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Hot Rods AUCTION ROADSTER/How to put 32 firewall in 30/31

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Mo rust, Oct 2, 2016.

  1. Mo rust
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  2. Mo rust
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    I went to the Bill Pinkley auction this weekend in southwest MO and among all the first gen camaros being auctioned off, I managed to find and buy a 31 ford roadster and a 30/31 coupe body, a 31 pickup cab, an extra coupe cowl, a frame and 32 axle, and a nice 32 shell. The auctioneers had the model A roadster listed as a 1932 Chevy hot rod. They had lots of other things misidentified. That auction company (Vanderbrink) isn't too swift.
     
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  3. Neat roadster!
     
  4. Mo rust
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    It was apparently built with a 57 chevy doner car with a 283/4 bbl and cast iron powerglide. The car was last driven in 1967 and has spent it's life since locked up in a shed.
     

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    They seem to have quite a few auctions of good old tin and HAMB friendly collections. But you're right in they're not the best as far as auction companies go.
     
  6. falcongeorge
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    "Nice survivor hot rod" he said, with some trepidation in his voice....
     
  7. Mo rust
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    They auctioned off a 6x2 weiand manifold with a full set of early ford carbs for a nailhead buick and the gal calling the auction kept saying, I don't know what it is but I know its for a six cylinder. It was on the ground behind a trailer so most people couldn't see what she was talking about. Fortunately for the sellers, it was part of an online auction too and somebody bid it up to a fair price.
     
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    That little roadster has some interesting potential that will mostly take elbow grease and maybe a bit of engine accessory paint. The grill shell has to go in favor of a Ford grill shell though.
     
  10. henryj1951
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    mo rust---- ya done good nice score
     
  11. Mo rust
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    I definitely agree that it needs a ford grill. I plan to get it running and play with it but it really needs a new chassis. The one under it is made from 4" pipe. I will either channel it over a modified "A" frame or put it on top of a 32.
     
  12. Mo rust
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    I think I'll put this flathead in the roadster with an old 32 frame in the front and build a fresh tubing frame to channel the body over. I'll have that 32 heavy axle dropped and run it in front with some old chrome split wishbones I have in the rafters. I'll add a 32 firewall too and paint it black. All the blue paint stays as is.
     
  13. captainjunk#2
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    that's some nice looking treasure , good scores
     
  14. VOODOO ROD & CUSTOM
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    Very Nice Score.

    I know what you're doin' this Winter.

    VR&C.
     
  15. way to be on top of things......and good luck on the roadster
     
  16. Mo rust
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    We got the roadster running. The numbers came back to a 57 chevy 283 4 bbl with an iron powerglide. With a set of wires and cleaning the plugs, it fired and ran and pulled itself. This would be a good motor and trans for someone restoring a stock 57 chevy wanting correct numbers and a motor fresh out of a 50 year indoor time capsule. If it's not particularly valuable to anyone else, I'll add it to my collection and scrap the ironglide. Either way, this roadster is going to have a flathead. itruns.JPG
     
  17. Congrats, Jack!
     
  18. BadgeZ28
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    You might try trifive.com to advertise the motor and trans.
     
  19. Mo rust
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    Good idea. Thanks
     
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    Thanks! Stop by and check it out somtime.
     
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    After day three of building a deuce frame for the 31 roadster project, we are making some progress. We found a 41 Ford frame next door to use the X member out of. Soon we'll be fitting the flathead in place and pulling the body for a test fit of everything. frame2.jpg
     
  22. Corn Fed
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    Isn't the Model A firewall opening smaller than the 32? Are you going to trim the outer edge of the 32 firewall or move it backwards until it fits inside the Model A cowl?
     
  23. Mo rust
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    I've done this a couple of times in the past and the 32 firewall fits pretty well in the very same location, other than having to shorten the bottoms of the 32 firewall feet a couple of inches. R5.jpg
     
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    one more gone...
     
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    Nice score Mo. Please post some pictures of how you get the firewall fitted to the body. Inquiring minds want to know....
     
  26. Mo rust
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    one more saved
     
  27. Mo rust
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    I'll post pictures when we get to the point of putting the 32 firewall in. This body has a nice front cowl edge so we plan to keep it unlike the last couple that we did. I have a 32 firewall that the outer bank is missing so we plan to fit it to the model A lip. We haven't done it that way before so there's no telling what we'll run into.
     

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