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Finally bought a Coupe, building a Banger!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by FourBangNCanuck, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. FourBangNCanuck
    Joined: May 4, 2011
    Posts: 167

    FourBangNCanuck
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    from ON, Canada

    Hey guys,
    Im happy to say that a few weeks back i bought my first Model A.
    Its a 31 standard coupe bone stock with 35 wires. I found the car just north of St Louis and hauled it back to college in central Kansas.
    The previous owner had the body finished and painted about 7 years back and it has mostly sat ever since. Turns out the car is a little nicer than I was originally looking for and I almost feel bad for the planned chop. ALMOST.
    Should be a great "hop up" project while I plan for the AV8 build down the road.


    Once I get back to school in September the first things to come off will be the fenders, the top insert, and the muffler. Next will be a HC head and dual down draft setup so I can bang around a little quicker. Also needs new bigs & littles, just need to decide on whitewalls or blacks. (going for a 40's build)

    Can anyone do me a 4-5" photochop?

    Heres the pics.

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  2. dustdevil
    Joined: Mar 2, 2009
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    dustdevil
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    from illinois

    good luck on your project. looks super clean!!
     
  3. pasadenahotrod
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
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    pasadenahotrod
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    from Texas

    Nice buy. It does have 28-29 bumpers rather than the stock 30-31 set without the end bends, a trailer taillamp,, and replacement horn rather than the stock Spartan one.
     
  4. Nice score. I like your ideas for the cars future.
     
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  5. type in banger in the search box and you'll come up with the monthly meetings here
    the first post is filled with links to the frequently asked questions...read it..read them all. it will answer any questions you have
    tk
     
  6. scrap metal 48
    Joined: Sep 6, 2009
    Posts: 5,701

    scrap metal 48
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    Looks really solid.. I'm glad to see the old guys turning loose of their model 'A's.....
     
  7. brady1929
    Joined: Sep 30, 2006
    Posts: 8,072

    brady1929
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    Nice soon to be hot rod
     
  8. Nice find! That thing looks pretty hot as is, but I can't blame you for wanting to shed the fenders and chop the top. Wish I had found something that cherry to begin with.

    By the way, when you're not at school in Kansas, where in Ontario are you from?
     
  9. fiveohnick2932
    Joined: Mar 29, 2006
    Posts: 889

    fiveohnick2932
    Member
    from Napa, Ca.

    4" max on the chop I would go 3" if you are going for the banger theme. A friend of mine has driven a A with a 5 inch chop and he says you will hate driving it because you have to duck hunched over the whole time you are driving it. Dont ruin that beautifull car by turning it into some un practical radical rot rod. And go with black walls if you are going for the 40s look. Here is some porn for you...... :)
    A friends old AV8 coupe
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    My favorite AV8 coupe (it looks different now though)
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  10. billthx138
    Joined: Oct 17, 2009
    Posts: 368

    billthx138
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    Very nice score....stick to you banger plan you'll have immediate pleasure and fun with the car. I too started with that in mind but lost my way and years later still I am not driving the car. It is coming alone slowly and will be neat when done, but years lost where I could have been enjoying it more.
     

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  11. Hotrod95
    Joined: Jun 15, 2009
    Posts: 1,136

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    Sucks to see another one go to waste... Should sell it and buy one worth cutting up..
     
  12. ynottayblock
    Joined: Dec 23, 2005
    Posts: 1,954

    ynottayblock
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    yup, you're on the wrong forum. Its not like its the last stock Model A on the planet...chill out
     
  13. Waste? ... Isn't this a hot rod forum? As in, building, owning and driving hot rods, not stock restorations.

    The fact that you think it's a waste, yet your user name is Hotrod95, has me confused.
     
  14. xhotrodder
    Joined: Jul 2, 2009
    Posts: 1,537

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    I'm with speddy, it's the dudes car he can do what ever he wants to with it. This is a HOT ROD FORUM.
     
  15. thepolecat
    Joined: Mar 24, 2009
    Posts: 687

    thepolecat
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    1. S.F.C.C.

    welcome to the banger brethren. Ther is nothing quite as fun as the banger in an A!
     
  16. FourBangNCanuck
    Joined: May 4, 2011
    Posts: 167

    FourBangNCanuck
    Member
    from ON, Canada

    Thanks for the info, I knew the tail light and horn were funky but I did not know that about the bumpers. Thats ok tho because the horn is not hooked up anyway, I need some period correct Pontiac tails, and the bumpers will come off right away too.

    Thanks for the heads up, I will do that right away!

