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First build... am I nuts?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Patdoody, Nov 5, 2010.

  1. Patdoody
    Joined: Feb 9, 2007
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    Ive done a few full restorations on old VW's, Ive always said if I find an affordable local model A I will do one... Well this is what I came up with
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    I have no idea how long it has been sitting on its roof but judging by the lower rot, it was wasn't to long.

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    Flipped her over and put her on a dolly so I can move it around with out having to buy a case of beer and beg my buddies to keep coming over.


    soo yeah I got alot of work ahead of me.
     
  2. THE_DUDE
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    Heck no man, thats a builder
     
  3. Dreddybear
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    Nah mine was that bad. Good luck with the build man.
     
  4. stude_trucks
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    Yeah, you're nuts, join the club. That's why we are here right?
     
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  5. shit!!! its better then what I see most people start with
     
  6. Junk Hunter
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    from The Ozarks

    That's why they make patch panels. I've seen lots worse. Good luck!
     
  7. gimpyshotrods
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    I have started with worse. Go for it! As for whether or not you are nuts, I'm not professionally qualified to say.
     
  8. No. Put a chair in it and get some beer and go sit in it and enjoy it.
     
  9. big bad john
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    ..........Look at this the "Master card way"............(1)ModelA ,parts, frame,just about everything.....$20.000.............(2).....beer working on project....$10.000.............(3)wife leaving you because of Model A project.....$100.000.......(4)friends and dog drinking beer with you on Model A. project.............Priceless
     
  10. OahuEli
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    LMAO! No kidding!

    Go for it Pat! Some of the worst pieces of crap end up as real nice cars, just depends on willpower... and money... and friends... and a dog that drinks beer.
     
  11. When its done show pictures of the before and after and enjoy the reaction.
     
  12. fitzee
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    Looks mint....to me! but who am I to say. cool project
     
  13. Nothing wrong with the A, looks pretty good. You are however nuts for ever touching a fucking VW.

    Doc.
     
  14. Patdoody
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    Haha yeah I actually bought this a few months back and have been slowly picking at it. I recently got laid off so I have had a little more time to hang in the garage... I will post some more photos. I just need to find them.
     
  15. rosco gordy
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    Go for it one of my first 32,s was worse than that, and it was a great car done, DO IT!!!
     
  16. Patdoody
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    I dont know why so many people thought coupes would make better trucks...
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  17. csimonds
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    Hey man that doesn't look so bad! You could have that bad larry back on the road by late spring!
    CHUCK
     
  18. They were made into trucks during WWII because a truck got a higher fuel ration than a coupe.

    Doc.
     
  19. At first I thought it was going to be tough building everything upside down but the second picture told me you were on the right path!
     
  20. Good luck with the build and job hunting!
     
  21. lawman
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    Wish I had one !!!! Get at It !!!! Tom (Tired Old Man)
     
  22. hydroshawn
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    Roll with it!!!
     
  23. panhead_pete
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    Big job, especially considering how many good A bodies are still out there. Good luck with it. Hows your welding skills. If not great enroll in a class as your have the perfect place to practice.
     
  24. 32-3 WINDOW
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    thats a great builder , ive seen a lot worst go for it
     
  25. ownster
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    Yer nutz like the rest of us... Good luck!
    Keep the photos a coming.
     
  26. Patdoody
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    Please point me to one of these mysterious good A bodies with in a 6hr radius of me!!! :) I been looking for a while this is the best I could find... well for under 3k. this one was under a 1000.00

    I am actually a decent welder I do sheet metal work for a living, and that involves alot of light gauge welding.
     
  27. BenW455
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    Yes you are nuts, but we all are. That looks like a nice project.
     
  28. retromotors
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    Yeah, what you said ...!
    I've read a bunch of posts recently that seem to indicate Model A's and parts are just everywhere .... can't walk down the street without tripping over one of the damn things!:eek:

    What planet do these folks inhabit ...???

    Yeah, I know I live in the boonies, but still ....
     
  29. Hdonlybob
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    Ahhh...I like a lot!!
    Good for you, that is a "Real Project" car.
    A friend of mine has a pristine '57 Chevy convertable that he restored.
    And he started out with just he windshield and cowl........Fact...
    So go for it, and enjoy!!
     
  30. Junk Hunter
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    They are out there...just got to keep your eyes open. That's a big part of the fun for me. I watch farm and estate auctions, e-b*y, and CL like alot of the guys do. I know it was a fluke but I stumbled into this one yesterday for less than $1000 for the whole car. Also saw a couple of repairable sedan bodies sell on e-bay this week for about $500 each.
     

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