Express Patch panels

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gad62
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Joined: March 19th, 2019, 8:44 am
Body Type: Express
Model Year: 1929
Location: Ohio

Express Patch panels

Post by gad62 » November 8th, 2020, 11:24 am

Has anyone here ever made patch panels to repair yhe lower part of the express bed?? I need some ideas and guidance if you have any....thanks.....Greg

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Chris Haynes
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Body Type: 82A
Model Year: 1930
Location: Camarillo, CA

Re: Express Patch panels

Post by Chris Haynes » November 8th, 2020, 12:55 pm

There were some made a few years ago. I think its time for a new batch to be run. I'll buy a set.

KimVanOrder
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Body Type: 82-A Platform
Model Year: 1928
Location: Hamilton, Mich.

Re: Express Patch panels

Post by KimVanOrder » November 8th, 2020, 3:51 pm

photos of what you need? or damaged area..
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gad62
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Joined: March 19th, 2019, 8:44 am
Body Type: Express
Model Year: 1929
Location: Ohio

Re: Express Patch panels

Post by gad62 » November 8th, 2020, 5:32 pm

I dont have the bed off ,however most of the part that sits on the truck frame( that the wooden support sits in) and where it rolls upward to the side panels is rusted....ive read this is common.....i didnt know if most people went to a metal shop wit a brake amf had new bent or what

flatford39
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Body Type: Express
Model Year: 1928
Location: NE Illinois

Re: Express Patch panels

Post by flatford39 » November 9th, 2020, 2:04 pm

I would be interested also as long as it includes the rolled piece as well and they are not being sold by Howell's who isn't trustworthy. It's a little trickier than you think as it needs to match the tapered frame rails.

gad62
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Re: Express Patch panels

Post by gad62 » November 9th, 2020, 10:00 pm

That is true...id forgot about the tapered frame!! Ive never looked at one upside down

birdacre
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Body Type: AA express
Model Year: 1928

Re: Express Patch panels

Post by birdacre » November 10th, 2020, 1:28 pm

i brought my panels to a sheet metal shop in ct. i paid 3200 and had all rotted areas remade and butt welded with no bondo. they also remade headboard and the rear "U" style crossmember that wraps tailgate. my bed was rotted out from bottom wheel wells down. i have similar for sale, rot as stated, very straight, good tailgate, message me for photos. it was worth it to me to spend the money to have a real express bed. by the time i got done with crossmembers and bed hardware and oak maybe 5k into bed. a sickness but a good one.

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