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Best model t chassis???

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by hotrodjimmi, Mar 26, 2009.

  1. hotrodjimmi
    Joined: Nov 27, 2006
    Posts: 12

    from Sacramento

    [​IMG]Well I sold my 32 roadster due to hard times, but recently got a smoking trade for a 1927 ModelT coupe.It was a restored runner in the late 80's but has been garaged since then.My first plan is to get it running to putt around the hood then turn it in to a old school hot rod.What is the best chassis for it ?Home built,Z'ed ,32,model A?Are there companies out there with built custom ones?Opinions and Pictures would be greatly appreciated.I want it low.Most likely channeled over the frame. Thanks in advance .When I get it home I'll post some pics.Oh yeah I traded a $500 honda 50 and a $1200 golf cart for it .Good deal???

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  2. choppintops
    Joined: Dec 9, 2008
    Posts: 1,460


    T frames are cake, build your own.
  3. Tman
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 35,138


    Why mess with it if it can run!?!?!?! Play with it for a summer or 10 and decide what you want to do. A 30's gow job would be a blast. Study the past, it will return again.
  4. Shoprag
    Joined: Mar 8, 2005
    Posts: 724


    check out Gary at in Bakersfield. We're just down the street. LOL! All kidding aside he is a really good frame builder.

  5. J Man
    Joined: Dec 11, 2003
    Posts: 4,132

    J Man
    from Angola, IN

    T frames are simple, A frames are good if you want a little style. If it is a runner drive it as is for a while if you can deal with the lack of brakes. At the same time you can build another chassis for it and then swap the body over when the new chassis is ready.
  6. fab32
    Joined: May 14, 2002
    Posts: 13,985

    Member Emeritus

    I agree with the "drive it a little while" advice. They are a blast that can't be duplicated any other way. Not speed demons for sure but it will give you a glimpse of life at the turn of the last century. BTW, kids love them and a ride will make you the most popular guy in the neighborhood.
    Back to the question. Model a frames are a "no brainer" for a model T body and that makes an Av8 chassis a natural.

  7. Barn-core
    Joined: Jan 26, 2004
    Posts: 946


    If you want it channeled and low, your best bet would be to build your own. T frames are super simple. If you build your own, you can build to the exact specs you want, which will make it easier to get the stance you want.
  8. You traded a Honda 50 and a golf cart for a restored almost running, driving T Coupe ??
    UHH,,, Yea ! I'd say thats a good deal

    Drive that puppy like it is ! !
    To me, it would be quite silly to trash the previous work

    While driving it around & having fun, you'll be different!
    Then look around to trade it for something a bit closer what you want, that "old school hot rod", then you could be like everybody else. HA-HA
    Joined: May 13, 2002
    Posts: 3,257


    I've done 4or5 of my double Z'd frames for T bodies..
    If you PM me I can send you some pic's.
    My website is getting updated,will be more pictures there soon..
  10. Shaggy
    Joined: Mar 6, 2003
    Posts: 5,207

    from Sultan, WA

    It all depends on powerplant and budget!
  11. HR Classic Cars
    Joined: Aug 11, 2008
    Posts: 308

    HR Classic Cars
    from Wylie, TX

    Someone posted this last week, seems like an easy self build to me.

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  12. DennyB in MN
    Joined: Mar 26, 2009
    Posts: 7

    DennyB in MN
    from So. Minn.

    It would be a pity to rip that coupe apart when you could parlay it into something that would be easier to work with. The insides will have to come out if you are going to channel anyway and then you probably won't want to put the same stuff back. For a bigger motor you will need to get a heftier frame. The Model T was designed to flex with the body so you need a much stiffer frame to go with modern go power. At least a Model A frame if you are going flathead V8, boxed if you are going OHV V8. The Model T only has rear brakes so you will want to upgrade that too. Plus better steering gear. There won't be much left of the original coupe when you are done.

    Too bad you are not closer to Minnesota. I would trade you a 24-25 Model T coupe body, A frame or TT truck frame, front axle, 302V8 w/4 speed, plus $$$ for your running T coupe. You could easily find someone out there who would do the same and get enough $$$ to buy most of the parts you would need for the rod.
  13. Fender delete ,rojo , ruxstall , narrow the frnt axle,maybe a graham blower, water pump ,metal wheels , bolt on goodies only so you can restore it when you get old or sell it to fund a project closer to what you want . Hell donate it to museum its a survivor
  14. A Boner
    Joined: Dec 25, 2004
    Posts: 6,253

    A Boner

    Check and see if "BOBBLEED" is still doing his Bleed sweep frames.....nice design to get it low and they were priced right.

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