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Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Haven Hills Auto Club, Jun 20, 2020.

  1. Haven Hills Auto Club
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    I want to officially start my AV8 Roadster build. My starting point is a titled 1931 Ford Roadster frame. 36' front axle & wishbone w/ a Millworks reversed eye main leaf. Currently a 36' rear axle & tube w/ a Millworks AV8 reversed eye spring, but I plan on using a 48' Columbia axle. Wide five hubs and rims. 42'-48' juice brakes front & rear. 32' style grille shell. 40's or 50's aircraft fuel tank. 46' flatty 0.60" w/ a Merc 4" crank. Hotton & Sullivan heads and Hexagon intake w/ matching air cleaner. 39 trans w/ Zephyr gears. 36' Ford headlights. 38'-39' Zephyr taillights. Stewart Warner Police speedo, 4500 rpm tach, and N.O.S. gauges. There are many more small bits and pieces as well. I'm trying to keep the build within the 49'-53' era, but I know I already broke that rule with the SW instruments. I'm mainly using Ford parts, with a good mix of period aftermarket. No Chevy parts here. Trying to stay away from California built speed equipment, as this is a Michigan built hot rod. I've made mention of some of the specs in other posts, but this will be the official build thread for the Haven Hills Roadster. 20200619_174635.jpg
     
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  2. Haven Hills Auto Club
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    A closer look at the flatty. 20200619_174736.jpg
     
  3. Haven Hills Auto Club
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    Some of the neat period parts I've scored. 20200619_174833.jpg
     
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  5. Haven Hills Auto Club
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    Brookville firewall modified with a 32'-34' truck engine dimple. 20200526_122010.jpg
     
  6. Haven Hills Auto Club
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    The body is coming from Brookville Roadster. I will be picking it up at the NSRA North car show as long as it is still happening in early September. Till then, I hope to do some engine and chassis work. I will post updates as they come. I also want to thank the H.A.M.B. community for the vast information and support. This project would not be possible without information in the H.A.M.B.
     
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  7. whitewallwilly
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    Great start to your project
     
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  9. Model A Gomez
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    Wish I'd have seen that firewall a couple of years ago, I repaired and notched a stocker and cut the slot to use the spoon throttle. No reason the reinvent the wheel, spent a lot of time and effort on a rough firewall. !cid__Photo03061434.jpg 26.jpg
     
  10. Haven Hills Auto Club
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    Model A Gomez, if you want, I did post a tech thread posted " AV8 Firewall Modification". I posted the pics of the old and new firewalls. I was going to use the whole 32'-34' firewall, but it was getting to tricky for me. So, I used just the engine dimple. It was so close. I swear Ford used the 30'-31' firewall as a base to design the 32'-34' truck firewall. Very similar lines. It looks like yours turned out good. I don't know yet if I gained any clearance, but the spoon pedal should mount up like it was supposed to be there.
     
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  11. Haven Hills Auto Club
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    I finally got ahold of a 32' K member. I found them for sale, but everyone I found was butchered, rusted out, or was local pickup only in Cali. Thankfully I was able to get one shipped from Colorado. I was going to use a 46' truck crossmember, but alot of guys said it would mount the trans to high in the chassis. So, now that I have the 32' K member, I need to find the rear bearing cap to mount the trans in the K member and convert my open drive back to a closed drive. The trans is a 39' with 18/26 Zepher gears. Just counted the teeth today. Parts are ordered to convert everything back to closed drive. 20200801_152620.jpg 20200801_152738.jpg
     
  12. Good luck with the build. Looks like you have lots of the right stuff!:cool:
     
  13. x77matt
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    Nice! Good choice of parts so far!
     
  14. Haven Hills Auto Club
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    Well NSRA North was cancelled, so we decided to pick the body up at Brookville Roadster. Everyone at Brookville was great. That shop is awesome. Alot of skill and knowledge goes into each body. I am very happy with the end result. The hot rod is right at home with the other projects. Thank you Brookville Roadster. 20200919_134618.jpg
     
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  15. Haven Hills Auto Club
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    Well not much has happened, but I have found some more parts. It's funny how the concept evolves and spirals out of control. Found a 40'-41' Zephyr steering wheel, Parker Products turn signal switch, 49' Merc gauge pods, 100 mph police speedo, N.O.S. Mallory DSM coil, 38'-39' Zephyr taillight assemblies, early FoMoCo seat belt buckles, Shell Oil license plate topper, and a 32' wishbone. Needless to say I have some other parts I need to sell now.. Or build a second car. Only time will tell. 20201205_121110.jpg 20201205_121118.jpg 20201205_121505.jpg
     
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  16. Haven Hills Auto Club
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    I hope to be building the engine soon. Still need to order some more parts, but I have enough to measure deck height, so I can finish the machine work on the block. It's winter and I have no heat in the shop, so progress is slow. 255 Merc crank, reconditioned rods, Egge pistons, Hasting rings, and Clevite bearings. Shold make a good foundation.
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  17. Haven Hills Auto Club
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    Other than getting junk drunk and tinkering with the flatty, I really need to get a coat of red oxide primer on the new Brookville body. A cold shop will not treat the body well this winter. I have some feelers out there, but none of the local body shops do custom work. Hopefully soon I can get it some where. With the body in primer and the flatty short blocked, progress is sure to speed up.
     

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