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Projects Fry's Model A coupe build RECAP

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Fry, Nov 5, 2018.

  1. Had a local upholstery shop do it. Showed him roof pics of the Hilton built gentleman’s coupe from the hamb. It just uses snaps all the way around and rolls up when off. Turned out great. Will see if roof stays on at highway speed, if not will go with a boat awning at the front, but wanted to try just snaps for now.
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  2. Looks great. I bet the kids loved it!
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  3. racer756
    Joined: May 24, 2006
    Posts: 1,324


    Very inspiring thread. You are a very talented man. Well done!
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  4. Thanks so much guys. Appreciate it. Adding some secret anti theft devices coming up then I think we will be ready for our road trip in 3 weeks
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  5. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 10,569

    from Raytown Mo

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  6. Rich B.
    Joined: Jan 23, 2008
    Posts: 761

    Rich B.
    from Portage,IN

    I just read through this build, what a great Job
    building your first Hot Rod ! It reminds of my
    first one 50 years ago learning as I worked on
    It. You did a fantastic job , and deserve all the
    comments on quality received! I had two little boys
    asking when will it be done Dad. lol

  7. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 3,862


    That picture is icing on the cake! Hope you All enjoy it for many years to come.
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  8. Thanks Tim!
    That’s great.

    I haven’t done much to it since the trip.
    For those of you that hadn’t read the trip review, I pulled some studs out of the heads so trip ended early after we got to Victoria. We did make it all the way there and had a ton of fun. Something I want to do more of in 2020. It truly drove awesome, no complaints best road trip ever.

    I do have the engine out, and it’s at a performance shop in the city.
    Getting heads tuned up and screw in studs installed.
    It didn’t fully wipe the cam out, just started to wear so they say there isn’t much wrong internally, really no metal went through.
    Really the cam didn’t wear much, so not sure if cam was really going flat or just pulling studs out of heads was the only problem. Rather be safe than sorry though.
    Getting a bigger cam and some tweaks to get some more power and it’ll be dyno’ed when done which is exciting to actually know what it puts out and it’ll be bulletproof... hopefully.

    I found that even with the lower 1700-1800 rpm on highway, and the light car at 2500lbs it got pretty marginal mileage. My cam said it was supposed to be from 1400-5800 rpm so I figured spinning at the rpm I was it should have been ok.

    I averaged around 15 mpg, as high as 18 climbing some mountains but flat prairie was pretty consistent at 15. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a mileage hound, I just directed the build in a way that it would be fun to drive, get great mileage and still have lots of power.
    So if it sucks anyway, I figured I would re-gear it, and since I’m not much for moderation I went from 3.00 to 3.89s.

    That should get the car moving and still at 55mph it’ll only go from 1750 to 2280 rpm, which is livable.

    It was pretty fun to drive before and could spin the tires fairly easily, so with some more ponies and the low gears it should be a terror... can’t wait.

    Im also hoping to get some mags and cheaters this year and do some 1/4 mile hits, hoping the engine shop can squeeze 350 hp out of the 327, coupled with the light car hopefully would go pretty quick even with my granny shifting. Maybe steer some kids away from the turbo LS path. Haha, probably not.
  9. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 10,569

    from Raytown Mo

    Watch you get better mpg with the steeper gears lol. Just gotta get that cam in the sweet spot. Excited to see it come back with more gear and more hp!
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  10. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 10,569

    from Raytown Mo

    Random but have you ever mocked up a hood on it? Just curious :)
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  11. 301/roadster
    Joined: Feb 25, 2012
    Posts: 33

    from australia

    Nice build ,are you happy with the carby or regretting not going with sniper? Only asking not sure my self which way to go some people over here in oz love the sniper and others say don’t waste your money , great pic of build and road trip, thanks
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  12. No I haven't, but I sure would like one. It would give it a different look without the orange engine. Kinda thought about painting the engine black to continue the minimalist look, but a little extra personality is nice, and 327s probably should be orange :)
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  13. You know what, it actually worked great. Same internals in the carb as it got shipped with and just external tuning and it drove great through all sorts of elevation changes without so much as a hiccup. Fires right up and runs great, so far have not regretted it. Its nice to not cheat the timeline as well, pre-64 for this one.
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  14. Blues4U
    Joined: Oct 1, 2015
    Posts: 4,323

    from So Cal

    I'd say just a 1 piece top just for road trips, leave it off for running around town. Make it out of aluminum and leave it unpainted.
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  15. rusty_bits
    Joined: Feb 10, 2010
    Posts: 41


    In my opinion, it does not get any better than this and the photograph of your daughter in the passenger seat; perfection. Great job Fry.
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  16. Thanks rusty, I mentioned to the kids that I’d like to do some one on one trips with them this year. Now that’s all they talk about, sometimes a guy gets wrapped up in this and that in hot rods and life, and forget how much these days are big memories for them.
    Looking forward to a great 2020.
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  17. And some random, not totally car related, pics..

    Heading to the water park in the summer


    She loves cruising.


    Wife driving in preparation of the Victoria trip. Nothing like ladies that drive stick haha.
  18. A little juxtaposition, at our first (and only) car show, and early on during the build.

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    Last edited: Jan 14, 2020
  19. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 10,569

    from Raytown Mo

    Love it. My little mini me was cool with hot rod rides for a little while and the. Had about a full year of not wanting anything to do with a ride.

    the new year struck and now it’s all she talks about :D gonna have to pick her up from preschool in the old car this spring :)
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  20. So it was dyno day today! Picked up my 327 and got to watch it run on the dyno after being tuned.
    Pretty happy with the results, just over one hp per cubic with it bored .040.
    With the new gears it should be a handful.


    Sent from my iPhone using The H.A.M.B. mobile app
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  21. tombstone
    Joined: Jan 15, 2006
    Posts: 300

    from sk.canada

    Hahaha should be fun ‼️ Bruce does a good job as always ‼️
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  22. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 10,569

    from Raytown Mo

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