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Projects Ford model A's with nailhead engines...pics please

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by MR K., Oct 26, 2016.

  1. MR K.
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    Debating on installing a nailhead in my roadster. Any of you guys have pics of those who have done this. Will a hood still go on? ..if not I will just move the body back a bit so I dont need to cut the fire wall.

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  2. Mule Farmer
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    I just got one today. On mine I think the wheel base is 3 inches longer. Doesn't have a hood but a stock one would be to short. I will post up some pics tomorrow if I can figure out how to do it again.
     
  3. Mule Farmer
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  4. shortypu
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    Very cool looking truck,love those headers
     

  5. MR K.
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  6. I have been debating the same thing, I scored a 322 and have been thinking about putting it in my RPU with a early v8 trans I have too...
     
  7. Lamb
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    has your roadster been channelled? I doubt you'd get a hood on if it has been. Also you'll have to recess the firewall a fair way to use a stock length hood. I moved the cowl back on mine and also recessed the firewall just to get the 322 in there.
     
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  8. A Boner
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    When building a roadster pick up, if you skip running a hood, or make a stretched hood, you can make the engine fit w/o cutting the firewall if you move the body back on the frame slightly. Not much leg room if the firewall is recessed much.
     
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  9. Canuck
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    30 Coupe set up to run a full stock hood. Firewall reversed and recessed for clearance.

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  10. MR K.
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    this is great. Thanks guys!
     
  11. geoford41
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    Is there an issue with the starter? I recall its on the drivers side correct? I believe I worked on a friends 30 A coupe with an Olds 394 that had an adapter to move the starter to Pass side, not 100% sure the Buick & olds share starter locations. Buick with those "export" finned covers looked soooo cool
    One of the "older" hot rod guys (I'm 69) from Denville NJ had a channeled 1934 PU with a 401 and 6 deuces with wild white headers that he raced at Island dragway, Buick motors are way cool
     
  12. The Bomber
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    Hey Canuck, this is one of the nicest firewall mods for a nailhead that I have seen! How did you do it, shape it etc., ? Any more pics of the modification?Engine compartment looks great ! Thanks for any info.
     
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  13. sloppy jalopies
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    I am a ford guy, but if I were to "stray" it would be for a nailhead buick...
     
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  14. bchctybob
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    Like he said above that’s a really nice installation but why is the engine so far back? There seems to be a lot of room between the fan and the radiator AND it has a fan spacer?


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  15. redoxide
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    me and my buddy, his being the nailhead powered hot rod on the right .. as if thats not obvious :)
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  16. redoxide
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    PS clearance issue is easy to solve, build it on a 32 chassis :)
     
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  17. Canuck
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    Spaced to allow installation of a fan shroud. In hindsight, it could have been a bit further forward.
     
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  18. Canuck
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    Firewall was reversed the cut out to clear engine. A spacer was made to move the insert back and still keep all the ribs lining up. The edges of the spacer were hammer formed along the front and rear edges to give a smooth round edge with about a 1" radius. The toe kick was custom formed and the legs going down to the body mounts. Just lots of time. On the inside a fiberglass piece was taken off the shape and spaced out about 3/4" to allow room for insulation. This was then sprayed with Raptor in case any of my klutzy friends used it as a foot rest. upload_2020-7-3_23-12-6.png
    Engine was offset about 1/2" to passenger side to clear steering box. Headers just clear on passenger side. If engine was any further forward, would have had to dimple the hood to clear headers.
     
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  19. not many photos showing the 401 in my A. The first three are construction shots from about 1966-67. The motor came from an alcohol funny car, and I converted the Hillborn to gas.
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  20. The Bomber
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    Cool ! Thanks
     
  21. fegsta
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    Love this. What make are the headers?. I have a 401, 322. What trans are you running? Sorry for all the what's but if you don't ask you don't get.

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  22. fegsta
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    I've got my eye on a 31 coupe body that somebody over here is selling. And I've been trying to do the maths to see if it's possible for me to do. This A is on a stretched chassis with a 331 hemi it was up for sale like this a turn key rod, but now its being parted out. I would put it on 32 rails with the 322 and 4 speed box, I would still have lots of parts to find and bye fly wheel clutch ect,so any thoughts would be good. I have just lost my job so time is not the problem. But don't want to go to far into my savings until I find work to take me to my retirement. The 401 is going in a brookville, (hope I didn't swear) 32 roadster. I have 2 sons and a daughter, and funny enough my daughter is keen on this hobby sport going to many shows and drag meets with me, so I would love to do the A for her.

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  23. iafraser39
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    P1010002.JPG 20150923 037.JPG P1010001.JPG I have a buick 425 with a switch pitch 400 trans. The engine is set back about 3 inches,
    I run a full stock hood, so you can't see the engine. Its a fun car to drive and gets a lot
    of attention. Its really good on gas also. View attachment 4743027 View attachment 4743029 View attachment 4743029 View attachment 4743029 View attachment 4743029 View attachment 4743029 View attachment 4743033 View attachment 4743033 View attachment 4743033 View attachment 4743033 View attachment 4743033 View attachment 4743033
     
  24. Canuck
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    Headers are Sanderson Block Huggers, cleared except for a raised spot on engine on drivers side trimmed with zip wheel. Trans is a SP400. Engine and trans out of a 66 Riv.

    Check out the Wordpress Blog link in my posting for build details. May be some help.
     
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  25. fegsta
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    Cheers thanks a lot. I'll check it out.

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  26. Gman0046
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    Those Nailheads just look so cool.
     
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  27. The Bomber
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    from mass.

    Thanks
     
  28. jhexide
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    yes, i have a fresh rebuilt one
    401 cu in
    in the classifieds
     

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