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Hot Rods 1929 model A coupe. Banger hot rod build.

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Hitchhiker, Aug 7, 2021.

  1. I'm working on a mild banger powered hot rod build for a client. I've been doing a "step by step" on my Instagram and I thought ya'll might enjoy it as well.

    I started with a typical amateur restoration 1929 model a coupe.

    It originally looked like this... IMG_20210806_224640_551.jpg

    But got a paint job in between me starting work.
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    This is how it looked upon arrival at my shop.
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  2. My first order of business was to tear it apart.

    I started with pulling out the front end.

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    Some brake pins and cotter pins

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    Then I pulled the floor

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    More "factory" parts


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    Pulled the e brake....broken...

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    Pulled the u-joint cover

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    Pulled the brake rods

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    And the rear spring clamp

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    Rear end about ready to come out.

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    And now to save what we need and throw away the rest...

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    More nail pins...that's how you know it's authentic.
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    Only one in this side


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    Next we remove the cotter pins for the backing plate hardware. Notice anything missing?

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    Yep, king pin lock bolt missing....

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    So we start pulling the brakes...

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    And the tie rod. If you don't have this tool. I highly recommend it for early ford tie rods.

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    Here is the king pin lock like the other side should have had. 20210805_173337.jpg


    Next the perch pin nuts and remove the perch pins. I forgot to take pictures of taking the spring off. But you can see my spring spreader. Works great.

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    The perch pins came out in 5 minutes. Maybe a record?



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    And here are the wasted shackles

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    Next time...the rear end.
     

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  3. Plans for this car are as follows

    Dropped axle
    Juice brakes
    39 trans
    T rear spring.
    Police head
    I have a dual updraft but might put a down draft and 97 on this.

    I already have 17 inch wire wheels and 5.50 front tires. Probably gonna run a 7.00 rear.

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  4. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
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    Giving that new shop a workout...Great subject matter and love the bandaids of the past...I guess nailed it sums it up...:D...I'm in and thanks for sharing it here @Hitchhiker...;)
     
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  5. It's the coolest. Though...you should know. Lol
     
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  6. Yeah, It's obvious just looking at the nails that it was done ages ago. The car is super solid. I think it was a pretty original car before the paint that was then repainted again. Most of these replacement pieces were pretty common in my experience and we're gonna get everything just right on it, and then I'll force @Flootiebuell to go cruise with me.
     
  7. Also @Flootiebuell if you want to share some of you painting process, I've gotten multiple people asking about it. 2 guys even mistook it for original paint. Unless it's top secret, that is.
     
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  8. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
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    Stogy
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    :rolleyes:...It does look really solid and you're off to a dashing start...can't wait to see it come together...

    Wasted shackles indeed...:eek:...that makes for a bit of an optical illusion...

    The missing lock pin on the kingpin...does that mean it could have worked itself out but it didn't?
     
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  9. Not really, it's still kinda held in by the backing plate and mechanical brake stuff. But certainly undesirable to drive on.
     
  10. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
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    Looking forward to this thread, should be fun to follow along
     
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  11. Flootiebuell
    Joined: Jun 16, 2009
    Posts: 284

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    Not a secret, but it has taken me a few years, multiple vehicles, and many hours of trial and error to get it right. The key is to not make it look too forced, and attempt to make it look natural. Just rubbing it thru to the later below is not enough. Gotta look at the curves and areas that would naturally become thin. Also creating cracking, and scales really add to the “look”
     
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  12. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
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    Don’t think I’ve sleeve seen anyone do a blue layer with it, but clearly it works. The textures are very convincing from here
     
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  13. Flootiebuell
    Joined: Jun 16, 2009
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    No forcing required!
     
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  14. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
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    Tim
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    So is the car getting a Buick nailhead at this point to retain its history lol
     
  15. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
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    Tim
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    Maybe just a nail keychain so you know which car they go too ;)
     
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  16. Actually those nails were repurposed from the shipping crates at the factory :confused::D
     
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  17. manyolcars
    Joined: Mar 30, 2001
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    manyolcars

    It doesnt have a dropped axle! How does it sit so low in the front???
     
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  18. Flootiebuell
    Joined: Jun 16, 2009
    Posts: 284

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    Snagged this dual updraft set up from @2tall2beahotrodder Thanks for the hook up!
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