Studebaker Project

On we go.... It's about chopping time.  

Well after we measured what seemed like 100 times, we finally decided we had the tape laid out exactly where we wanted to cut.  You see the gap between the tape. 

 

Well there it hangs.  Should be easy right. Cut off the top, cut a few inches off the pillars, and just put it back on....   HAHAHAHA 

 


 Here's one view of it all welded back together except for we need to fill in the space in the roof.

 


Here is the roof installed from an inside view.  You can see where we added the extra roof supports 

 

Well here is the donor windows we got from the Chevy.  We had to cut these things down to be both narrower, and shorter

 

  

  

 

Another pic of the new roof 

 

This was my center grille piece when we got it off.   It was pretty rough shape.

 

This is the greatest tool I bought since I started the project.  Chain hoist.  I made a rolling mount so I could roll it across the garage.

 

Like many hoods mine was rusted badly around the hood mounts.

 

 

Rest of the hood was in good shape.  Cleaned it good to prime her up.

Here in the back the gap is smaller.  We cut about 2 1/2 inches in the front, and only 1 inch in the back.  That way it would have some rake to the top. 

 

Here you can see we chose to cut the one inch gap out of the back right threw the center of the window.  It kept everything proportional 

 

This from a different angle.  If you look at the top inside of the roof, up'll see a pattern we made to shape the roof

 

Here's a look from the outside looks like it matched up pretty well

 

 

 They came out pretty well,.. lots of sizing, and cutting (and cussing) but they'll be fine.  To the right you can see another junk yard find.  Seat belts.  Hard to get mounted just right, so they'd function properly.

 

 

Found a 9 inch Ford rear end.

 

Dad did a good job straightening everything.  The small bars we couldn't fix

 

You can see here and in the first pic how it rolls on an I-beam that is a support for the upper floor. Great to be able to pic something up and...

 

 Luckily I had the spare hood, and I was able to cut out the piece I needed to repair the bad spot

 

We folded the edge back and put sealer in to keep it from rusting 

MAN Am I sure I wanna do this??  hhuumm Looks like it's too late to turn back now.  Hope it's as easy to put back together as it was to cut apart. I'm not holding my breath. 

 

This is taken from inside the truck.  At the bottom you can see where we welded the A pillars back together.  They all came out well.

 

 Here is the pattern.  Helped shape the roof braces, and also gave a perfect shape to form the metal for the roof. 

 

 Here's a look from close up, and a better angle to see the roof.

 

 

 

 

 Sure cleaned up good.

 

Dad built a mold, and we built our own small bars and put them in.  What do ya think.??

 

then move it across the garage. It can pick up anything.  We used it to hold the frame as we worked on it, put the motor in and out,  etc.

 

 Here it is roughed in and with a coat of primer.  Needs a little work yet but when it gets the finishing touches it'll be fine.

 

Another successful step forward.  Nice finish inside and out.

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