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Projects 1928 FORD COUPSTER!!

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by STUNNED MULLET, Feb 16, 2017.

  1. STUNNED MULLET
    Joined: Sep 10, 2012
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    STUNNED MULLET
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    from Fresno

    HI All, Just did a little trade for this little lady... about 95% there... needs to be wired, brakes need to be plumbed, some floor work, and some seating, but I am hoping to have this ready by the spring... a LITTLE too high in the rear for me, so that will need to be addressed, and it really needs some wires and black walls for me.. but she is all mine, and I love her!! I have heard pull a few leaves? or get a T Spring..?
     

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  2. Petejoe
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    Neat car.
    Great project. I'd change out the brkt setting on top of your pumpkin. Looks like you'd gain 4-5 inches alone before removing any leaves.
    I like those wheels and tires. I wouldnt change that look at all.
     
  3. Jalopy Joker
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    Congrats - have fun working on the many obvious things that need work
     
  4. STUNNED MULLET
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    STUNNED MULLET
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    the last comment makes me nervous... LOL.
     

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  6. oj
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    I'd be pullin it all apart.
     
  7. Bandit Billy
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    Never mind JJ, he is just one of those "safety nuts" that think every car needs shocks, brakes, panhard bar, windshield glass, seats, steering, etc.
     
  8. 24bolt
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    It looks like your coupester started life as a Sport Coupe as mine did. Shorter quarter panels, longer doors compared to a true roadster. I traded a set of wires for chromed 16" Kelsey Hayes, so I'd vote to keep what you have, but lose the snowballs.
     
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  10. AV8 Dave
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    X2!
     
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  11. Atwater Mike
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    Get a '25-'27 T rear spring. ...and your taillights are on upside down...
     
  12. Toqwik
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    I love coupsters. I could never fit in a roadster, that's why I built one. Wish I could find it and buy it back. [​IMG]


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  13. Toqwik
    Joined: Feb 1, 2003
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    I pie cut my windshield posts and leaned them back so it didn't look so awkward. Damn, this makes me miss mine even more.


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  14. tfeverfred
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    Break it down and make it yours. Nice start.
     
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  15. STUNNED MULLET
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    STUNNED MULLET
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    Good Morning All, thanks for the advice and comments. I am definitely going to break it down somewhat and make it my own design that I have in my head. I REALLY want to keep the rumble seat for the kids, but I just don't like the way it sits in the rear.. I like my roadsters low. and I need the space for the tank, battery, spring/coilovers idea, etc.. I will try to figure a way around it, but I think there is no sacrifice in that department... going to chop the windshield and lean it back for sure. I like the bench seat look over buckets, but once I start messing with it I might change my mind.. want to change out intake and go 3 deuces, and maybe throw some new valve covers on it. and the exhaust needs a change as well. I am going to do all the body work myself. for some reason I see this as a really nice metallic silver, with a Porsche red interior... but I am sure I will change my mind on that a million times!! its coming home tonight, so the fun will begin this weekend. progress pics to follow.
     

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  16. you could get a reversed eye spring to get that rear down some, but that will only get you 1 or 2" you need more. the spring perches may be a little wide, looking at the shackles, but you may want to see how it sits with more weight in the car. (fuel tank, battery etc...)

    good luck looks like fun!
     
  17. wheeldog57
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    Nice ride Mullett! Many ways to drop the rear; you can put "spring behind axle" perches. They are found on 35-40 Ford (and later maybe). These perches mount low on the backing plates. This will require either another rear crossmember welded to the existing one or extending the frame back 7.5inches then welding crossmember on extensions. This makes a big difference in height. You could also get a T spring and pull a couple leaves out. Check out some build threads on here, that's where I stole-err-got a lot of my ideas from. Don't be afraid to ask questions. Good luck, Ron 1487356099165.jpg
     
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  18. CoolYourJets
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    @wheeldog57 Could you post a couple of pics of this (if you have it on your car?) I'd like to put the spring behind's on my ride, but wasn't sure the best way to change that cross member.
     
  19. STUNNED MULLET
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    this is kind of the low I am looking for. I just WISH I could keep the rumble seat section!!
     

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  20. Squablow
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    Way longer shackles in the rear along with a reverse spring eye should get a lot of the height eliminated I would think. But the rear suspension arms seem awfully close together, that's an odd design I think.

    And were they going to cut a notch out of the firewall sides to clear that "exhaust", or ? I wonder what the overall plan was.

    It's got potential for sure, I just wonder about some of the engineering.
     
  21. STUNNED MULLET
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    yeah.. I thought of the same thing? that's why those homemade lakesters gots to go... I have one of my buddies coming over this weekend to see what we can do. this is just 1 of the many things on my "to do" list.. need to do brakes lines, wiring, floor, gas pedal, seats, door latches, gauges, steering needs to be mounted on dash area, posts needs to be cut and glass installed, gas tank plumbed and mounted... etc etc etc...
     

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  23. VOODOO ROD & CUSTOM
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    Now that's a HIGHBOY !!
    P.S. - I think cylinder #8 is going to be a little Loud ??

    VR&C.
     
  24. sloppy jalopies
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    Use care where you cut the posts, as they lean back the W/S frames lower rail's radius changes and of course now won't seal with the cowl...
    Notice that '30 -'31 used a flat faced filler panel [between W/S and tank] on most models,
    but the slanted W/S cars had taller filler panels and those [4 models] also had a tapered grove in that filler panel to help match the tilted W/S frame...
    or just get wet once and a while, oh, and maybe fuse the electricals...
     
  25. wheeldog57
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    I'm running a banjo but you can fab brackets to do same 1487455107745.jpg 1487455126386.jpg 1487455141478.jpg notice frame kicked up and extended to make up the difference from spring over to spring behind
     
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  26. STUNNED MULLET
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    STUNNED MULLET
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    Well folks!! Its home and in the garage... the windshield area is hacked to shit.. its gonna take some work to get it back in order.. needs lots of bracing to get doors to shut correctly. LOTS of bondo where they cut.. oh well... its a project in works.. he gave me some wires. 2 to be exact. Both look like 35 era, but one has me scratching my head with the shape of the hub hole.. anyone know what the heck these are?
     

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  27. dutchrod
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    Will follow this tread.
    Love the coupesters , was looking for a roadster but didn't like the lack of legroom.
    I also like the look off the longer doors , seems more in proportion to me.
    Hope to be on the road this spring.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  28. ratreo
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    from Preston,Wa

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    I have a pair of the roadster windshield repair pieces that I purchased from one of the locals here in the NW. They do a pretty good job of replicating the windshield base area. I bought a complete pair of posts to use on my Tub so I don't need these parts. They could save a lot of time and fabrication. PM me and we can work out a price and get them shipped tomorrow.
     
  29. STUNNED MULLET
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    STUNNED MULLET
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    ratreo, I just PM'ed you. thanks a million!
     
  30. sloppy jalopies
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    IMO... '28 - '29 sport coupe, coupe rear quarters are a shallow and a little flat around the cockpit combing compared to roadsters... when building a '30 coopster i noticed that the '30 comm. cowl band i took off and laid 90* had almost the exact same radius as the sportie's quarter /tulip panels top edge... if you need to mess with the door beltline / cockpit combing level then the cowl band could work as filler / trim... most '30 -'31s cowl bands are stainless... big trucks were painted steel... if you try this, you will need two !
     

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