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1936 Desoto Replacement Running Board Mat

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I am looking to get someone to re-manufacture running board matting for my Airstream Desoto. 

A guy in Canada said he can do them.

I was mainly looking for recommendations by members who have had them made and happy with the final product.

Also what is a good glue, I was hearing windscreen glue does the job ???

Peter

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Most all of the runningboard rebuilders  mould the mat directly to the board and it usually wraps down the front. My '36 Dodge uses a mat formed around a steel plate that fastens to the boards with tabs. I would think that yours is similar. While the moulded on mats look good they are not quite correct for some vehicles. A man named Huntley Acuff here in the states, I believe he's in Georgia, can make the correct mats if he still does it.Either option will look good but I have no idea of how long they last.

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Source Vendor : Hunley Acuff 

                              1423  Wilson Road 

                              Rossvile , Ga. 30741

                              706-866-4875

 

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I had Hunley Acuff do the running board mats for my '36 Dodge a few years ago and they came out perfect. Are your mats molded directly to the running board or as on jpage's and my '36 Dodge are they molded on a separate metal core affixed to the running board with tabs? If it's the latter, I had a second set of cores made when I did the Dodge  and if the measurements for the De Soto are the same, I'd be happy to work out something with you. I have enough tabs to do one side but would need 20-25 tabs to do the other side properly. Perhaps I could save you some shipping from Aussie on your cores. Let me know more about your running boards. I'll help if I can.

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Thanks everyone for your information that has helped a lot. Mine has the mats on steel core which then fits to running boards with tabs.

36 D2 Coupe i will send some photos to you and some measurements. I have been using a guy in Muncie to get larger parts back to Auz.

Regards Peter W

 

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36 D2, did these mats fit over your existing boards?

My boards are in excellent condition and I want to have them covered but most want to make me complete new boards.

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The '36 mats only extend a short distance over the outside edge of the boards as there is a metal moulding that runs along the lower edge to carry the fender moulding through, that's why the full molded on mats don't work well on those cars. 

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There's another issue - the running board moulding. The mouldings were missing from our coupe and I haven't been able to locate even a sample to get copied in over 50 years. Does anyone have a ratty piece available to copy? Also were they bright or painted? I have seen them both ways in photos.

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The runningboard mouldings on a '36 are painted body color. I got a new set from L & L Antique Auto Trim but I think they are out of business or at best very part time. Last number I had for them was 417-476-2871, they were in Pierce City, Mo. Wouldn't hurt to give them a try. I can send you measurements and photos if needed.  had to use a modern fastener on them as the original ones did not fit the new trim, otherwise they fit perfectly. I might be interested in those board cores if the other guy doesn't want them.

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