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Old 04-26-2021, 09:14 PM
jhery jhery is offline
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Default 1947 Delahaye 135 MS coachwork by Chapron

At last years Redneck Roundup a Delahaye arrived at the shop to have some parts made. There were only 4 of these bodies made and we could not find any of them to take photos of in order to see what the parts looked like. The closest thing we found was a Talbot Lago which resembled the car I had. The entire hood, latches, rear bumpers, bumper brackets, windshield frame and some of the front bumper parts were completely missing. The center chrome piece of the hood was there but the attaching parts were missing along with the hood hinges which were 52" long and a quite complicated part to fabricate. Photos show a close up of the tight radius with a small tang bent inside the roll. These were probably the hardest parts to make. The hood was butterfly in design and had numerous braces and brackets which had to be made from steel. The skins were made from .062 aluminum and the framing for the skins were 18 ga steel so there were numerous rivits to attached the panels and hardware. Dan Pate made me 6 hinges with his P die and they had to be modified in order to make them work. The rear bumpers were made out of 14 ga steel and since no photos were available I made split bumper so I could fit a US license plate between them. A gas tank also had to be made.

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Old 04-27-2021, 05:19 AM
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Wow, looks like a lot of nutting it out was needed for this project.
Thanks for taking the time to share it.
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Old 04-27-2021, 05:49 AM
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Thanks for sharing James, your work is an inspiration to us mere mortals.
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Old 04-27-2021, 08:20 AM
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Hi Jim
You always seem to find a solution to what seem to be near impossible challenges.
Very nicely done as usual. Thanks for sharing with us.

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Old 04-27-2021, 05:55 PM
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Holy Cow Jim, that is freaking amazing!
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Old 04-27-2021, 08:28 PM
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Hi Jim,

I always liked the look of the split hood and remember the car from the last time we were at your shop.

Hope you are well.

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Old 04-29-2021, 06:16 PM
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Default Inner Structure of the hood

This gives me some ideas on how to construct the trunk lid on the custom I am working on. My part will be much less complicated than the hood you made but the structure will apply.
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