This is part one of an automotive restoration series on this 1929 Ford Sedan.

 

Traditionally, the style line on a classic 1929 Ford Sedan ends three quarters the way up the body at the ‘C’ Post.  The customer of this Ford requested that the style line be modified to continue along the roof line.  We then suggested that when the style line met the ‘B’ post, it should tapered down to meet the ‘A’ post to mimic the hood line. He agreed and liked the idea.

The first image showing the original body and style lines and the next shows where we draft out the style line to be created.  We have drawn and cut out a cardboard profile gauge to aid the development of the style line.  The profile drawings on the cardboard are of side profiles of the roof line, to help profile shaping when it’s time to build the panel.

Custom 1929 Ford Sedan - style line

Before the surgery - this is how a classic looks

Custom 1929 Ford Sedan - style line

Original body line ends three quarters the way up the body

Custom 1929 Ford Sedan - style line

Drawing on style line, to match the classic style

We initially made the panel with the aid of an English wheel and Eckhold  shrinking machine. To make the bead line in the panel, we had to then make tooling with the aid of a lathe.  The tooling was then fitted to a bead roller machine, from there we formed the bead in the panel.  Using the pre-made templates, we reshaped the panel after the bead distortion, offering it constantly to the car roof line to compare the shape.  Once we were happy, the panel was clamped up and clico’d into position.  A line was scribed around the perimeter of the panel and the shape was cut into the roof and the hole replaced by the the new custom panel.  We then tacked the panel in, plannished the weld, and  fully TIG welded in.  The weld was then ground down by 5/16″ grinding wheel and plannished once again.  From here the body and custom panel is metal finished to completion.

Photos of a custom style line created on this classic 1929 Ford sedan

Custom 1929 Ford Sedan - style line

From body drawings, to making a cardboard template to aid the making of the new panel

Custom 1929 Ford Sedan - style line

Showing roof profiles taken at specific points marked on the template

Custom 1929 Ford Sedan - style line

Shaping a new panel

Custom 1929 Ford Sedan - style line

Fitting the custom made panel. Cleco'd into place.

Custom 1929 Ford Sedan - style line

Style line clico'd into position

Custom 1929 Ford Sedan - style line

Style line tacked in place ready to plannish in preparation for TIG welding

Custom 1929 Ford Sedan - style line

Custom panel TIG welded into place

Custom 1929 Ford Sedan - style line

Grafted in and metal finished to completion

Custom 1929 Ford Sedan - style line

Cool custom style line, looking as though it was born on the production line back in 1929

 

Check out our other Ford projects here, and other classic, vintage, and antique cars from the categories on the right-hand side of the page.

This is part one of an automotive restoration series on this 1929 Ford Sedan.

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4 Responses

  1. Bob Carolgees

    Hi Great Work.

    I am doing very similar work to you only in another country. I would hesitate to say that I too would consider myself to be of ‘surgical standard’. I even have gloves.

    The only thing that I need is a jig chasing machine. Could you help me out and tell me where I can find one. I did try looking up the longshoot but to no avail.

    Any assistance from you would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Bob & Spit

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  2. Benjamin Gaudio

    I am wondering if you cut out that portion of the roof before grafting on the new style line, or if it was welded over the top of the existing roof.

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