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Hot Rods Budget 28 Tudor

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by ModelAMitch, Sep 11, 2023.

  1. RodStRace
    Joined: Dec 7, 2007
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    If you can't get them out/in without dropping the wishbone, I have a feeling that's part of the reason.
     
  2. 4bangerbob
    Joined: Jun 29, 2013
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    When you set the position for the radius ball mounting, you should check the the castor angle is maintained to the original model A castor angle. I would say the angle should be 5-7 degrees.
     
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  3. Stock Model A is 5 degrees. But big and littles will change that. You'll only get so much adjustment before you start putting the spring in bind with the axle and the crossmember.
     
  4. ModelAMitch
    Joined: Jul 8, 2022
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    It looks like it would be very close. Would likely need to drop the ball in order to get those two bolts in/out. I'll rummage through my jar of old Ford hardware and see what I got.

    I don't think there's much I can do at this point. If I want the castor to be in spec I would need to split the bones, which I'm not wanting to do at this time. If for whatever reason this mount doesn't work, or I can't live with the extra castor angle I'm going to be having then I will take the front end back out and split the wishbone.
     
  5. ModelAMitch
    Joined: Jul 8, 2022
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    Long overdue for an update here.
    Unfortunately I haven’t done much in terms of getting the car back on the road. I started working on my front seats and wanted to get them finished since my dining room turned into an upholstery shop. I liked how the main floor of my house smelt like leather, but I was the only one..
    I stripped the seats down, I welded on some tabs to the rear of the seat frames so that I could screw my new seat backings to the frame.
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    I painted both seat frames black with the same black paint I used for the front end parts.
    Next I made a template out of cardboard to transfer to wood to create the backrest part of the seat.
    I didn’t want to just cut big square pieces out of the leather hide I got and lay them down on the seat, figured that would look like a school bus seat. So I decided to cut smaller pieces and sew them together with one seam down the middle. This way I’ll be able to use more of the hide and waste less material as well.
    I haven’t really sewn before, but after watching some YouTube videos and doing some reading, figured this style seam was easiest. Not sure if it’s a seam you’d see in a car back in the day, but oh well.
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    I got some of the seat foam from Amazon, some from a local craft store. Did more measuring and cutting and began to assemble the seats.
    The backrest is just wood, then foam and then leather.
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    On the bottoms I put the foam over the wooden seat base, then three layers of cotton (saw a guy on YouTube do it this way, says it makes the bottom of the seat less flat, gives it a little arch). Maybe ya, maybe no, but it’s done now.
    I did my best stretching the leather overtop of the foam and tried to make it as even as possible all around. The bottoms have some wrinkles around the edges, but for my first time and this being a budget build I think it turned out pretty good.
    Overall I’m really happy with how it turned out. Took much longer than expected, I used more material than expected and I thought two front seats would be a walk in the park. But I learned a few new skills and I’ll be able to apply them when I get around to doing the rear seat and door panels. That won’t be till the winter time I think because now I need to get this thing off the jackstands and get to cruising around.
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  6. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
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    Looks sharp!
     
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  7. The seats look great- I might copy them for my sedan! :cool:
    But what did you do on the back and bottom, that are exposed when the seat is tipped up for back seat access?
     
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  8. ModelAMitch
    Joined: Jul 8, 2022
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    Thank you! I will post photos of the back of the seat when I'm home.
    When I finished the backrest's I traced them out onto the leather I had, I then strategically stapled that cutout to the backrest, putting the staples around the outside edges. I thought all those staples would be hidden by the outside metal seat frame. However, some of the staples are visible from the backside of the seat. You would have to be in the backseat looking at them, or when the seat is folded down you can see a few staples. The bottom however, is a folded over mess with a million staples exposed. I wasn't too concerned about the bottom of them.
     
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  9. ModelAMitch
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    Here’s a photo of the seats folded down. You can see a few staples around the outside, but with the seats in their normal position you won’t be able to see anything unless you’re sitting in the backseat.
    I wasn’t sure how else to accomplish covering the backside of the seats. If I can see the staples from outside the car when it’s out in the sun, which I don’t think you’ll be able to I guess I’ll touch them up with a black paint marker.
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  10. Looks good. Thanks for posting.
    I wish there was still a tech section/ tech week to save this. :cool:
     
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  11. ModelAMitch
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    Nothing too exciting lately. I’ve been working on the daily driver recently, taking my time away from the fun stuff.
    However, while waiting on parts for my truck I took my water pump off and dropped it off to get rebuilt. The end of last season it started to get really bad. Felt like it was raining everywhere I went.
    Two studs came out with it, I’ll probably just chase the threads and loctite them back in there. They look to be in fine shape.
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  12. ModelAMitch
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    Months ago my neighbour was checking out my car and mentioned how cool it would be to do a new floor for it. He likes wood working and has a wood shop in his backyard. He sourced the wood and did some glueing and plaining for me.
    I went over there this week and he showed me around his shop, taught me some things and showed me some tools I’ve never used or heard of before. Now we have the new floor held in place with a few floorboard screws, next is final sanding and some dark stain to match the rest of the car.
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  13. That's a great looking floor!
     
  14. ModelAMitch
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    Thanks a lot, slowly but surely it’s coming along. Slow progress is better than no progress!
     
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  15. ModelAMitch
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    I got the floor finished up. I rounded all the edges, stained it and put a heavy duty outdoor type finish on it. I’m sure it’ll hold up just fine. I painted the floorboard screws black and put the same finish on those, just to try and match the finish on the floor.
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    Today I dropped my chopped windshield frame off to get a piece of glass cut for it. That’ll look cool once it’s back and installed.

    I also got a call that my water pump is ready to go. Can’t wait to reinstall that, get the rad and grill shell back on. It’ll soon look like a car again.

    I’ve also been making progress on my wishbone ball mount spacer. It was something that I was putting off, trying to finish other things in the meantime. But I think I’m heading in the right direction, I will post more on that once I have a good chunk of time to dedicate to it.
    Thanks for following along.
     
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  16. ModelAMitch
    Joined: Jul 8, 2022
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    Nothing too exciting to report on. I’ve been real busy lately with life and family responsibilities that have taken priority over garage time. I did however get my water pump back. I stayed up late one night, got that installed, got the rad and grill shell back on. One step closer to driving this again.

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  17. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
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    One piece at a time. Looks good man
     
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  18. ModelAMitch
    Joined: Jul 8, 2022
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    Thanks Tim, little progress is better than none. Lots of threads on here that are keeping me motivated!
     
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  19. @Tim is the master and my idol when it comes to a little bit each day makes big progress. Life is crazy here and rarely do I make any progress at all. When I take the Tim Approach TM is when I really get something done and really doesn't interfere too much with all what else I have going on. 15 minutes at a time even makes a big difference pretty quick.
     
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