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Projects **Malcolm Model A Roadster Build**

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Malcolm, Mar 5, 2011.

  1. Rodshop
    Joined: Sep 14, 2003
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    Rodshop
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    I used that same gas tank in my Dodge coupe. Nice work- can't wait to see it out this summer! I am optimistic.
    Rodshop
     
  2. kisam
    Joined: Feb 28, 2005
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    Nice Nick! Go man go!
     
  3. woodbox
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    Nice progress Nick. Keep that momentum up!
     
  4. cal1954
    Joined: Aug 1, 2008
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    cal1954
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    from Omaha, NE

    The stance is perfect. It was worth the extra work to get it down low!
     
  5. hechtspeed
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    Looking great Nick! So, will you have to do wiring from scratch? Or is there a simple wiring harness you can purchase? Just curious...
     
  6. Ryan
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    Stance is nailed. Perfect... Love the idea of running the a-shell.
     
  7. bp1971
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    Hey Malcolm,
    How did you fill the upper apron piece, right behind the seat? I was thinking of breaking a piece of sheet metal to match the break where it curves. Also, are you going to put in a bulkhead behind the seat?
     
  8. Malcolm
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    Me, too! Hope to see you at an event or two this summer!


    Hell yeah... and again, Thanks to you, Andy for all the help on the chassis!



    There are quite a few simple wiring harnesses out there that I can pick from. Just need to decide which one. A friend here in Omaha also offered to help order one from a company he's used a few times.




    I used 3/4" square tubing at the top of the quarters and above the seat. Did quite a few pie cuts and welding/grinding to get it to fit. Then drilled 3/8" holes every couple of inches to spot weld the tubing to the sheet metal. Also welded a continuous bead where the tubing meets the sheet metal edge. Ground all the welds smooth after that. Tied that tubing down to the subrails with the vertical supports you see in the photos. All of this made a HUGE difference in stiffening the body.

    I will be filling in that X-brace behind the seat with sheet metal... as a bulkhead, like you mentioned. Planning on step-rolling (instead of just bead-rolling) separate triangular panels and then two to fill in between the vertical tubing and quarter panels.
     
  9. bp1971
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    Wow!!! That's awesome!!! Thanks again for the reply and info. on how you filled in that space.
     
  10. NoSurf
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    Lookin' good Billie-Ray!!!!
     
  11. LOVE the A shell!
     
  12. scootermcrad
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    WOW! Looks REALLY good with the hood on it TOO! I just noticed the position of the headlights relative to the grille. Looks fantastic! I like it!
     
  13. AnimalAin
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    Super progress. Keep after it!
     
  14. Grommet
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    GREAT lookin car

    Grommet
     
  15. daddy_o's_diner
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    Love the stance, the A grill, the headlight position - Awesome!
     
  16. Acme Speed Shop
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    Nick,

    I've said it before; really nice job.
     
  17. Brewton
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    Great Job! Can't wait to see it finished!
     
  18. Looks good Nick, are you going to fill the gas tank to cowl seam? If not, are you going to make the hood side line up with the seam?
     
  19. Malcolm
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    Thanks for all the feedback and PMs, guys!


    I do plan on lining up the hood sides with the tank to cowl seam. Either I need to cut up these 30/31 sides or try a pair from a 28/29. Do you still have a 28/29 hood for sale?
     
  20. ChevyGirlRox
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    Thank you for running an A shell on your MODEL A :D

    Looking good, you're really making progress!
     


  21. Sorry man, it ended up going on this car:

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  22. Malcolm
    Joined: Feb 9, 2006
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    Cool Sedan, Chris. Thanks for the response!



    Last night I worked on making an inner door patch panel. Some dumbass cut out the old ones and the stock latches were butchered, too. Wednesday night I fit the new bear claw latch and striker.


    I did a quick sketch at work as an idea/guide for the patch panel

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    I'd never used a bead roller before and picked this one up from my buddy, Andy (cal1954)

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    Went to another friend's garage to get a piece of 18 gauge sheet metal and trim it on his old stomp sheer. That old thing works great -- thanks, Jason! (jho)

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    Dug out my old drafting tools from college and layed out some lines

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    It's not perfect by any means, but a start...

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    I'm also going to continue the 'bead' around the tips of the X. Should look better that way.
     
  23. lowtruck
    Joined: Aug 26, 2009
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    from Omaha

    That door looks great man. Keep at it.
     
  24. I haven't checked in for awhile...lookin great!
     
  25. I've followed many Roadster builds on the HAMB and I normally stray away from posting but it takes a special car before I'd post...

    Well... I like every bit of this car and the way it's turning out... from the stock radiator shell to the windshield... to the stance... it's a well done car!

    Keep up the good work and the updates!
     
    Last edited: May 12, 2011
  26. Malcolm
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    Thanks alot, guys... I really appreciate the feedback!


    Got a little more work done on the passenger door on Saturday

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  27. hiboy32
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    from Omaha, NE

    Nick, the inner door looks like it came out great. 1 down, 1 to go.
     
  28. bp1971
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    WOW!!!! Those inner door panels look great. You've got some mad skills.
     
  29. ToddJ
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    Inner door panels are looking great, Nick!
     
  30. Mazooma1
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    Nice, Nick...you're the real deal...not a"poser" bone in your body....
    nice to see these days...:)
     

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