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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. 28-31
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    28-31
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    Looks great!
     
  2. Way cool! Subscribed
     
  3. nrgrcng
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    Looks great, thanks.
     
  4. mramc1
    Joined: May 26, 2006
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    So I have been busy working on the coupe trying for an unveil on July 28th. The other day I came home to a nice surprise...

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    My new Coker's showed up at the door! Haven't got them mounted yet, but they sure look good.

    One big thing I didn't expect was that both my OEM A radiators were wore out to point of needs many repairs. I had to get a new rad and aluminum is more economical, but just doesn't look right, IMO. So I had to bite the bullet and drop the big coin for a new Walker.

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    A very nice radiator and I was able to order a SBC one so that really helped shorten up the hoses to the 2.3L. I also got the dummy stock filler neck so I can attach my rad cap.

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    My big project has been wiring. Been at it for 3 days now. Starts out as a rat's nest and gets better as you go.

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    I'm using repo Stewart Warner gauges and wanted to not cut the original dash up if at all possible. I needed a place to hang some 3 gauges so I started with a cardboard template.

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    Then cut out a piece of aluminum from an old sign.

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    Was going to leave bare, but it stuck out too much.

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    Bam.

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    I'm finishing the wiring up now and then rad hoses and hopefully firing the motor mid week.
     
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  5. Cool progress! Are you going to be able to run a mechanical fan or will you need to use a electric?


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  6. mramc1
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    Unfortunately, I have to run an electric fan. If I ran a mechanical it would only be about 8" in diameter to not hit the front crossmember and lower radiator hose. I don't even think you can get a mech fan that small and if you did it probably wouldn't be effective.
     
  7. Dig the choice in tires.
     
  8. supercab78
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    For your lower radiator hose try a Gates 20573. I had to cut a few inches off one end. That's the one I used on my 2.3 build. I have not found a good upper hose yet.
     
  9. mramc1
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    Since I used a SBC Walker radiator the lower hose was a simple elbow that I cut out of a hose I had. The upper I used a hose I found that is like a backward Z. I also upsized the 2.3L filler neck to 1.5" OD with a piece of exhaust adapter tubing so it was a common size.
     
  10. mramc1
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    It runs! I got the motor fired on July 26th and the next day was able to drive into the yard for some assembly shots.

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    Bam!

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    Pow!

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    Thwack!

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    The car is legal even though the windshield isn't it yet I drove it about 2 miles and it seems to drive pretty good. I have a massive vacuum leak under the carb spacer that I need to fix, but it seems to pull good and all the gears work so I'm happy. It sounds pretty good too. Kind of loud, but not too ricey which I was fearing the most.

    Spent most of Saturday slamming some mud on the roof before my debut at the Rochester Open Wheel Gang picnic on Sunday.

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    Here's the car next to Ron Lasker's 12" channel, 6" chop coupe. The difference was striking. His roof doesn't even come up the the beltline on my car! Ron's A is one of the baddest ass A's I have ever seen.

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  11. Congrats!!! It's always a great feeling when you take it down the road for the first time. Todd


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  12. 101Scout
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    She's lookin' good, Josh! I think that 2.3 looks right at home too.
    Great job!
     
  13. novatattoo
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    We need a "LIKE" button on the HAMB. Great job! Later,Bill

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  14. nunattax
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    subscribed nice build
     
  15. wizard29oz
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    Proud of you son. I will be watching for road test data during the summer. Way to go.
     
  16. Tim
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    Diggin this man, looking forward to seeing the rest :)


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  17. Just saw this picture here on the HAMB from the Old Souls show.
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  18. mramc1
    Joined: May 26, 2006
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    Yeah, that's my car at the Hardcore Happening. By far the best hot rod party in NYS.
    I am finishing the bodywork on the roof and breaking the car in. I have some updates to add, but been too busy to get them loaded. I pulled the rear spring out last night and need to get it rebuilt or rearched. The rearend and spring had been out of a car for about 30 years. When I mocked up the rear suspension I had over 3" of travel with weight on the car. Now that I have started to drive it the spring has sagged to the point that the clearance is only about 3/4" so definitely need to get that fixed. I'll have more updates soon.
     
  19. mramc1
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    I had the rear leaf spring rebuilt. I had the 2nd and 3rd leafs replaced and had a little aching done. I had such a hard time getting the spring out of the car that I split the pack up to put it back in. I also ground each leaf face and added some grease for easy sliding.

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    I got the main in with the help of a homemade spreader then started to rebuild the pack.

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    It was getting pretty tough to squeeze the pack at this point and run all the clamps and keep the center bolt straight so I was happy to get far enough to add the outer binder clamps.

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    After more intense clamp work I was finally able to complete the spring, what a workout! I also added a 1/2" spacer to the top to get a little more lift.

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    With the spacer I wasn't really sure about using the two stock u-bolt mounts so I decided to make one plate instead. Here I have cut it out and am checking for fitment. The plate will be trimmed and shaped to make it more appealing when it's done.

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  20. mramc1
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    Finally had a chance to add some more progress. I changed out my gauge installation from a butchered stock A dash to a cool engine turned boat panel. Unfortunately, I had to cut up the stock gas tank, but it came out pretty nice. Check it out.

    Here I'm doing a cardboard template before cutting.

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    Then I used my new (well new to me anyway) B2 Beverly shear to cut the panel out of 14 ga. steel. This shear is awesome! I was able to cut all the way around the panel in one shot. The cut is very smooth and it was easy to follow the pattern line exactly. I was really impressed, what a great tool.

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    The steel ring mounts the panel from the backside and then bolts to the gas tank around the outer rim using clip nuts.

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    Test fitting.

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    Painted Ford engine green.

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    Bam!

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    Rewired and installed. I think the cluster really stands out and the black SW gauges really pop on the turned panel. From this:

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    To this:

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    What's the plunger thing under the seat?

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    It's my Bermuda Bell! Arrant bystanders now get a big bing-bong to let them know to get clear, I'm coming through!

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  21. 101Scout
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    Sweet! Man, that dash came out really nice! I like the bell too. :)
     
  22. I just spent all evening reading your build. Nice job Josh! Your tricks and tech tips will help me alot when I get to building my A.
    -Pat
     
  23. mramc1
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    Thanks guys. Now I need to get back out there and finish up the body work on the roof. That will probably be after Hershey as I have a ton of stuff to dig out and get ready for that.
     
  24. Binger
    Joined: Apr 28, 2008
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    My Dad put a bermuda bell in his car when he was in high school. Still have that bell. I never considered putting it back on the coupe when I get to the point of floor boards. I might have to think about that.
     
  25. Wildbill29tudor
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    Man your build thread has had some of the best info in it as far as helping me with my car. Im subscribed! Awesome build


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  26. MODELA30
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    JUST SAW THIS NICE CAR. GREAT WORK!!! Knuck From Indiana.
     
  27. mramc1
    Joined: May 26, 2006
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    So it's been a long time since I got to work on my coupe, but now that summer is right around the corner I need to finish it up. This weekend I worked on a front license plate mount. In NYS you're supposed to run a front plate so I took the time to try and make up a custom mount for it.

    The mount will float the plate between the frame horns. I started with a bunch of scrap bent flat stock I found at the steel discount store. I made a jig to start the layout.

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    I used some nails to hold the pieces in place.

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    Here the bars are tacked and the mounting nuts are tacked in the ends. Also the strap stock that will hold the plate from behind.

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    Cut to length with everything in place.

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    Test fit in the car.

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    Now I'm finishing the welding and smoothing the mount out for paint. It bolts in the rear bumper iron holes on the stock frame horns.
     
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