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Old 09-07-2016, 04:49 PM   #2
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Default Re: 1940 convertible restoration started

You will have to raise the body off the frame to put a new floor pan in place. To do this, the body must be securely brace by welding braces across the body. Convertibles present special problems without a steel top to connect the front and back portions. Otherwise, the doors will not fit, and the top won't open and close properly. Unless you are experienced in body work, or plan to have a pro do the work, it is likely you won't finish the project. Even if the body work is good, you will have to form and replace shims at all body to frame points. Convertibles are among the most difficult restorations to tackle for many reasons. Parts are rare and expensive if you can find them, as I learned years ago.
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