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It's gonna be a while,but I've got a '29 ford model a roadster pickup.I'm starting work on it this fall.I'm currently enrolled in the local votec learning how to weld. I could easily replace the wood in the cab used for support with square tubing,since you won't see it until you pull panels,but I want to keep it wood. something that won't rot easily,or cause the metal to rust.Any suggestions there would be great.I know that there are wood block kits available,but where is the fun in that? for the bed though,I've been looking at ipe. Has anyone tried using it in a similar way? It's water/rot/insect resistance is what's really drawing me that way,but I've read that it's difficult to machine. wadya think?
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HI Rodger

I would suggest sticking with the OAK ,the ipe is nasty stuff,, the Oak wood worked well and it will do it again..I'm almost sure the Ford will not sit in a old barn or in the open again..
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It's gonna be a while,but I've got a '29 ford model a roadster pickup.I'm starting work on it this fall.I'm currently enrolled in the local votec learning how to weld. I could easily replace the wood in the cab used for support with square tubing,since you won't see it until you pull panels,but I want to keep it wood. something that won't rot easily,or cause the metal to rust.Any suggestions there would be great.I know that there are wood block kits available,but where is the fun in that? for the bed though,I've been looking at ipe. Has anyone tried using it in a similar way? It's water/rot/insect resistance is what's really drawing me that way,but I've read that it's difficult to machine. wadya think?



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Won't the original wood have been ash ?

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Hi Peter

Not to sure,,,,The 32 Ford ,3 window I redid was Oak

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the interior wood I think was oak.It was so rotted that it's kinda hard to tell. the wood in the bed was completely gone.Old dusty termite poop now.The A was given to me by my father in law,because he knew that I'd actually do something with it.I've got a lot of patch work to do on the cab,and I have to build new doors,but that's nothing but time.The frame is in good shape,and next semester in welding class,I'm taking the frame in to trick it out. It's gonna be a class project. We'll be boxing the frame,putting in lightening holes, filling those in for structural integrety,z'ing the back of the frame to lower the stance,and bring the bed level w/the rear of the cab. also putting in an x member for more strenth. The whole goal is to make a hot rod,but nothing audatious.I will be putting in a wood floor that I'll be able to remove without tearing it up,because I want to someday take it to Bonneville,and I doubt a wood floor would pass tech inspection. I'll definetly post pics when I've done something worth posting.
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" hot rod " now we are talking rework/rebuild fun stuff

If that's the case, jack up the body and start over with new frame,, then rebuild the body..

Would love to see the snapshots in two years or so,,been there done that 29 ford pickup plus a 27 ford..plus a model A fun stuff...

This is not mind but it look the very same only blue

1929 Ford Roadster Pickup - Featured Vehicles - Hot Rod Magazine

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the interior wood I think was oak.It was so rotted that it's kinda hard to tell. the wood in the bed was completely gone.Old dusty termite poop now.The A was given to me by my father in law,because he knew that I'd actually do something with it.I've got a lot of patch work to do on the cab,and I have to build new doors,but that's nothing but time.The frame is in good shape,and next semester in welding class,I'm taking the frame in to trick it out. It's gonna be a class project. We'll be boxing the frame,putting in lightening holes, filling those in for structural integrety,z'ing the back of the frame to lower the stance,and bring the bed level w/the rear of the cab. also putting in an x member for more strenth. The whole goal is to make a hot rod,but nothing audatious.I will be putting in a wood floor that I'll be able to remove without tearing it up,because I want to someday take it to Bonneville,and I doubt a wood floor would pass tech inspection. I'll definetly post pics when I've done something worth posting.



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26-28 Ford, 33 chevy, 18 White C-cab, were oak! For sure! So I'm guessing they all were. The way they are designed gives a very quiet ride. I have seen a couple that had metal installed they were rattletraps. The wood work is just basic woodwork, Except maybe the steam bending. But all you need is a simple shop made 6" PVC steamer.
If the wood is too far gone to use for patterns, contact the clubs, they have the patterns, be ready to use lots of T-nuts.
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yup a hot rod.I'll have to get my wife to show me how to post links someday soon. I'm goin fenderless w/ suicide front end and doors.most likely I'm gonna channel the body as well. I got a good idea in my head what i'm goin to do. tall skinny tires. low slung body. lot's of engine. but keep it simple and clean. I better stop. This is sounding more like a hot rod forum,than woodworking.
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Hi Rodger

Yep,,,hot rods are fun toys ,,I had a 27 bucket T that was zooooomer a nice Sunday ride thing,,,289 Ford with tons of power ,no top,no fenders to speak about,,,and about 1,200 lbs., rubber down for about 2 to 3 blocks ,it cost more for tires than anything else I put in it,,but what a kick to drive


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Go with the oak.

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