The rear section of the body was attached to the floor frame by drilling holes in the wheel well area and MIG welding (dark spots in picture) through to the floor frame.

Additional bracing was done inside as part of steel out.

Start of steel out phase

Here is the RH side of the body (loking to the rear of the body) with the cross frame visible and tied into the tube around the bottom of the side window which runs from the rear window area to the door "B" pillar.

Below is the upper tube which runs from the rear window and around the top of the side window and on to the windscreen area, travelling over the door opening.

The wide vertical tube is the upper seat belt mount, just visible at the bottom of the pic. A steel plate was welded inside this tube with a suitable nut welded to it for the seat belt bolt.


The time has finally come where all that hard work on the body is starting to come together. More precisely, I started putting the body back together on the floor frame. On Sunday, 23rd April 2000, a trial fit up of the body began. There are a few clamps in the pictures, as I had not taken the final plunge and welded anything in. I wanted to make sure everything fits properly and is squared up on the frame first. The tricky bit seems to be getting the doors to fit square in the door opening. One thing I discovered, is that the 1" thick tube I used for the floor frame is too thin. It should be more like 1.25" so that the bottom edge of the body sits about level with the top of the chassis. Otherwise, it will interfere with the valance panels. I solved this problem by fitting a piece of 1/4" bar under the bottom of the cowl mounting points and also the door sills. I also had to rework the top of the door striker pillars so that I can do the steeling out. Then I had to complete the steeling out of the body, to stiffen it up, provide seat belt mounts etc.

Here is the cross braced frame, behind the seats. It tilts back a little to give maximum seat clearance. The original parcel shelf is to be retained, but will be narrowed to give more seat clearance. The fuel tank will mount behind here, also. The clamps were removed as the steel out progressed.


The side tubing was bent (with oxy on sharp curves) to follow the contour of the body and welded to the rear window panel joint and welded to the top of the door pillar.   Another similar shaped piece runs parallel, below the side window and ties into the door pillar. A vertical connecting piece was added for the top seat belt mount. The bracing frame above is connected to the lower piece also. See steelout below for more.

These bodies were made by literally nailing (!) the steel shell over a framework of timber. Whilst adequate for the speeds of the day, this method falls down with the torque of a Rodders V8 power plant up front. Besides, the timber had rotted away. The idea, is to fit suitable steel tube in place of the timber, incorporate seat belt mounts and also hopefully improve it a little to make the body more "solid' and allow the doors to close with a suitable "clunk" !
Assembling my 1930 Ford coupe Hotrod

This is how I have attached the centre pillar to the floor frame. I bent a piece of steel bar about 5mm thick to a similar angle as the door pillar is to the floor, then tack welded it in as you can see. The door pillar is a "U" shaped pressing with the open side of the "U" facing inwards. When all is finalized, I will weld it fully.

You can see a little of the door repairs here also.

There's nothing set in stone on how to do this, so I basically followed the old timber locations, plus added steel across the body behind the seats, to brace it more sideways as well. This is the primary method to stiffen the body shell.

   April 29th, 2000. I started the process by making the cross braced rectangular frame from 3/4" (19mm) square tube, which will be welded to the floor, just behind the seats. The tubing in the side panels will then tie into this frame, which forms the core of my "steeling out".

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Aug 2001, Last updated 12-aug-10