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Projects 1931 Model A Coupe Y-Block Build (Father&Son)

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by NathanxStewart, Jan 4, 2016.

  1. Hello, my name is Nathan Stewart I started building my first hot rod when I was 18 and am still building it now at the age of 20. I'm going to post pictures of my build from day one, just a couple of pictures each week. I'm a 3rd generation hot rodder, mechanic, fabricator, apsiring upholsterer. I'm building a 1931 Model A Coupe. My plans for this build are to use a 292 y-block with a 3 deuce Fenton intake, T-5 Mustang transmission, '57 Ford 9 inch rear end. Here me and my dad used 2X4 rectangular tubing for the frame. Modeled it after an original Model A frame. Pinched the frame in the front. Z'd the frame 3 inches in the front and 8 inches in the rear. Will be continuing to post pictures of my build. Thanks for looking!


  2. King ford
    Joined: Mar 18, 2013
    Posts: 1,477

    King ford
    from 08302

    Frame looks good! Glad to see you keeping it all FORD! Keep posting and i'le keep looking!
  3. I'm with King Ford.Always good to see more young blood here.And father-son project to boot!:cool:
  4. metal man
    Joined: Dec 4, 2005
    Posts: 2,955

    metal man

    Grandfather, Father , and Son build. This is a third generation hot rodder, and his grandpa is still building hot rods too. This coupe will have parts donated from grandpa's early days in the fifties. It should be fun to see what the kid comes up with.

  5. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 30,885

    Jalopy Joker

    Wow - doing good
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  6. is that your car in your avatar? if so I like the headers...guess I will still like them if it is not your car. I have a 292 in my '30 tudor also. nice looking frame, can't wait to see more.
  7. Thank you sir! Early ford parts are our favorite
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  8. Thank you! Fortunately old hot rods are in my blood haha
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  9. Thank you!!
  10. Yes it is! First pair of headers I've made, obviously had help from my dad. We used an original 36 Ford drive shaft and 1 3/4 " mandrel bends. Very cool, have any pictures? Thank you sir, they'll be plenty more to see!
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2016
  11. Didn't want the wishbones to hang down below the frame so I came up with these wishbone mounts and have a hole on the other side of the frame to get a socket on the nut.

  12. The start of my headlight bar/ shock mount. Had to widen the headlight bar 2 inches, was a bit too narrow. The headlight bar that we started with is unknown.

  13. mlake01
    Joined: Mar 24, 2015
    Posts: 42


    Awesome! My Dad helped me build my first rod when I was just 14 years old, so I know what a special time that is. Cherish it!

    That was 40 years ago, and Dad has been gone for 10 now. Sure do miss him!

    Sent from my fart smone using crapatalk
  14. Dino 64
    Joined: Jul 13, 2012
    Posts: 2,380

    Dino 64
    from Virginia

    Great build, great to see a young guy doin' it like those before him. You are very lucky and talented.
    I'm subscribed.
  15. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 11,625

    Atwater Mike

    Hi, Nathan. Cooool teardrops at wishbone mounts! Frame is sanitary...Step in front effective, and subtle.
    Also a Y-block fan, mine used to EAT Chevys.
  16. ...I love A coupes, yours looks rite on the money to me, very nice job , my compliments to you all....can we see some pics of the car, or do we have to wait?
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  17. Great recipe here! Family of builders/rodders + young talent + creativity + old Ford parts topped off with a Y-block. Going to be great
  18. This is gonna be a good build thread, great pictures so far, so good to see a young guy here, and of course, welcome to the HAMB.
  19. Thank you, it's for sure a good time! Sorry to hear that, I'm sure you have many good memories though!
  20. Thank you very much! I'm definitely excited to get more involved in this industry as I get older.
  21. Thank you! Yeah I didn't want the mounts to look plain cause they will be exposed plus we had to increase the thickness on the frame rail for the tapered shaft on the wishbone.

    We plan on boring my 292 .060 over to make it a 301, we'll mill the heads for 11:1 compression, use bigger valves, and use all forged steel internals. I already have a steel crank. Were undecided on the cam.
  22. Thank you! Haha unfortunately you will have to wait until we get to that point
  23. Thank you very much sir, I'm really excited for this build since it's my first!
  24. Thank you!!
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  25. Blues4U
    Joined: Oct 1, 2015
    Posts: 7,590

    from So Cal

    Subscribed! Looking forward to watching this thread. Nathan, your skills and attitude are very impressive. I think you'll cherish these times with your dad and gramps for the rest of your life, as I do my memories of working with my dad, who taught me so much. Your shop looks incredible, so does the frame. Thanks for posting!
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  26. This is the johnny joint I'll be using at the front of the rear wishbone

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  27. Used the yolk from a 32 front wishbone and we welded the johnny joint to it to tie the 36' rear wishbones together.


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  28. We welded a gusset on the yolk with a hole in it for a possible future torque arm


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  29. Thank you so much for the kind words! I'm very fortunate for having the talented father and grandfather I have. Thank you again!
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  30. y'sguy
    Joined: Feb 25, 2008
    Posts: 658

    from Tulsa, OK

    Always good to see another yblock as an engine choice!
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