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Hot Rods From stock to hot: Cragar ohv 31 model A Roadster build for Wallingford Noah

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Hitchhiker, Jan 22, 2018.

  1. So I've got a pretty cool build about to start for a friend of mine @Wallingford Noah and wanted to post a couple teasers. It's a stock "restored" 31 model A roadster about to receive the hot rod treatment.

    We've got a complete model A dropped front axle with wishbone i am assembling with nice 39 spindles and Juice brakes. Cragar ohv model B engine. A B transmission with NOS Lincoln gears and a T rear spring. We might put a 32 dash in it. We might put a 32 grill in it. We basically just want to build your basic early hot rod. No tricks or anything interesting. Just a basic early hot rod from a stock a. The basic plan is to make it so you can pull the fenders and the braces easily or run it with them. Leave the brown interior and top it has. Maybe 32 bumpers? One thing I know is it needs to be painted...I'm thinking we'll leave the fenders gloss black. Maybe paint the grill gloss black. Not sure about the rest of the body. Maybe flat black. Or green? Thinking about brush painting it...lots of ideas. Starting with decluttering it of the restorer crap.

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    I'll post some more tomorrow. Really excited and can't sleep.
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  2. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 21,230


    Sounds absolutely fantastic...can wait front rows seats again...thanks @Hitchhiker
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  3. ClarkH
    Joined: Jul 21, 2010
    Posts: 1,144


    Nice to see this out from under the cover. Ir definitely follows the hot-rod adage "start with the best car you can find." The yellow roadster is in remarkable shape. Whereas, your blue one could be used to strain pasta--but it would look cooler doing it.
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  4. 51 mercules
    Joined: Nov 29, 2008
    Posts: 3,330

    51 mercules

    Cool! Thanks for posting! Will be following this thread.
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  5. i420
    Joined: Jan 27, 2010
    Posts: 14


    I’m currently doing a 28 pick up with a Miller/Cragar head. It’s a interesting engine [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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  6. Pete Eastwood
    Joined: Jul 27, 2011
    Posts: 1,042

    Pete Eastwood
    from california

    That is a really rare Cragar head. Those are called the "Improved Cragar" head & it's a crossflow design.
  7. It's in the garage and getting wrenched on!
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  8. Nice truck!
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  9. Good to know! I don't know much about it to be honest.
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  10. denis4x4
    Joined: Apr 23, 2005
    Posts: 3,786

    from Colorado

    Mine is a 1935 CRAGAR on a B engine. Current intake is a Weber 32/36. 59 HP at 3200 RPM the rear wheels on a chassis dyno.
  11. i420
    Joined: Jan 27, 2010
    Posts: 14


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  12. modelAsteve
    Joined: Jan 9, 2009
    Posts: 362


    I hear the "RED" ones really leak oil !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  13. i420
    Joined: Jan 27, 2010
    Posts: 14


    Come on man. You told me that it would go faster.
    Tried to fire it up today. Tight. Charging the battery overnight...

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  14. Everybody has a CRAGAR but me!!:(:(
    Looks like a fun project Matt
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  15. ROCKER77
    Joined: Jun 30, 2008
    Posts: 507


    If anyone has an extra cragar laying around that they just don't need, I could always use one. Although i could only pay you in hugs.
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  16. What's really gonna cook your noodle is that I have 2 more Cragar heads, a Riley 4 port, and I sold @ClarkH a 2 port Riley a few months ago...
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  17. I've removed the wind wings and bumper. I've stripped the firewall of all the junk and am currently painting it black. Pictures in a little bit...
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  18. Ok you get the I suck award:p
  19. Want to sell the wind wing brackets and rubber?
  20. Just the brackets? Everything I'm not using is for sale.
  21. Painted the firewall black. It's not perfect but it will do for what I'm planning. This car had some sub par body repairs at one point and I'm already wishing I fixed them. But I'm gonna leave them. They are structurally sound and the body can always be fixed later. No rust or anything bad. Just not up to todays standards.
    Im trying to load pictures from my phone. But only one is working. Basically the cowl feet are amateur repaired at best and it looks like it's had the firewall out at one point. It's got body putty all up in the seams.

    I'm fearful of this becoming a case of the might as wells. I just want to throw the drive train at it and a little paint and away we go.... 20180129_144050.jpg
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  22. belair
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 8,770


    Really cool build.
  23. Yeah just
    Yeah just the brackets and rubbers. My speedster uses that style to hold the windshields on. I lost a windshield due to the bracket falling off. Kind of exciting when the windshield comes after you when you're bombing down the road at 65 mph:rolleyes:
  24. 31Apickup
    Joined: Nov 8, 2005
    Posts: 2,774


    "This car had some sub par body repairs at one point and I'm already wishing I fixed them", yeah you mean the typical 70's amateur restoration stuff, I'm dealing with that kind of hack stuff now!

    Neat build
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2018
  26. i420
    Joined: Jan 27, 2010
    Posts: 14


    From everything I know. Not much. That cover will only go on one way. I’ve heard that the older ones were upside down. I’m a screenprinter and understand printing. It’s baffling to me.

    My father grew up in Southern California then Cape Cod. Always into Hot rodding. I found this in the back of a garage I’ve known for over forty years. Never knew that it was just sitting there in a crate wrapped up in plastic in a closet until after his passing.
    Everything else on the engine has proven to be original goodies.

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  27. ROCKER77
    Joined: Jun 30, 2008
    Posts: 507


    That's a negative
  28. How about now?
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  29. Tim_with_a_T
    Joined: Apr 30, 2011
    Posts: 1,067


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