I’ve been around the HAMB for a while now but have posted very little. This community’s home engineering is a testament that anything can be accomplished with enough vision, creativity, tenacity, and good friends. The past year and a half have been insane. My wife and I had a nasty bout of Covid. She was 8 months pregnant. Her blood pressure made an emergency delivery critical. Our daughter was delivered in 21 seconds by C-section which nearly killed my wife while also saving her life. I was unable to be present during any of this due to being ill as well. My wife was in isolation and they separated my daughter due to her not having Covid. Needless to say she was anxious and uncomfortable especially considering her c-section recovery and covid cough. But we had a healthy gorgeous girl. Unfortunately that wasn’t the end of it. A few months later my uncle who was a major inspiration to wrench and fabricate when I was a kid passed due to Covid complications. Then not two f!@#ing days later my closest friend Stewart Woollard (aka Limey Kid) finally lost his fight to cancer. I’m fairly certain if I didn’t have my daughter to focus on I would have lost my mind. I immersed myself in full dad mode and had very little to do with cars and projects for the past year. Now that my daughter has reached the toddler stage sleeping is a little easier. Making evenings in the garage a little more manageable. I’ve been planning a Model A build for a while now, collecting cool miscellaneous parts here and there when the price was right. My plan is a late 50’s period car; it’s definitely not “reinventing the wheel”. Last spring I acquired a ’31 Model A Coupe thanks to Clark Bates. A while back I was given a beautiful 283 short block, although I have not fully committed to running an SBC. Limey Kid gave me a Model A frame which I plan to box. I have a Ford 9” for the rear end which will be supported with ’35-36 bones. The front will be a dropped A axle with ’32 bones. Model A grill shell, T5 transmission (overdrive is a wonderful thing), fenderless (of course), ford steel 16”x4 wheels with big and littles… just the right bits. Then lastly the 3” chop. Definitely pulled a lot of inspiration from the HAMB. My goal is a complete build thread in hopes holding myself a little more accountable as well as finding a little solace. So here we go.