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Projects Dagel's 29 Model A SDN from junk and castoffs

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Gasser1, Mar 20, 2018.

  1. I pick these parts up awayle back and did not know what to do with them.
    Since then I built this Y-Block for my59 Ford and with the3X2 intake on it the hood would not close.

    I picked up a8"Ford rear end and got everything to rebuild it 3.80 gears, a true track carrier, all the bearing,drums and brakes. It was ment for this 50 Ford I sold and they did not want the rear

    So I have taken it as a sign to build an RPU out of cast off and bad calls. There also a4"drop axles,some 90 fin Buick drums,3 speed overdrive trans and other part bough over the years for projects that are gone or went another direction.

    I am going to try to build this one spending as little as possible. I pickup$400 worth of steel 20180312_141820_Burst01.jpg

    And let the fun begin. First up the main rails. 20180318_141159.jpg


    I have chosen to build the frame from scratch to save as much as possible. Labor does not count it is for me this time. Plan to spend 2hrs a day and 3hrs on Saturdays and Sundays. That 16hrs a week.
  2. sloppy jalopies
    Joined: Jun 29, 2015
    Posts: 2,412

    sloppy jalopies

    go gass go !
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  3. I'm using2X4X3/16 tubing for the main rails.
    The engine is a.030 272 Y-Block I found a set of nos power forged pistons, a NASCAR(ford grind), a set of hollow push rods, stainless valves, aluminum spring retainers(trying to lessen valve train weight so it can reve higher). Arp rod bolts and main studes.
    King main and rod bearing. New cam and cam bearings rotate assembly was balanced

    The tri power intake is set to run with2new Stromberg carbs.if it needs the third will buy it later

  4. 392
    Joined: Feb 27, 2007
    Posts: 799


    Nice start. Cut, Grind and Weld.
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  5. Main rails2X43/16.
    Mark 20180318_141159.jpg


    Bend 20180320_123545_Burst01.jpg
    Weld 20180321_114847_Burst01.jpg
    Grind 20180321_135159_Burst03.jpg
    That's 4 hs on 1 side .when the frame is built will weld spreader bar in front so did not finish that part.
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  6. porknbeaner
    Joined: Sep 12, 2003
    Posts: 40,492


    Best use in the world for parts is a car. ;) :D
    Looks like you are well on your way.
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  7. sloppy jalopies
    Joined: Jun 29, 2015
    Posts: 2,412

    sloppy jalopies

    looking good...
    if you can put your hands on one, grab a model A emergency brake cross shaft, dips down in the center,
    makes a great front spreader bar...
    also, upside down model A front frame horns as rear frame horns...pic. DSCN1128.JPG
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  8. patmanta
    Joined: May 10, 2011
    Posts: 3,041

    from Woburn, MA

    They make good shock towers too ;)

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  9. Same as yesterday cut weld grind.
    Here is the2 rail together. 20180322_135300_Burst01.jpg
    Side shot of stacked rails
    They match who would of thought
    Guise the pattern was right LOL

    Tired of welding and grinding guise I will build the8"rear end next.
  10. Vanness
    Joined: Aug 5, 2017
    Posts: 389


    Man that is nice work. Lots of Welding and grinding for sure!!!
  11. thanks labor is free
    store bought rails are not in the cards for this one it being done on the cheep
  12. I have been trying to find some parking brake parts for the8" with no luck and a29 RPU does not need an emergency brake any it won't get one



    Housing and axles cleaned new bearings installed

    Rebuilt the carrer new true track unit, new3.80 gears, new bearings and seals.


    All new brake parts down to the drums and wheel clyinder.


    And together it goes
  13. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 15,743


    VERY nicely done!
  14. That's the bed floor in the back ground it is from a dodge pu I scraped

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  15. Keeping with the cheep theme I have these rim for the rear there Rocket racing ingnitors. There blems I don't see why.and some rocket salt flat for the front. Tires were free1 year old. 20180328_132350_Burst01.jpg

    If in the future I decide to go another way then I can but for now the plan is cheep
  16. 20180329_134503_Burst01.jpg

    Inside wheel width is 48"out side is 72".

    A model a pu bed is 41"wide , and the frame at rear 40" so figuring 1.5"on each side for tire clearance.

    I come up with a bed width of 45", 4"wider then a stock bed. Since I have to build one I don't think it will be that noticeable. Other option is different rims or narrow the rear and buy 2 axles....
    Guise the bed will be 4" wider

    Attached Files:

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  17. Started to clean up the frount axle knocking down the seams the will drill 12 1"holes



  18. Got the axle cleaned up no more casting lines or pitting.
    Tomarrow it will be time to drill about13 1" holes then I can paint it

    Gring some more
    Bead blast
    And wala a nice clean satin finish to paint

    Ready to mark and drill
  19. ... 13 holes, eh?..guess you are not supersticious., I'm not either but I'd leave the center hole,..nice project you have going there...
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  20. I have drilled many axles in my time but this one is kicking my but.
    It usley takes about an hour I now have6tied up in it.
    I don't know if I just got an axle that is extremely hard or if drill bits are junk
    A dealt bit$35 cut 2 holes a Erwin the one I usley use$32 did not cut even1. Now digging up one of the old bits to sharpen it and see what happens.

  21. patmanta
    Joined: May 10, 2011
    Posts: 3,041

    from Woburn, MA

    I have a lot of trouble with hardware store and ebay/amazon (Chinese) bits over a quarter inch getting through anything thicker than 1/8" regardless of the number of steps.
  22. This axle I hard.
    Throwes off orange sparks when you grind it.
    And the filing are magenet along with the axle
    It polish up like chrome. What I'm wondering is if it is some type of stainless.
    It acts like it but I didn't think they made a stainless I-beam axle and the magenit part does not jive for stainless.

    I got the axle with a fram and everything was stainless in the kit.
  23. Finley got the holes done17 one inch.


    Started the first collars black then in a few days some dark red


    Glen came by free labor put him to work pulling the cowl apart




    Will need to build some lower patch panels

    Gas tank look solid and clean in sidemy use it.


    Now just a pile of parts that will fit in the bead blasting cabinet
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  24. oldrodder43
    Joined: Oct 18, 2007
    Posts: 212


  25. Yep he Wil be back Tue to bead blast the parts.than its time to build patch panels.
    Cowl was from a sedan. May leave5-6" of windshield posts. But have not decided yet.
  26. sloppy jalopies
    Joined: Jun 29, 2015
    Posts: 2,412

    sloppy jalopies

    i have used the '28-'29 cowl's upper hinge to attach a rear view mirror...
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  27. Shaun1162
    Joined: Feb 22, 2010
    Posts: 790


    Looks like you're off to a great start! Axle came out killer

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