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Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by jt1949, Feb 15, 2016.

  1. jt1949
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    Just picked up a 30' model a ... Hoping to knock the grandpa off it soon.
     

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  2. Torkwrench
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    Nice little "A". What are the plans? Flathead V8? Early Caddy or Olds? 283 Chevy? Hemi?
     
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  3. akoutlaw
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    Man that looks clean. I would have a hard time makn myself rod that. Just sayn. Bill
     
  4. jt1949
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    Haha... it's not that nice. Want to do some b wheels and drop it down. Need to do some digging to find out what is the best way to get it lower. This is the look I was thinking. Still want to stay with a straight axle tho.
     

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  5. jt1949
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    I have a 48' ford flathead.... might do that at a later date.
     
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  6. waxhead
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    Will be watching.
     
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  7. custom_lettering
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    Someone posted a real good thread not long ago. He used different spring and axle combos in front and different springs in back with photos of all the changes. Do a search for Model A lowering you'll come across it. Well worth it.
     
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  8. Jeff34
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    '48 is a good year flathead. That's what I've got in my '34 pickup.

    Great looking coupe!
     
  9. volvobrynk
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    I was close to saying the same as akoutlaw, but jt1949 is on too something here.

    Tell more, tell all! And a lot of pics!! That is soooooooooo hooooooot.
     
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  10. jt1949
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    Thanks Sawyer... I'll take a look.
     
  11. jt1949
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    Thanks guys, I'll post more pics and progress soon.
     
  12. Jalopy Joker
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    Congrats - lowering that low will involve a lot , including brakes upgrade. but, will look Cool.
     
  13. jt1949
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    That's what I am afraid of. . The brakes have already been done. It has 39' brakes and trany installed. Two very +'s
     
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  14. flatford39
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    Nice looking A....now get it out of the rain.
     
  15. patmanta
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    If you've got juice brakes and that gearbox in already, you're most of the way there already. Mechanical brakes make dropping difficult, not the juice.
     
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  16. 31Apickup
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    Good looking car, although those old amateur restorations can hide alot. You just need to add a dropped axle, reverse eye front spring and a T rear spring and you'll be set.
     
  17. flatford39
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    Since you already have the juice brakes what 31pickup is saying is about all you need to do.
     
  18. kursplat
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    that's a sweet place to start. a little drop on the suspension, lower the headlights, loose the whitewalls and drive it ;)

    I would just say the "old" ones. :eek:
     
  19. jt1949
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    The fenders are great. The floors are good for the most part. Weak in a 4"x4" area. Looks like there is some old body work. .. but all in all. A solid car.
     
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  20. jt1949
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    Kids seem to like it.. wife could care less. :)
     

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  21. Cool.

    It already seems low? The wheels are at least 19 inchers by the looks, so a simple upgrade to 16 inch wheels would get you down close, and then the t spring idea, or even a reverse eye main for the A pack would get it the rest of the way.

    If you were going fenderless, getting it low would be a whole 'nother ball game. I haven't done final mock up on mine yet, but any lower, the torque tube angle would not work, but for you, it won't be a problem.

    Edit: Or are you looking to keep your 19 inch wheels? A little more work, but would be cool for sure.
     
  22. jt1949
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    Think I am going to go with some 16"s... probably do that first and then reevaluate the altitude.
     
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  23. kursplat
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    my wife would boot our kids out of the way, she's dying to ride in a rumble seat :cool:
     
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  24. mike bowling
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    Ron Brown has a great thread on here about lowering an A- he did his 2 door Sedan, and even "3wlarry" likes it! It looks right on- check it out.
     
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  25. JimmyD3234
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    I love the LOOK of that A it is so COOL :cool::cool:
     
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  27. jt1949
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    Finally getting out into the garage to get a list of what needs to be done. Had no idea that the front spring was so flat. I definitely think I am going to follow Ron Brown's final lowering technique. This is the brakes and steering I have now. If I get some 32' spindles will those brakes work on them? Also. Is there a upgrade that I can get for that steering box? I used,a saginaw 525 on my 36' pickup. But trying to keep this one s little more traditional.
     

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  28. yruhot
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    I got a 1930 tudor. had stock drivetrain. put juice brakes on, besat hing I ever did, purist hate it but I like being safe. Installed org Warner t-5 overdrive trans. great move. converted to 12 volts and installed a 110 hp mercruiser 4 banger motor and the 5 speed. Really a blast to drive around now. Problem is I have two extra motors, the 110mercruisermotors Im trying to sell. I have them listed on this site I believe. also got the 16 inch wheels. They were on it when I got it. Sounds like a cool project. yruhot
     
  29. jt1949
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    Wow, sounds like a great project that you have as well. So funny your motor and trany choice. My other project is a 36' ford pickup that I put a 153 chevy and t5 in. Great combination.
     

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