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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. We had a reversed eye spring on the car and there was not enough travel between the frame and the undropped '32 axle ,so we put a standard eye spring on the car to solve that problem. Then it raised the front end up too much and we didn't like it so we used a dropped '32 axle to lower the car to where we wanted it to be. Then that caused the tie rod to hit the wishbones so we had to drop the steering arms an 1 1/2"

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  2. Mounted the radiator core, we welded a stud on each side of the frame to bolt it down. We made aluminum braces for both sides as part of the frame for the radiator. Now onto making the tanks, and filling reservoir.

  3. birdog
    Joined: Nov 25, 2010
    Posts: 394


    Great build and fantastic work! Really excited to see this come together
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  4. JimmyD3234
    Joined: Dec 3, 2015
    Posts: 550

    from PA

    YOU ARE DOING - ONE - HELL OF A - JOB - ;);):cool::cool::cool::cool:
  5. Thank you, me too!!
  6. Haha thank you sir!
    Joined: Jan 16, 2013
    Posts: 88


    Great work, am enjoying the thread. Thanks
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  8. gatz
    Joined: Jun 2, 2011
    Posts: 1,530


    Great craftsmanship going on here!
    The fact that you're "young" makes it all the more impressive.

    The 'dropping' of the steering arms was too.
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  9. Thank you!
  10. Thank you! It was the only way we could get the car to sit how we wanted it to.
  11. Pinstriper40
    Joined: Sep 24, 2007
    Posts: 3,398


    Very nice work! It looks like it'll be a car that will be driven hard! You've definitely got some great fabricating skills!
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  12. Fabricated the lower tank and made an inlet for the radiator. Had to shape the inlet like that because the radiator is in front of the crossmember instead of on top of it like normal.
  13. Why thank you! It'll be a daily driver for me that's for sure!
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  14. AHotRod
    Joined: Jul 27, 2001
    Posts: 11,137


    Now .... this is a Hot Rod !

    Question: what are the tire and wheel sizes ?
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  15. Rickybop
    Joined: May 23, 2008
    Posts: 6,845

    from Michigan

    Alright Nathan! The family tradition continues. Awesome.
    Congratulations on your ongoing coupe's lookin' great. Lovin' everything about it.
    And congrats on your new upholstery job as well. Happy for you and proud of you. An artist is an artist, whether it's to do with music, fabricating, upholstery or otherwise. Considering your family background, your integrity, good work ethic and your artistic skills, you're gonna be a natural. I wouldn't be at all surprised that in years to come, we'll hear guys saying that you're the go-to guy in this neck of the woods for custom upholstery.
    I haven't been frequenting the main board much in recent times, but I'm gonna be watchin' this build as you go...and enjoying it immensely.
    All the best to you, Nathan. - Rick
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  16. Thank you!! And the wheels and tires pictures so far are

    Fronts: 600-16
    Rears: 7.50-16

    The fronts will be changed to 5.00-16
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  17. Thank you so much for the kind words Rick! I really appreciate it. I hope that's the way it plays out. I'm going to continue trying my best and learning as much as I can about old cars. Thank you again!
  18. Fabricated the top tank out of aluminum and made an outlet in the tank. We made the filling reservoir out of a small fire extinguisher from an Indy car.

  19. Dino 64
    Joined: Jul 13, 2012
    Posts: 1,928

    Dino 64
    from Virginia

    Great fab work. Love that reservoir and tank. Keep us updated, great build.
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  20. Jake Sippl
    Joined: Nov 11, 2015
    Posts: 267

    Jake Sippl
    from Detroit MI

    Well I for one think this is pretty damn cool. I'm also 20. I am a second gen hot rodder.. my dad and I built a '30 A. I really like your car. It's also really cool to see more guys my age doing this whole traditional hot rod thing. no tuner cars for me lol
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  21. Thank you, and will do there's plenty more to see!
  22. Really? That's is awesome! Like you said it's nice seeing someone my age doing this and I can't agree more, can't stand those tuner cars hahah. I checked out your build I really like it! It's pretty sweet
  23. Great stuff man! Love the idea for the rear bones mount! I'm 19 and building a '30 coupe... Lookin forward to more!
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  24. Jake Sippl
    Joined: Nov 11, 2015
    Posts: 267

    Jake Sippl
    from Detroit MI

    you guys should seriously consider bringing the car up for the Detroit Autorama.. end of february. I'm 90% sure I'll have my car in the Extreme portion of the show (traditonal hot rods and customs). Its always a fun time!
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  25. Hot Rods Ta Hell
    Joined: Apr 20, 2008
    Posts: 4,143

    Hot Rods Ta Hell

    Fantastic looking build! Keep the updates coming.
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  26. Great build, fantastic work. Very cool car. Thanks for sharing it with us. Your are very talented!
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  27. Blues4U
    Joined: Oct 1, 2015
    Posts: 5,097

    from So Cal

    A 19yo and two 20yo's in this thread, all building A coupe's. How cool is that?
  28. It's really cool
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  29. Thank you and that's awesome! Have any pictures of your build? I'd love to see it.
  30. Id love to but I don't think we'll be able to take it this year. Maybe next year. We should hopefully still make it to hangout. I'll look for your car!

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