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Projects 31 Model A Hot Rod restoration

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 1927graham, Nov 24, 2013.

  1. Aquired a 31 Model A PU in April, 2013, had it shipped from Phoenix to Minnesota and tore it down to the frame. It was a well built hot rod years ago but now needed to be rebuilt/restored. Everything will be reworked except for the exterior paint. The interior is ok, want to do the seats over, the paint will be good for a year or so, I'll decide next summer (2014). In July I started on the disassembly, cleaning/painting parts as I go, then putting those items away till later. Pulled the body off, drive train out, everything came off the car. Reworked 2 cross members on the frame, cut the tranny cross member out and made it removable. There was no way to get the engine/tranny out of the car with out taking the body off first, needed to drop the tranny tail stock down so the engine crank pulley will clear the front member. Spent much time grinding and hand sanding the frame, it then went to the body shop (Matt Schauer Restorations, Janesville, MN) where it was epoxied satin black. The front axle (Super Bell 4") is mounted and aligned (split bones), changed the front shock mounting, dropped the tops down 2" and brought the bottom of the shocks in 3", they look correct now. Rebuilt the 41 Ford steering gear (Ford cross-steer), changed the pitman arm, drag link and all the rod ends. Did away with the 264 Nailhead, replaced it with a 54 322, it's in the engine shop now, Ray Funk, Mankato, MN. it'll be dynoed. New RCI aluminum fuel cell (15 gal) is mounted. Rear axle pumkin (8.2 chevy) changed from a 3.70 to a 3.08. I moved the rear coil springs back 1", where they should've been, the rear end is now mounted and aligned correctly. Coming along, hope to finished this Spring.
     
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  2. classic gary
    Joined: Sep 24, 2009
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    classic gary
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    PICTURES !!! please..........
     
  3. DSCN9071.jpg DSCN9077.jpg DSCN9128.jpg
     
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  4. DSCN9131.jpg DSCN9133.jpg More pics, 15 Gal. RCI fuel tank, new rear end, got rid of the 3.70, went with a 3.08.
     
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  5. Looks likeyou have a great plan for the rebuild. Keep the pics coming!
     
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  6. DSCN8734.jpg DSCN8736.jpg DSCN8929.jpg DSCN8750.jpg DSCN8736.jpg This is my Grandson Grady, this car will go to him, when he's ready for it. Putting on a few pics of the car at the begining of the project.
     
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  7. ChuckleHead_Al
    Joined: Mar 29, 2004
    Posts: 1,701

    ChuckleHead_Al
    Member

    Beautiful truck man, you've done a great job. What color is that on the body?
     
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  8. The paint was on this car when I received it from Arizona (April 2013), don't know the color # but have a container with that paint in it, I'll stay with that color when I repaint next winter, it works quite well. I am reworking everything on the car except the paint and interior. I did just finished painting the firewall (Ivory) and under the car was cleaned and painted a Black Satin. Thanks for your interest.
    Craig
     
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  9. 60 Belair
    Joined: Feb 19, 2006
    Posts: 747

    60 Belair
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    Nice truck! and a nailhead too... Cool Looks like you have had a lot of cool rides

    Later Andy
     
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  10. Just an old hot-rodder, happy to still be alive!!!

    Thanks for your interest,

    Craig
     
  11. Super Streak
    Joined: Nov 22, 2011
    Posts: 205

    Super Streak
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    from Florida

    It is great to see kids getting started in to hot rodding. My grand kids aren't showing any interest yet. I have to do some thing to get them motivated.
     
