We specialize in the reproduction of all antique (vintage) auto and truck running board rubber mats.
These include: Cadillac, Oldsmobile, Hudson, Lincoln, Ford, Chevrolet, La Salle, Buick, Nash, Packard, Studebaker, Chrysler, Dodge, Plymouth, Pontiac and Hupmobile, Essex, Star, Pierce Arrow, Durant, Stutz to name the more common vintage cars and trucks.
Typically running boards were used on cars from about 1915 to the mid forties, at which time sill plates under the doors replaced exterior running boards. Sill plates were used by many car makers until 1955, when the sill plates were done away with. Many sill plate mats had logos placed in them.
Want to turn your vintage (antique) car or truck into a show stopper ? Need new rubber runningboardmats.We can help!Our runningboard mat (cover) quality and durability will astound you.25 years from the date of installation your mats will still look like new.
Our Unique Vintage Running Board Mat Reproduction Method
The method combines several unique milling processes.
Why Was This Method Chosen?
The advantage of this method is that allows us to reproduce any original mat pattern as long as we have an original pattern to look at.
Down Side Of This Method
It is a very time consumming method, and therefore tends to be expense as compared to the conventional molded method.
Up Side Of Our Method
The quality, durability, and scuff resistance is phenomenal. 25 years from installation your boards will still look like they were just installed.
A Word Of Caution
Please do not remove and throw away the rubber mat material before shipping your boards. Although we have parts of many original mat patterns on hand, many we do not have. If we do not have a copy of your original mat pattern or you do not have one to send us we cannot reproduce your original pattern.
Typical Average Cost
Mats only: $800 to $1000 US. Mats Installed on metal plates: Add $250 US
Building of the mats and their installation on the original running boards: $1500 to $1,900 US (metal work extra).
Prices based on a labor rate of: $50 per hour plus material costs.
We guarantee that the quality and durability of our product far exceeds anything else on the market bar none.
The original running board tread design of a 1934 Nash Ambassador is shown below. Note the holes on the end of the tread bars needed to bolt the stainless steel tread bar tips onto the mat.
Original 1934 Nash Ambassador Mat
1934 Nash Ambassador (front view)
The 1934 Nash Ambassador board shown below had a tread design typical of many 1933 and 1934 and some 1935 vehicles as well.
You will notice that the tread bars spread apart as they move forward to take up the additional width of the board at the front. This was an extremely elegant board in that it also sported stainless steel tips on the tread bars. This particular set of boards was installed on a 1934 Nash Ambassador that won second class honors in it's class at Pebble Beach. To see a picture of this vehicle go to our:show stoppers page. It is also the featured car at the top of each page.
34 Nash Ambassador running board
34 Nash Board (Narrow End)
The 1935 Buick running board shown below also had tread bars moving farther apart as they moved forward to make up for the extra width of the board at the front. To add to their elegance the tread bars also increased in width as well.
This 1934 Olds on the other hand had straight tread bars.
Note: The wider space at the front of the board was covered with progressively shorter bars at the front making this a far easier pattern to duplicate.
34 Olds (Narrow End)
35 Buick Board (Front View)
The La Salle was the poor man's Cadillac except in 1937. You will note that this board has stainless steel end caps whereas La Salles of other years did not. Cadillac cars typically had stainless end caps on their boards for several years, however.
Our 1937 La Salle Reproduction
37 La Salle Board (Front View)
The 1940 Studebaker board shown below had a very complex tread pattern. It sported five different patterns including the Studebaker logo in it's center section.
Our 1940 Studebaker Reproduction
40 Stude Logo
36 Chrysler board shown below had a tread design typical of Dodge, Plymouth and Chrysler for several years.
38 Senior Packard mat pattern shown below was simple yet elegant.
1936 Chysler Board (Narrow End)
1938 Senior Packard Running Board
Below are pictures of a 1936 Chevy running board mat. This mat was originally glued to a metal backing plate that was clipped to the running board. Because the backing plate is so flimsy and has a compound bend in it that often does not fit the board well I would recommend that the running board top surface be leveled and trued up. Then install the mat directly to the running board.
For Chevys with flat backing plates I would recommend that you purchase the mat cemented to a new metal plate that I manufacture. This assembly is simply fastened to the metal board with silicone.
36 Chevy (Standard)
36 Chevy (Standard, Wide End)
The picture below is of a 1935 Chysler Airflow running board mat. To see a full frontal view of this prize winning car go to our: show stoppers page. This car is on permanent display at the Reynold's Alberta) Museum. The picture was taken at their annual History Of The Road Show where vintage (antique) vehicles as far back as 1901 are on display.
35 Chysler Air Flow Running Board
Our turn around time is about six weeks at present.