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13 hours ago, Mattml430 said:

Doesn’t look like it will be long before your ready to pull it all apart to paint the timber Rich. Do you do the timber in clear or colour. Some parts would definitely look good done clear, it would be a shame to cover up all the good work. 

Yea, almost there:)

 

I was thinking of doing the door jam areas in colour and leaving the rest clear.  You won’t see much of it but if you lift the carpet or look under the dash you’ll see it;)

 

 

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  • 2 weeks later...

Looks bloody beautiful Rich. 
the pieces I have look similar to what you have around the peddles so I’ll take a picture later this morning and send it to you. May not be the exact but it might give you an idea. 

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Kevin BC here

Here is a photo of the rubber around my 1930 Dodge gear stick, as a staring point in your search. It is exactly a copy of the origonal on mine(Richards Body). Don't know if it dates back to 28 models.

Got it from the states, will have too look it up if of interest to you, can take a photo of it inplace if you need it

regards

Kevin BC

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7 hours ago, Mattml430 said:

This is what I’ve got mate. 

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Thanks Matt - have now made one based on your pic and dimensions.  As you say, they have the same gearbox so should be similar and Bob mentioned that some models had the swaged feature and others were flat.  I think my car was a budget model so I’ve gone flat:)

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3 hours ago, Kevin bc said:

Kevin BC here

Here is a photo of the rubber around my 1930 Dodge gear stick, as a staring point in your search. It is exactly a copy of the origonal on mine(Richards Body). Don't know if it dates back to 28 models.

Got it from the states, will have too look it up if of interest to you, can take a photo of it inplace if you need it

regards

Kevin BC

 

Thanks Kevin - does that sit on top of the carpet or between the wood and the carpet?

cheers,

Richard

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3 hours ago, RichBad said:

Thanks Kevin - does that sit on top of the carpet or between the wood and the carpet?

cheers,

Richard

Richard

Sits on top  of the carpet, with 4 screws to hold it down, or you could glue it to the carpet, but gluing it is pretty permanet, On top of the carpet it provides a nice defined edge around the carpet, and around the shift housing. I reckon I may have got it from 'Steele" rubber in the states. I just checked Steele, your car is the same as mine, they have them for a 28, but they are quite costly. I think I have an old one here, that I could send over to you if you want to have a look at one  to make one up.

Kevin

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1 hour ago, Kevin bc said:

Richard

Sits on top  of the carpet, with 4 screws to hold it down, or you could glue it to the carpet, but gluing it is pretty permanet, On top of the carpet it provides a nice defined edge around the carpet, and around the shift housing. I reckon I may have got it from 'Steele" rubber in the states. I just checked Steele, your car is the same as mine, they have them for a 28, but they are quite costly. I think I have an old one here, that I could send over to you if you want to have a look at one  to make one up.

Kevin

Thanks Kevin - I may hold off for the moment as my current trim has gaiters stitched to the carpet for the brake and gear levers.  I may have to re-do the trim anyway.

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10 hours ago, Kevin bc said:

Here is a photo of the pad in situ, I think it has a thin plate imbedded in it to make it sit nice and flat, you have caught me out , I found that I still need to do a bit of cleaning up on the gear stick & cover

KevinP1030175.thumb.JPG.7389607e6257f046bb024474fd537ed3.JPGthanks for sharing - that’s the first time I’ve seen one of them.  Does yours also have something similar around the pedals?

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Rich

Neither of my cars had any plate around the pedals, especially the tourer, which had the angled piece of floor in the car but no carpets or gaskets left in it. You can see in the photos above the motor trimmer has edged the carpet around the pedals, I'm undecided as to whether I will try and seal it   further or not,there is not a large gap around the pedals , I guess it depends how much hot or cold comes in there in the future.

 I was more concerned about the visual aspect of the gearbox sticking out of the floor, with the pedals it is not all that noticable, half under the dash.

Kevin

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Working through all the little bits now to finish the body - takes ages and not much to show for it.

 

The holders for the door “anti rattle” mechanism.

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Installed in the door stops

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The “anti rattle” sliders that fit on the rubber block.

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thanks to Ron for an original to copy!

