Car Restoration: 1932 Ford sedan “Lakester” roof chop: Part 2

This post covers the second part of a car restoration 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 car restoration series covers the remaining major areas of the custom build, which includes the rear window modification and roof insert panel.

Car Restoration: Rear window custom modification

Car Restoration - 1932 Ford Sedan roof: Part 2 | The Metal Surgeon Rear window frame chopped 2.5″, TIG welded and metal finished.

Car Restoration - 1932 Ford Sedan roof: Part 2 | The Metal Surgeon The rear window frame being tacked into position 0.5″ closer to the belt line than original spec.

Car Restoration - 1932 Ford Sedan roof: Part 2 | The Metal Surgeon The rear window TIG welded in and metal finished.

Car Restoration: Roof insert panel

Car Restoration - 1932 Ford Sedan roof: Part 2 | The Metal Surgeon 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.

Car Restoration - 1932 Ford Sedan roof: Part 2 | The Metal Surgeon Wooden structure now removed.

Car Restoration - 1932 Ford Sedan roof: Part 2 | The Metal Surgeon Using a wood router, we re-sectioned the original wood frame to compensate for the chop.

Car Restoration - 1932 Ford Sedan roof: Part 2 | The Metal Surgeon Insert panel welded into position and metal finishing begin.

Car Restoration - 1932 Ford Sedan roof: Part 2 | The Metal Surgeon Checking the profile as we go with ‘wax and grease ‘ remover used as a highlighter.

Car Restoration - 1932 Ford Sedan roof: Part 2 | The Metal Surgeon The center of the roof.

Car Restoration - 1932 Ford Sedan roof: Part 2 | The Metal Surgeon A smooth profile.

Car Restoration - 1932 Ford Sedan roof: Part 2 | The Metal Surgeon Front view.

Car Restoration: 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 car 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.

Car Restoration - 1932 Ford Sedan roof: Part 2 | The Metal Surgeon

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

Car Restoration - 1932 Ford Sedan roof: Part 2 | The Metal Surgeon A custom grille insert to complete the front end ‘mock up,’ to give an overall view of the concept.

Car Restoration - 1932 Ford Sedan roof: Part 2 | The Metal Surgeon
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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