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Old 09-21-2020, 11:44 AM
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Chop job would make it look great but, I'd caution ya on doing any channel work.
I didn't chop my 33 Pontiac but, did channel it 3 1/2" man do I wish I had never done that. You end up having to be hunched over to drive them.
I kind of agree if it was a coupe or a pickup. If it's a sedan you can lay the seats back so you're not hunched over. My first sedan was 6 inch chop and 4 inch Channel. Man it look good LOL just my experience
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Old 09-21-2020, 12:36 PM
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My thoughts on channeling are mostly for practical purposes. The bottom edges of the side panels are kind of rough. Not rusted out, just beat up with stress cracks and the like. Not bad at all for being over 90 years old Moving up a couple inches would give me better material to which to attach the new floor structure. Nothing will happen before I have done my research. Form follows function. This car will fit me (old, creaky, long, fat, and cranky), and that will determine what it ends up looking like. I can't wait to see what happens.
OI, I will be reviewing your 33 build extensively.
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Old 09-21-2020, 06:28 PM
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This car will fit me (old, creaky, long, fat, and cranky), and that will determine what it ends up looking like.
My ears are ringing.

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Old 09-21-2020, 07:39 PM
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I had to see what it looked like in one piece. Sorta' ...

I made a stand out of some wrought iron patio chairs and a couple 2x6s to set the body on. Then I bolted the floor frame to the 2x6s. Then I sat the A on it panel by panel, and clamped the panels together. That sounds easier than it was single handed.

Now that it looks more or less like what it is supposed to be, I can start assessing the work that is needed. The short answer is, a lot. Its safe to say that it is not quite ready for Pebble Beach. But it is well within my wheelhouse to fix it. The quarters are rough on the bottoms, the drivers door window frame is bent a little, and both quarters are coming loose from the framework. Or the framework is coming loose from the quarters. Not sure on that one. The wood is all shot, of course. I'll replace the wood with steel. And, the windshield frame that i scored on CL a few weeks ago is the right one. YEA!

Much staring and thinking and list making to do before the cutting begins. I thought about taking a couple inches off the bottom perimeter to clean things up, but that would be really complicated. The quarters and back would be easy, but there is no way to make the doors and cowl work. So that is out.
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Creative use of lawn furniture.

Doesn't look too bad "assembled". If you are patient it will come together.
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Old 09-21-2020, 09:19 PM
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Creative use of lawn furniture.

Doesn't look too bad "assembled". If you are patient it will come together.
That is exactly what I thought after looking at the pictures. I'll take some shots of the mangled parts tomorrow after my camera battery is charged.

I need to find an instruction manual with lots of detailed pictures of the structural pieces of this beast. At this point, I don't even know what I don't have. But I will.
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Old 09-21-2020, 10:03 PM
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Really good to see you back at it.
If it were mine it would be getting a hair cut and possibly angled channel over the frame.

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What frame are you going to use, A model, 32, or homebuilt 2x4 box tube? I'd do that first, then decide on a chop or channel....
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Old 09-22-2020, 05:20 PM
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What frame are you going to use, A model, 32, or homebuilt 2x4 box tube? I'd do that first, then decide on a chop or channel....
I agree on having the frame sorted out before body mods start in earnest. I have three or four options that I am considering, and each of those has three or for variations that could happen. None have risen to the top of the list yet.
1. T-bucket frame that is in the rafters. Add a kick up and run with it.
2. 40 Ford frame. Use the rails, and make new cross members. This could be done up like a 32 frame. Highboy.
3, My 90-inch wheelbase altered frame. Extend the frame rails, or move the wheel wells forward. The way this is set up right now, I could add a blade up front and mow the lawn.
4. Start from scratch. I'm looking at a bunch of the frames on here for inspiration.

Time will tell.
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Old 09-22-2020, 06:01 PM
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I agree on having the frame sorted out before body mods start in earnest. I have three or four options that I am considering, and each of those has three or for variations that could happen. None have risen to the top of the list yet.
1. T-bucket frame that is in the rafters. Add a kick up and run with it.
2. 40 Ford frame. Use the rails, and make new cross members. This could be done up like a 32 frame. Highboy.
3, My 90-inch wheelbase altered frame. Extend the frame rails, or move the wheel wells forward. The way this is set up right now, I could add a blade up front and mow the lawn.
4. Start from scratch. I'm looking at a bunch of the frames on here for inspiration.

Time will tell.
I would say it depends on what you're doing with the car. I vote scratch-built if you plan on boxing in a factory one at all. I have done both by boxing in a factory 1 and hand building them. I suggest hand-built

The body actually looks really good!

I called on those local parts. He have a passenger side door which I already have. But I think I'm going to pick it up and swap it over to be a driver side
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