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  • Need to pick the brains of '37 owners....

    Hey guys,

    Anyone out there in Studaville ever disassembled a '37 grill for repair? Looks to be a spot weld popping job, at least! Thanks, Jimmy http://community.webshots.com/user/Jimmy655

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    I'm sure that our very own Jeff Rice has...

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    Matthew Burnette
    Hazlehurst, Georgia
    '59 Scotsman PU
    '63 Daytona HT



    http://mbstudebaker.blogspot.com/
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    • #3
      I'm sure that our very own Jeff Rice has...

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      Matthew Burnette
      Hazlehurst, Georgia
      '59 Scotsman PU
      '63 Daytona HT



      http://mbstudebaker.blogspot.com/
      http://thestudillac.blogspot.com/

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      • #4
        you have to remove the center chrome. the two halves are rivited together. drill them out. the fins are bent tabs. if the fins are not bent you can sand them from the back with a dremmel tool with a small drum sander. just tape the chrome edege. thats how I did mine. only replaced a few bottom fins. hope this helps. good luck

        frank

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        • #5
          you have to remove the center chrome. the two halves are rivited together. drill them out. the fins are bent tabs. if the fins are not bent you can sand them from the back with a dremmel tool with a small drum sander. just tape the chrome edege. thats how I did mine. only replaced a few bottom fins. hope this helps. good luck

          frank

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          • #6
            What Frank said....
            If you can find a source for replacements for that center stainless strip, let me know.
            I pray for your sanity for what you are about to partake..
            Jeff[8D]


            [quote]Originally posted by mbstude

            I'm sure that our very own Jeff Rice has...





            DEEPNHOCK at Gmail.com
            Brooklet, Georgia
            '37 Coupe Express (never ending project)
            '37 Coupe Express Trailer (project)
            '61 Hawk (project)
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            HTIH (Hope The Info Helps)

            Jeff


            Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please. Mark Twain



            Note: SDC# 070190 (and earlier...)

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            • #7
              What Frank said....
              If you can find a source for replacements for that center stainless strip, let me know.
              I pray for your sanity for what you are about to partake..
              Jeff[8D]


              [quote]Originally posted by mbstude

              I'm sure that our very own Jeff Rice has...





              DEEPNHOCK at Gmail.com
              Brooklet, Georgia
              '37 Coupe Express (never ending project)
              '37 Coupe Express Trailer (project)
              '61 Hawk (project)
              http://community.webshots.com/user/deepnhock

              HTIH (Hope The Info Helps)

              Jeff


              Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please. Mark Twain



              Note: SDC# 070190 (and earlier...)

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              • #8
                Thanks Frank....Kinda scary, the thought of poppin' that grill center spine open but the spine itself isn't straight and there's no other way to do it. What's the story on the solid round bar inside the center spine? support, keeping the inside louver tabs in place?
                Hey Jeff...too late, I've already lost my sanity during the inital stages of the IFS install (see latest photo). Fatman's (a company I've always had high reguard for) '37 Studebaker crossmember leaves much to be desired! Finally just said the heck with it and decided to mark the frame for a level crossmember @ 3 degree forward rake and when the frame doesn't cooperate, I'll fabricate. Thanks guys...Jimmy http://community.webshots.com/user/Jimmy655

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                • #9
                  Thanks Frank....Kinda scary, the thought of poppin' that grill center spine open but the spine itself isn't straight and there's no other way to do it. What's the story on the solid round bar inside the center spine? support, keeping the inside louver tabs in place?
                  Hey Jeff...too late, I've already lost my sanity during the inital stages of the IFS install (see latest photo). Fatman's (a company I've always had high reguard for) '37 Studebaker crossmember leaves much to be desired! Finally just said the heck with it and decided to mark the frame for a level crossmember @ 3 degree forward rake and when the frame doesn't cooperate, I'll fabricate. Thanks guys...Jimmy http://community.webshots.com/user/Jimmy655

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                  • #10
                    Having installed a couple of FatMan Fab front ends (into non-Stude's), I can tell you that all the older stuff is 'close', but rarely is it precise. But, rarely do 65+ year old frames stay square, either. Just square up your frame (check the diagonals too!) and block it for setting the new crossmember. Make sure you set the crossmember so you can get the right caster, or you may make it harder to align, Also think hard about your finished ride height and your lower grille section. Since you are rebuilding your grille, you should consider recountouring the lower nose grille opening to flatten it out a bit. Otherwise, if you set your ride height 'in the weeds', you will live in fear of every curb and gas station driveway when you drive[B)].

