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Projects Finally a Model A owner

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by -impalamike-, Oct 30, 2012.

  1. update, Day 1 of the build starts on page 5

    Well I finally found a Model A. I bought it from a gentleman in Ohio that has owned it for 25 years. It's a 30 coupe and I couldn't be happier.

    Loading her up at the previous owners house

    Nice and secured and ready for the trip back to Kentucky

    Home and unloaded off the trailer with the help of Bsharp and Gary

    In her new home

    Me and the wife with our new toy
    [​IMG] :D
    Last edited: Nov 17, 2012
  2. birdman42
    Joined: Jan 18, 2012
    Posts: 400


    So what is in store for the future.
  3. Elrod
    Joined: Aug 7, 2002
    Posts: 3,563


    Beautiful Coupe! Sure is a nice original one. You have a Model A club near you that you can tour with it for a little while?
  4. Pop-Rodder
    Joined: Oct 6, 2011
    Posts: 325


    What a sweet lil coupe. I sincerely hope you do NOT plan on cutting that up.

    Joined: Dec 23, 2009
    Posts: 118


    Man what a nice car!!!

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  6. The plan is on leaving the body stock and full fendered. I will be pulling the drivetrain and building an all new chassis to stick under her. It was be a traditional styled chassis, no Mustang 2 crap. Dropped I-Beam, splitting the bones, ect. ect. I know there are a lot of purists out there that will give me crap but it's my car and I want to build the car to suit my style and driving habits. :) Thanks for the compliments.
  7. birdman42
    Joined: Jan 18, 2012
    Posts: 400


    Heck yeah,keep us posted.
  8. Elrod
    Joined: Aug 7, 2002
    Posts: 3,563


    What engine, trans are you thinking about?
  9. hombres ruin
    Joined: Nov 21, 2006
    Posts: 3,301

    hombres ruin

    great model A,the color is very cool,build it the way you want to,hey you have a great ride and a piece of auto history,nice score!
  10. Depending on your eng/trans combo you could just box the fram, maybe not have to split the bones.That IS a real nice model A!
  11. Thanks, Me, Bsharp, and Mikes29 have been planning the build for a month before I even found the car. We are a few hours from Brookeville so we are headed up there in a couple of weeks to pick up a frame. We can get a decent discount on them.

    As for the engine/tranny. My first choice would be a flathead but once again, I am not very familar at all around a flathead and there is only one guy I know that knows a lot about them around here.

    Right now I am thinking a 283 or 327, I really don't want anything newer then that. But I am not concrete on that idea, If a good olds Rocket pops up nearby I may just snatch that up. I will be posting all progress on the car on here as well as pictures.
  12. The funny thing is back when I first starting looking for a coupe I wanted to paint the car this shade of green, It was pure luck that I actually found one the color I wanted. I'm very happy with the body and don't want to change a thing. I'm lucky I have family, friends and club members that wil lbe helping me with the project.
  13. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 15,793


    There's enough of those in museums already. Changing the drive train and under pinnings will give you trouble free fun. Go for it!
  14. mikew
    Joined: Oct 29, 2002
    Posts: 194


    Do what you have to do to drive the wheels off of it. You're way far ahead starting with that good of a body.
  15. Mopar Jack
    Joined: Jan 24, 2010
    Posts: 1,363

    Mopar Jack

  16. Smack021488
    Joined: Jan 25, 2011
    Posts: 150

    from Chicago

    Nice man congrats looks fun!
  17. I don't know, I didn't bring the topic up. Lol

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  18. JeffreyJames
    Joined: Jun 13, 2007
    Posts: 16,612

    from SUGAR CITY

    Great looking coupe!!!! I vote flathead!!!
  19. Elrod
    Joined: Aug 7, 2002
    Posts: 3,563


    First thing I would do would be to get it out of the clouds. Here is a thread I did on how to lower a Model A that is still running mechanical brakes.

    Stuff I used
    stretch dropped Model A axle from Oakie Joe (Axle "A" on this page:
    32-34 spindles
    32-34 perches
    reversed the front spring at home
    Model T rear spring
    Made some brake actuator risers using scrap metal and a nut.
    Big and little wheels and tires
  20. You probably already know this but is important so I will risk boring you with the information. I assume the paperwork is clean, if not fix it before you do anything else. After that you need to make friends with the DMV. Get to know one person and stick with them. Take notes, it will impress the DMV person that you are organized and also let them know they can't make up another story when you return the next time. If you change people the next one will have a different understanding of the "rules". When you replace the frame the DMV will probably assign a new VIN. Note the original number is located on top of the left frame rail under the body (yes, you have to lift the body). It was commmon for the registration to carry the engine number as the VIN and it might not agree with the number on the frame but it is logical that the engine would have been replaced and most DMV's do not set up a fuss about this discrepancy if the engine number is the one on the current paperwork.

    Charlie Stephens
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2012
  21. ironandsteele
    Joined: Apr 25, 2006
    Posts: 5,315


    Very, very cool man. That looks really really nice! You did well. Now enjoy it!
    Joined: Aug 8, 2008
    Posts: 3,623

    Alliance Vendor

    You are a lucky man :cool:
  23. Rogueman
    Joined: Jan 18, 2011
    Posts: 290


    I too bought a 30 today. Well, I did the deal last weekend and my wife ran the money over today and picked up the title. I hope to have it home before I leave for the Revolution this weekend.

    I'd say you were farther along but If you are going to build a hot rod, I might be because mine is all pulled apart.

    Congrats on yours.
  24. Rickybop
    Joined: May 23, 2008
    Posts: 6,916

    from Michigan

    Looks like a real good one, Mike. Congratulations! One question. Is your wife ok with having to walk beside the car instead of being allowed to ride in it? Good luck and have fun.

  25. ChopTopJimmy
    Joined: Mar 14, 2007
    Posts: 1,451


  26. scrap metal 48
    Joined: Sep 6, 2009
    Posts: 6,075

    scrap metal 48

    Cool coupe.. I know how excited you are.. Have fun with it....
  27. She's a beauty!
  28. anteek
    Joined: Feb 27, 2009
    Posts: 394


    X2, register it as is and keep it insured while working on it. Keep your insurance man aware of changes,take lot of pictures and document every change and purchase. ASSume nothing.
  29. 3340
    Joined: Jun 4, 2010
    Posts: 576


    I Vote Flathead, Mine Is Connected To A c4 Auto, It,s a Ball to Drive.
  30. I'll try to address to everyones comments. Yes, it defintely needs to come down from the heavens.

    The car was owned by the previous owner for 25 years, before that it was owned for about 15 years by the previous owner. Both guys lived in Ohio. Before that it was Indiana. When it was in Indiana 40 years ago it had a new VIN assigned to it. The 40 year old title I have on it has the Indiana assigned vin# on the title, it was also given a matching vin tag from the Indiana DMV mounted on the firewall. All paperwork is clean and clear. I already have insurance on it, I've had it inspected and passed by the Sheriff's department here in Kentucky which is required for out of state purchases. and I have already got it transferred and titled in my name.

    A funny note about the vehicle inspection. There are a lot of car guys that are deputys in our county, I had one come to my house last night at 9:30 to inspect the car. We talked about the car for a while, then he asked me if everything worked, I told him yes and he said thats all he needed to know. lol

    As for my wife outside of the car, that picture was taken as I backed it off the trailer. As soon as I got off the trailer she ran up for a picture op.

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