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Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by ElJayM, Feb 1, 2015.

  1. Yup, nothing wrong with bangers, I'm just tired of every time a guy finds a tidy model A, and posts it up on this Hot Rod site, the restorers all start telling him he should keep it basically stock.
    Its making me not want to open Model A threads.
    Imagine the grief the reverse would cause over on Fordbarn (I'm a member there).
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  2. MAD 034
    Joined: Aug 30, 2011
    Posts: 775

    MAD 034
    from Washington

    Needs a SBC with aftermarket chrome valve covers. Kidding aside -- it is an awesome little coupe!
  3. volvobrynk
    Joined: Jan 30, 2011
    Posts: 3,587

    from Denmark

    I partially agree with you, but there is a long way from go back to stock, or stay hydraulic brake, hopped up banger, different stands and steelies.

    But I see you point, and it ain't my call. But my 2cents comes with compliments, for free
  4. mike bowling
    Joined: Jan 1, 2013
    Posts: 3,558

    mike bowling

    That car is a perfect time capsule and is 100% in my book- what a beauty.I wouldn't go messing with it if I were you! The Ford Gods might not be pleased! All seriousness aside, your car, your girl, your life-do what makes you keep smiling like the trophy picture. ----Just don't change anythi....ah, crap, Mike , shut up! (and I'm NOT a restorer;I have my own Sawzall)

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  5. Dick Stevens
    Joined: Aug 7, 2012
    Posts: 3,474

    Dick Stevens

    That was a sweet find, you hit the lottery on that find. Now do with it what makes you happy, not what makes the masses happy, if that is the banger, so be it, if it is the hemi, go for it and enjoy. By the way, your girl friend sounds like she may be a keeper too. ;):cool::p:D:)
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  6. Kool49
    Joined: Mar 14, 2010
    Posts: 297


    Sweet ride. I like it !
  7. 54sled
    Joined: Feb 11, 2012
    Posts: 251


    Nice A ,was there with my t roadster,never got a chance to talk to ya.
  8. fordf1trucknut
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 1,163


    IMG_20150202_213114.jpg Congrats... i chatted with ya at the world of wheels for a while.... love the car.....remindes me of mine.
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  9. Wardog
    Joined: Jan 12, 2010
    Posts: 2,433


    Nice coupe! X2 on the wheel spacers. 40s are meant to bolt to a flat drum, the mechanical drums have a step in the middle so the outer of the wheel centre should be supported or you will flex it and end up chopping out you're bolt holes or cracking the centre. You also run out of length on the stock stud with the spacers. Not trying to rain on you're parade, I'm just trying to help. I've been through this myself and opted for some 17" wires.
  10. Denns1989
    Joined: Aug 6, 2014
    Posts: 572


    I know the feeling !
    Great find - amazing condition, keep on having fun with it !
  11. manyolcars
    Joined: Mar 30, 2001
    Posts: 8,790


    come over for a ride in my hopped up Model A 4 cylinder.You wont find it boring.

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    Joined: Jun 25, 2012
    Posts: 659
    from KS

    Joined: Jun 25, 2012
    Posts: 659
    from KS

    Check banger guys threads/clubs out, they can run the hell outa some & yours is so 40's period perfect, after you break it you can put machinist skills to work & make it more fun.
  14. 55chevr
    Joined: Jul 12, 2008
    Posts: 971


    The banger is okay but not really a hot rod. Needs at least a flathead V8
  15. ElJayM
    Joined: Jan 27, 2013
    Posts: 20


    Wow! This post got much more attention than I figured it would. Thank you everyone for the kind words, I really appreciate all the comments. For now, the only changes that are going to be made to the car are to make it more streetable. I dont plan on doing any major transplants until my '40 GMC is done and that is a long ways away. As for my woman, she finds it ridiculous that I keep buying old cars and older motorcycles but she always bears a smile and cant wait to go for a ride and try them out herself, she's a keeper for sure.

    Thanks man! I really was aiming for a 40's era build. For now the hemi and QC stay stashed til my 40 GMC is done, then i'll even start to think about heart surgery on the coupe.

    Man, that car was bitchin! My brother, my dad and I were all over it all weekend.

    Thanks man! Good talking to you at the show.

    Wardog your coupe is seriously one of the reasons I kept the fenders on, I am madly in love with it.
    I ran into the issue when mounting up my steelies and quickly remedied that obstacle; chucked them in a lathe and finish welded what was left! I have a set of spacers for the car, just to run a set of '41 hubcaps, but spacers have always made me nervous so I'm not sure what I'll do yet.

    I've never been big into clubs until I got this car for some reason, the banger guys are too cool and seriously helpful so I've been more interested in joining a club. Im beyond happy to hear you said "40's period perfect" because Everyone that went through my shop wanted to know why I was building the car the way I was and I had to explain to them I was after a 40's 'young guy on a budget' hotrod. It is always nice having a set of skills that can get you out of the jams that your own dumb ass puts yourself in :D
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  16. Your car reminds me of my first car! A 31 banger. Kinda shiny black with mechanicals. One of the several cars I should have kept.
    Good job so far. Keep us posted..............
  17. Wardog
    Joined: Jan 12, 2010
    Posts: 2,433


    Thank you for the compliment, I am humbled. 41 caps are the reason I wanted to put steelies on my coupe. This is how mine sits today.

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  18. volvobrynk
    Joined: Jan 30, 2011
    Posts: 3,587

    from Denmark

    That is an awesome mill! What's the carbs from?
    What about the head, looks special to me?
    What about bottom end? Is there a link to a build treat?
  19. studebaker46
    Joined: Nov 14, 2007
    Posts: 701


    this car is seriously cool, but what is even cooler is knowing our sport/hobby is in good hands my hat is off to you young man.
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  20. vintage_mpg
    Joined: Jan 4, 2014
    Posts: 48


    Great read, right here. Awesome car.
  21. guthriesmith
    Joined: Aug 17, 2006
    Posts: 7,795

    1. H.A.M.B. Chapel

    Great car! I really like it just like it is!
  22. 56shoebox
    Joined: Sep 14, 2011
    Posts: 1,106


    Great home made trophy. I love it. Any chance you can post a photo of the original Henry title? That would be cool to see.
  23. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 32,120


    That is too cool, I'd have to agree with those who say keep that one pretty much the way it is with the banger and a few more improvements and start another car for the Hemi and pieces that go with it just like you were going to do anyhow. It just looks like too much fun the way it is to make big changes with it.
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  24. Hotrodmyk
    Joined: Jan 7, 2011
    Posts: 2,228

    1. Northwest HAMBers

    Very cool, great find!
  25. 54sled
    Joined: Feb 11, 2012
    Posts: 251


    Thanks LjayM,I'm sure I will catch up with you this summer,a lot of good shows this year coming up!
  26. manyolcars
    Joined: Mar 30, 2001
    Posts: 8,790


    you are so very uninformed! When the flathead Ford V-8 was new, the hopped up 4 cylinder engines were much faster than the V-8s. It took years for the hotrodders to learn how to get more power out of a the V-8s. I will happily run my 4cyl against your flathead V-8
  27. lewk
    Joined: Apr 8, 2011
    Posts: 896

    from Mt

    That thing is super neat!
  28. pumpman
    Joined: Dec 6, 2010
    Posts: 2,674


    Great little car, nothin wrong with fenders and keepin it just the way it is. Love it man.
  29. bigorangetruck
    Joined: Oct 23, 2012
    Posts: 54

    from TX

    YES!! Nice find, enjoy the hell out of it!

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