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Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by J.Ukrop, Jul 20, 2018.
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Model A’s…in Moderation?
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As long as its sunny I prefer fenderless but if its raining that's when I wish I had kept the fenders on.
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.
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.
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 .
Here is a exercise in moderation. Sometimes moderation is tuff to maintain throughout the build process. It's easy to get side tracked. Gary
I'm kinda partial to bangers. I have this Riley 4 port I want to run in my 29 roadster some day.
That Freedlun “A” has been one of my favorites forever. Just the right mix of cool parts and Henry steel.
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
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!
That's way to cool to be sitting in a shop.
Gomez, I REALLY like your avatar and pickup. Great look!!
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.
That's why I'm going with a rumble roadster with a V8. Best of both worlds.
Black roadster, rumble seat, white interior and 4 banger with Cragar O/H. What’s not to like?
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.
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
My banger! Engine getting tired! Thinking about a "touring" block to speed her up!
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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...
Strange looking Model As.
They look like T, nice
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
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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