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29 U Running Boards Question
« on: February 02, 2008, 08:23:20 PM »

Can anybody tell me what was the original thickness of the running boards on the 29 U.  I am in the process of redoing them and I want to get it perfect.  I think it goes to the style and lines of the car.



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29 U Running Board Update
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2008, 04:47:18 PM »

I started work today on my running board refurbishment project.



see link below for the blow by blow

http://www.chetscoins.com/1929/Work_Files/Running%20Board%20Redo.htm

Happy Super Bowl Sunday...

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Re: 29 U Running Boards Question
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2008, 07:31:36 PM »
Chet, Just saw this as I've not been on for a while.  My 29U coupe has metal running boards with ribs running the long way on the underside and they appear original.  Were yours originally wood on the sedan?

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Re: 29 U Running Boards Question
« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2008, 08:22:04 AM »
You know ski, I posed that question to the POC board some time ago and I don’t remember who but someone responded by saying they were plywood with rubber coating.

I posted the question again this morning.  I did find a vendor at Hershey that made molded aluminum running boards to your dimensions.  They have inlayed rubber.   I believe the price was around $950.00.  I think my wood boards will work until I find an original set.  That is.., if the Detroit cars were in fact metal.

I am trying to repair some shabby work done to my car prior to my purchasing it.  The running boards that came with it when I bought it were tong & groove oak over plywood.  Not even close to what they should be.  The person that did the work was definitely not a carpenter.  I think more like a butcher.

Thanks for the heads up…  Chet…
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Re: 29 U Running Boards Question
« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2008, 09:06:35 AM »
Chet,
In the classified section of the latest Plymouth Bulletin, there is an ad for repo running boards for '28, '29 and '30 Plymouths. They are metal and the seller states that they are reproduced from originals with part numbers. You might want to take a look. Certainly not cheap at $895.
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Re: 29 U Running Boards Question
« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2008, 04:21:15 PM »
Jim,

Thanks I saw the ad in the POC Bulletin.  The problem I have is a limit on the available dollars I have to spend on cars.  This year I will be sending the 48 to the paint shop and that will eat up a significant amount of available cash.   Even at the close to $900 dollar cost for the reproduction running boards I would still need to affix the rubber and buy a set of moldings.  It probably would be $1200.00 or more when all is said and done. 

I think I will stick with my project and see how it comes out.  After all.., at this point I don’t expect to win any car show trophies just want to tool around in a car, that to the average bystander, looks good.  After all if I were rich I would probably be screwing around with a Duisenberg or a Cord. 

Anyway maybe someday down the road I will run across a parts car with useable running boards.  If not.., the option to spend money is always available.

I think I am starting to sound like Norm on the P15 forum. :-\

Thanks for looking out for me,  Chet…
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Re: 29 U Running Boards Question
« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2008, 09:27:05 PM »
Chet,
I totally agree with you and your approach. I wasn't implying that you should look into buying the repo's but rather just confirming that the original running boards were metal and not wood.
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Re: 29 U Running Boards Question
« Reply #8 on: February 20, 2008, 11:01:51 PM »
I agree as well.  Mine will need major repair but I may be able to do it with some patch welding after I media blast the originals and cut out the thin stuff.  I don't have enough in my car to justify even 500 bucks on running boards.  If I win the lottery I'm sure the ones Mitchell has on egag will still be available.

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Re: 29 U Running Boards Question
« Reply #9 on: February 21, 2008, 10:03:26 AM »
Chet,
I totally agree with you and your approach. I wasn't implying that you should look into buying the repo's but rather just confirming that the original running boards were metal and not wood.
Jim Yergin

Jim,

Sorry.., My rant was NOT directed at you I appreciate your help.  Chet...
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Re: 29 U Running Boards Question
« Reply #10 on: February 23, 2008, 04:15:15 PM »
Chet, My 30 U has wooden runming boards. As far as I can tell they are the origanel. If someone has changed them it was done more than 40 years ago.

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Re: 29 U Running Boards Question
« Reply #11 on: February 24, 2008, 11:40:55 PM »
Chet, My 30 U has wooden runming boards. As far as I can tell they are the origanel. If someone has changed them it was done more than 40 years ago.

Doug I guess mine will be wood also...

Today I finished the driver's side running board. 



The total project cost for both will not exceed $150.00  The ribbed rubber looks really nice and doesn't have the swirl illusion that the camera captured in the photo.
Total visiable width is 1.0625 inches

Looks pretty close to the link below minus the big price tag.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/29-30-Dodge-NOS-MoPar-Senior-6-RUNNINGBOARDS-Victory_W0QQitemZ140140174105QQihZ004QQcategoryZ6763QQrdZ1QQssPageNameZWD1VQQ_trksidZp1638.m118.l1247QQcmdZViewItem

Chet...   ::)

For the Project Blow by Blow click on this link... http://www.chetscoins.com/1929/Work_Files/Running%20Board%20Redo.htm
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Re: 29 U Running Boards Question
« Reply #12 on: February 25, 2008, 09:31:22 AM »
Chet,
Wow! Looks great. Nice work.
Jim Yergin