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History Model A’s…in Moderation?

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by J.Ukrop, Jul 20, 2018.

  1. J.Ukrop
    Joined: Nov 10, 2008
    Posts: 1,030

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  2. MJW
    Joined: Jun 29, 2006
    Posts: 354

    from NJ
    1. PA. NJ. local HAMBERS group

    As long as its sunny I prefer fenderless but if its raining that's when I wish I had kept the fenders on.
  3. silverdome
    Joined: Aug 23, 2007
    Posts: 518


    I'll take the V8 powered for Saturday night and sporting my girl around town. Then I'll take the banger powered rumble seat roadster for a drive on Sunday afternoon with the family.
  4. Model A Gomez
    Joined: Aug 26, 2006
    Posts: 1,051

    Model A Gomez

    I'm a Model A fan and definitely into moderation. My Avatar is a 28 I built in the mid 90's with a V8 60 flathead, I also have a stock 29 Special Coupe, a 30 Pickup daily driver and building a flathead powered 30 Sport Coupe. The pickup had a B motor with a Winfield head, Ansen manifold with a 94, Mallory distributor and a header. Now it has an H&H counter balanced A motor with a Bromfield high compression head. The Sport Coupe has a mild 8BA flathead.

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  5. 41rodderz
    Joined: Sep 27, 2010
    Posts: 3,055

    from Oregon

    I would like to experience what a warmed over banger feels like by the seat of my pants. I bet it would be a fun rush .:)
    Joined: Sep 11, 2007
    Posts: 836


    Here is a exercise in moderation. Sometimes moderation is tuff to maintain throughout the build process. It's easy to get side tracked. Gary LARRY-1.jpg
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  7. 51 mercules
    Joined: Nov 29, 2008
    Posts: 2,865

    51 mercules

    [​IMG]I'm kinda partial to bangers. I have this Riley 4 port I want to run in my 29 roadster some day.
  8. bowie
    Joined: Jul 27, 2011
    Posts: 2,005


    That Freedlun “A” has been one of my favorites forever. Just the right mix of cool parts and Henry steel.
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  9. edcodesign
    Joined: Mar 30, 2007
    Posts: 3,519


  10. manyolcars
    Joined: Mar 30, 2001
    Posts: 7,789


    My avatar has a hopped up Model A engine and I have driven it to 4 states over the last 22 years. **BUT** a smallblock chevy would make it a thousand times more usable,as in anytime, anywhere.
    With the original engine its less usable. Either way its definitely a traditional hotrod
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  11. denis4x4
    Joined: Apr 23, 2005
    Posts: 3,269

    from Colorado

    Anybody can put a SBC in a Model A. I’ve got two bangers that put out 60 HP each at the rear wheels and love the challenge of making a 90 year old engine keep up with traffic. In many respects, there was more aftermarket Model A speed equipment developed in the 1930’s then SBC stuff available today!
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  12. WTF really
    Joined: Jul 9, 2017
    Posts: 1,068

    WTF really

    That's way to cool to be sitting in a shop.
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  13. deucetruck
    Joined: Jan 8, 2010
    Posts: 626

    from Missouri

    Gomez, I REALLY like your avatar and pickup. Great look!!
  14. speedy pete
    Joined: Aug 26, 2005
    Posts: 72

    speedy pete

    I mounted fenders off backing plate so I could run with or without fenders. I can also run without hood. In Florida I can run without fenders but in Wisconsin the last I heard fenders are required. 20180721_100753.jpg
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  15. banjorear
    Joined: Jul 30, 2004
    Posts: 3,750


    That's why I'm going with a rumble roadster with a V8. Best of both worlds. :D
  16. BrandonB
    Joined: Feb 24, 2006
    Posts: 2,967

    from nor cal

    Black roadster, rumble seat, white interior and 4 banger with Cragar O/H. What’s not to like?

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  17. Gary Addcox
    Joined: Aug 28, 2009
    Posts: 2,181

    Gary Addcox

    Uh, don't ever get rid of that avatar ! Now, on to Model A's. I would like to get a banger-powered early A coupe/sport coupe for cruising around town. I know nothing about these engines so aren't sure whether I would need a block with mains and inserts, oil pressure, and other stuff that later flatheads had. I've often wondered if one could go across country successfully in a warmed over A or B engine running with the big boys (75-80) with a/c ? I enjoy cruising to CA but we cross 4 deserts including the Mojave and so far have had no trouble in 3 trips with our "modern" Deuce roadster. I believe it is considered a "streetrod" by the traditional HAMBers.
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  18. brokenspoke
    Joined: Jul 26, 2005
    Posts: 2,874


    IMG_20180720_110359064_HDR.jpg My 1929 RPU, Brookville cab extended 6 inches, chopped 2 inches, H and H incerted engine, Thomas head, 2 Stromberg 81s, Reds header, T5 4x4 transmission, Halibrand 101 quick change rear end
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2018
  19. bangerbob
    Joined: Jul 2, 2014
    Posts: 122


    My banger! Engine getting tired! Thinking about a "touring" block to speed her up! 20170118_073538.jpg 20170118_073600.jpg

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  20. Mild B under the hood, steady cruising 55-60 back roading it to Wales, 700 mile round trip plus a few miles on the beach. Guess it'd be extremely moderate with the right body... Coupe-at-Pendine.jpg Two-Ts.jpg
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  21. 51 mercules
    Joined: Nov 29, 2008
    Posts: 2,865

    51 mercules

    You're right.
  22. Stan Back
    Joined: Mar 9, 2007
    Posts: 471

    Stan Back
    from California

    Strange looking Model As.
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  23. RonBulmer
    Joined: Jul 5, 2018
    Posts: 6


    They look like T, nice
  24. Fred A
    Joined: May 3, 2005
    Posts: 269

    Fred A
    from Encino, CA
    1. Upholstery

    Looks like an A with a T body perched on top. A very popular combination here around 1960. Mine had a 60 under the hood. Way too slow for that era. Took that money and bought a '40. Still '40ing. Good Luck: Fred A
  25. Binger
    Joined: Apr 28, 2008
    Posts: 1,591

    from wyoming

    My Special coupe is built with quite a bit of moderation. No chop, no channel with a warmed up banger, T-5 4X4 with at torque tube, Bert's Inserted and counter balanced engine, stipe cam, Reds header, Snyders 6.5 :1 head and a Mallory distributor. Could have gone over the top building a hot banger or built it with a V8. Decided to stick to banger and keep it simple.

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