Welcome to Club Hot Rod!  The premier site for everything to do with Hot Rod, Customs, Low Riders, Rat Rods, and more. 

  •  » Members from all over the US and the world!
  •  » Help from all over the world for your questions
  •  » Build logs for you and all members
  •  » Blogs
  •  » Image Gallery
  •  » Many thousands of members and hundreds of thousands of posts! 

YES! I want to register an account for free right now!  p.s.: For registered members this ad will NOT show

 
Like Tree305Likes

Thread: Another Build Thread - My '32
          
   
   

Reply To Thread
Page 17 of 18 FirstFirst ... 7 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 LastLast
Results 241 to 255 of 266
  1. #241
    rspears's Avatar
    rspears is offline CHR Member/Contributor Visit my Photo Gallery
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Gardner, KS
    Car Year, Make, Model: '33 HiBoy Coupe
    Posts
    9,424

    Quote Originally Posted by J. Robinson View Post
    Roger - I looked at the link you sent for the HAMB. The newest post was in 2010. I wonder how their stuff is doing now (quality wise)? Anyway, I have looked online at bodies from TRC in Lula, Georgia. The website says they are using the original refurbished molds from Downs. I don't know if that's good or bad. I haven't put any money down anywhere yet, so I'm still researching. Whatever I learn I'll post it here...
    Jim - Yeah, that's why I said you need to look at the past 10 years. It looked like in 2008 "Legendary" defaulted on the note held by the Downs family, and Jamie Downs (the son - noting Shine's comment here) took them to court and was awarded all of the hardware - mainly the molds, but also other tools of the trade that had been sold by Dad. The next year Legendary declared bankruptcy to get away from their remaining debt load.
    I agree with Uncle Bob, I'd make a trip to visit before plunking down $8K or more for a body, especially today. When was looking, I first focused on N&N because of the "Budget Build" article in the old Street Rod Builder magazine spanning two or three issues over a six month period, where they stated that they found N&N to be the best value they had found on a roller package. Then I talked to Duane several times, met him at the NSRA Oklahoma City event and we walked around with him pointing out cars that were his bodies, and also pointing out what others did differently, and why he did what he did. I developed a strong trust bond with him, and felt secure buying from him.
    Sorry to say that I believe Uncle Bob's scenario is on target. The market segment is changing quickly, and looking out for yourself is a must.
    Roger
    Enjoy the little things in life, and you may look back one day and realize that they were really the BIG things.

  2. #242
    J. Robinson's Avatar
    J. Robinson is offline CHR Member Visit my Photo Gallery
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    Titusville, FL
    Car Year, Make, Model: 31 Ford Coupe; 23 Track roadster
    Posts
    1,543

    Thank you all for the input. It's exactly what I asked for. I am a fabricator; this Deuce is the 25th or 26th chassis (I lost count) that I have built since 1968, but it's my first '32 and my first fiberglass body that isn't either a '23 or '27 T. I appreciate all your insights.

    I have seen Bebops bodies in their display at the Turkey Run and a friend of mine has a 3-window with a Bebops body. They look really nice to me and they have a good reputation; maybe that's where I should go. TRC and County Line both look good on their websites, but I've not seen them in person. They are 8 - 10 hours away, so visiting them beforehand is a problem. That's another reason I have asked for input - hopefully some of you all have seen some of these other bodies up close and can give your impressions. Thank you all.
    Jim

    Racing! - Because football, basketball, baseball, and golf require only ONE BALL!

  3. #243
    shine's Avatar
    shine is offline CHR Member Visit my Photo Gallery
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Location
    bluff dale texas
    Car Year, Make, Model: 47 inderweed
    Posts
    1,782

    (the son - noting Shine's comment here)
    what the hell does that mean . why do you always try to start a pissing match with people ? unlike you i have done this for a living not a hobby and have witnessed many aftermarket mfg and suppliers go south after being turned over to kids or being sold off .

  4. #244
    stovens's Avatar
    stovens is offline CHR Member Visit my Photo Gallery
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Petaluma
    Car Year, Make, Model: 48 Ford F1
    Posts
    9,398

    Jim I bought fender parts and running boards from Bebops for the 48 ford about 6-7 years ago now, their fit was great, and the quality and strength odf the glass impressive, plus you can call them and get great assistance from knowledgeable people! Hope that helps.
    " "No matter where you go, there you are!" Steve.

