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Brought home my model A

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by mjcat, Mar 12, 2014.

  1. mjcat
    Joined: Feb 27, 2014
    Posts: 85


    Hey guys I brought home my first model A yesterday! Been a long time coming. I am so happy I feel like a little kid on Christmas morning. Have a few projects already in mind. I want to move fuel tank from cowl to behind seat and along with that convert rumble seat to trunk. What does everyone think, chop it or leave it un chopped? I've always thought I would say chop it but now that I have this awesome car sitting in my garage I'm on the fence. ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1394663181.012836.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1394663206.433001.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1394663231.615400.jpg

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  2. Why would you mess that car up....maybe a different air cleaner...done
  3. cw1949
    Joined: Apr 30, 2008
    Posts: 40


    Looks perfect as is. I know I'll get bashed for it but I think if the look is good don't chop it. It's refreshing to see unchopped ones at shows.
  4. panheadguy
    Joined: Jan 8, 2005
    Posts: 1,005

    from S.E. WI

    Looks good as is except for the air cleaner and the Pabst can on the dash.

  5. unkledaddy
    Joined: Jul 21, 2006
    Posts: 2,864


    Why don't you go for a ride and pick up a new shift knob while you're out?
  6. chopo
    Joined: Feb 20, 2006
    Posts: 1,196


    air cleaner is dangerous, and yes a 4 inch chop
  7. jetcycles
    Joined: Dec 14, 2008
    Posts: 220


    Drive the wheels off of that thing...unchopped!

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  8. LuckyFordGuy
    Joined: Jun 13, 2008
    Posts: 272


    Love it leave it and drive it Rog MN
  9. classic gary
    Joined: Sep 24, 2009
    Posts: 497

    classic gary

    ditch the air cleaner, the center bolt valve covers, and the tap handle. Then DRIVE IT!!
  10. Mr cheater
    Joined: Aug 18, 2010
    Posts: 468

    Mr cheater

    Looks good the way it is. Just change the air cleaner and drive the wheels off it.

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  11. painkiller
    Joined: Feb 10, 2005
    Posts: 135


    What style of air cleaner should be on this sweet hot rod?
  12. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
    Posts: 14,537


    A 10" helmet air cleaner or a Cal Custom frog-mouth scoop would be great choices. I don't hate the valve covers, but the shift knob is dorky and so is the license plate frame in the back.

    Those are the only changes I would make, based on what I can see. Gas tank behind the seat for what reason? If there's a good reason for that, I guess go for it, but I don't see why. Rumble lid and roof height are nice, avoid making changes just for the sake of making changes, it doesn't need it. Looks good.
  13. bgaro
    Joined: Sep 3, 2010
    Posts: 1,189


    she's a beaut. pabst shifter and puke tank are a bit hokey. is that seat upholstered with the blanket or is it just a cover? do what ya like, that thing is sooooo nice.
  14. mjcat
    Joined: Feb 27, 2014
    Posts: 85


    Ya I was thinking about changing the shift knob and puke tank too. I actually really like it unchopped. The air cleaner is not my cup of tee as well but I literally just brought it home.

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  15. mjcat
    Joined: Feb 27, 2014
    Posts: 85


    Oh and yes the seat needs to be upholstered. It's just a blanket thrown over it right now

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  16. mjcat
    Joined: Feb 27, 2014
    Posts: 85


    Any pics of the air cleaner you are talking about?

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  17. hooliganshotrods
    Joined: Dec 2, 2010
    Posts: 607

    from Calgary

    Nice coupe. I agree with the others, ditch the air cleaner and beer can. I like the rumble seat, why change the fuel tank if there's no issue the way it is. I like it unchopped also but gotta say a subtle 2" chop would look killer too.
  18. pinman 39
    Joined: Oct 9, 2008
    Posts: 520

    pinman 39

    Welcome to the HAMB .The air cleaner and PBR can are a little much for a lot of
    the HAMB crowd .Its your car enjoy it
  19. scrap metal 48
    Joined: Sep 6, 2009
    Posts: 6,072

    scrap metal 48

    Neat coupe.. 4 or 5" chop would make it look awesome...
  20. Mudslinger
    Joined: Aug 3, 2005
    Posts: 1,964


    You shouldn't even be on here typing, go drive that thing!
  21. harleyjohn45
    Joined: Aug 27, 2012
    Posts: 190


    The car is awesome, If you really don't like the original gas tank, a 32 tank looks really cool on a A with fenders. The rumble seat is classic, besides that you may want to carry 4 people. It does not actually need anything.
  22. Fantastic! You just need the car to tell you what it wants.
    It's just about Period perfect right now.
    Get the helmet air cleaner, Loose the Pabst shifter even though That's what we were drinking in Kingston in the early 60's when it looks like your car was built!
    Maybe loose the hubcaps if you want a little more "bad boy" look.
    Killer car!
  23. Welcome from southern Minnesota, I vote for a 4" chop, that'll be just right.
  24. 56shoebox
    Joined: Sep 14, 2011
    Posts: 1,106


    OK! Since no one else has mentioned the elephant in the room, I will. We need more pics of this beauty!!!!!!!!
  25. b-bob
    Joined: Nov 4, 2008
    Posts: 1,097


    I would leave the roof alone, but I would change the rumble for the trunk.
    As a matter of fact, I just changed my coupe over.

    Anyone local want a rumble seat "kit"? Cheap.
  26. mjcat
    Joined: Feb 27, 2014
    Posts: 85


    I'll try and get a few more pics in the next couple days. I'm stuck at work right now. Thanks for all the input and ideas.

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  27. mickeyc
    Joined: Jul 8, 2008
    Posts: 1,075


    Commence driving, That is really nice model A!
  28. fab32
    Joined: May 14, 2002
    Posts: 13,985

    Member Emeritus

    Really sharp little Abone. If you've never owned a car with a rumble seat I believe over time you'll feel it's just about a useless as tit's on a bore hog. If you actually get anyone to ride back there (with the exception of small children) don't expect to be asked for a second ride. It severely limits luggage space and you'll soon tire of hoisting any luggage you need to carry over the quarter panel (about the second deep scratch in the paint will have you investigating the change to a trunk).

  29. Dreamweaver
    Joined: Feb 26, 2003
    Posts: 1,017


    I like it unchopped, full fendered with the rumble , but them I'm a bit prejudiced.

    And if you put the tank behind the front seat its easier to fill with the way the rumble lid flips, just remove the cushions.
  30. Another vote for no chop...leave the fenders , ditch the rumble. Congrats, I know how you're feelin'... Got my first Model A 2 weeks ago..

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