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Projects Jay's Hot Rod: AV8 Pickup Build Thread

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Junk Hunter, Feb 5, 2012.

  1. Junk Hunter
    Joined: Feb 1, 2010
    Posts: 290

    Junk Hunter
    Member
    from The Ozarks

    I've had this Model A pickup on the back burner for a few years now. Toward the end of last year I decided it was finally time to get started on it. And I thought since this is my first traditional build, I'd put a thread together and try to get a little HAMB advice as I go along...so here we go.

    The pickup is a late '31 Model A with the indented firewall and a wide bed. I'm gonna set it up as a highboy on a set of deuce rails. Power will come from an early flathead linked to a '39 trans with all early Ford suspension.... nothing too fancy...a pretty straightforward Hot Rod.

    I was getting ready to start on the chassis and I had planned to build a jig to lay the frame out with. But one morning while surfing the HAMB I read a thread about Tuck's shop fire. Then I looked through some of the benefit auctions that were being held to help get him back on his feet. One of those auctions was for a build-to-suit custom frame build by BobBleed and some of the guys at A.S.S.... a few days later I win it.

    So now this project is going to get an upgrade. Bob and the guys are going to take the parts I have collected, build a frame, and put together a full rolling chassis for the pickup. Awesome!

    And that is where we will start this...A couple of weeks ago we loaded the trailer and made the 11 hour trip to Austin. Got to meet a lot of the guys from the shop. Tuck happened to be down there working at the time so as a bonus we got to meet him too. Very cool bunch of guys.

    With any luck, it will be a roller in time for the Roundup in April...(fingers crossed)...That would be a great excuse to come back down for the show. Meanwhile I'm going to get some non-frame related stuff done.
     

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  2. McFly
    Joined: Oct 10, 2001
    Posts: 1,168

    McFly
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    I can't wait for more pics!
     
  3. Me either!
     
  4. Malcolm
    Joined: Feb 9, 2006
    Posts: 7,759

    Malcolm
    ALLIANCE MEMBER
    from Nebraska

    Very cool project.. The A.S.S. guys will certainly build a nice chassis for ya!



    Malcolm
     

  5. Evel
    Joined: Jun 25, 2002
    Posts: 9,038

    Evel
    Member
    1. 60s Show Rods

    Awesome.. its in good hands.. Your gonna have one hell of a chassis congrats..
     
  6. Tuck
    Joined: May 14, 2001
    Posts: 5,652

    Tuck
    Tech Editor
    from MINNESOTA
    1. Early Hemi Tech

    It was great that I got to meet you in person- I wish I was down there right now helping with this- It really bugs me that I cant!!! :)

    Its gonna rule :)
     
  7. Kail
    Joined: Jul 7, 2007
    Posts: 827

    Kail
    Member
    from Austin, TX

    Its a good selection of parts, Going to be fun!
     
  8. brady1929
    Joined: Sep 30, 2006
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  9. captainjunk#2
    Joined: Mar 13, 2008
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    captainjunk#2
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    thats a pretty cool beginning story , you need a shirt like charley sheene had that says winning in big letters on the front lol
     
  10. I think you have a winner.
     
  11. Awesome! Hope to see your chassis during the roundup. I'm sure it's gonna be bad ass.
     
  12. hiboy32
    Joined: Nov 7, 2001
    Posts: 2,777

    hiboy32
    Member
    from Omaha, NE

    what a great way to start building your hotrod. and that much better that you were able to meet Tuck while you were there. Your truck is going to look like ASS built it, and that rules.
     
  13. VoodooTwin
    Joined: Jul 13, 2011
    Posts: 3,455

    VoodooTwin
    Member
    from Noo Yawk

    This is gonna be a sweet Tuckin truck!

    OK, I suck at this. :)

    Anywho, SUBSCRIBED!
     
  14. Junk Hunter
    Joined: Feb 1, 2010
    Posts: 290

    Junk Hunter
    Member
    from The Ozarks

    Thanks for the comments guys...this thing is going to be cool for sure!

    Feels weird not to have the truck in the shop though...

