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1931 Model A truck progress

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 37CoupeE, Jan 13, 2009.

  1. 37CoupeE
    Joined: Jan 24, 2006
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    I have been slowly working on building a 31 truck.
    I bought just the cab, box and frame from a gentleman who started on it over 14 years ago.
    It had been sitting for the past 13 years collecting dust.
    The only thing that was really done was a real nice 4 inch top chop.
    All the subrails and interior bracing was pretty much toast, so the first thing that I did was to replace all that and get the body squared up.
    I'm 6'6" and with the top chop this would possibly be a problem, so I came up with a plan to lengthen the cab 7 inches.
    Hopefully attached are photos of before during and after this procedure.
    I've worked on cars most of my life and this is the first time that I have tried something like this. So far it seems to be working out OK.
    Once I'm happy with the cab back, I'm going to try and install suicide doors.
     

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  2. alaskanroadzombies
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  3. Retired
    Joined: Jan 4, 2009
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    from Michigan

    Nice project. I've always been partial to the pickups.
     
  4. petritl
    Joined: Jul 31, 2006
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    from Marion, TX

    That will turn out nice.
    Have you considered putting qtr windows in your lengthened areas?
     
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  5. dynaflash
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    What about this truck? 2006...is it running yet? Any update?
     
  6. 37CoupeE
    Joined: Jan 24, 2006
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    I have a pair of Lincoln Continental oval opera windows that I plan to fit into the lengthened area.
    The hardest part was trying to figure out how to line everything up after it was cut.
    I took 4 rods 1/2" in diameter that were 18 inches long and found square tubing that slipped over them.
    I cut the square tubing into 4 pieces 6" long these were my guides.
    I tacked these to the door posts top and bottom, keeping them perpendicular to the back. I also held them each 2 1/2" from the back when tacked.
    I them slid the 1/2" rod through these and tacked them to the back of the cab.
    Now I marked my cut lines and started cutting with my air cutoff.
    Once I had cut through the sides and top, the whole back was slid out 7" squared up on all rods and then tacked in place.
    Everything held square and sturdy.
    I had purchased a pretty rotten 31 door just for the body line pieces that were used.
    The rest was really easy, cut the pieces, flange them and tack the in.
    Next I have to replace the whole lower back section of the cab.
    Then I will get onto the doors.
    I have also replaced all the wood in the cab with square steel tubing.
    I have not finished the door pillars yet because of wanting to do suicide doors.
     

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  7. 37CoupeE
    Joined: Jan 24, 2006
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    I have been slowly working on the truck.
    Weekends mainly.
    The sheet metal work on the cab is just about done.
    This weekend, I cut out for the rear quarter windows.
    Next is to replace the lower sections of the doors.
    I'm still trying to decide if I want to suicide the doors or not.
     

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  8. RichG
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    Personally I find suicide doors to be a pain to get in and out of, especially being a bigger guy like you, for what it's worth...
     
  9. Homemade44
    Joined: Feb 7, 2007
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    Nice job on stretching the cab. The oval windows add interest to the look, like it. Please keep posting pictures of your progress.

    I made a different base for the seat in mine, unchopped top, so my head didn't hit the roof and so I could see out of the windshield better. Still not comfortable but at least it is better.

    What are you going to do for a bed?

    Joe
     
  10. 37CoupeE
    Joined: Jan 24, 2006
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    I plan on using a shortened 30 inch bed.
    I will use an 11 gallon aluminum tank in the bed.
    I have a set of 32 rear fenders that I'm going to use because they match the contours of the front fenders nicely.
    The back will have a nerf bumper that I picked up.
    I have kind of a vision as to how this will all look together and have gathered most of the parts to do it.
    It is nice to get back at this.
    Last year, I was working almost 7 days a week every week, now we are cut back to 40 hours a week which is great, so I have the weekends to play with this.
    Now that I have the side windows in, my wife and two daughters are starting to talk about who will get this truck.
    That's OK by me because I have a 28 2 door body that is calling out to be a sedan delivery.
    I figure that by June 2010 I hope to have it done.
     
  11. Homemade44
    Joined: Feb 7, 2007
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    Sounds like you have a good plan.

    Joe
     
  12. Any more updates on this truck?? I like what you are doing.
     

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