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Old 11-26-2011, 06:39 PM   #1
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Default "RUSTY" Hemi Model A on 32 frame build: updated 2/19

Ive been collecting the parts for this build for a few years now and have been trying to get everything in place for the last month so I could work on this car threw the winter months. plans are to put a 1931 Model A Coupe on a set of ASC 32 rails. For an engine I will be using a 1953 331 hemi backed with a A833 OD four speed transmission. The body I have is in rather rough condition so I felt Rusty would be a fit name, but hopefully by the end of this build there will be very little rust anywhere.
Ive just started piecing it together, trying to figure out alot of things still. I know it also will have a early bronco 9" rear Ive been saving for something special. Its going to have a dropped model A front Axle,I dropped myself (3 3/4'')with some insperatin from the HAMB. and reversed a front spring too. to use with a Model A split wishbone. Ill try to just let the pictures do most of the talking any questions or concerns please ask.

Heres the frame at its very basic form, I used a model A front crossmember and a rear crossmember I picked up at the swapmeet. It was from an old hot rod and was pancaked by someone else. so the car will have transverse spring both front and rear. I will be building a custom X member to ressemble a early ford piece.


I made these brackets/mounts for my split wishbone. I cut the ball part off of a model A pitman then welded it to a some 3/16 bent at a right angle. They are going to bolt to the bottom of the frame using two 1/2" bolts.


I used these old style tie rods. I bought them out at hershey. I thought they were pretty neat. A grease fitting screws in the very end where you tighten up the tie rod. Ive never seen any like it before.


This is the engine Im going to be using. I took it out of a 1953 Imperial. It is a long bellhousing engine. Oh well. It still turns over and the oil was super clean in it so Im unsure of mods at this point. I might just change out the intake and run it. But at the same time I would like to put a decent cam in it and do alittle head work. I dont know at this point what Im going to do to it.


Im in the middle of working on the motor mount. I ran out of argon so Im done welding atleast till monday. I used the factory mount and just added to it.it took me along time to figure out something that I thought was nice and didnt look like everyone elses mounts. I think they will have a nice I beam look when done.
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Old 11-26-2011, 06:40 PM   #2
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lookin' good!
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Old 11-26-2011, 07:10 PM   #3
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Nice start. Keep us updated
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Old 11-26-2011, 07:16 PM   #4
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Default Re: "RUSTY" Hemi Model A build

Nice start, having a finished chassis will be a help when it's time to but the body together.
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Old 11-27-2011, 08:50 AM   #5
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Nice start, having a finished chassis will be a help when it's time to but the body together.
thats the plan, gonna work from the ground up. I ll get the frame all buttoned up then I ll make the body fit it.
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Old 11-27-2011, 12:46 PM   #6
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If you need any inspiration just look to Scooter's thread and if you have engine questions read through the HemiTech.

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Old 11-27-2011, 01:27 PM   #7
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Cool!!! I wouldn't be any bit upset to have an extended bellhousing engine unless you planned on running an auto behind it which is just silly . Many early Hemi engines have been built to be absolute screamers and ScooterMcRad's as well as Bass' (I think he has one) are evidence that run.

I'm putting a '51 331 in my '32 and I'll be getting to engine mounts and such probably later next year. I look forward to checking this thread out!
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Old 11-27-2011, 04:56 PM   #8
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thanks guys for the support and 73RR thanks the Hemi tech is awesome,Ive been using it even before I had a hemi to work on. Today I made all the pieces for the drivers side motor mount and tacked it together with the mig. I didnt take any pictures because its not much different then the passenger side.
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Old 11-30-2011, 05:28 PM   #9
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I managed to get the motor mounts all finished up today. Im glad I feel like they took me forever to make but Im happy about the way they came out.




the upright with the holes is made of 3/16".the top and bottom band are 1/8" and the little pad that sits on the rubber is 1/4", I tapped it to accept a 1/2" bolt. I added a little piece of 1/8" to the top to give it alittle style, without it the top looked blank and plain.
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Old 12-05-2011, 04:37 PM   #10
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Default Re: "RUSTY" Hemi Model A on 32 frame build

I worked on the shock upper mounts today. Ive been messing with this small stuff that I can while Im saving up for my transmission adapter. I started with a pair of ordinary F100 shock mounts that I bought at the local swap meet.

I decide to do something alittle different. I didnt want to have just F100 shock mount.I think they look nice but it been done time and time over again. so I decide to make them so they mount to the top of the frame instead of the side.


I did have more progess pictures but my camera s memory card messed up so I lost them. I only did one side so I might take a few more when I do the other one.
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Old 12-17-2011, 03:07 PM   #11
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Default Re: "RUSTY" Hemi Model A on 32 frame build

Im waiting on my transmission adapter to continue building on my frame and the x member so I decided to work on the grill. I wanted to run a 32 grill even know I don't have one. So I had to resort to something that I did have a 34 truck grill that I knew I could cut up and not feel bad about. I think the truck grills are just alittle to big for a hot rod so I trimmed mine down a bit.

as you can see it wasn't much to be desired but it'll do.

so I cut it apart. I narrowered the grill front to back by 2 inches.

Then I tacked it back together to try to keep it in some shape of a grill for the next step to narrow the width of the grill by a inch.

I thought it would work better to weld it back together so I only had 2 pieces at a time instead of cutting it into 4 all at once and making a big mess out of it.

then welded back together again, well almost it still needs alot of work I have to build the complete bottom because it was rotted of. Im going to make a insert for it aswell but this is all for now. thanks for looking
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Old 12-17-2011, 03:44 PM   #12
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nice engine mounts!
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Old 12-17-2011, 07:02 PM   #13
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Default Re: "RUSTY" Hemi Model A on 32 frame build

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nice engine mounts!
thanks I think they turned out nice
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Old 12-17-2011, 07:18 PM   #14
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Great job so far, really like the motor mounts.
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Old 12-17-2011, 07:37 PM   #15
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Default Re: "RUSTY" Hemi Model A on 32 frame build

Im been thinking about the same mod to a grille, been wanting to try it for a while but just havent.

Looks like it should turn out good.

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Old 12-17-2011, 07:56 PM   #16
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looks like the grille is on the way to being a good looking piece. i really like the motor mounts too.
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Old 12-18-2011, 08:48 AM   #17
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Default Re: "RUSTY" Hemi Model A on 32 frame build

Thanks guys, yea the grill on its way Im going to start building the bottom today. I picked up the stainless piece at hershey a couple years ago. I knew I would use it someday. I was possibly thinking horizontal bars for the grill insert.
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Old 12-18-2011, 08:50 AM   #18
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Awesome, I like where this is going!
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Old 12-18-2011, 08:57 AM   #19
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Looks good!What style model a body?
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Old 12-18-2011, 09:27 AM   #20
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looks good!!! i really like the motor mounts!!! nice touch on the grille shell as well
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