This post covers the second part of a project in house for a customer based in Australia.  A 1932 Ford sedan in original paint, that is going to be turned into a Bonneville Lakester style build.

The second part of this series covers the remaining major areas of the custom build, which includes the rear window modification and roof insert panel.

Rear window custom modification

classic restoration, sheet metal fabrication, custom metal worker, metal work denver, antique cars, automotive repair, automotive restoration, car body repair, classic cars, car restoration, metal working, restoration, vintage cars, ford Rear window frame chopped 2.5″, TIG welded and metal finished.

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Roof insert panel

classic restoration, sheet metal fabrication, custom metal worker, metal work denver, antique cars, automotive repair, automotive restoration, car body repair, classic cars, car restoration, metal working, restoration, vintage cars, ford Roof insert operation begins. Objective is to remove fully the wooden structure. The wood structure will be put back in once the roof insert panel is complete.

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classic restoration, sheet metal fabrication, custom metal worker, metal work denver, antique cars, automotive repair, automotive restoration, car body repair, classic cars, car restoration, metal working, restoration, vintage cars, ford Using a wood router, we re-sectioned the original wood frame to compensate for the chop.

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Final metal work!

The car was displayed at this years Creme de la Chrome in downtown Denver to show the quality of what lies beneath our painted restorations.  The metal work is an important foundation for any restoration and it’s important to chose your shop wisely to make sure they have the necessary skill set to perform the duties on your classic vehicle.

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Complete view of the finished metal work at the show to back up our motto “know what’s under your paint.”

classic restoration, sheet metal fabrication, custom metal worker, metal work denver, antique cars, automotive repair, automotive restoration, car body repair, classic cars, car restoration, metal working, restoration, vintage cars, ford A custom grille insert to complete the front end ‘mock up,’ to give an overall view of the concept.

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Overall view of the the rear on display at the Creme de la Chrome show in downtown Denver 2014.

For even more photos and details on the build, check out this forum:

http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/threads/32-sedan-lakester-roof-chop.934219/

 

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