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Old 01-19-2020, 09:56 PM   #21
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Great guy to talk with. Smooth as silk.
I ordered at least 6 sets of pans over the years. At first they came in a month or two and at the end I had to get my money back via the credit card company.
Nice pans poor service. Not for me.
If I had a product in high demand I would make an effort to fill that need but that's just me.
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Old 01-19-2020, 10:25 PM   #22
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The bigger lesson here is to buy things like this when you know they are available. You never know when the business will be sold, go out of business, or in Paul Bradley's case be too distracted to supply parts or backordered for years. I was lucky in that I bought a 1/2 floor pan for my wagon many years ago from Paul and got it right away. If there are currently available repro parts you will need later, get them now or you may be out of luck when you actually need them. This used to be real common years ago when the only business that made running boards did a run of 32s and then switched to 33-34s and there was a big gap in time when you could get 32s again until after the 33-34s were finished being made.
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Old 01-20-2020, 10:13 AM   #23
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Amen to that advice. Plan (i.e. make a list of what you will need and buy) ahead to avoid the "no-longer-available" blues.
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Old 01-20-2020, 11:55 AM   #24
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I agree also and in some cases buy a spare!!!
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Old 01-20-2020, 02:01 PM   #25
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I would buy 36 floors for my 3 window today IF he had them in stock,but I'm not willing to wait two years. I wish there was a high quality alternative, I don't want the universal street rod floor.
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Old 01-20-2020, 02:14 PM   #26
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Paul's dies are out there somewhere. Somebody should look him up and make an offer on them. We all know there is a demand. He has a very large inventory of various dies. According to his link, he had a staff working for him too.
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Old 01-20-2020, 02:34 PM   #27
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Paul's dies are out there somewhere. Somebody should look him up and make an offer on them. We all know there is a demand. He has a very large inventory of various dies. According to his link, he had a staff working for him too.
Don't think he would be interested in selling his dies if he is still using them!

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I spoke with Paul recently and he IS still in business. He did mention that he’s been taking care of his mother who has been ill since February. Based on our conversation it seems things are improving and he’s beginning to be able to devote more time to the business. Hopefully the responsiveness will improve.
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Old 01-20-2020, 02:39 PM   #28
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Paul does not stamp these. They are die formed, every indention is formed separately. They are a work of art.
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Old 01-20-2020, 09:13 PM   #29
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He still has dies. If he is not going to continue, maybe he would sell the business. Would be a great investment for the right person.
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Always thought these were punched out by hand. Not a large sheet die press.


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Old 01-21-2020, 11:13 AM   #31
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Exactly!
I spoke at length with him about this very thing.
Buy the business, make it a full time retirement endeavor for me, hire some help and continue the supply.

Unfortunately, he either didn't need my money, wasn't interested in expanding the business, and was willing to let it wither away until it died.

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Old 01-21-2020, 01:43 PM   #32
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We had a fellow comment on one of these threads about fabrication of his dies. If I remember correctly they are more on the line of a hand forming die set up and not a press die set. With modern high pressure water jet tables and the like, a set of forming dies can be cut out to fit the basic shape but have cut outs and and added forming bucks for the hand forming process. This is how a lot of stuff was formed before deep draw press equipment became more widely produced. The art of repousse' and chasing have been around a long time. The statue of Liberty was made this way. Copper is a bit easier to form though. You can do a lot with a hammer and a set of old chisels with the chasing shapes needed. Plywood can work too but it would only last through one or two panels before it was misshapen a bit too much.

All a person needs is a floor pattern to make a die set but it would have to be in CAD/CAM for the machines to cut them out. It takes a while to hammer stuff out and generally some welding has to be done as well but a floor isn't as hard to beat out as you might think. I'm surprised someone like Mac Hils hasn't taken up stuff like this since he already has a good bit of forming equipment.
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Old 01-21-2020, 02:12 PM   #33
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RR that is close to how Paul forms his floor pans. I personally think that even with Paul’s dies etc it would be hard to make floor pans. It is knowledge pasted down from his Dad that would also be required.
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Old 01-21-2020, 06:27 PM   #34
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Seems to me that Bradley is in the same category as GoCat Speed Shop and Flathead City.
All three should be avoided like the plague..
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Old 01-21-2020, 10:17 PM   #35
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Dennis Carpenter has floor pans for most of the '40 cars. I bought a set in the fall of '19 when DC had a sale.

https://www.dennis-carpenter.com/en/...or-pan-62-inch.
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Old 01-22-2020, 04:07 PM   #36
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Dennis Carpenter has floor pans for most of the '40 cars. I bought a set in the fall of '19 when DC had a sale.

https://www.dennis-carpenter.com/en/...or-pan-62-inch.
None for the wagon tho.
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Old 02-25-2020, 03:46 PM   #37
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Has anybody talked to Paul Bradley lately about acquiring floor pans or is he still down and out?
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