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Old 11-26-2020, 01:08 PM   #21
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34 steering box has two holes at the top as opposed to a 32 flange that has one ,the triangle is inverted
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Old 11-26-2020, 04:38 PM   #22
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Here is a picture of the 1932 Ford Five Window Coupe, and yes, it does have a filled roof. The chrome grille shell with disappear when this car is restored.
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Old 11-26-2020, 04:44 PM   #23
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Just a real wild guess but perhaps the middle of the frame was so buggered that new sections were installed and the faux style lines were done in sheet metal as that would be a lot easier than doing it in the replacement steel.
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Old 11-26-2020, 11:53 PM   #24
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I have seen that before.
A friend had one. He said the frame and body came from Australia.
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Old 11-29-2020, 08:37 PM   #25
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The mystery deepens? I phoned the owner last night and asked him what the chassis was like behind this false panel? He told me that it was the usual 1932 Chassis, complete with the usual elaborate pressings. He could tell this from rubbing his hand on the inside of the chassis. He is going to remove this false panel in the near future and send me some photos of the false panel and chassis without this panel attached. He is also going to get the Body and chassis numbers when he has time. Keep watching for updates.
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Old 11-29-2020, 09:08 PM   #26
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The odds are growing that it is a non-Ford innovation.
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Old 11-30-2020, 12:20 AM   #27
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David,
An after market frame, could it be in the archives as a spurious replacement
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Old 11-30-2020, 12:54 AM   #28
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in the 70's I believe they made fake deuce rails (covers ) in fiberglass to cover a model A frames for hot rods
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Old 11-30-2020, 12:46 PM   #29
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The mystery deepens? I phoned the owner last night and asked him what the chassis was like behind this false panel? He told me that it was the usual 1932 Chassis, complete with the usual elaborate pressings. He could tell this from rubbing his hand on the inside of the chassis. He is going to remove this false panel in the near future and send me some photos of the false panel and chassis without this panel attached. He is also going to get the Body and chassis numbers when he has time. Keep watching for updates.
Maybe the panels were just designed as a sort of "accessory" - to make it easy to paint them to match the body, without trying to paint he old frame underneath? Just pondering the purpose . . .
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Old 11-30-2020, 01:44 PM   #30
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Having had some experience in the matter of attaching '32 fenders, its thickness would compromise the fit of both the front and rear fenders (apart from its lack of the requisite number of holes for their attachment).
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Old 11-30-2020, 02:00 PM   #31
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As I get older I've decided to give up trying to work out what other people may or may not have done in the past. It just seems a strange one that the frame appears to have the reveal, yet it has a reveal cheater panel over it. Without hearing from the person that did the job, all we can do is guess.

It is fun, though.

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Old 12-01-2020, 09:08 PM   #32
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I have seen this done to simulate a non'32 frame, but if the org. has the reveal, don't understand why.
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Old 12-09-2020, 02:19 AM   #33
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Has anybody found anything else about these covers.
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Old 12-09-2020, 05:16 AM   #34
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Just some speculation.
Perhaps the panels were part of the early production design until someone determined that the fabrication of the panel was an added expense that could be eliminated by just painting the frame in that area with body color.
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