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  12. 60 Belair
    Joined: Feb 19, 2006
    Posts: 747

    60 Belair
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    Hey Craig Interesting last name on the funny car. I like it, how quick did did it run?
    Andy
     
  13. 163992_176175375748736_100000688246359_446928_3856241_n.jpg The funny car, I built in 1973, it had a 1-1/2 x 3" rectangular chassis, very short wheelbase (96") to get under the body. It was a kit car body on a hot-rod chassis, not made to race, but just an ego trip when driven. This set-up was way too short to hook up well, though with my Hurst line-loc it would do cool burn-outs. The body was originally designed to go on a VW chassis, a 94" WB that I stretched to 96", a kit car from the early 70s, made by KARR mfg., Monson, Mass. That company built a basic rectangular tube frame for the body to help market their body at car shows on the East Coast. I saw their brochure with a picture of that prototype, it was the only one ever built. I bought that car and frame from them and spent 1600 hours building the car in the picture. It wasn't a practical street car, just an ego trip, hey, look at me kind of car, though it was fun to drive. The front spoiler clearance was 3-1/2", not great on the street. It was titled in Indiana as an assembled vehicle, had no seat belts, roll cage, wipers, rear view mirror, just a roadster with a one piece glass body (tilt). Must have had a lot of time on my hands back then.

    I spent a lot of money on booze, women, fast cars and airplanes, the rest I just squandered
     
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  14. DSCN9209.jpg Got the new instrument panel mostly finished today, mounted it for a picture or two. I've started to fabricate a center console under the dash, it'll handle a radio and all the electrics, switches, etc. I'll post pictures later.
     
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  15. MBog
    Joined: May 2, 2006
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    Cool truck...
     
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  16. chevy54man
    Joined: Feb 7, 2013
    Posts: 1,610

    chevy54man
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    from NC

    Awesome truck, best to you and yours!
     
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  17. Thank you for the compliment, wishing you the best over these holidays.

    Craig
     
  18. pumpman
    Joined: Dec 6, 2010
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    "I spent a lot of money on booze, women, fast cars and airplanes, the rest I just squandered."

    Could not have said it better myself. Your hot rod is really coming together nicely, love the nail head. I bet your grandson can't wait to able to drive it with you when he gets old enough, now that is really something to look forward to.
     
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  19. goatboy
    Joined: May 9, 2009
    Posts: 507

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    from kansas

    nice truck, looks like you're havin fun, build on !
     
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  20. Hope to have this finished by spring, 2014. Happy Holidays to you and family.

    Craig
     
  21. autobilly
    Joined: May 23, 2007
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    Lucky boy, I hope he appreciates it.
     
  22. DSCN9217.jpg DSCN9227.jpg The 322 Buick engine is about finished, waiting on the valve springs and carbs. Ray Funk informed me that @ 71 years old, he has built over 3,000 engines in the last 54 years, he started when he was 17.
     
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  23. 30TudorSedan
    Joined: Sep 20, 2007
    Posts: 355

    30TudorSedan
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    Great looking build and love the nailhead! Ray's a great guy and knows his stuff very well! He built my 425 in my roadster!
     
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  24. DSCN9270.jpg The new motor, a 54 Buick Roadmaster 322, is now finished, awaiting it's turn on Steve Wenzel's dyno @ Wenzel Auto Electric, Mankato, MN. This motor was built and machined by Ray Funk, Mankato, MN. I'm using the stock cast iron exhaust manifolds for the dyno work.
     
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  25. vince89
    Joined: Mar 23, 2014
    Posts: 157

    vince89
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    great project and some nice work ont that engine it looks great
     
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  26. Beau
    Joined: Jul 2, 2009
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    Beau
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    Awesome!
     
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  27. DSCN9303.jpg DSCN9271.jpg Update on the chassis: I've rebuilt the front spring mount, 41 cross-steering box, brake pedal assembly and brake lines. I've modified the tranny x-member, moved the rear springs back 1", mounted the new RCI fuel tank and red Holley pump. I'm now waiting on the TH350 tranny from the shop. The new 322 Nailhead is finished, waiting on Steve Wenzel (Mankato, MN) to dyno it, should have it in a few weeks. Looking forward to Back to the 50's, MN Fairgrounds, June 20-22.
     
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  28. gnichols
    Joined: Mar 6, 2008
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    gnichols
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    from Tampa, FL

    Looking very good! Gary
     
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  29. Harps
    Joined: Oct 12, 2007
    Posts: 103

    Harps
    Member

    Awesome!
     
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  30. Speed~On
    Joined: Apr 28, 2011
    Posts: 765

    Speed~On
    Member

    Great truck, it looks awesome. You're going to have a blast in your truck at Back To The 50's.
     
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