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I recently purchased a partially done 28 tudor.

It has been a mission to find out what cars would be a good donor for a ribbed roof filler.

I have also been all over the net looking for
"how to" sites on accomplishing the roof fill.
No avail !!!

Would appreciate any particulars and/or ideas for filling the roof properly
 

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I would think that station wagon or even a Chevy Blazer of Ford Explorer would make good donors. If you are interested in step-by-step instructions for re-upholstering the roof to original, I have a link in my favorites on my pc at home. Unfortunately, I am visiting relatives in Pittsburgh for the holidays, and would not be able to pass on the link until Thursday.
I am picking up an all-steel 29 Tudor in January and plan to chop the top, but my plans are to upholster the roof as original. Let me know how you make out with your project because thinking about it, I may just go ribbed!
 

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Ribbed roofs were also popular in the 70's. I thin you will be pleased with what it will add to your car!
Most (if not all)of the early 60's wagons and vans had ribbed roofs.
StreetRodder magazine ran several "how-to's" through the 70's and early 80's. Try contacting them for article reprints. I am sure other magazines did the same.
 

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If you are looking for early 60's station wagon roof sections, a salvage yard near Miamisburg Ohio by the name of "Alotta Auto Parts" used to have several Impala wagons. I haven't been in there for a few years, but you might give them a try.
 

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I remember an article a few years ago where they used a roof from an Chevy Astro miniivan . I also hve a 28 Ford and an Astro van and it sure looks like a fit to me
 

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Hello fellow rodder. On the issue of Ttop donors I personally used an 83 Chevy s-10 blazer roof. Fortuneately the one i found was clean of the roof rack. It has 5 ribs protruding upward and just the right width. I put it on my 30 coupe just had to shorten it some. hould be real nice for a tudor. I have pics of the car I am at [email protected] Hope this was of some interest
 

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Originally posted by Marc Connelly:
<strong>I recently purchased a partially done 28 tudor.

It has been a mission to find out what cars would be a good donor for a ribbed roof filler.

I have also been all over the net looking for
"how to" sites on accomplishing the roof fill.
No avail !!!

Would appreciate any particulars and/or ideas for filling the roof properly</strong><hr></blockquote>

[ January 03, 2002: Message edited by: MERLIN34608 ]</p>
 

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StreetRodBuilder Magazine had a step by step article on filling a top, I think it was sometime either last Spring or early Summer. You might check with them and find out what issue it was in and maybe get a back issue from them. Their address is Buckaroo Communications, 12434 Presilla Rd. Camarillo, CA 93012 toll free phone 877 267 0388 I don't know if they have a web site or not. This magazine has only been out a year and is is geared towards people building their own and has some good how to features in it every month. It has really been a big help to me.
 

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Filled roof--- I have a '31 Tudor and used a K-car (Chrysler) station wagon roof. I turned it around backwards and the reversed ribs matched the "A" great. This makes the straight ribs from the tailgate area match the straight header on the Ford and the curved ribs from the windshield match the rounded rear of the Ford.
Good Luck
 

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there's a guy in my hometown with a '30? Ford Model A and he used a full-size van roof. That would give you plenty of metal to work with and it looks good too.

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Astro/Safari van roofs or the Jeep Liberty roof panel.
 

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Just filled the roof on my 31 ford vicky.I used the roof off a early 80's chevy caprice wagon with ribs,fit good and easier to find than a 60's or 70's car P.S. what are you guys using for headliners in these model A sedans?
 

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1928 ford tudor roof fill

I was searching at a local pre 70's junk (treasure) yard and the owner picked out a station wagon roof he was willing to part with. He had already cut the floor out years before. It was a '58 Edsal. instead of ribs like '61 Impala wagon roof panels that have ribs, this has grooves. The best thing is I cut it 1" oversize of the opening and it laid down perfectly. Adding a support bow from the Edsal about 16" forward of the rear part of the opening gave it the correct shape. You will need to cut the roof at the fold line where in creates the rear gate rain gutter. that curve matches the rear curve of the '29.
Allow the 1" overlap to give strength and shape to the roof and giving a great surface to weld to.
I am currently preparing the body for minor body filler and paint.
Contact me and I can send photos.
 

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Snowypass.. Note that is a very old thread..

I used an old Dodge van roof for filler on a 29 A tudor. Same deal. Grooves instead of raised rolls. Worked great.

I have a 30 A sedan to be delivered in two weeks. Will be looking for another filler. Have one more Dodge van to trim from. :thumbup:
 

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Interesting thread retrieved from almost the beginning here.

I'm not sure as to why I'm seeing it, but many of the later builds around the North East seem to not be replacing the original roof but are leaving it with an original soft roof. I have seen a bunch of them, sedans as well as coupes, replaced with a donor car ribbed roof, and some of them shouldn't have been done from the quality of the work.
 

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That's good information, snowypass. It doesn't matter that the original question was asked 13 years ago. I'm sure this post will help someone with their project.


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