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Projects 1931 Model AV8 Coupe, first try

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Willows, Jan 28, 2019.

  1. Willows
    Joined: Apr 12, 2016
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    Hi my name is Alan, I have been sitting on the fence about doing a build thread but here I am, finally decided to do one. I have been nervous about doing this as I am still learning my way thru all the parts and skills. My mate pineapple on here infected me with his disease (not STD or anything like that) and I can say I am truly in love with this. Him, I and H.I on here go to speed week most years and the plan is that the three of us will drive our hotrod train (2x T roadsters and this) there this year - this was the plan last year also, but you know how things go. I have been working on this for just over two years so its going to start off like im working fast, but im not also might be a little out of order. Gonna try and upload pictures now, bear/bare with me ive never posted before. Thanks for reading thus far.

    Oh the plan is -
    32 ASC rails
    32 Grill
    Chopped 31 Coupe
    Flathead
    Burn outs

    Im starting out with a real nice car, which im thankful for.
    IMG_2071.JPG Body Removed
    IMG_2075.JPG The A frame has been moved to the back yard this will be used for a 29 sport coupe in the future - see you in 10 years or so. IMG_2078.JPG
    IMG_2284.jpg IMG_2504.jpg IMG_2288.jpg IMG_4101.jpg IMG_4325.jpg IMG_4332.jpg IMG_4329.jpg IMG_4327.jpg IMG_4357.jpg Above is the ASC rails pinched in to match a model a sub frame, rear cross is a flattened out 32. X style member. Engine mounts.

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    I didn't like the first chop and I enjoyed doing it so much I did it again. its about 5". Lost count. IMG_4643.jpg
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  2. Willows
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    I also reversed the eyes on the front spring and made the spring clamps using some 2" square tube IMG_5103.jpg
     

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  3. Willows
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    For the shocks im using Armstrongs front and rear. This is the front. IMG_5208.jpg IMG_5254.jpg IMG_5255.jpg IMG_5257.jpg IMG_6845.jpg
     
  4. slim38
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    Nice work! Subscribed.
     
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  5. PINEAPPLE
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    Looking good brother! keep posting away!!
     
  6. Willows
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    I used a moded A tie rod end for the shock linkage, and the length is adjustable with the modern rod end. heated and bent in and out the Armstrong arm. using a wet towel to keep the body cool IMG_5900.JPG
     
  7. Willows
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    THis is the rear shock bracket and little doodad that will be welded onto the axle bells IMG_6736.JPG IMG_4645.JPG
     
  8. Willows
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    Split the front bone and made the bone attachment?! HYKM9797.jpg IMG_5092.jpg IMG_5105.jpg IMG_6764.jpg UUGX5771.jpg
     
  9. Willows
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    For the rear rods I had to space them out so they missed the rails. I used a shock mount that was on a rear end I aquired. I then shortened the rods and welded them back together and made a new boss for the torque tube. I used the whole thing as a jig to weld it all back up. I had to make a drum puller before I could do this I had a old wire wheel which worked out perfect albeit hacked together. IMG_6647.jpg IMG_6651.jpg IMG_6653.jpg IMG_6654.jpg IMG_6773.jpg IMG_6774.jpg IMG_6775.jpg IMG_6776.jpg IMG_6777.jpg IMG_6778.jpg
     
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  10. Willows
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    For the steering I used a F1 box. I machined off the flange and put a new one on. Welding it together was hard I found that the tig bead wanted to crack even after pre heating. So I added some gussets and migged it, made me feel better about it. IMG_4927.jpg IMG_5412.jpg IMG_5429.jpg IMG_5430.jpg IMG_5434.jpg IMG_5490.jpg IMG_5497.jpg IMG_5498.jpg IMG_5500.jpg IMG_5832.jpg IMG_6816.jpg IMG_6817.jpg IMG_6843.jpg IMG_6846.jpg
     
  11. Willows
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    This out of order but realized I missed it out, I needed to shorten the torque tube. IMG_4580.jpg IMG_4581.jpg IMG_4583.jpg
     

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  12. Willows
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    I made this roller for a work project and luckily it came in handy to bend the c-notches! Also added some cross members to the X. IMG_5330.jpg IMG_6042.jpg IMG_6573.jpg IMG_6750.jpg IMG_6762.jpg IMG_6763.jpg
     
