A neighbor of mine in San Diego in the very early '70s had a Model A Tudor that I thought was the coolest car. So that became the object of my search for a new project. I was looking for something I could drive while upgrading, but something that would take a good bit of work to get to a '60s style hot rod (not 100% H.A.M.B. compliant, but I hope close enough to meet with your approval). The following pictures on eBay caught my eye as the perfect candidate for the build and a deal was struck. After driving the A twice, all hopes of cruising it while working on it flew out the window. The brakes absolutely would not work, even after a rebuild. The master cylinder was mounted on the sheet metal firewall with no bracing. The suspension mounts were steel plate welded to the frame with no gussets or any other bracing. The seat sat on four pieces of 5/16 threaded rod run through the unsupported floor with the seat belts attached to the seat frame. Construction was so flimsy I felt lucky to get home with all four wheels still attached. In short, it met the common perception of rat rods - TOTALLY UNSAFE! Follow along as I try to restore some beauty to an ugly duckling.