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    I am going to work on my 31 running boards tomorrow. I have the pyramid rubber mat and new metal trim for the outside edge. What is the best procedure to install both, especially the metal edge trim?

  • #2
    Art are u doing these on the car? I am replacing my zinc trim now on the 31 style.
    See this thread
    https://www.vintagefordforum.com/for...ms-need-advice
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    • #3
      Mitch, I am doing them off the car. Thanks for the link. Where did you get your zinc trim? i have stainless that came with the car but would prefer zinc as original.

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      • Mitch
        Mitch commented
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        http://www.snydersantiqueauto.com/running-board-trim

        Art the main goal is to have the bottom edge finished off and pressed in place flat. If one was to tap it in place with a hammer it would look like crap. Off the car will make this much easier IMO

    • #4
      Although I'd like to finish these I think I will wait for the zinc trim. Is the zink trim supplied by the big suppliers accurate? I keep seeing references to trim made by Bob Burdick.

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      • Mitch
        Mitch commented
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        i put the Snyders link above for the zinc trim that i got

    • #5
      Well this isn't going well, I have original running boards and the rubber mat from one of the good suppliers comes up short. I assume it should cover from end to end but it does not. My running boards have not been damaged or altered. Any ideas?

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      • Mitch
        Mitch commented
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        Call the supplier

      • DaWizard
        DaWizard commented
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        Depending on how short, you could also try laying them out in the sun until they become flexible and give them a wee stretch as you glue them down.

    • #6
      DaWiz, That might work The running boards are 39 3/8 long and the new mats are 39 inches long. I can't get pictures to upload, I get a message that the file is too large.

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      • Mitch
        Mitch commented
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        resize the pics,, what OS are you using? most computers have a resizer built in

    • #7
      The zinc has been found to stain and discolor easily, but Mothers Mag wheel polish has worked well though it makes them quite shiny. Also, we've used GE silicon caulk to attach the outside zincs with good holding power so far. A couple of bottom edge crimps for added security.

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      • Mitch
        Mitch commented
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        You want to avoid making the zinc shiny, clean it with tooth paste and a tooth brush, or lemon juice on a towel.
        I just replaced the strips on my 31 boards no adhesive was necessary, on the repo boards the top locks in and the bottom gets crimped under
        Are original boards designed different?

    • #8
      1931 running board pics,
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      • #9
        An update on trying to stretch the mats. I removed the paper from the back and hung the mats with weights in front of hot lights for a week. After a week the mats had stretched the 3/8" I needed. I put them on the running boards and and clamped the ends. When I removed the clamps two days later an hour later the mat had shrunk back. I then removed the mats and in doing so also removed the glue film. Without the glue film the mats are very flexible and glued down and stayed in place. I picked up a strip of the glue film and you cannot stretch it no matter how hard you try .
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        • Mitch
          Mitch commented
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          Interesting Art you found the cause by accident. I also wonder how long those mats have been shelved

      • #10
        Bratton"s / Snyder's sells 1931 running boards complete just paint the bottom and install on the car with proper hardware. I have used them they are very nice for a driver car not a fine point car.
        Mike
        Michael
        1928 speedster
        1929 closed cab p/u
        1930 standard roadster
        1931 deluxe tudor sedan
        1967 ss/rs conv.camaro

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        • #11
          Did the same thing as Mike on post 10. They worked fine. Look great

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          • DaWizard
            DaWizard commented
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            Hey Paul, WELCOME to VFF!!

        • #12
          Concerning the original 31 boards, I am thinking I can simulate the little rubber nubs on the bottom side and the rubber that was originally formed around the three sides with a product like flex seal. You know, as seen on TV. What do you guys think?

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          • #13
            Art... I think you found out rubber has a memory somewhat like metal and likes to go back to it's original shape.
            I'm not sure they are making them right now but you might want to try and contact Rootlieb as they were making for a time the original style with the nub protrusions underneath. I think they were about 600 or so.

            I got a set for my cabriolet whenever I do it but noticed the zinc wasn't wonderful.
            Looking forward to seeing your project soon.
            Larry

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            • #14
              I'm thinking the vendors sell just the outside rubber(s).
              Paul in CT

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              • #15
                What do the nubs on the bottom side look like?

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                • #16
                  Art, maybe the first picture of post #8 ?

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                  • #17
                    Originally posted by Dennis View Post
                    Art, maybe the first picture of post #8 ?
                    I can't tell much by that picture. Do the holes still show or is that a round bit of rubber coming thru?

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                    • 1931 Flamingo
                      1931 Flamingo commented
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                      I checked mine, smooth on the back, fronts are like original with the rubber molding around the edges.
                      Paul

                  • #18
                    Don't know off hand. I've had a pair for 5 or 6 years but haven't gotten around to putting them on yet. I have patina now. I'll look later today.
                    Paul in CT

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                    • #19
                      Paul, Thanks

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                      • #20
                        In post #7 it was mentioned to use GE Silicone Caulk. That stuff has acetic acid in it, will it booger up the zinc over time?? Just wondering......

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                        • #21
                          Jeff: . So far with the caulk between the painted running board edge and trim (6 months period) ,after we just pulled one trim piece off to fix a ding , no zinc acetate reaction issues were noted other than the caulk has an aggressive tack. It appears the acetic acid content in the 30 min caulk leaches out quickly. Little dabs are only required for holding. We use it also to help hold on hubcaps with also no noted reaction with powder coat or paint..
                          The zincs came from Gaslight in Ohio ( 1/2 cost of stainless) and not sure if solid zinc or plated. They did have some forming scratches that we removed with 1200 and 1500 grit wet paper. Our experience with the zinc is that it stains easily from weather and finger prints, etc.but cleans up well though maybe too shiny for some with Mothers Mag (white) wheel polish.
                          Last edited by plyfor; 09-09-2017, 01:33 PM.

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                          • #22
                            Art
                            The nubs you're talking about and which I think you're referring to might be when the originals were made and may be from when they were vulc'd. My 32 had holes in the running boards and the rubber was vulc'd to the board . JMO
                            Paul in CT

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