  5. #245
    rspears's Avatar
    rspears is offline CHR Member/Contributor Visit my Photo Gallery
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Gardner, KS
    Car Year, Make, Model: '33 HiBoy Coupe
    Posts
    9,424

    Quote Originally Posted by shine View Post
    (the son - noting Shine's comment here)
    what the hell does that mean . why do you always try to start a pissing match with people ? unlike you i have done this for a living not a hobby and have witnessed many aftermarket mfg and suppliers go south after being turned over to kids or being sold off .
    Who's trying to start a pissing match with anyone? I was simply pointing out that you had been the first to say that a kid taking over a business doesn't always work out! To that point,
    Quote Originally Posted by shine
    .....even worse passed down to kids who may or may not have the drive and passion to continue.
    Why are you so quick to jump down my throat? Am I the only person here who's a hobby builder? I'd say I'm in the majority, not the minority, but apparently you only value comments from "professionals"?
    Roger
    Enjoy the little things in life, and you may look back one day and realize that they were really the BIG things.

  6. #246
    DA34GUY's Avatar
    DA34GUY is offline CHR Member Visit my Photo Gallery
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Out in the country (Duncan)
    Car Year, Make, Model: 32Roadster/always buildin sumthin
    Posts
    1,540

    FYI The N&N molds are now here in Oklahoma (Lindsey) Owned by Retro Rods. Same quality as when Duane had N&N and great guys to deal with. Have used over 15 N&N's in the past and never a problem.
    When I get to where I was goin, I forgot why I went there>

  7. #247
    J. Robinson's Avatar
    J. Robinson is offline CHR Member Visit my Photo Gallery
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    Titusville, FL
    Car Year, Make, Model: 31 Ford Coupe; 23 Track roadster
    Posts
    1,543

    OK, so I asked for advice over on the 1932 Ford page on Facebook and got some good input from there also. N&N got good reviews there also, but it's a long way from Titusville, Florida. Bebops also has a good reputation on that site. Overwhelmingly, I was advised to stay away from TRC. Apparently they have made a habit of poor service, bad communication, and missed deadlines. I decided to go with Fat Cat Rods in Crandall, Georgia - they are a Bebops dealer as well as building some of their own bodies. I will have my new 3-window body in about 3 weeks or so.

    Meantime, I have some things to do on my Deuce frame. Now that the Track-T is leaving and I have some "pocket change" left after buying the body, I can get the correct front tires, build my shock/headlight mounts, and do some of the finish welding on the steering and suspension. I haven't decided on color for the body yet, but am wondering if anybody on here has tried Alsacorp's "Easy Chrome"? The video on their website is impressive and if it's really that nice I would like to use it on my front axle and radius rods.
    Jim

    Racing! - Because football, basketball, baseball, and golf require only ONE BALL!

  8. #248
    Matthyj's Avatar
    Matthyj is offline CHR Member Visit my Photo Gallery
    Join Date
    Oct 2014
    Location
    Clinton
    Car Year, Make, Model: '32 Ford Hi Boy, '37 wildrod sedan
    Posts
    549

    Jim, I really really reviewed spray on chrome systems, the problems are (the clear coat) can really yellow after time, and the other huge negative is that they are a paint, not a plating so they can scratch, chip and every other negative that paint has, which becomes a issue on suspensions parts. When you are scrubbing off the bugs or a rock hits it it will be the same as hitting paint, fixing the chips would be a issue also.
    I think powder coating would be much more durable in the long run, and they get pretty close to chrome especially if you go with their polished ceramic, there are many that advertise in the back of the NSRA magazine and I have seen this companies in person and thought it looked good and durable https://www.facebook.com/pages/Perfo...48473151862620 and was very reasonable. I had a friend do his whole corvettes suspension and it looked nice, more like polished aluminum but lasted til he sold the car. Heck I even checked into doing my own nickle plating.
    After carefully considering the alternatives along with maintenance I fell for a chrome axle (yes $$) and fabricating my hairpins out of 304 stainless and polishing them as my frame is stretched and I needed custom lengths anyway, there is a reason that manufacturers are paying the crazy price for having their parts chrome plated (Advance plating is one of the best) or fabricating out of stainless, sadly the look comes with a steep price. I was buying a Heidts superide II years ago and called a chrome shop about plating the a arms, trying to save money instead of buying their stainless option, he told me, "You can buy these in stainless and your calling me to plate them?" From that moment on I realized the value in stainless, looks close to chrome and its repairable. Just my findings anyway, good luck
    40FordDeluxe likes this.
    Why is mine so big and yours so small, Chrysler FirePower

