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Projects 1940s Model A Sport Coupe Build Thread

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by mramc1, Nov 28, 2011.

  1. Ford Blue
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    Very nice work, I hope my roadster fairs this well!
     
  2. coupster
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    I have been watching your build since the first post, you have done a fantastic job! Congratulations, you should be very proud of what YOU have created!
     
  3. oakmckinley
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    Nice build!

    Who cares what anybody thinks about your minivan seat. You're the one who is going be sitting on it, and I bet it's much more comfy than the original. ;)

    I put some chrysler 300 seats in my fairlane, and man what a difference from the lumpy original bench seat. Maybe 20 yrs ago I could've stood the old seat but my 39 yr old butt needs something better now.
     
  4. Rat.Racer
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    Just starting out reading this thread and it's probably one of the best I've seen, definitely subscribing...
     
  5. Tnomoldw
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    :) Josh, it's getting better all the time. I like every thing you have done and when you get it trimmed out it will be superb. :cool::D
     
  6. Tnomoldw
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    :)I saw this dash panel. It looks simple to make. :cool::D
     

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  7. mramc1
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    Working on odds and ends before the body comes off for final paint and assembly work. I made a stock Model A emergency brake fit with a new mount.

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    First I folded the rear ear over to bolt to the center crossmember.

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    Then I twisted up a piece of flat stock that tied the crossmember to the front ear on the e-brake. Simple and effective.

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    Then I notched the floor panel from the handle and Bam!, e-brake action.

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    After testing some other components it was time to dissemble the body and get it off the frame. My dad was up over the weekend and helped me out.

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    With the body off I can finish weld all the pieces that are just tacked and unfinished. When setting the tranny up I crudely notched the center crossmember to clear. Time to dress that up.

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    And in the front.

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    I plan on finishing, painting, and plumbing the chassis first. Then I'll get the body done and marry the two back up, hopefully by the end of spring.
     
  8. Rat.Racer
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    I amazed by this thread every time I check it out. I love the wood floorboards, flea market find? Do you have any plans to stain them black or leave them natural?
     
  9. mramc1
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    Yes, swap meet find. They are painted black now. The rear floor will also be wood, but I need to cut it out and paint it.
     
  10. mramc1
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    Not too much visual progress lately. I have been working on trying to build a clutch Z-bar linkage. Ordered some parts for that, but still waiting for delivery. I tore the rear suspension all down for sandblasting and final welding.

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    Also started to work on the engine. It's from a '83 Ford Ranger and I thought it was a 2.3L, but could be a 2.0L. Anyway, starting to clean the engine up and get it ready for paint. I think I'll just be running a Holley 2300 2 bbl for now as jets are cheap for easy dial in.

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  11. 29ToyA
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    Sweet!

    Your doing great!
     
  12. mramc1
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    I cleaned up my front wishbone mounts this weekend. At first I had just used straight up bolt on mounts on the outside of the frame. The more I looked at them the more I thought they needed some reworking.

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    So I wanted to make the mounts mount to the bottom of the frame so first thing I did was cut off the portion that hung below the frame.

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    Then I set it up 90 degrees to the original mount plate.

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    Then this.

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    Bam!

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    Now the mount hides under the frame and looks much better.

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    And the tires still clear too!

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  13. wizard29oz
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    Looks 'Mo Better' ! Worth the time and nice fabrication.
     
  14. daddio211
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    Excellent improvement and nice craftsmanship.

    Sent from my DROID device using the TJJ mobile app
     
  15. mramc1
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    This weekend I built my clutch linkage. It's a Z-bar made out of 1/2" round stock. Heims make up the pivot points.

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    The clutch pedal end in place with heim bolted through the pedal mount.

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    I had to weld an ear onto the pedal mount to mount the other heim.

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    The clutch fork for the T5 is pulled by a small cable and a pivot on the bell housing. I had a large yoke that fit perfect over the stock Mustang setup.

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    I have to wait until the clutch and pressure plate are in before I can weld the tranny side arm in the correct location, but here is the linkage looks all mocked up.

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    I also started on the front shock mounts. I'm using the factory from '36 spring mount as the lower and will cut down a set of F1 mounts for the uppers.

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  16. mramc1
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    Finished up the shock mounts. Pretty simple and should be strong.

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    Bam.

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    And that's it.

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  17. What an amazing transformation through hard work and talent.
    Well done and thanks for sharing your build.
     
  18. Tnomoldw
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    :)All super nice Josh.....:D:cool:
     
  19. wizard29oz
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    :cool:Very nice work.
     
  20. mramc1
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    Chassis naked.

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    Bam!

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    Devil with a black dress on.

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    Jump up.

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    Have mercy.
     
  21. thunderbirdesq
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    Hell yea! Neat idea on those front shock mounts too. Hey thanks for the fair deal on the grille shell too bud!
     
  22. Mr.Musico
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  23. I feel so lazy, man this thing is looking great and going fast. I am headed to the shop thanks for the updates and inspiration.
     
  24. Binger
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    I love the shock mounts. Keep up the Great work.
     
  25. mramc1
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    Thanks, Andy. I like the good stuff to go to the people who can appreciate and use it!
     
  26. kingpins
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  27. lrapso
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    Good job, just go ahead....
     
  28. wizard29oz
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    :D Nice "A" closed cab, I particularly like the louvered visor....but then I'm biased some.............great progress on the build, your thread is one of my sources of inspiration to "git movin' ".
     
  29. rusty truck
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  30. mramc1
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    Well, let's see...the stock market was up, but down today. Chance of thunder showers in the afternoon. My buddy just had his first kid. That's all the updates I can think of right now.

    Oh wait, you mean on my car? Hold on....
     

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