    Im outside a small town called Ridgetown which is down in Chatham Kent.
    What about yourself?

    Thanks for the pics!!! I want to do the car correctly so I will probably go with the blacks. Just need new center caps to complete the fresh look. I am also a fairly tall guy at 6'2 so your probably right about 5". I will search around for some pics of 3" chops.

    Appreciate your input but thanks mom.
     
  17. AstroZombie
    Joined: Jul 17, 2006
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    Yeah, 5 inch chops are for pussies!!! :D

    Yours looks to be in great shape, enjoy it however you decide to build it!

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  18. AstroZombie
    Joined: Jul 17, 2006
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    AstroZombie
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    This is what I started with....

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  19. FourBangNCanuck
    Joined: May 4, 2011
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    FourBangNCanuck
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    from ON, Canada

    Thanks man, I just saw your chop thread a few hours ago and it looks like you did a nice job! 5 inch is steep but your car looks boss so I need to make some big decisions.
    First I need to figure out how to measure it all out correctly.
     
  20. AstroZombie
    Joined: Jul 17, 2006
    Posts: 1,788

    AstroZombie
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    Thanks! I waited about 3 or 4 months until I chopped it. I enjoyed the shit out of it in stock form, then pulled the fenders, then of course the chop. I still have a bit more detail work to do on it also I just got a smokin deal on a T spring to bring the rear down where it needs to be.

    My best advice would be just to take it easy, and be sure to enjoy the car whichever way you decide to go. How are your brakes? My mechanicals stop very well once I adjusted them properly.
     
  21. Mindover
    Joined: Jan 18, 2009
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    Mindover
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    from England

    Nice! I can never understand why people say a car is too nice to modify- why start with a rot box if you can find and afford a nice sound car. I once wrote an article on chopping an 'A' coupe.(2 1/2 inches if I remember correctly) I will dig it out and scan it if you would like.

    David
     
  22. Saxon
    Joined: Aug 9, 2008
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    Saxon
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    from MN

    .02 That car would look great just lowered about 2-3 inches all around and with a hopped up banger. Shed the bumpers and horn. lower the light bar. Bob the rear fenders. Then maybe a nice 2-3 chop. You'll be able to drive it the whole time your making mods. Look at some fendered A's. I do like both.

    Very cool car.
     
  23. Model A Gomez
    Joined: Aug 26, 2006
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    I've been the banger route in my 30 pickup, stock A motor with Winfield head, Ansen manifold, Mallory dist. and a header, knocked the rods out in 500-600 miles. Built a B motor, counterbalanced crank, same speed equipment, V8 gears in 32 trans, knocked the rods out twice, I have a tendency to wind it out too far. Now I'm running a H&H counterbalanced, inserted Model A motor with a Brumfield head, no problems. You should look up Secrets of Speed and F.A.S.T. (Ford A Speed and Technology) they have lots of good info and vendors, Sacramento Early Ford is a good source of parts. Being in central Kansas I would guess you are at McPherson College, exellent program.
     

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  24. George Miller
    Joined: Dec 26, 2008
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    George Miller
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    from NC usa

    A word of warning. Those stock fans like to go through the hood and radiator.
    You could get a new alum fan from the parts dealers.
     
  25. cruzr
    Joined: Jan 19, 2006
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  26. Camm
    Joined: Sep 22, 2005
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    Camm
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    Don't chop it.....................:D
     
  27. I know where Ridgetown is. Dated a girl from Sarnia for a few years, and have a few friends from Chatham Kent, so I've done some exploring all over that area. I'm just a couple of hours down the road, living in Mississauga, but the truck's up further north in my parents garage.
     
  28. Elrod
    Joined: Aug 7, 2002
    Posts: 3,557

    Elrod
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    Damn! That's a nice little coupe. I'd almost hate to see such a nice car chopped!!

    Oh... Here is my banger powered coupe with a 3 inch hair cut. :D


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  29. Arthur1958
    Joined: Jun 29, 2009
    Posts: 230

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    It's your car ... but I agree with those who say it's too nice for what you intend. You could sell it to someone who wants it and get enough to buy one better suited to your purposes, and have money left over to fund the project.
     
  30. BlockBuster
    Joined: Mar 9, 2010
    Posts: 52

    BlockBuster
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    from SEMass

    We all know that 'funding a project' by selling an already appropriate car is a lose/lose situation. You get cash in hand to start 10 miles back from where you were, usually with a car not even close to what you had before AND it rarely works out cheaper in the end.

    I think our young Canadian friend is doing it the right way.
     

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