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Projects 1925 T roadster build. AKA 90 Inch Death Trap

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by skunk victim, Jun 29, 2014.

  1. I thought I would post a little thread about the 1925 T I am building, now that I am actually working on it. It started out as me finding a beat up body locally and decided to throw some spare parts on a chassis and get rid of some stuff... Turns out I have fallen in love and fallen off the original plan. Eventually the plan is to go full blown 60s show. Metal flake and chrome all over the place. For now, I just want to get it on the road for the summer!!

    I started by cutting the crossmembers off the stock T frame and shaped it similar to an A frame, just smaller. The back is kicked up, rails are boxed and I made A flat model A style front crossmember and used a A rear to go with the A spring that will be on a 40 banjo rear.

    I went to use some old Hurst motor mounts but they didn't really work with how I wanted the motor mounts to sit on the frame rails so I made my own saddle style mount. Bolted on an old Ford three speed,set it in place and then made the centre crossmember. I added the picture of the rear end beside the frame just to get an idea of how small the frame really is.

    Hopefully I will be keeping up the motivation on this build so I have something to drive before summer is over!!

    Ill try to get the picture part figured out!

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  2. Diggit man. Not super z'd which is a nice change.
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  3. steel rebel
    Joined: Jun 14, 2006
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    steel rebel
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    Fuck I like what your doing. Keep it coming.
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  4. TexasSpeed
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    Yes!! Count me in.
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  5. need louvers ?
    Joined: Nov 20, 2008
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    need louvers ?

    Hell yes!!!
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  6. Very cool - I like it - a lot...
  7. RainierHooker
    Joined: Dec 20, 2011
    Posts: 1,994

    from Tacoma, WA

    Short n' stubby. I like it!
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  8. Awesome! I am going to enjoy watching this build.
  9. bgbdlinc
    Joined: Jan 11, 2002
    Posts: 522

    Member! What a left turn that the concept, love the work so far....
  10. general gow
    Joined: Feb 5, 2003
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    general gow
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    I'm really interested to see some detail of the sub floors you're making for the body.
  11. falcongeorge
    Joined: Aug 26, 2010
    Posts: 18,341

    from BC

    X3. When I saw the title, I opened this thread with some trepidation, but HELL yes!! Shades of Excaliber! I figure Dana should show up any time here.
  12. A Boner
    Joined: Dec 25, 2004
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    A Boner

  13. A boner. I love that car! Add a box and its true love. Gives me hope that after the first drive when I realize spokes and no brakes are as scary as hell, white walls will look just fine haha
  14. A Boner
    Joined: Dec 25, 2004
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    A Boner

    No front brakes on a car is like a coaster brake on a bicycle.....jam on the brakes, and the ass end wants to go to the front, especially if going around a curve. It's just about impossible to panic stop except when going perfectly straight. Been there, done that!

    If your "T" ends up anything like the pic, it will be one cool "T"!
  15. That's the thing with the brakes and why it's going to be a country roads type car. Hell my coupe was hard enough to stop with all four brakes!

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  16. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
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    I like what I see so far. Body actually looks pretty damn nice to me!
  17. Thanks man, that's after a lot of pounding and straightening. Nether of which I'm great at!

    Got it in epoxy!


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  18. fab32
    Joined: May 14, 2002
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    I'll throw my two cents into the mix about brakes. As stated a panic stop will see it swapping ends faster than you could ever imagine. Don't think "an out in the country only car" will totally eliminate the need for a panic stop as the country has it own unique driving hazards. One thing a rear end collision has going for it is you seldom have to replace the radiator but the damage to the rear of your head and spine offers it's own unique physical recovery issues.

  19. Thanks frank I appreciate your opinion. All I will say is a deer or a rabbit scare me a hell of a lot less than one of the busiest highways in North America!!

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  20. Anderson
    Joined: Jan 27, 2003
    Posts: 6,473


    cool build! I love the motor mount plate.
  21. Liking the style of your build. JW
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  22. daddylama
    Joined: Feb 20, 2002
    Posts: 930


    some of the T builds lately have me really wanting to build one.

    i dig where you're going with this one...
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  23. Great start! Any of those engines over in the corner would look awesome in those 'rails! :cool:
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  24. Keep on it Keith. I'm looking forward to seeing this one come together.
  25. I've been trying to find the time to work on this thing when I can. Slow an steady I suppose. The chassis is just about finished, getting the rear end apart then shortening it was a major to do that is now done.

    More updates with some progress pics coming soon. It rolls!


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  26. Very cool.

    I don't think id do a car w 1/2 a brake set but the thing I've had to convince my wife since moving her to the country- you don't put your car (and self) into a ditch just because some goddamn cat ran into the road. Kids, different story but fuck the quail that runs out of a bush. Don't kill yourself for something you'd eat for dinner.

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  27. K.L
    Joined: Jul 15, 2014
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    This is looking like it's going to be an interesting build.
    I'll be following this!
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  28. bgbdlinc
    Joined: Jan 11, 2002
    Posts: 522

    Member already......damn, you're quick Keith....
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    Nothing to crazy going on other than picking all these parts up Friday! LOVE the Towel City slicks. Some Ross engine parts a rad and speedway goodies. Party time!

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