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    I need to know the size of the spacers that go between the frame and the body for my 51 starlight coupe project, HELP, HELP, HELP

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    If you did not save, measure and mark the ones you removed, this may be a difficult task because the tire casing pieces and metal shims are custom fitted to make the body fit the frame individually on each car.

    They are a "use as required" item.

    StudeRich
    StudeRich
    Second Generation Stude Driver,
    Proud '54 Starliner Owner



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    • #3
      I took a truck mud flap and cut it in squares punched a 1/2 inch hole in the middle. And a piece of 3/16 belting and done the same. The rest of the mud flap is in front of my drill press. Nothing wasted.


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      • #4
        quote:Originally posted by StudeRich

        If you did not save, measure and mark the ones you removed, this may be a difficult task because the tire casing pieces and metal shims are custom fitted to make the body fit the frame individually on each car.

        They are a "use as required" item.

        StudeRich
        I bought some muffler straps to cut but I did not realize that each car was spaced to order. I was hoping that there was a specific height.

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        • #5
          Think of them more as shims...

          The tolerance on modern cars has vastly improved -so they serve more as a spacer/insolator nowadays.

          But the frames and bodies of old cars were hand fitted together -some went together easily and some did not. Some required more shimming here while others needed more there.

          I bagged and tagged all the shims/spacers that came off my '54 Commander. There seemed to be no rhyme or reason or particular pattern to their use.

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          • #6
            I tagged the rubber & metal shims & numbered a corresponding sketch. My plan was to use the old steel spacers and cut new rubber ones from a mudflap (which I did). When I got to re-mounting the body; mice ate some of the tags and half of the drawing... I then went on to plan B and a lot of trial and error.

            duane miller

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