  13. WB69
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    Skills!! Very nice..
     
  14. Willows
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    These were taken this last weekend and bring us upto date more or less. Been abit rushed and it might come across a bit of a mess, which it is a little. I really have enjoyed reading all the threads on here, and thank you for taking the time for posting - this has taken me ages! Big thanks to me best mate MAtt for all the advice! and close second Fred! Hopefully now that this is on here I will feel obliged to continue the work. God Speed. IMG_7020.JPG IMG_7021.JPG IMG_7022.JPG IMG_7024.JPG IMG_7026.JPG IMG_7023.JPG IMG_7025.JPG IMG_6880.JPG
     
  15. Impressive skills...:cool:
     
  16. Rickybop
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    Yes...skills.............and good tools.
    "First try", but a goooood fabricator.
    Nice job on the frame with the eXcellent cross-members.
    Made me laugh...you enjoyed chopping it so much, you did it again...lol.
    Neat that you're going with the very traditional drive-train.
    Burn rubber, Willows! :)
     
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  17. Some damn nice fab and machine work and skill.Keep it up.
     
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  18. Bam.inc
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    So, ya say "I am still learning my way thru all the parts and skills"... I'd say ya have acquired a "few fabrication skills" & just barely enough equipment to patch this jalopy together.
    Just kidding, car looks killer & subscribed to learn some tips.
    Keep posting the pictures, it is lookin' real good.

    . . .
     
  19. gimpyshotrods
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    It all looks good, but your front main leaf appears to be too long.
     
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  20. brady1929
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    Looks like you are killing it. Looks great.
     
  21. Willows
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    Thanks everyone....@Bam.inc haha yeah its true ive been collecting tools for a long time, and ive been a machinist for a while, but i have never done anything like this. @gimpyshotrods i think that you are right, the shackle angle doesnt look right - i havent had or got the full weight in it yet either. When i flipped the arch on the main i was careful to re-match it back to the sacked out A!!! Ill look back in to that in the future. Thanks again guys. A
     
  22. Mark Grabo
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    Beautiful Work .
     
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  23. sloppy jalopies
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    very nice... worked at GE for 24 years, the boys in the tool room would add a little of that sexy machine work just cause they could... miss that option...
     
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  24. Phil P
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    28-72866-1.jpg Nice fab work. Small point though a drum puller should in gage the center of the drum not the studs if the drum is on very tight you could warp it. IMG_6647.jpg
     
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  25. Willows
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    Thanks guys. @sloppy jalopies i have enjoyed reading your projects. @Phil P good point, was trying to think about what i had at hand. Should not try to reinvent the wheel with a wheel!!!
     
  26. dwollam
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    Holy cow! That's some mighty snazzy work there! Hope to see your car and you at Bonneville this year.

    Dave
     
  27. Willows
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    Thanks Dave, we hope to see you too!
     
  28. Willows
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    Onto one of the Flatheads. This was done a while ago but thought id share some of my trials and tribulations. this motor actually turned over so i thought it was a pretty good candidate for the build. it was really crusty tho. to get the studs i would jam two nuts together and try to undo them together - this worked for a few.
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    for the others find one of your wifes favorite candles, helps if its scented cos this 70 year old oil can really smell bad then weld a nut to the stud all the heat goes down the stud at this point jam the candle down on it some of that molten wax goes into the threads some goes on your hands. after they cool a little they all popped out really easily IMG_2143.jpg
    IMG_2087.jpg After removing the rod ends removed the crank and pistons IMG_2114.jpg IMG_2115.jpg the valve assemblies were a pain in the ass i have the KD pry bar and could not get one out! So after removing all the clips i welded nuts onto the face and screwed in allthread and used a slide hammer type thing and they came out with ease. final picture was all the shit thatcame out. IMG_2151.jpg IMG_2144.jpg my wife came in wondering why i was burning scented candles in the garage, and proper bollocked me!
    unfortunately this was all for nothing as after cleaning and magnaflux turn out there was irreparable crack, ffs. plus four cylinders had been lined. oh well!
     
  29. Bugguts
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    Nicely done so far! I really like your artistic style on simple brackets and such.
    Makes its very personal and cool!
     
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  30. 31Apickup
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    Nice work! I have an old wheel puller much like the one you built.


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