1933 Hudson splash guards

The around the engine splash guards on any of these old cars are usually one of the first things to get lost or damaged.  Very hard to find good examples to even copy, as the originals were also made of thin 24ga (or so) material.  So they bent easy, and rusted out quick.  The customer had some fantastic samples for me to copy!  Which makes my job easier.  I made these new pieces, as original, but out of 18ga.  Which will be easier to paint, stronger, last longer, etc..

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  • jjbubaboyjjbubaboy Posts: 817Senior Contributor
    WOW! The "tin worm" needs to fear you and your work!
    Jeff
  • MikeSheridanMikeSheridan Posts: 83Member
    I think these are the splash guards from my 33 which Russ Maas sent you to reproduce. The only reason the originals were even in this good of a shape is that they were filled with about 4 inches of oil saturated dirt, so they had a oil poultice to keep  them from rusting worse. But the new ones you made are superb. I hope you kept a pattern as there are others who may need some one day. As we know, these affect the cooling of the engine.
  • bent metalbent metal Posts: 1,560Senior Contributor
    Mr. Sheridan, yes you are right.  I did these for Mr. Maas.  I don't think I did save the patterns.  I used to save patterns.  Then I found they would sit for years, take up space.  Most would never be asked for again.  You would think it would be a good idea to save good patterns for all of this rare stuff that comes through the shop.  But I would need a room for just patterns, most never being used ever again.  Kind of a shame, really.
  • 5433HET5433HET Posts: 45Expert Adviser
    Bent metal ,would you make me this piece behind the '33 Grille?
  • bent metalbent metal Posts: 1,560Senior Contributor

    5433HET, I could.  Don't have any '33 stuff in the shop right now to copy.  I would probably need the grill shell too, for fitting of that part.  The waiting list is several months right now.  But the sooner you get in line, and the time passes quickly.


  • MikeSheridanMikeSheridan Posts: 83Member
    We are lucky to have Perry with the tools and skills to make these parts for Hudsons for us.
  • tombiatombia Posts: 141Member
      Had one of these for 50 years and knowing how hard it is to find parts.you better be glad
    We are lucky to have Perry with the tools and skills to make these parts for Hudsons for us.

  • 33kc198933kc1989 Posts: 369Senior Contributor
    Great work and yes good ones for copy helps. 
  • barrysweet52barrysweet52 Posts: 455Expert Adviser
    Yes we are lucky to have Bent. Wonder how he started to learn to do magic. Probably having a go, making a few mistakes and learning as you go along. I hope more people will have a go.
    I showed my grandson a 1934 badly rusted panel and asked him where I could find another panel. I suggested at Bunnings, a big everything hardware complex. We agreed not likely. I then showed him the new panel I had made. I still remember his doubt that I had made it, and then his respect. 
  • devindevin Posts: 64Member
    Hello Bent. Might you have a lead on a '53 Hornet Sun visor for sale?
  • bent metalbent metal Posts: 1,560Senior Contributor
    devin said:
    Hello Bent. Might you have a lead on a '53 Hornet Sun visor for sale?

    I have the brackets, no visors right now.
  • bent metalbent metal Posts: 1,560Senior Contributor
     
    The grill shell piece that 5433HET asked about was missing the bottom inch or so.  I had a hard time finding any pictures of an original.  Making a part like this can be tricky.  It's got to fit down in a hole behind the grill and the captured nuts need to line up with the grill.  So he ended up sending me the grill shell too so I could fit it all together. 
  • bent metalbent metal Posts: 1,560Senior Contributor
    A few more pics.  The edge trim line on the part is not straight because it goes around the holes for the split rivets that will later hold the grill shell welting.  ...and that's it.  All new metal, 18ga., should last another 80 years. :)
  • bent metalbent metal Posts: 1,560Senior Contributor
    While we were at it.  I did another set of splash guards.  These look the same as the 1933 Hudson ones I posted earlier.  But they are not the same.  If I remember right, the Hudson ones were just over four feet long.  The Terraplane Eight ones are just under four feet long.  But they look the same.  ...I did save the patterns this time. :)
  • bent metalbent metal Posts: 1,560Senior Contributor
    When doing restoration work, I try to copy the original piece "as they were".  You have to add the little details that most people wouldn't know about, but someone familiar with the car would recognize as a reproduction.  That means not improving, or correcting something that I think should have been a certain way, or as I think the engineers intended.  But making the part as it was when it was originally produced.  Notice where this large circle is cut out and a flange overlaps.  The flap extends too far into the round hole that was cut.  ...But that's how they were, so that's how I made the new part.  If you look back at the first set I made for the Hudson.  You can see the same detail, or "flaw" in that original set as well.  I copied that set "as they were" also.
  • bent metalbent metal Posts: 1,560Senior Contributor
    The finished parts, in 18ga.
  • 33ET8conv33ET8conv Posts: 48Member
    We are lucky to have such a talented craftsman willing to replicate these old Hudson parts. Beautiful work!
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