Yes they can. Our assembly fixtures are based on an original stock frame so the body mounting holes are pre located at stock locations.
Since our bodies are all assembled per each individual order we can assemble them with a stock firewall, a stock dash, or a stock floor pan. BUT, the customer has to furnish those items to us for installation. We do not keep an inventory of stock parts. If the parts need repair before installation we can repair them on a “Time & Materials” basis.
No, it is our own design and has a 5″ recess for newer engine applications. It was designed to have some characteristics like a stock firewall so that it looks natural in our bodies or original bodies.
No we do not. Our floor pan is designed for the hot rod market and is flat. It is not exactly configured like a stock floor pan. We offer our entire floor pan as an assembly to people who are building a hot rod or street rod and have a rusty or damaged original floor in their car. Our floor pans are designed to fit into original body shells.
Yes, we can build the bodies with either stock style hinges or hidden hinges.
The gauge on the external sheet metal is 19 gauge, as original. The inner structure is 16 gauge. Orignal cars did not necessarily have 16 gauge structure in all areas as we do.
There are several differences. Some are very minor but the major ones are the grilles, the hood, the window garnish moldings, and the dashes are different.
Yes we do offer a convertible top for the Roadster body. There are a couple of companies making tops but there is only one company that offers side curtains as an option for their top. We are dealers for both companies and can get you either one. Inquire.
No, a true Roadster has no windows in the doors. Some people call convertibles with roll up windows in the doors a Roadster but that is not technically correct. A Cabriolet has roll up windows in the doors. A 4 door convertible without windows in the doors is called a Phaeton. A 4 door convertible that has the windows in the doors is called a Convertible Sedan.
No. Our doors use late-model safety bear jaw latches and offer the option of hidden hinges. The inner door jambs were modified from the original design to incorporate these updates.
No. The original bodies used wood for interior bracing. Our hand formed bracing pieces will not interchange with the wood.
No, not at present. It is very difficult to make a visually pleasing roll pan on the rear of these bodies because they stick out so far (ducktail) to the rear. The best cars that have been done with a rolled rear have included significant modifications to the bottom of the body and the rear floor.
No. That is one of those items that has never been available in the restoration or street rodding market. Please don’t call and ask us for measurements on one of these bodies for purposes of assembly. There are very few straight and parallel surfaces from which to take measurements on them. This is why we put them together in assembly fixtures. There is a book that is put out that may be of some help as it has some diagrams and measurements within the chapters. It is “The 1933-34 Ford Book Restoration Manual” and it is printed and available from The Early Ford V-8 Club of America.
Yes. SAR is currently working with our Detroit, Michigan roadster body manufacturer to tool a brand new 1934 3-Window Coupe body. The body will be patterned after stock design and dimensions with standard roof height and roof opening. It will come fully assembled with fit/hung doors w/latches and stock style hinges, working cowl vent, trunk lid w/stock style hinges, dash w/glove box door installed, wood inner structures, BB Chevy style firewall, toe boards and five piece garnish molding set. As with our roadster product the new 3-Window Coupe will be assembled in precision jig fixtures to ensure the highest quality demanded by today’s builders and hobbyist. Deliveries are slated to begin in August 2008. Further details are available by going to the ‘Steel Body’ section of our Website.
The 1933/34 by quite a wide margin. It is wider and significantly longer. In addition, it has front opening and longer doors than the 1932. This makes it much easier to get in and out.
Yes, they are drilled and tapped for both the original hinges and support arm.
The Roadster has a removable chrome windshield frame and post assembly while the Cabriolet windshield area is part of the body and is painted with a chrome frame around the glass. The Roadster windshield frame is angled back and is usually considered more attractive by most. Also, the Cabriolet has roll-up windows in the doors, while the Roadster does not.