you think about is using that parts car up.

Choosing the right part or making it from scratch often is a much better way to go.

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I like to hang onto trimmings from new parts but toss 99.9% of used metal. If its the right shape and clean, OK. In recent years, we at the shop where I work have used the middle of a 69 Camaro roof skin which was salvage but was a replacement part, butt welded to fill the roof hole on a 33 Ford coupe, and also used trunk lid hinges from an 02 Grand Prix as hood hinges for a 73 Trans Am that was so low and had so much rubber that the tires are where the stock hinge was. As far as shaping a unique body with pieces of others, it could easily be as much work as making new pieces but if you don't have any shaping equipment, theres the motivation. Making a conglomeration of found items look as though it belongs together could prove to be a sticky wicket but in any case you still are building something to drive.
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I've repurposed a few panels over the years.

When I built my 57 Plymouth the hood was about 3/4" short of closing due to the custom Tri-Power intake. I ended up adding the hood scoop section from a donor 63 Thunderbird hood.


Hood 2 by M Patterson, on Flickr


hoodscoop 1 by M Patterson, on Flickr


Hoodscoop 2 by M Patterson, on Flickr



When I built my 37 Dodge the front fender spare tire was really out of place so I cut the tire well out. I used a section of a junk 33 (?) Chevy car fender to make the patch.


tirewell-1 by M Patterson, on Flickr


welded1 by M Patterson, on Flickr


welded2 by M Patterson, on Flickr


hood latch 1 by M Patterson, on Flickr
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My 48 Plymouth has electric latches from an 04 monty carlo. deck hinges 02 grand am, tilt nose has two caddie elec trunk latches (the ones that pull down after they latch) Tail lights are six, 04 Impala center brake lights that mount in deck. 89 Camaro rear end and drive shaft (lengthened) 80 Camaro subframe, 95 impala 12" rotors , spindles and upper control arms, the list goes on and on but You get the idea.
All the sheet metal panels (Except roof) has been reshaped or redesigned to whatever I thought was better, some of it has old hoods for the sheet metal I used. Making updated stuff fit and work is half the fun. Saving thousands of dollars is just a necessity to make it happen and keep it from being a money pit.
Back before I even thought of making my own curved and compound curved shapes I would take a walk through the yards looking for something that would fit close to what I needed but finding a section of a roof or whatever that will work takes a long time and it never fits quite right but back then that was all I could do, now I just whip up what I need on the Ewheel or other shaping tools I have. It was fun at the time and I learned a lot about actually seeing what your looking at, shrinking and stretching with torches to fit better but making your own stuff from scratch is the REAL fun sheet for sure. I could do this for another 40 years and still not be as good as I want to be.

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When my son built his 22 Dodge lakester he wanted a 30's indy car look so he used the back half of the 46 Ford truck fenders
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The bucket was made from parts and new doors ans wheel well patch
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Of course that is a place for it, and of course swapping door latches and engines is HOT RODDING, of course.

What I am saying is when you use a part that isn't the best "just because" you have it is not the way to go. Roof skins from another car to fill a roof in a 34 Ford, that is one that WORKS hell yeah. But you wouldn't want to use the roof from a "donor car" just because you have it, when out in the wrecking yard is a roof better suited.

Yes it's possible to find the perfect shape but so often the piece of forced into use when making it from scratch would have been just as much work.


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