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Projects 1934 Ford "Crapiolet" - First Hot Rod

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Mhamm, Feb 20, 2023.

  1. Mhamm
    Joined: Jan 28, 2020
    Posts: 24

    from Emmaus, PA

    Back in 2021 @IronTrap purchased a huge collection of 34 Fords, and I snagged the 34 Cabriolet, my first hot rod. The Cabby was in the loft of one of the barns on the property in pieces. The body was a hot rod at some point and channeled heavily. The b pillars are missing the lower 10" and have these heavy plates that were the mounts that sat on the floor.

    Thankfully Matt has a frame table that will allows us to fixture the frame level and start pieces together the body. The first step was fixing rust on the rear of the floor and the panel below the trunk. After the rear panel could be bolted in we can bolt up the quarters and work on grafting in the lower portion of the pillars. Thankfully we had an extra set of b pillars.

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    With the Pillars set we started to work on hanging the doors and putting the cowl onto the cowl feet. Getting the whole mess to work together was a pain in the ass but we got it all together.


    We got the cowl welded in we started on the repairs that were needed. Rockers, Lower Quarter panels, and wheel wheels. We also replaced the firewall and fixed the side of the cowl that randomly cut out


    The last major hurdle were the doors. Both were smashed i the bottoms, and the passenger side was missing the lower 2". The drivers door ended up being full of lead and needed a bunch of metal work. Big kudos to Matt for all his help!!

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    The last major project on the frame table was to cut the rear of the frame and tuck it up to clean up the rear of the car.

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    Stay tuned for more updates!! Here is the playlist link for all of the YouTube videos we have done on the project so far!!
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  2. brady1929
    Joined: Sep 30, 2006
    Posts: 9,128


    Great job. I have watched some of your videos.
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  3. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 15,915

    from KCMO

    Looking good man! Looking forward to watching the latest video when I get a minute. You’ll be rolling before ya know it :)
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  4. jim snow
    Joined: Feb 16, 2007
    Posts: 1,749

    jim snow

    Looking good Mike. Been following from the beginning. Snowman ⛄️
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  5. millersgarage
    Joined: Jun 23, 2009
    Posts: 2,239


    I've been following along on instagram. millers_garage there
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  6. Excited to see this thing in the road! As I'm sure you are. Matt is a great teacher.
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  7. I’ve been following the vids. Glad to see ya here!
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  8. attitudor
    Joined: Sep 28, 2004
    Posts: 3,071

    from Finland

    Mike, it has been fun to watch your progress on YouTube. Great work with salvaging this car from loose sheetmetal parts into a traditional hotrod. This would be cool with a Nailhead, but I understand that you are putting a Flathead in it. Of course that’s more traditional and makes the car more period correct. Keep up the good work. Can’t wait seeing this car on the road.

    It was Irontrap and you guys who made me to start a new project after years of not building a hotrod. Thank you for being an inspiration! You can find my project diary here on HAMB.
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2023
  9. flamedabone
    Joined: Aug 3, 2001
    Posts: 5,328


    I have been watching the little car come together on YouTube. Great work, keep it up.

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  10. general gow
    Joined: Feb 5, 2003
    Posts: 6,375

    general gow
    Staff Member

    Good work so far. It’s exciting progress.
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  11. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
    Posts: 10,972

    Bandit Billy

    Nice work on that frame tuck! That alone speaks to what you after. Keep the pics coming.
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  12. Great stuff. I've been watching @IronTrap on YouTube for a few years and always look forward to seeing new videos. I'll be watching the 'off the frame table' episode later today.

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  13. mvee33
    Joined: Jul 3, 2010
    Posts: 69


    Awesome, its going together beautifully. What are your plans, fenderless?
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  14. I just went and back tracked the build on IG. Pretty cool. Seems there a few 34 Customs running around. There was a black convertible that won awards at the Suede palace at the GNRS. Royal Shifter is building one too.
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  15. Hotrodmyk
    Joined: Jan 7, 2011
    Posts: 2,267

    1. Northwest HAMBers

    Been following progress on Youtube. You've come a long way and its looking good. Was great to see in on all 4's. Going to be a cool ride.
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  16. Looking good! Been following along on YouTube.
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  17. deuceman32
    Joined: Oct 23, 2007
    Posts: 426


    Another follower here.
    Kudos, Mike. It's great to see you making sparks in a different way these days.
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  18. de-fenders
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 691


    Mike, I’ve been following your progress since the beginning. Glad to see your making headway on it, it will be awesome once it’s done! Keep up the good work and the videos!
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  19. Jeff Pandora
    Joined: Jan 4, 2018
    Posts: 84

    Jeff Pandora
    from Mojave

    Great progress been following on utube and got the 40 steering column and box all rebuilt thanks that going in the 28
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  20. Glad to see you post this here Mike. I have been following Matt on you tube for years, and of course following your build. It's about time you have your own hot rod. And your in the best place to do it , with Matt and Steve. Carry on buddy.
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  21. oliver westlund
    Joined: Dec 19, 2018
    Posts: 2,084

    oliver westlund

    Cool to see a build thread on this one. Matt builds some neat cars but this is one of my favorites from the channel. Gonna make for a helluva great first rod!
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  22. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 6,258


    Great progress on a pile of parts, this should be a beauty when finished!
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  23. TERPU
    Joined: Jan 2, 2004
    Posts: 2,355


    That's going to be fun! Congratulations.

    Hey where's that P'ton at now?
    - Tim

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