Metal Twister

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    Im 55 year old male living in San Diego Ca. I am the owner operator of Bengels hot rods and off roa
  1. I realize this is an old thread but I too am looking for original seat info and I have a few questions... Anybody home?
  2. Well where to start? We have sold several hundred seats over the last 5 plus years all with zig zag no sag seat springs. There are different gauge springs available depending on the length and design of the seats. Typically the backs are smaller gauge as they do not support weight like the bottoms do. I have quite a collection of late model OEM seats as we study everything available. Most bucket seats these days use some configuration of 3 springs. Most bench seats now are wires suspended by coil springs forward and aft and often only have 6 or so per bench. Many have gotten away from springs all together and just use rods. Out of all the years we have been doing this we have never had anyone question the number of springs we use. If you use more the seat gets is too stiff and very springy. If 10 springs worked better we would be building them with 10 I promise? Big butt or not, the high density foam absorbs most of the load and distributes it more evenly than the old school coils, twine, burlap, and cotton batting. We build safe fully welded seat frame with that new car feel and comfort. It will not break down over time and looks very much like the original seat when finished. It's not for everyone and its not wood? Of course when these old classics were designed they weren't designed to take 85 MPH impacts either. If they were being built today I'm sure this is how they would be made at the factory. So if you need a seat frame that is hard to impossible to find we would love to talk to you. As always thanks for your concerns and questions.
  3. Do you have a source for the original style "C" channel that a tack strip would fit, for the bottom edges of the seats? No I sure don't, sorry. Were the Plymouth frames pictured original zig-zag springs, or were they coils and you decided to go this direction? Not criticism, just curious, as I've rarely seen zig-zag in earlier cars. No the early vehicle all had the coil springs. I just wanted to up grade the ride to a more modern feel. They will look very close to original once the high density foam and upholstery is complete.
  4. Just finished up a set of new 39 Plymouth 4 Door Sedan seat frames that when done will have the original look.
  5. Absolutely yes! A few measurements and a pic or two of an original style seat and we can build it for you. We are a full service metal fabrication shop specializing in early vehicle seating.
  6. Thanks guys for all your input and orders. We are still right at 3 weeks for delivery after receipt of the order.
  7. I have a 37 coupe Zephyr that has been relieved of its firewall tags. All that is left is a frame number on the front left (driver side) cross member. I was wondering what information could be learned from this number? Thank you for any help or direction...
  8. Thank you for the tip. I just signed up and posted it up.
  9. I'm thinking that is a panel delivery. The overhang in the back, the cloth wrapping over the top, and the rear fenders are inset into the body. You may be right in the carry over in the panel delivery but I'm thinking the sedan delivery is truly a sedan with a few mods? Thanks for the pics though I'm learning a lot about these things in the past few days. lol
  10. I'm my research the difference between the 31 and 32 are few. 31 had the regular old looking hood louvers, two piece bumper, and a visor. 32 had the square louvers, a cowl vent, no visor, and a one piece bumper. Oh and I'm not liking the extreme chop look but I thought Id throw it up for conversation sake. LOL
  11. Well being no one seems to have one or really know what is correct I'm going to press on with this project. The car was Photoshopped into a Sedan Delivery using the stock front door and I think it looks in proportion. Here is a before and after.
  12. Yep, that's the reason for the title and original question. Trying to find a measurement. Guess at this point it really doesnt matter if no one knows what they are supposed to look like.
  13. Here is a 5 window and a 3 window... Im thinking the 3 window and the Tudor Sedan are the same and the 5 window and 4 door sedan are the same. I'm really impressed with how advanced the actually metal parts of the body are over the Fords being built in 1931... Flush fitting doors, welded rear body section, not bolted. If they would of lost the wood earlier I think they would have out lived the Fords in quality and popularity.
  14. Are you positive about the door size? Here is a pic of a 2 door about the same angle picture. The door on the tudor looks longer to me than the door on the delivery? On the 2 door the B pillar is almost half way back on the body?
  15. I'm new to the early Chevy world but I have a question. I just purchased a 1931 Chevrolet 4 door body only. Im thinking seriously about turning it into a 2 door sedan delivery for a shop truck / parts runner. I find that Chevrolet did indeed make a Sedan Delivery in 1931 but I only been able to find one real picture of one that I can study. There are a few poor drawings on line but I cant find a real picture? Does anyone here have one? Or do you know where I can find a couple original photographs of them. I know its a strange request but I've searched and searched with no luck with the exception of this one photo. And Im not sure its a 1931? The main question I have is... is the front door on this picture the size of a four door front door or a two door front door?