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Hot Rods Adam's Model A Tudor AV8 Build Thread!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Adam M., Jan 28, 2011.

  1. I'm finally going to start a build thread and show some history of how I found some parts, to putting everything together. This is my first build from the ground up. I've built the car many times in my head, but now I'm going to make it reality.

    I figure everyone loves pictures, so I'll try to post lots. I also think by doing this, it will push me to work more on the car so I can show some progress.

    This is the plan:
    -1930 Model A Tudor sedan, on a Model A frame, fenderless, highboy.
    -1946 69A Flathead V8
    -3 spd trans
    -1941 Merc spindles, split wishbone
    -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
    -F1 crossmember and pedels
    -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

    This sounds like a common type build on here, but not many cars are built like that around here, and its my plan right now. The original plan was a flathead, but as you will see, it changed....THEN I CAME TO MY SENSES AND A FLATHEAD IS GOING IN THE CAR!

    Here is my "Barn Find"

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    Digging it out

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    There it is

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    It was headed down a bad road. The frame was messed up, body had some "odd" work done.

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    I can fix it!
     
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2011
  2. So the chassis was not exactly what I wanted so I picked up this '28 that had a nice chassis, and I swiched the bodies

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    Then I set some items out on the driveway that I didn't need and Sold the "Model kit"!

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    Last edited: Jan 28, 2011
  3. SO the first project was to repair the cowl. I don't know what they were thinking, but after alittle work, it was looking alot better

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    Now its starting to look like something
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  4. Stan Lee
    Joined: Mar 14, 2010
    Posts: 155

    Stan Lee
    Member

    nice build so far...it doesn't look bad as a high boy lol
     
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  5. ClayPigeonKiller
    Joined: Mar 3, 2010
    Posts: 203

    ClayPigeonKiller
    Member

    Looks like a great start and those build plans make me think this is gonna be a great car when its done.

    Nice work on the cowel,

    I'll be watching this one,

    Adam
     
  6. I picked up this 1941 Merc carcass that supplied quite a few parts.

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    I wanted to run the flathead, but then.....(DON'T WORRY I SWITCHED BACK!)

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    I bought my first GM product. Its a 1959 Chev Impala that was in storage and the building fell ontop of it.

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    It was a 45,000 Mile 283 with a factory posi rear. I parted the car out and ended up with this

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    Now I need to build another car after this one to get my flathead fix!

    (I ended up selling the rear axle and the 283...more money for the AV8!)
     
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2011
  7. So things are on track. Then a guy calls and asked if I wanted to sell the chassis. I said nope. Then he says he's selling some shop equipment due to illness and I should come have a look. Well before I know it, my frame is on the trailer.....

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    And I bring this stuff home!

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    -Sandblaster and dust collector
    -bead roller
    -shrinker/strecher
    -brake
    -some benders, other rollers etc....
    I think I did alright. I was ahead and behind at the sametime!

    Here is the link to the rest of that story:
    http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=498919
     
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2011
  8. So to move my body around for now, my friend gave me a rough frame and Jeff had this old trailer axle, so I made a dolly

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    It was looking like something....Well then I figured I might as well see how these parts are going to fit and give me a boost

    So I rolled it in the garage, removed the temp axle

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  9. I figured I'd see how the engine fits. I picked up a hurst motor plate, but I think I'm going to make my own mounts.

    I know the engine will go back some later, but I needed an idea
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    I cut this off
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    Here is a rough idea
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  10. 94hoghead
    Joined: Jun 1, 2007
    Posts: 1,290

    94hoghead
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    Looks like you're off to a great start....
     
  11. I sat some parts together
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    This one I had a banjo rear sitting there and no hood sides. My wife likes the hood so it will likely have one at least 50% of the time!

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    I sat this van seat in and tossed a blanket on it and it looks and feels alright. I might not use the seat, but if I do, it will get upholstered
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    Last edited: Jan 28, 2011
  12. This is the Merc front end blown appart.
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    I cut up the Merc wishbone and ended up with this:
    original spring mount
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    I cut it off
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    Then made them look alittle nicer
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  13. My Walker rad just came in. I need to pick up the nice original frame I found then I can really get started. I'm going to mount the rad, set the engine with the right fan clearance, then I can put the body on and modify the firewall to get the right distance so the hood fits properly. Etc Etc.

    That's the plan! Enjoy!
     
  14. Cool project and good pics and explanations. I look forward to seeing it progress!
     
  15. KCCOS
    Joined: Sep 4, 2007
    Posts: 575

    KCCOS
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    from KC

    lookin great man. Can't wait to see more.
     
  16. Toner283
    Joined: Feb 13, 2008
    Posts: 1,321

    Toner283
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    Looking good Adam.
     
  17. harald
    Joined: Mar 5, 2009
    Posts: 80

    harald
    Member

    Your Tudor is looking great Adam, that body looks very solid. You will have that on the road in no time.
     
  18. captainjunk#2
    Joined: Mar 13, 2008
    Posts: 4,339

    captainjunk#2
    Member

    great project , i dig all the scrounged stuff , tools , parts vehicles , etc ,
     
  19. Thanks for the positive comments!

    "Captainjunk#2" this is the short version of scrounged stuff on this project! I didn't think you guys would want to hear about it!
     
  20. scrap metal 48
    Joined: Sep 6, 2009
    Posts: 5,777

    scrap metal 48
    Member

    Good job so far.. Model A's are such fun to build.. Keep updates coming......
     
  21. VOODOO ROD & CUSTOM
    Joined: Dec 27, 2009
    Posts: 1,233

    VOODOO ROD & CUSTOM
    Member

    Cool Project. I am a big fan of the Model A Tudor.

    Happy Building.

    VR&C.
     
  22. lowtruck
    Joined: Aug 26, 2009
    Posts: 259

    lowtruck
    Member
    from Omaha

    Looks good so far. I dig A sedans with early SBC's, so you're doing great in my book.
     
  23. Draggin wagon
    Joined: Oct 17, 2009
    Posts: 206

    Draggin wagon
    Member

    cant wait to see the end!!!
     
  24. RGG
    Joined: Sep 4, 2010
    Posts: 166

    RGG
    Member

    Keep the updates coming!

    RGG
     
  25. Nice work! Sometimes taking a step back makes it easier to move forward.
    Like your trading policy ;)
     
  26. Kingsway
    Joined: Nov 26, 2009
    Posts: 141

    Kingsway
    Member

    Great job! Can't wait to see more pics!
     
  27. Well there hasn't been alot happening on the car but there has been some. I've gone back to my original plan to run a banjo rear axle. I hope I don't regret it....

    Fresh from the shed! That is alittle snow on it not Bonneville Salt!

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    Here is how I measure the width:

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    I turn the lug nuts around, then bolt two straight pieces on, then measure inside to inside. It can also be done while still in the vehicle.

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    59-1/2" drum face to drum face. That will work!

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    Pulled the drums

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    Found some nasty brakes. The car was last plated in '62!

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    I have been doing some reading on these axles, and I read that some '39 and 1940 Mercs had a drive shaft and pinion that were one piece. Well looks like this 1941 Merc had one of those......

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    Can't win'em all. I'm going to run an open drive line, so we'll see. I have not decided how I'm going to attack this yet.
     
  28. Toner283
    Joined: Feb 13, 2008
    Posts: 1,321

    Toner283
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  29. chaddilac
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 13,845

    chaddilac
    Member

    Wow!!! looking really cool!!!
     

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