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Hot Rods 28/29 or 30/31 FORD ~ WHICH BODY STYLE DOES IT FOR YOU?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by HOTRODPRIMER, Oct 14, 2020.

  1. de-fenders
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 675


    30/31 for Coupe
    28/29 for Roadster
  2. A Boner
    Joined: Dec 25, 2004
    Posts: 6,544

    A Boner

    4E2552F7-762C-409C-B3C8-FE0E3AE11FE0.png B58F18CD-36A9-40F9-97D0-AF048C2E0A34.png Like either or...but the 28-29 coupe as a highboy doesn’t quite work for me. A side view of the trunk/rear quarter panel looks a little droopy to me. With fenders, it isn’t quite so obvious.
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  3. Corn Fed
    Joined: May 16, 2002
    Posts: 3,114

    Corn Fed

    28-29's hands down on all body styles....except maybe for a 30 roadster on a 32 frame.
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  4. ratrod0
    Joined: Apr 15, 2005
    Posts: 1,141


    I'm starting on a 29 truck maybe done for spring 20190720_181947.jpg 20200806_104736.jpg IMG_20200917_085623125.jpg IMG_20200917_085611398.jpg
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  5. primed34
    Joined: Feb 3, 2007
    Posts: 1,258


  6. wackdaddy
    Joined: Nov 11, 2015
    Posts: 211


    I'm pretty fond of 30/31's ... but like @Fitnessguy I'm pretty biased

  7. Really like the curves of the 28-29 grill shell and fenders, but this '31 does it for me, and that's why it's been in my garage for the last seven years:
    2016-04-02 12.39.54.jpg
    (It's going to be for sale before long...time for a new caretaker.)
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2020
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  8. Well.... we have a 29 sedan. At the time, I really wanted a 30 or 31 as I liked the smoother cowl and more flush front door seam, but I’ve come to love it.
    I just made a deal for a 30 coupe last night with 48,000 miles and super clean.
    Way too nice to cut up....not. D7B37388-4BDB-4ED8-BCA8-DD5E26B5701B.jpeg
  9. zeke1270
    Joined: Aug 23, 2011
    Posts: 187

    from Alberta

    29 sedan and a 28 roadster. IMG_2991.JPG
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  10. -Brent-
    Joined: Nov 20, 2006
    Posts: 6,650


    Man, this is a tough one as an A fan. There are some incredible examples of awesome coupes. For me, I lean toward 31. The grille shell on a 31 is my absolute favorite out of all shells - including 32s.

    For trucks, the 28/29 is pretty awesome. Especially when hot-rodded in the late-60s style.

    Roadsters, I lean toward 28/29 but, like the coupes, I think there are some awesome examples of each.
  11. Dave Mc
    Joined: Mar 8, 2011
    Posts: 2,289

    Dave Mc

    020.JPG Also have a 29 Business coupe banger Rosie's 1.JPG
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  12. Shutter Speed
    Joined: Feb 2, 2017
    Posts: 898

    Shutter Speed

    ‘28/‘29, from the windshield forward.
  13. Barn Hunter
    Joined: Feb 15, 2012
    Posts: 1,490

    Barn Hunter

  14. bowie
    Joined: Jul 27, 2011
    Posts: 2,897


    I love all model A’s. Born into an “A” family, and learned to drive in this one: 87298260-D56C-4D4D-8C22-61E1A54CC4D4.jpeg
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  15. My very first car was a 1932 Ford 5 window coupe which was short lived, but the first hot rod was a 1930 Model A pickup. HRP
  16. I have always thought 30-31s looked like they wanted to be 32s. To me 28/9 are just the perfect hotrod shape. The beading, the cowl break, the fender lines. Just realized I have a 29 Tudor AND a 29 Phonebooth PU! Sometimes you don't think about things in storage!
  17. That right there, is why i like 28-29 better. & for the same reasons, Those front fenders following the wheel radius, just makes a clean looking car
  18. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 18,262

    from California

    the first photo you posted is my favorite Model A build style. 28-29 Sedan , stock top and a nice rubber rake.

    # 2 favorite would be a chopnchanneled 30-31 coupe.
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  19. dwollam
    Joined: Oct 22, 2012
    Posts: 1,777


    Both! I have my avatar, a '29 Sedan and a '31 roadster pickup and a '31 coupe.

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  20. My 1929 Briggs four door. The doors are flush with the hood sides unlike the two door coupe, roadster, or pickup and they have the flat top door windows unlike the arched Murray doors. Plenty of room in the back for grand kids, friends, stuff you bought or found to haul back home. All stock banger with mechanical brakes just like Henry designed it and millions of other people drove.
  21. ...I love Model A's and are one of my favorites to draw/sketch,..personally I like the 30-1 coupes and closed cab pickups a bit better, but all of em are cool.
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  22. 2002p51
    Joined: Oct 27, 2004
    Posts: 1,362


    Well, Model A's were the first old car I got interested enough in to learn about them. This was back before I was in high school. So I've always liked all of them. But, having said that, I do lean a little more to the '28/'29 because they have what I think are more graceful lines. It's why we have this:

  23. downlojoe33
    Joined: Jul 25, 2013
    Posts: 432


    Gotta say 28-29 since I've had a sedan of each year, and still have the 29. As has been said, fenders, grille, cowl, make the difference for me. But if the right deal on the right 30-31 came along I would be the proud owner of one. After all, it's a Model A right?
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  24. Like blondes or red heads? 119.jpg 117.jpg 113.jpg I LOVE Both! There's nothing more FUN than a model A.:)
  25. 38 Hump
    Joined: Mar 29, 2007
    Posts: 42

    38 Hump

    '28 Phone booth with a banger... Bitchin!
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  26. Thanks Danny.:) Yeah, that little coupe is like an old friend. It's also good therapy. Do a late night burn out on an old country road, and life is good again. lol Ron...........
  27. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 10,845

    Atwater Mike

    Great thread, Danny AND guys!

    Yes... "The A's have it!" (who said that?)
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  28. wicarnut
    Joined: Oct 29, 2009
    Posts: 8,540


    All Good IMO
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  29. J'st Wandering
    Joined: Jan 28, 2004
    Posts: 1,772

    J'st Wandering

    The 30-31s came first so I view it that 32's are a refined 30-31. Just my opinion but the Model A roadster has better lines than the 32.

    I like both groups of Model A's. Prefer the 28-29s. Same reason as those mentioned before.

    When I first got interested in Model A's, I preferred 30-31s but bought 29's because they were cheaper. My preference back then probably was from some of the styling that carried into the 32's. Now I think the 28-29s have more character.
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