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Old 02-23-2018, 12:04 AM
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Default Model A Traditional Build

This topic doesn't get a lot of play here on the board, so I thought I would like to participate and maybe help it along a little.

Two years ago I started a Model A build, I am a traditional guy and twelve years older than dirt so what other direction would I go? I started this project with a pretty nice running driving "stock" 1931 Model A. I stripped it down to the body and frame and started from there. The body was almost rust free and needed nothing really in the way of repairs. The banger motor and tranny, fenders and assorted stock stuff went up for sale and now rest on a Model A stocker parade car that I sold to a restorer type guy.

Today was a real nice day here in Alabama, temp was in the 70's and I spent a couple of hours just driving around in the country. I have to laugh at how easy this car was to build. Granted I started with a great donor car, but almost all of the stuff I used on this car was stuff that was just laying around the shop. Front end and radius rods steering box was all stuff I traded for years ago and was just setting.

I always planned for this car to be Hemi powered, trouble was I didn't have one of those. I did have a small block setting in the back of the shop that also came in a swap. I new nothing about this engine, not even if it ran. Stuck it in there until I could get a Hemi--Someday--Maybe. That little old small block has always run like a champ, just blind luck Huh?

I also wanted to chop this car. So I cut the roof off of it and chopped it 2", set the roof back on and climbed inside. I am a big man at 6'3" and too much weight, so I chopped car is always a problem for a big guy. Once I climbed in I had a lot of room, so off it came and I chopped it another 2". Climb back in and I still have tons of room. So out comes the saw and another 2 1/2" comes off for a total of 6 1/2" chop, Trouble was every time I got in it I was setting on the floor. Didn't even occur to me what I was going to do for seats. After trying just about every seat known to man I did find a pair of seats from a 1974 Corvette that worked well. Trouble was they are "NOT traditional as they are high backs. I hate that but I would much rather be driving that having it set in the shop seatless and not able to drive it.

It is built for the most part as a traditional car, still needs paint, and still needs that Hemi. I did in time find a 392 early Hemi and I am building it now. It will be a blown motor simple because I always wanted one of those too. Take a look at let me know what you guys think.
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Old 02-23-2018, 03:38 AM
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Great looking car.
My 29 Essex Build http://ratrodsrule.com/forum/showthread.php?t=34026

Don't give up, it's far too much fun once you can drive it.
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Old 02-23-2018, 07:12 AM
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Great looking rod. As for the seat issue, you could go with a set of bomber seats. I've seen some on ebay from a seller that goes by stitch bitch. I have never seen them in person or used them. But they look nice.
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Old 02-23-2018, 07:20 AM
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Well Hombre......you wanted to know what I think...
I think we need to see more of this, nice build...
have any build pic's?
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Old 02-23-2018, 07:54 AM
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Nice job!
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Old 02-23-2018, 10:59 AM
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Wow, great looking car!

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