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Projects Adam's '30 Roadster Shed find! AV8 Build Thread

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Adam M., Oct 16, 2011.

  1. UPDATE! It's been nearly 5 years since I have updated this thread. I've been working on other cars and projects but this one never left my mind for a minute. We went to The Race Of Gentlemen 2016 in New Jersey and I decided I've procrastinated long enough on this car. The Ultimate goal is to be accepted and run this thing on the beach.

    The first couple pages of this thread might have some outdated information to the current plan, but might provide some entertainment anyway!

    I had this idea of building it in two stages on a stock chassis first, but that stock chassis is on the road under another one of my A's now, so it's straight to the AV8.

    It will include parts like this:

    -1946 Flathead V8
    -3 spd trans
    -1941 Merc spindles, split wishbone (Maybe not split now...)
    -1946 Ford coupe brakes on all 4 corners
    -banjo rear axle closed driveline
    -short '46 rear radius rods
    -16"x4" early Ford solid wheels
    -5.50 front, 7.50 rear Firestone deluxe champion tires
    -'32 original grille and shell
    -F1 steering box
    -Model A axle Dropped for a total of 4" drop
    -'46 Lincoln twelve steering wheel
    -Walker rad
    -Edmunds 2 carb intake
    -Stromberg 97's
    -Edmunds heads
    -etc etc

    The major choice here is between a Model A frame or a '32. I'm leaning towards the Model A frame with an F1 crossmember. I have both and time will tell.

    Here is the start to the original project and a good idea and stories of where the parts came from. ITS A MUST SEE!!!!!!!!!!!!

    So here is the start to the original thread, before it turned in to a build thread:

    Well we all know this situation. We have more projects then we need, more parts stashed then we'll need likely use, but we keep looking for more.

    Most of us here have it and its a sickness... here's what my problem got me into!


    Its a 30/31 Roadster that a guy had stashed away for the last 14 years. He realized he's not going to finish the car so he posted it for sale. I went to check out the roadster and decided to bring it home.


    Here is a shot I always like to get


    You can see his Model A coupe up on the hill


    Here is his finished car and you can see the front of the roadster down in the building


    In the back of the building he had an original '32 frame with K-member, pedels and even has the cross shaft from the mechanical brakes! He had a couple axles on it so it would roll, and an SBC sitting on it.


    Here is my buddy Jeff getting ready to pull the motor off it


    So I bought the body without the Model A chassis, so its on my body dolly at home in my garage



    Its not the best body, but its certainly not the worst either. I think it looks better in the pics!



    I'm going back after work tommorrow to pick up the rest of the parts and the 1932 Frame.

    Looks like I have a new project...!!!!
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2017
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  2. banditomerc
    Joined: Dec 18, 2005
    Posts: 2,372


    great score.congrats!
  3. bubba67
    Joined: Nov 26, 2008
    Posts: 1,818

    from NJ

    Very nice score !
  4. scrap metal 48
    Joined: Sep 6, 2009
    Posts: 6,077

    scrap metal 48

    Good job.. That will be a cool project.. I'm starting to like roadsters....

  5. good find just goes to show they're still out there stored but not forgotton!!
  6. skoh73
    Joined: Apr 17, 2008
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  7. hasty
    Joined: Jul 5, 2009
    Posts: 1,410


    Congratulations - great find!
  8. brady1929
    Joined: Sep 30, 2006
    Posts: 8,866


    Sweet project
  9. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 18,271

    from California

    those doors look like they would be quite a challenge to get back into shape.
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  10. koolkemp
    Joined: May 7, 2004
    Posts: 6,006


  11. Want to trade for anything?
  12. chopt49
    Joined: Jul 5, 2006
    Posts: 945


    you left the A frame? - I want it!

  13. thunderbirdesq
    Joined: Feb 15, 2006
    Posts: 7,072


    Cool, congrats Adam!
  14. Thanks for all the kind words! There are a few of your cars that played a big part in bringing this one home!

    Here are the pics of the frame. I picked it up after work tonight:


    I was going to cut that rear axle out as soon as I got home, but it sure made it easier to unload it by myself! Anybody need a 10bolt from an '84 Monte Carlo?


    Complete with stock pedels


    Also with the deal came an F1 steering box and column, a pair of rear fenders and a few other odds and ends.

    I believe my '30 Tudor AV8 project is going to take a turn. I'm thinking of selling that body and using the chassis parts on this car. You never know what can happen week to week...
  15. Jeff Norwell
    Joined: Aug 20, 2003
    Posts: 13,991

    Jeff Norwell
    Staff Member

    Killer Score.
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  16. ironandsteele
    Joined: Apr 25, 2006
    Posts: 5,537


    HELL yes dude... Hell yes...

    That dude's coupe is no joke either. Way cool.
  17. thunderbirdesq
    Joined: Feb 15, 2006
    Posts: 7,072


    Indeed! That frame looks CHOICE too!:cool:
  18. Malcolm
    Joined: Feb 9, 2006
    Posts: 7,887

    from Nebraska

    Very cool man... '30 A Roadster on a '32 frame is a perfect combination. Congrats!

  19. irondoctor
    Joined: Jan 7, 2007
    Posts: 558

    from Newton, KS

    Congrats!!! That is a great looking project. I agree with the above statment. It dont get any better than an A roadster on 32 rails.
    Keep us posted on the progress!
  20. bradshaw
    Joined: Jan 14, 2009
    Posts: 222

    from ontario

    Very Nice find......Congrats!
  21. mmmmmmmmmmmmmm
  22. Race City Rodz
    Joined: Nov 29, 2010
    Posts: 466

    Race City Rodz

    Great find, and even better buy! Good luck.
  23. outlaw256
    Joined: Jun 26, 2008
    Posts: 2,023


    ive been looking for that special car thats been tucked away for 70 yrs ,all my life and i still havent found one. i think you did great!!! while your building i still be looking.lolol. keep us posted.
  24. mashed
    Joined: Oct 15, 2011
    Posts: 1,474

    from 4077th

    "He realized he's not going to finish the car so he posted it for sale..."(quote)


  25. Yes he did! I bet we all know more then one guy who has a car that he will NOT finish and will never sell it!
  26. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 28,976


    Good start for a nice Roadster, keep the photos of your progress flowing.
  27. Toner283
    Joined: Feb 13, 2008
    Posts: 1,327


    Cool Find. You seem to discover all kinds of cool stuff.
  28. Candy-Man
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 1,713


    Excellent score !
  29. Cool!! Proves again, keep lookin.
    Great find, congrats.

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