1935 Ford Coupe: An Idiots Guide To Buiding A Hot Rod Alright I have had this thing for a couple weeks and I have been trying to familiarize myself with the ins and outs before I sink my teeth in. The back story of how I got this car is this. A couple months ago my wife started pressing on me hard about when we were going to start a family. So after pushing it off as long as I could, I really don't have a reason anymore not to. So the first thing that came to my mind was not maternity insurance or names for that matter. It was, there is no way that Davina (my wife) is getting in my '26 T Roadster when she is pregnant. I know that sounds like some really weak shit, but in that car even the smallest of accidents can be pretty shitty. So I started looking around for someone that would potentially trade my Roadster for a '35-'36 Ford coupe preferably a 5 window. I didn't get much back but when I seen 1oldrat's classified ad for this '35 I immediately fell for it and PM'd him looking for a trade. He was intersted but he was in the same boat, young family and the car did not suit his needs. So after a day or two of deliberation he passed on it. I then found a '36 that was really cool on the HAMB but the day before I planned on getting it the seller backed out and decided that they were going to keep it which I completely understand. By this time I have pretty much built the car and drove it to next year's Roundup in my head. So I am jonesing for a '35-'36 coupe and my heart is set. I ask my wife about potentially getting the one from 1oldrat without selling my '26 first, and I make sure my case is air tight before asking. As usual, she's always cool and tells me that if we can swing it there is no reason to pass on it as long as the '26 does in fact get sold at some point. The only other catch was that I had to move my family starting process from the first of the year to this September which is fine but a little nerve racking but that's probably too much info anyways. Back to the car. I strike up an offer for 1oldrat and he accepted it which financially makes more sense then trading for the car as I had originally planned. The cool thing is that he lives about 1.5 hours from Junior who happened to be storing the '32 5 Window shell that I got off Plowboy a couple months ago. So to say the least, going to pick these cars up was going to be the trip that dreams were made of. Perhaps not yours but certainly mine. And so the adventure began..... Hopefully this thread will show that even a self proclaimed idiot can build something cool if they ask the right questions and take full use of every tool at their disposal. I don't have a ton of tools, but I have the HAMB and I have made some really cool friends over the last couple years that have inspired me. I know every car does not start off like this, some nicer some not, but I think the general rule will remain the same. This one I am seeing through to the end. My plans are to only do the essentials for right now so that I can be driving the car as soon as possible. I'm going to shoot for a Mid 50's High School Hot Rod or something that could be built by the average guy, because that's where my talent as far as car build is. I am just the average guy with a craftsman set of tools a no english wheel. I have a welder but I certainly wouldn't say that I am Steve Seller's or Bass when I use it. --- 4" Drop Axle --- Reversed Eyes on the front and rear springs --- '79 4 Bolt Main SBC ---New Intake from a '59 Chevy ---New Fan Blade ---Points Distributor ---4bbl Rochester Carb ---Oil Bath Air Cleaner modified to accept paper filter ---Exhaust Manifolds from early Chevy for mounting generator ---Short Water Pump --- '39 Early Ford tranny hooked up by the way of an Offy adapter --- Firestone White Walls (7.50's out back and 5.50's up front) --- New Rubber seals where needed --- New Head Lamp Lenses and reflectors --- Need to find a stock seat --- Early 50's Pontiac Steering Wheel --- New Wheel Cylinders and M/C --- New Brake Lines as needed --- New Fuel Lines as needed --- Patching Firewall and painting it black --- Painting engine --- Shackles for rear suspension --- Seat Belts for the Misses --- '35 wheels replaced with '36-'39 wheels (3.5" up front and 4" out back) There are a bunch of things that I would like to address but that is what I have on my mind right now. I know that the SBC is an engine that people love to hate but since I am trying to get it on the road without spending the money it takes to rebuild a Olds I am sticking with it. I have a really clean 303 Olds that I would love to one day throw in but the more I look at a nice built 265 or 283 the more I keep thinking that I might just build one of those one day instead. But as I said, that's a long ways down the road. I hope to have the car driving by Mid October but I have been known underestimate the time required to put a car together so we'll see. Here it is, my 1935 Ford Deluxe 5 Window Coupe A little 000 Steel Wool and some Never Dull and the right side shined up!! Even though it's a new Chevy engine I would like the look to match the rest of the car. I'm not trying to fool anybody and say it's an early engine but I would like to complete the vibe. I through the Oil Bath off my '51 Chrysler to see what it would look like. Pair that with 7 fin Corvette Covers and I think it'll clean up nice and will look pretty cool too! So that's the new project. I am taking the Axle out tonight so that I can be sent to Jordan (5WBomber) so he can work his magic. I'll keep you guys updated!!!