People always talk about taking things for granted, and seeing as how each and every one of us knows, comprehends, and understands this world-renowned cliché, why is it we only seem to take it seriously when we're being immediately effected? Oh, that's right...we take it for granted! In the hot rod world we come across these conundrums quite often. Take for instance when the realm of the aftermarket isn't there to lend a helping hand.
When you're dealing with a 1932 Ford passenger car, or really any popular make and model, parts and accessories are just a phone call or Google search away. Anything and everything can be bought in a moment's notice. Yet, for a 1932's trunkless cousin, the pickup, things take a different turn. When it comes to those interchangeable components it's status quo; but for those unique pieces—such as sheetmetal—one is left scouring an abundance of avenues for salvageable original stock. The 1932-34 pickup door is something that isn't re-popped in the aftermarket. So when things take a turn for the worse it's time to count on one's resourcefulness to make it right.
In the case of this 1932 Ford pickup door, the reveal along the beltline took a shot from a forklift. The result was two creases, roughly 8 inches apart, expanding the entirety of the reveals and down into the skin. Unlike the broad side of a piece of sheetmetal, the reveal along the door has a multitude of sharp breaks in it, which is really where things take a turn for the worse. Dents and dings can be pulled and worked, but when a sharp edge buckles things don't just pull back into place. Previously someone tried to cut out the damaged area, straighten things as best they could, and then weld it back in. As for the skin below, a stud gun and puller could only band-aid a rough area. Long story short, it was a valiant effort, but things fell short.
Being that new sheetmetal isn't in the cards it's time to move on. There is a positive note, although bittersweet: The rest of this door is flawless. In fact, you would be hard pressed to find a better door. The next option is plan B, to find a door with a solid reveal and transplant a patch. Being the damage to the door in question is in the center, a donor passenger or driver door would suffice because the crown of the reveal is shared. Star Kustom Shop, in Riverside, California, has taken the route of Plan B and found a new door with exactly what is needed. By cutting out the damaged portion and replacing it with new old skin the door can be restored to its previous condition. Here's Star Kustom Shop's plan of action.