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Finished and fitted one set

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Nut retention plates for all the door hinges (Had to make a bunch):

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Door handle retaining washers (square peg in a round hole):

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That’s some fiddley work there Rich, They look perfect.  Some days you work all day at this stuff and look back and think you haven’t accomplished much but it’s all the finer details that make it a great restoration. I spent half a day the other day cleaning up all my con -rods felt like it took for ever. Had to press all the top bushes out to clean the oil gallery. 

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1 hour ago, RichBad said:

Another door stop done.  Photo also shows the tool to help make the sliders.

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I was lucky that I was able to make up a set from the two bodies that I had but that is beautiful work Rich Its no easy feat making those fiddly little boxes and the caps look like you raided the Holden Body Works back in 27 Just great workman ship with a good eye for detail

 

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All the door stops finished and fitted now. I’ve got a 4 door car again:)

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Finished off the front seat support brackets.

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Started cleaning the door latch mechanisms.  The sliders are quite worn so have repaired them.  Also had to re-make a few parts - the sheet steel breaks very easily when bending the tabs.  You have to heat them to disassemble (learnt that the hard way).

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I think I’ll get all the parts plated whilst apart that way hopefully they will never go rusty again.

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8 hours ago, Mattml430 said:

It’s looking great Rich now it’s all together with the doors. 
almost ready to all come apart again now. 
Those locks look very fiddley, those tabs are a pain. I think Ron said they would break didn’t he. 

Yea, luckily you helped me bend most of them with a bit of heat so just a few of them damaged that I’d tried before that:).

 

will be starting to pull it apart soon - just in time for our freedom in Melbourne:)

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Started pulling apart again - think It’s about ready to clean up and prime the metal work.  Most of the wood work is done bar a few bits for attaching the trim (which I need to figure out).  Looks quite cool as a wood skeleton.

 

Hopefully we’ll be allowed some COVID freedom soon so I can get some more things done.

 

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Looks fantastic Rich, you must be pretty happy to be at that stage now. 
I know nothing about the timber bodies but does the bulk of it come off in one piece so you can paint it,  or does it come apart in sections. It’s a credit go you mate you’ve done an amazing job. 

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3 hours ago, Mattml430 said:

Looks fantastic Rich, you must be pretty happy to be at that stage now. 
I know nothing about the timber bodies but does the bulk of it come off in one piece so you can paint it,  or does it come apart in sections. It’s a credit go you mate you’ve done an amazing job. 

It will come off complete when done.  Plan is to get metal work done and clean up the woodwork.  Then metal work back on to the frame and nail on.  Will then fit to the chassis and do final fit on doors, gluing and fitting latches etc.  then should be able to take complete body off for painting.

 

 I may have to make a frame to help keep it straight - particularly the back end as there’s a lot of weight behind the rear joint.

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10 hours ago, nearchoclatetown said:

What will you treat the wood with? My '18 wood bodied sedan has a black finish on the wood framework.

Good question.  I’m thinking I will probably give it a coat of sanding sealer/varnish in the areas that get covered up.  For some of the visible areas (door surrounds etc) will go with body colour and the rest (Floor boards etc) I want to just varnish - seems a shame to hide that lovely wood:)

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49 minutes ago, Mattml430 said:

Back in the day it could of been Creosote or some other type of wood preservative. It was almost black wasn’t it. 
 

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The amount of time I spent as a kid creosoting my parents fences and barns - I hated the stuff.  Nothing ever rotted though.  Works even better if you throw some old engine oil in the mix.

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When I was a dumb ass teenager ( not a whole lot has changed) I gave a mate of mine a hand to build and paint his fence. He neglected to tell me we were using creosote to paint the fence. Come that night I was wondering how I’d got so sunburned on my face and arms. I’d been touching my face and licking my fingers with the shit all afternoon. 
He said Ohh! Sorry I should’ve told you about that. Bloody hell that shit burns. 

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19 hours ago, nearchoclatetown said:

They have to write something on the card for cause of death. Oh yea, that's right from now on it's covid. I can remember blowing out brake drums with an air hose before I took them off to get all the dust out. 

I could fall down my back steps roaring drunk and break my neck. If I happen to have the China plague my cause of death would be listed as COVID.

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Anyone have good experience with the best way to attach the steel panels to the wood?  I’ve got the nails but should you drill pilot holes or is that unnecessary.  Also, should you use any type of sealant in the joints or is that overkill too?

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