  9. #249
    40FordDeluxe's Avatar
    40FordDeluxe is offline CHR Member Visit my Photo Gallery
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Prairie City
    Car Year, Make, Model: 40 Ford Deluxe, 68 Corvette, 72&76 K30
    Posts
    5,990
    Blog Entries
    1

    Nice to hear you'll have the body in 3 weeks and you had change to spare to get more parts. That doesn't seem to happen much anymore.
    Ryan
    1940 Ford Deluxe Tudor 354 Hemi 46RH Electric Blue w/multi-color flames, Ford 9" Residing in multiple pieces
    1968 Corvette Coupe 5.9 Cummins Drag Car 11.43@130mph No stall leaving the line with 1250 rpm's and poor 2.2 60'
    1972 Chevy K30 Longhorn P-pumped 24v Compound Turbos 47RH Just another money pit
    Tire Sizes

  10. #250
    oldrodder43's Avatar
    oldrodder43 is offline CHR Member/Contributor Visit my Photo Gallery
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Ellsworth
    Car Year, Make, Model: 29 Essex RS Coupe
    Posts
    371

    Glad to hear that you are again in 'build mode' Jim. I'm watching. Best of luck to you, my friend. Perley
    stovens likes this.
    Too old to work, Too poor to quit.

    My build thread. http://www.clubhotrod.com/forums/showthread.php?t=39457

  11. #251
    stovens's Avatar
    stovens is offline CHR Member Visit my Photo Gallery
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Petaluma
    Car Year, Make, Model: 48 Ford F1
    Posts
    9,398

    I second that!
    " "No matter where you go, there you are!" Steve.

  12. #252
    J. Robinson's Avatar
    J. Robinson is offline CHR Member Visit my Photo Gallery
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    Titusville, FL
    Car Year, Make, Model: 31 Ford Coupe; 23 Track roadster
    Posts
    1,543

    Thank you all for the advice and encouragement. I'm waiting on the word to go get the body (probably another week or two), but meantime I ordered and received the goodies to fab' the exhaust system. I already have the polished stainless block-huggers on the engine (got them last year) so now I can button up the exhaust while the body is off instead of lying on my back underneath. I got a kit of 2 1/2 inch pipes and bends from Speedway and then bought mufflers and electric cutouts on Ebay. As usual, I will take pics and write up the process as I navigate the pipes around the torsion bars and over the rear axle.
    stovens likes this.
    Jim

    Racing! - Because football, basketball, baseball, and golf require only ONE BALL!

  13. #253
    J. Robinson's Avatar
    J. Robinson is offline CHR Member Visit my Photo Gallery
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    Titusville, FL
    Car Year, Make, Model: 31 Ford Coupe; 23 Track roadster
    Posts
    1,543

    Just a short update - I've been working on my exhaust system. I'll post some pics later when I have something "picture worthy" to show. Suffice it to say it's a bunch of "trial and error" and an exercise in "cut and try". I won't get my body until late September, so maybe I'll have the chassis fabrication buttoned up by then. Stay tuned...
    Jim

    Racing! - Because football, basketball, baseball, and golf require only ONE BALL!

  14. #254
    J. Robinson's Avatar
    J. Robinson is offline CHR Member Visit my Photo Gallery
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    Titusville, FL
    Car Year, Make, Model: 31 Ford Coupe; 23 Track roadster
    Posts
    1,543

    OK, I have the pipes fab'd up from the headers back to, and over, the rear axle. It was a pain in the arse, but it's done - at least as far as I can go for now. When I get the body I will set it on the chassis and determine how I'm going to modify the rear frame horns; then I'll make the tailpipes to fit.

    I have electric cutouts in the system. It was a lot of cut and try and cut and try again, and again, then tack-weld a piece, then repeat with the next piece... Anyway, it's done. It's obvious from the wood blocks that I haven't installed the hangers yet (don't have them), but here is what I have so far.
    Attached Images
    Jim

    Racing! - Because football, basketball, baseball, and golf require only ONE BALL!

  15. #255
    34_40's Avatar
    34_40 is offline CHR Member Visit my Photo Gallery
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    New Bedford
    Car Year, Make, Model: 34 Ford 3W Coupe Replica
    Posts
    12,692

    Good work Jim.
    Looks great.
    stovens likes this.

Reply To Thread
Page 17 of 18 FirstFirst ... 7 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
Links monetized by VigLink