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Hemi Coupe Build

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Taildraggin, Jan 6, 2010.

  1. Back in 2007 we had no intention to buy another project, but the wife was let loose on ebay and bought this stock Model A Coupe


    Before we new it we had a container full of stuff heading over to England.
    It arrived back in Spring 2008.



    Here she is on English soil for the first time


    The car was made roadworthy and got an MOT and then registered.
    We used it as stock for a few months but the old girl kept breaking down. So the decision was made to to stop fixing her and strip her down ready for the rebuild.
    All the running gear was sold on to help finance the build.
  2. The body was covered up and stored away untill I had time to start on it.

    A few weeks ago we started on the old girl and brought her into the workshop.

    The plan is to have it mounted on 32 rails with a 330 Desoto Hemi.

    Here she is mocked up.


  3. Body now all striped down


  4. Started tacking up the chassis rails



  5. Body mocked up on the chassis to check fit. Still have to tweek the rails abit to get a nice fit.



  6. Started on the boxing plates today

    Cut out the plates with the plasma cutter


    Then flared the holes



    Tacked in place

  7. Nice, model A highboy on duece rails, classic! What else is planned, a haircut?
  8. mikew
    Joined: Oct 29, 2002
    Posts: 207


    That's the exact same project as mine, with a 330 as well. I'm at the same point as you are, good luck. Looks good so far, especially the flared boxing plates!

  9. Its going to get a 4" chop as soon as the body is mounted on the chassis
  10. 60'shotrod
    Joined: Nov 18, 2007
    Posts: 2,913


    Kelvin, LOOKIN' good!:):)

  11. Perfect. i better subscribe,
    This is going to be awesome.
    Last edited: Jul 4, 2011
  12. PoPo
    Joined: Jan 3, 2008
    Posts: 1,102


    what kind of adjustment went into the rails to get them to fit better under the body? I have a 31 and a 32 frame i'm going to start on this spring/summer.

    subscribed as well.
  13. hammeredcoupe
    Joined: Feb 28, 2008
    Posts: 510

    from Tacoma,WA

    You're off to a good start! Looks like it's going to be a classic build. Looking forward to your updates.
  14. von Dyck
    Joined: Apr 12, 2007
    Posts: 678

    von Dyck

    You've got a good wife, keep her!
  15. I just shaped them to fit the body shape better
    I pinched them about 3/4" at the cowl
  16. coopsdaddy
    Joined: Mar 7, 2007
    Posts: 883

    from oklahoma

    I will be watchin this
  17. Candy-Man
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 1,713


    Very nice build and choice of motor.... What side are you going to steer from?

    Keep the pictures coming....
  18. 29Jay
    Joined: Aug 9, 2007
    Posts: 1,101

    from Ft Worth

    Great looking start!
  19. 40FORDPU
    Joined: Mar 15, 2009
    Posts: 3,401

    from Yelm, Wa
    1. Northwest HAMBers

    I think the pic coming out of the container, with the kid and the big smile says it all. Great project, keep us in the loop.
  20. Nice choice of engine.....!!

    This is gonna be nice, keep the updates coming !!

  21. krooser
    Joined: Jul 25, 2004
    Posts: 4,584


    I remember the original post and how giddy you blokes were opening that container... I should have sent my longdoor TR2 over there with the A...
  22. jick
    Joined: Aug 26, 2005
    Posts: 376

    from london

    looks like a cool project! not too far from mine either, i'll be keeping my eye on this one.
  23. Stan
    Joined: Oct 26, 2007
    Posts: 54

    from UK

    Hi Kelvin

    I see you've taken the plunge! Good luck. Mines back from Steve's in a couple of weeks, I'll send you some pics.

    Next time I bump into you I need to ask you a couple of questions about the inlets.
  24. Look forward to seeing it
    How far has it come along
  25. Finally started working on the coupe again.

    Got the front end mocked up and the body and engine sat in place.
    Just got to make up the mounts and crossmember now.



    Joined: Dec 16, 2007
    Posts: 236

    from S.L.U.T

    nice build man keep pics coming!!!
  27. pincher
    Joined: Sep 12, 2007
    Posts: 378

    from Saginaw

    WOW. Nice coupe. I wish a could turn my wife loose on ebay like you did, but after 33 years with her i know that is not going to happen. That HEMI is going to look so COOL in there. Good luck with the build,and keep us posted. PINCHER
  28. Diesel627
    Joined: Apr 19, 2008
    Posts: 319


    amazing job!!! That Model A is in good hands!!! keep us up to date on this build!
  29. 60'shotrod
    Joined: Nov 18, 2007
    Posts: 2,913


    Looking Damn fine Kelvin!

  30. rockguy92
    Joined: Jul 18, 2009
    Posts: 1,141


    Great start on a bad-ass rod.
    The Rock

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