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Old 11-05-2010, 01:04 PM   #1
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Default High School Model A Project

This year we at McKinleyville High School Auto Shop, in good ol' Humboldt County, CA, are building a Model A sedan hot rod. So far we just have a bare body and frame, no suspension or drive train or anything. Students in the auto body program will tackling the body work, and the advanced auto students will be doing the drivetrain and chassis. We are on a very tight budget this year, so any help we could possibly get is extremely appriciated.

We have a club that meets during lunch period a few times a week to work on the car, and later in the year we will be doing many fund raising events, such as BBQs, T-shirts, and selling our mom's delisious baked goods.

Right now the biggest thing we need is a front suspension setup. Our vision is to do a traditional spring-behind dropped axle setup, but we really just need a front axle,suspension, and steering. For a rear end we are thinking about a 9 or 8 inch if we can find one the right width. We aslo are looking for other parts, like a grill shell, headlight buckets, dash, seats, ect. I will aslo post build pics as we progress along through out the year.

You can reach us by sending me a PM, or you can contact our very dedicated teacher, Mr. Sheppard, at jsheppard@nohum.k12.ca.us

Again, we greatley appriciate any help and support you guys can provide.
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Old 11-05-2010, 03:37 PM   #2
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good for you!Its great to see youngsters get into the hot rod movement!
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Old 11-05-2010, 03:40 PM   #3
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Very badass project!
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Old 11-05-2010, 05:50 PM   #4
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nice! all we had in auto shop was a rot box 74 torino...... the shop teacher told me i was too advanced for the class so i got to work on my own stuff half way through the year
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Old 11-05-2010, 10:12 PM   #5
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sound like you have a pretty cool class..........
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Old 11-05-2010, 10:14 PM   #6
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Cool guys....go for it.
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Old 11-05-2010, 10:41 PM   #7
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Thats so cool, all I had to work on in shop class was a Monza (not that thats bad) and some teachers cutlass, and a few odd ball stragglers every now and than.

So.. who will own this once your done? or will it go up for auction?
Hope you all get a chance to play with it or run it down your local track when its all done.
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Old 11-05-2010, 10:45 PM   #8
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Greetings from 70 miles up the 101 from you (Crescent City) !!!

Looks awesome, look up Crusty Nut here on the HAMB, he has a 30-31 Tudor, that's powered by a 4 banger diesel engine, really a nice Sedan...and he's in Loleta, or maybe Eureka/Arcata now...he has a website called Singley Speed Shop, I don't know the actual URL, but the name came from living on Singley Road...
There's a guy 6 houses down from me here here in Crescent City building one, too...
Subscribed, gonna keep an eye on this one, PM me if I can be of any assistance.
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Old 11-06-2010, 05:33 AM   #9
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Good luck with that project.......Cant offer any parts but I can give you moral support.
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Old 11-06-2010, 05:44 AM   #10
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.......You kids a very lucky to have a class to build a car...good to see youth into the movement of hotrodding.....keep us posted on the Model A. Sorry no parts...but will try to answers questions......Big Bad John
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Old 11-06-2010, 11:03 AM   #11
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Wish I had this class in High School. would have went...
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Old 11-06-2010, 11:11 AM   #12
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Now thats my kind of school !!!! Tom (Tired Old Man)
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Old 11-08-2010, 01:23 AM   #13
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Thank you everybody for the kind words. I speak for all the guys in class when I say I'm so thankful for such a supportive community.

26Tudor- I know CrustyNut! He's a really nice guy, as are the rest of the Rusty Nuts. Im gonna be doing some lettering on his A as soon as we find time to get together. That thing is so sweet... I love that lil green truck he built too. Thanks for the support man.

Von Rigg Fink- When it's done we will be selling it, or auctioning it, to raise money for the auto program.
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Old 11-10-2010, 11:49 AM   #14
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Matt's pickup was the very first time (that I can remember, anyway) that I saw a Flathead with a blower on it...You've seen his father in law's flamed '40 too, right? and one of Matt's relatives ( I think his dad) has an unmolested '33 Willys... all stock, no straight axle, no Hemi, no ladder bars, just stock...
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Old 11-10-2010, 11:52 AM   #15
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It's awesome to see a high school support hot rodding in this fashion. Can't wait to see more progress.
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Old 11-10-2010, 12:05 PM   #16
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cool, looks like fun...

I have been doing the same thing for the past three years with my auto shop students, 2 weeks ago out of the blue the administration tells me I need to quit doing it, in their minds building the chassis and all the fabrication / engineering, problem solving, welding, etc. etc. doesnt fit the "curriculum"....

sorry, I think I need to vent, I am very mad obviously at this turn of events...

good luck with your project - guess my only advice is make sure the powers that be are on board, I thought mine were...
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Old 11-10-2010, 08:34 PM   #17
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are you , like going to be on tv ? I remember seeing it once.
kool kar. Keep us posted. And don't forget your english class either.
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Old 11-17-2010, 11:57 AM   #18
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Thanks, everyone, for all the support!!!!! It is greatly appriciated.

This week we stared taking the body down to bare metal, and made some temporary body mounts. The driver door is almost gone, and will need to be replaced with new metal, or possibly a new door skin if we can find one. I tried to take a good picture of it, but you can't really tell in photos.

For a rear end, we are thinking of using a 9 inch out of an 80s Ford truck. A local guy has one under is A and it looks to be the perfect width for the stance we are after.

Here are some pics of the work so far.
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Old 11-17-2010, 12:11 PM   #19
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Glad to see shop class back in high school. This will be something those kids will remember for the rest of their lives even if they don't participate in the hobby. This kind of thing warms my heart.

Keep us posted.

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Old 11-17-2010, 12:47 PM   #20
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fory, to have a guy like Mr. Sheppard and to take on a project like that, you are all very lucky, I wish everyone in the class the best with this memory of a lifetime, BDM
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