    [​IMG]
     
  15. 1951Streamliner
    Joined: May 15, 2011
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    1951Streamliner
    Member
    from Reno, NV

    Your shop is awesome! Low-key and simple
     
  16. Junk Hunter
    Joined: Feb 1, 2010
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    Junk Hunter
    Member
    from The Ozarks

    There's still some stuff I need to get down to Austin. Mostly catalog parts...including a set of tires. So I need to get the wheels ready.

    I sorted through my stash of wide five rims and picked out the best 4 that I have. They are all 16x4. Tires are going to be Firestone Champions. 4.50-16's up front and 7.50-16's in the rear. Center caps are '39 standard. They have a few little dings and dents but polished up pretty nice. Tomorrow I'm taking the wheels and caps to the blaster. Then I'll shoot a coat of paint on them before having the tires mounted.
     

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  17. Great project, thanks for sharing. Looking forward to updates. Subscribed
     
  18. GaryB
    Joined: Dec 19, 2008
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    GaryB
    Member
    from Reno,nv

    great start,does'nt get much better than that
     
  19. Junk Hunter
    Joined: Feb 1, 2010
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    Junk Hunter
    Member
    from The Ozarks

    Thanks Man, I appreciate it.

    The shop was built in the 30's. When we bought our place this building was about to fall in. Everybody thought I was crazy for not it tearing it down. It had a tree fall on it and the whole roof was trashed...but I restored it anyway A couple of years later a car pulls in the driveway. It was an older guy who had been a teenager on our farm in the 50's. Turns out it had hot rods in it back then too! It's one of my favorite places...
     
  20. First build?
    With the crew you got behind you, this is sure to be first class.
    I'll stay tuned
     
  21. Junk Hunter
    Joined: Feb 1, 2010
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    Junk Hunter
    Member
    from The Ozarks

    I'm gonna start tearing into the transmission tonight. The toploader I'm going to use is from is from an open drive F1 pickup. The side shift trans that attached to the flathead is from a '46 passenger car. Plan is to swap the gears and convert the toploader to closed drive. I haven't had either one apart yet so I'm hoping I don't find many surprises inside.
     

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  22. chopt top kid
    Joined: Oct 13, 2009
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    chopt top kid
    Member

    Nice start!!! Keep up the good work...
     
  23. hiboy32
    Joined: Nov 7, 2001
    Posts: 2,777

    hiboy32
    Member
    from Omaha, NE

    that is the best picture... the dogs are enjoying hanging out in the unoccupied truck room. Very cool shop, by the way
     
  24. Junk Hunter
    Joined: Feb 1, 2010
    Posts: 290

    Junk Hunter
    Member
    from The Ozarks

    I started teardown of the trannys. As it turns out the case of the F1 tranny is in good shape and internals had been in great shape but somewhere along the line moisture had gotten into the box and allowed some of the lower gears along the 'water line' to rust and pit. No problem, 'cause I am going to use the internals from the closed drive trans anyway..right? Wrong. The low-reverse gear and the cluster gear are trash in that tranny too. I've got a another closed drive transmission that has a flathead six case. I am assuming they used the same internals as the V8 trannys? Guess I'll tear it apart next to see if the guts in it might be usable.
     
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  25. chopt top kid
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  26. F-6Garagerat
    Joined: Apr 12, 2008
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    F-6Garagerat
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    Here's my late 31 solid top here. nice to see another truck build. here's a pic, it's gonna be late 50's style.
     

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  27. Junk Hunter
    Joined: Feb 1, 2010
    Posts: 290

    Junk Hunter
    Member
    from The Ozarks

    Yeah, VanPelt's site is awesome. I've got about half of their website printed off and scattered all over my workbench along with a Ford 'Green Bible' and a couple of Tardel's books....Not to mention the guts from 3 transmissions scattered all over the floor. I've got a regular tranny learning center going on out there right now. I should be an expert in no time.:D
     
  28. Junk Hunter
    Joined: Feb 1, 2010
    Posts: 290

    Junk Hunter
    Member
    from The Ozarks

    I've been following your build. Your truck is really coming together nice!
     
  29. F-6Garagerat
    Joined: Apr 12, 2008
    Posts: 2,652

    F-6Garagerat
    Member

    Thanks man, I'll be following yours as well.
     
  30. shep_911
    Joined: Feb 7, 2012
    Posts: 27

    shep_911
    Member

    sweet project
     

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