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12-12-2012, 03:33 PM
Where can I fined the wood frame for my 4 door sedan?

12-12-2012, 03:34 PM
Dictator sorry

12-12-2012, 04:42 PM
you might try the "Antique Studebaker..." forum on AACA: http://forums.aaca.org/f126/

it would probably help if you could add the year, model number, etc. :)

12-12-2012, 04:46 PM
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You will need to have a hardwood old Car body rebuilder/specialist "Make" a new body, there is no way to buy or "find" something like that.

12-12-2012, 05:25 PM
I once owned a 1928 Erskine that need some of the wood replaced in the roof, including the main structural "beams".

I ended up taking a woodshop class at the local trade school and was able to get help from the instructor to make the wood myself. Keep in mind many of the structural connections are mortise and tenion (the same way they built old barns). Also several of the roof pieces used complex "finger" joints that would be difficult to replicate without the original tooling (jigs), however modern connections (gluing, etc) can be substituted.

The much of the wood framing on these cars is wrapped by the sheet metal and nailed to the wood, such as the door posts, and it makes wood replacement difficult to the point of having to decided if it's worth the effort. Fortunately for me the verticle members such as those in the door posts were okay.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but this is an expensive item to fix for cars of this era unless you can do the work yourself.

12-13-2012, 09:27 PM
This might help.