                    You really won't see the bottom of the nose enough to say it doesn't look right, but an additional inch of ground clearance there can help you soften the front suspension so it rides nice without fear of scraping the nose. (BTDT)...
                    Jeff[8D]


                    quote:Originally posted by Jimmy Clarke

                    Thanks Frank....Kinda scary, the thought of poppin' that grill center spine open but the spine itself isn't straight and there's no other way to do it. What's the story on the solid round bar inside the center spine? support, keeping the inside louver tabs in place?
                    Hey Jeff...too late, I've already lost my sanity during the inital stages of the IFS install (see latest photo). Fatman's (a company I've always had high reguard for) '37 Studebaker crossmember leaves much to be desired! Finally just said the heck with it and decided to mark the frame for a level crossmember @ 3 degree forward rake and when the frame doesn't cooperate, I'll fabricate. Thanks guys...Jimmy http://community.webshots.com/user/Jimmy655


                    DEEPNHOCK at Gmail.com
                    Brooklet, Georgia
                    '37 Coupe Express (never ending project)
                    '37 Coupe Express Trailer (project)
                    '61 Hawk (project)
                    http://community.webshots.com/user/deepnhock

                    HTIH (Hope The Info Helps)

                    Jeff


                    Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please. Mark Twain



                    Note: SDC# 070190 (and earlier...)

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                    • #11
                      Having installed a couple of FatMan Fab front ends (into non-Stude's), I can tell you that all the older stuff is 'close', but rarely is it precise. But, rarely do 65+ year old frames stay square, either. Just square up your frame (check the diagonals too!) and block it for setting the new crossmember. Make sure you set the crossmember so you can get the right caster, or you may make it harder to align, Also think hard about your finished ride height and your lower grille section. Since you are rebuilding your grille, you should consider recountouring the lower nose grille opening to flatten it out a bit. Otherwise, if you set your ride height 'in the weeds', you will live in fear of every curb and gas station driveway when you drive[B)].

                      You really won't see the bottom of the nose enough to say it doesn't look right, but an additional inch of ground clearance there can help you soften the front suspension so it rides nice without fear of scraping the nose. (BTDT)...
                      Jeff[8D]


                      quote:Originally posted by Jimmy Clarke

                      Thanks Frank....Kinda scary, the thought of poppin' that grill center spine open but the spine itself isn't straight and there's no other way to do it. What's the story on the solid round bar inside the center spine? support, keeping the inside louver tabs in place?
                      Hey Jeff...too late, I've already lost my sanity during the inital stages of the IFS install (see latest photo). Fatman's (a company I've always had high reguard for) '37 Studebaker crossmember leaves much to be desired! Finally just said the heck with it and decided to mark the frame for a level crossmember @ 3 degree forward rake and when the frame doesn't cooperate, I'll fabricate. Thanks guys...Jimmy http://community.webshots.com/user/Jimmy655


                      DEEPNHOCK at Gmail.com
                      Brooklet, Georgia
                      '37 Coupe Express (never ending project)
                      '37 Coupe Express Trailer (project)
                      '61 Hawk (project)
                      http://community.webshots.com/user/deepnhock

                      HTIH (Hope The Info Helps)

                      Jeff


                      Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please. Mark Twain



                      Note: SDC# 070190 (and earlier...)

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                      • #12
                        Jeff,

                        Posted my reply on the tech forum.....Jimmy

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                        • #13
                          Jeff,

                          Posted my reply on the tech forum.....Jimmy

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                          • #14
                            I heard that the rear side strip from a 65 buick special 2 door can be used for the center strip. I had a good one off the parts car so did not have to try it.

                            Frank

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                            • #15
                              I heard that the rear side strip from a 65 buick special 2 door can be used for the center strip. I had a good one off the parts car so did not have to try it.

                              Frank

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