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Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by m.ralph, May 4, 2019.

  1. m.ralph
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    Three months ago, I bought a full fender coupe with original drive train. I disassembled the coupe and removed the coupe body, that is all that I was going to use. I sold all the rest of the coupe. m.ralph@yahoo.com


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  2. m.ralph
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    After removing the coupe body, I ordered a 1932 Ford pinched frame from Brookville.


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  3. m.ralph
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    Installing Ford nine inch rear end assembly with triangulated 4 bars and coil over shocks.

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  4. m.ralph
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    Installing dropped front axle, Posey springs, and split wishbones. Then changed my mind and installed radius rods instead. Because the drag rods were going to be too low.


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  5. m.ralph
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    After installing the front axle assembly and rear axle, the chassis was a roller. With the chassis finished, I installed the engine and transmission. Then I mounted the body.


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  6. fastcar1953
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    Looking good . Working fast. Keep updating.
     
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  7. m.ralph
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    thanks Fastcar1953
     
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    Added a few more goodies.


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  9. m.ralph
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    I installed the front floor and trimmed the hole for the American Shifter and adjusted the neutral safety switch. Also mounted the brake pedal. Cut a hole for access for the master cylinder and made a cover for it.


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  10. fastcar1953
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    At the rate your moving it should be done this week. wow .
     
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  11. fourspd2quad
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    Very nice! great body to start with too.
     
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  12. m.ralph
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    Thanks fourspd2quad, yes it is a good coupe body. Thanks, fastcar1953 I can usually build them in 2 or 3 months.
     
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  13. m.ralph
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    Next came the dash, gauges, and wiring. I make my own harness for the dash with one 12 pin connector. So the dash can be removed with one connector, instead of removing every wire off each gauge.


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  14. 3banjos
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    Your motor looks pretty low, how close are the drag links to bottom pulley. But you did say you've done it before.
     
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  15. Phil55Kratz
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    Sweet! Lookin good


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  16. m.ralph
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    3banjo, yes I build about 3 cars a year. Mostly 32 Fords, coupes and roadsters. No fiberglass , all Henry Ford bodies or Brookville. Thank you Phil55Kratz.
     
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  17. m.ralph
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    Steering column and wheel mounted down to a Vega box for cross steering.


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  18. m.ralph
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    A little more goodies for the engine area.


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    Mounted the 15 gallon gas tank and battery in the trunk. Also installed a battery cut off switch.


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    then decided on some Lake style headers with baffles.


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  21. m.ralph
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    A little drive around the block to test everything out.


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  23. m.ralph
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    Thanks to everyone that left comments or likes.
     
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  24. Zettle Bros.
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    Was wondering if you were going to chop the top any.
     
  25. Bajita
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    Project coupe looks almost done. Will you get a hood for it.
    Looks like you didn't have to cut the firewall, to fit the motor.
    Howd you do that. Looks good. No chop.
     
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  26. m.ralph
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    Thanks everyone that asked about the chop. People that know me, know it has to be chopped. Last week I took it to my friend Lee Moore ( 409 679-2660) at Lee's Speed Shop in Orange, Texas to get a chop. It was hard to decide how much. I knew it had to be between 4.0" to 6.5"
     
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  27. m.ralph
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    Bajita , On the firewall, I get the engine as far forward as possible then use a little force to push the firewall back a little to clear the distributor cap. I don't normally use hoods on my cars. I will be installing a 3 deuce manifold soon, so I like to show off the engine area. I usually put 3 deuce setup on all cars.
     
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  28. Zettle Bros.
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    M.Ralph keep us posted on the outcome of the chop, love to see it.
     
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  29. Bajita
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    Got it thanks for the firewall info.
    Chop top it is. Any paint color in mind.
     
  30. sloppy jalopies
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    nice hot rod !
    Careful how much you chop, as it directly relates to the rod's rake...
    the more ; biggie rears, tiny fronts, 4" dropped, reversed eye, stock visor, the less vision...
    don't get carried away... you can always chop it more later...
    a crook in the neck to see what is 10 car lengths out in front is fine in your 20's...
    30 years of working, a little grey hair and that will change...
    ….. my personal opinion only.
     
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