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Upper Quarter T-Strips

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  • Upper Quarter T-Strips

    Page 51 of April 2007 Turning Wheels, left narrow column shows a sketch of a panel with what appears to be two screw holes. Top of panel appears to be a long thin piece of metal. What is this? Is this that strip of metal that rises above the rear fender on both sides going nearly to the rear window? On the fenders of my '55 President, about 10-12" of this is missing (rotted off) on both sides. Could find no correlation in the body parts manual.


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    '55 President
    \'55 Commander
    \'55 President

  • #2
    It's the T strip. Fits between the fender and the body tub, from the door post back. C & K.
    Not uncommon to be rusted and gone.
    Klif

    55 Speedster
    42 Champ Coupe
    55 Speedster/Street Machine
    63 Avanti R2
    64 Convertible R1

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    • #3
      I wonder why they used that instead of fender welt. I would think that fender welt would last longer and not promote rust so much.

      In any case I would goo it up well with tar or seam sealer before installation.

      nate

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      • #4
        quote:Originally posted by klifton1

        It's the T strip. Fits between the fender and the body tub, from the door post back. C & K.
        Not uncommon to be rusted and gone
        What's the purpose of this? Did it just make it easier to align the partson the assembly line? My '50 is in the same condition described by RHO. I would guess that a flat strip of steel welded across that area would serve the same purpose of strengthening, but be a whole lot easier than trying to form a "T" (or bend a "T" extrusion of some kind) and weld it in from every which way on top and bottom.

        How badly would the easier fix be frowned upon in concourse judging? COnsidering the location, the appearance wouldn't really matter. The strength would.

        edit: just read Nate's post. OK, I guess we're not talking about the same thing. I was talking about a piece that protrudes above the wheel well and is visible with the trunkk open. Sorry.

        Paul

        1950 Land Cruiser project

        I finally have a Stude I can drive! (sort of)
        1962 GT Hawk, 4 speed, a/c

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        • #5
          OK, will have to look more thoroughly at my '55 tomorrow to see just how this "T-strip" is attached and see how I can remove what is still there. Unfortunately it does have to be dealt with and I am also curious why this might have been designed that way and why I could not find it in the body parts manual unless I just overlooked it.

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          '55 President
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          • #6
            Look in the chassis parts manual. Page 460. Part # 1604-7
            Seam sealer should be used on it, and a lot of it.
            Klif

            55 Speedster
            42 Champ Coupe
            55 Speedster/Street Machine
            63 Avanti R2
            64 Convertible R1

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            • #7
              The chassis manual, ok, I'll check it out. Thanks.

              '55 Commander
              '55 President
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              • #8
                These pieces did not originally have a solid protrusion into the fender seam. They had four or five tabs that kept them in place and were sealed with a very small amount of dumm-dumm. I would not use seam sealer. It may be possible to carefully pry them out without loosening the bolts, which are only accessible by removing the interior rear trim panels; getting new ones in will require loosening those bolts.

                Fortunately, even after bead-blasting those strips, I have lost only minor portions of the tabs. My originals are reusable[^] and are being heavily primed before painting.

                Brad Johnson
                Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
                '33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight
                "All attempts to 'rise above the issue' are simply an excuse to avoid it profitably." --Dick Gregory

                Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
                Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
                sigpic'33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée"

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                • #9
                  Not owning this model or year. I wonder if this is the same strip used on my 56 wagon between the quarter panel and fiberglass fin. It is a 1/4 strip that covered up the seam where the fin meets the quarter. It had studs that slid in the channel that bolts from the inside. Can not find anyone that sells it. I'm thinking of getting a piece of SS trim off something and using it. Well if this isn't the same part sorry I wasted your time.

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                  • #10
                    The upper quarter T-strips to which I refer are produced by
                    http://www.classicent.com/sedans_wagons_53_58.php that was provided under the thread rocker panels.

                    '55 Commander
                    '55 President
                    \'55 Commander
                    \'55 President

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                    • #11
                      The 55 champion sedan that I am working on has these as well. They are much shorter than the C-K ones. Does anyone carry them?

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                      53 Champion HDTP
                      61 Cursed Purple Hawk
                      64 Champ long bed V8
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                      53 Hudson Super Wasp Coupe

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                      • #12
                        quote:The 55 champion sedan that I am working on has these as well. They are much shorter than the C-K ones. Does anyone carry them?
                        I haven't seen them and Classic Enterprises doesn't list them. I suppose you could get the ones for the C/K and cut them to fit.
                        The ones I removed from my Coupe have a slight angle on the exposed bead, for left and right sides and are not interchangeable. How so with the repros?
                        "All attempts to 'rise above the issue' are simply an excuse to avoid it profitably." --Dick Gregory

                        Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
                        Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
                        sigpic'33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée"

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                        • #13
                          OK, 3 bolts each side loosened via 1/2" socket to pry out the three little brackets that hold the T-strip. The brackets open-ended holes just slide over the bolt and then are held in place via very large washers or backing plates. Not too bad to get to.

                          '55 Commander
                          '55 President
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