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Projects Better late than never , 29 AV8 roadster build

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Cody49Ford, Dec 27, 2016.

  1. Cody49Ford
    Joined: Aug 1, 2014
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    Better late than never, i know a lot of people asked me to post photos of the build of the 29 Av8 Roadster once it got up in going, the truth of that matter is once i (finally) got started on it, i didn't think about anything but finishing it, so heres what kept me busy last month.. since completion last month , Ive been driving the car daily now ( good ole san diego weather permits that even in winter ! ) Thanks to Titus , a lot of the hard work was done, but being my first build I still got to learn a lot ( also with the help of Jay dean at nostalgia ranch ) , yet wasn't too overwhelmed with the work that had to be done to get it finished . Before it made its journey to california from titus' place in MN , he had done the driveshaft , put the F1 crossmember in it , new sub rails , and more that I'm sure I'm missing, but you get the point! Heres a few photos of the car when i first got it, before the tear down and assembly

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    It had a great start to it , which kept me motivated even though it was still a lot of work in my eyes it was at least close enough that i could see the end results , and i was very eager to enjoy these results! Next step was taking it to a good friend , and hell of a hard worker to give me the hand i needed and the advice and " point in the right direction " to keep the forward progress going! up to nostalgia ranch it went where immediate tear down and rebuild began...

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    We pulled all the front end apart , rebuilt all the suspension front and rear , cleaned everything up , got all the juice brakes cleaned and true and painted up , king pins , f1 shock mounts etc etc , separated the front end , rear end , body , motor and trans , and frame into its own areas to focus on each individually . Of course theres lots of little odds and ends that had to happen but i won't bore you with touching on every little detail.. again ...you get the point!
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    Once everything was apart it was time for major rebuild , clean and paint!

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    Fast forward a bit , and its time to drop the motor and trans back in after lots of cleaning , pulling the trans apart and replacing clutch , got the OG tattecrsfield intake mounted on the 34 flathead and she's looking purdy IMG_4006.JPG

    We had all the brake parts on hand to rebuild the brakes front and rear , get the big and littles on it and let it touch down back on ground for its first roll.

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    Once we had the chassis the way we wanted , bled the brakes , and continued to dial things in , it was time for the body to go back and and to continue moving forward... As you will see the body still needs it attention but for the time being I was really excited to get to enjoy this little rod , the body work and finish will come with time, i assure you of that!

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    Once the body was on and all bolts and mounting wood were set in and made sure it all was a good fit , it was on to the floors, measure twice cut once, stain , install .. it felt great not to see the ground under my feet when sitting in it for the first time!

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    After doing the floor , mounting my Tanks inc. Tank which worked out awesome and is a 16 gallon tank , we moved onto some wiring , lights , radiator and shell, and some more cosmetics ! IMG_4081.JPG IMG_4077.JPG

    Now time to drop the actually radiator in knowing that everything will mount up and be clear of one another.. get some fluids in it , plumb and wire the rest of the motor and see if shell run!

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    By this point the camera stayed in my pocket more often because it was so close i could taste my first drive in the darn thing! Change all the fluids , and fire it up! She fired right up , took it to get the exhaust done, mounted the seat , wired all the gauges up to make sure i could keep and eye on it , and the rest has been to the streets! I love driving this car , and am so thankful I had a good group of people to help and offer advise when it was needed! Thanks hamb for taking the time to see my dream become a reality!!
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  2. Spooky
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    Gawdamn that is a beaut!
     
  3. Cody49Ford
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  4. waxhead
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    Very nice. Feel free to post some interior pics now that she is up and running.
     
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  5. Nice car, I like the front wishbone mounts, have you seen that done before? that may be a better way of splitting the bones.
     
  6. Better late / than ever . Very nice car , looks like it drove right out of the "50" well done , I like your no nonsense build & thread Good job


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  7. brady1929
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    Damn that's nice
     
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  8. qzjrd5
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    Great build. Thanks for the summary.
     
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  9. spurgeonforge
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    That's sweeeeeet!!!
     
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  10. Cody49Ford
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  11. Fine looking little roadster,thanks for the pics.
     
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  12. pumpman
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    Nicely done, nice to see an A with a correct A radiator shell on it. Looks great!
     
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  13. Binger
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    I am liking this build too! Subscribed!
     
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  14. Cody49Ford
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    Thanks @pumpman , I thought about putting the 32 shell on it that i have , but once i had this one it just looks the right part for what I'm after at the time! Thanks @Binger appreciate it! Ill try to add photos from time to time.. The interior might be a ways away.. its got the good ole "caravan rear seat, mexican blanket " combo working for it currently haha @waxhead
     
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  15. Raiman1959
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    Man, that is a wonderful project....totally & 100% groovin' on the way this is going....There is something really special about a project car that looks as nice as your car in all the different stages of a build...very nice car, man! ...it's gonna be a sweet ride and a nice inspiration to the rest of us!;)
     
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  16. I like it!!!
     
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  17. Flathead Dave
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    Very nicely done. What made you go with a wooden floor?
     
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  18. Excellent thread, cool car, good times ahead!
     
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  19. Cody49Ford
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    Thanks @Raiman1959 I really appreciate the words! Its been a blast and keeps getting better !
     
  20. wheeldog57
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    Well done sir, looks great!
     
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  21. Stogy
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    Congratulations Hamber Cody Lots of inspiration in that workshop. Your capturing the vintage feeling nicely. Enjoy your pride and joy. Thank you for the detailed journey.
     
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  22. e z i
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    Now that's a bitchin ride Cody..
     
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  23. Cody49Ford
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    Thank you very much ! The question now is do I get an A coupe to build and compliment the roadster !?


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  25. tinkirk
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    Cody
    Now that you have been driving it a while how do you like the wood floor?
    I am also working on a 29 roadster and was looking at putting a flat floor in and, after seeing your pics, if you don't mind I'm thinking of copying what you did (if you don't mind)

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  27. e z i
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    I know this guy that's got a real nice 31 coupe, but, Naw, you don't want one of those..:p
     
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  28. Cody49Ford
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    @tinkirk it's been my daily driver and to be honest I love it . If I had to build the car over again , I would use wood once again. And yeah of course , I don't mind one bit !


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  29. lodaddyo
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    Looks great man! Nice job
     
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