The Jalopy Journal
Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by whitewallwilly, Jun 23, 2014.
Unfortunately Probably not,Got a lot going on at the moment,cheers
Thanks for the comments
Still got a few small jobs to do ,but pretty much there,
drives,stops and steers great,good wipers and lights,
So the kids will be able to drive it no worries
So today was rear nerf bar day,was trying to figure on how to make support brackets that looked ok ,came up with tis to bolt up under the rear body lower flange
and a bonus was my 3 1/2 year old granddaughter Giving me a hand ,,beats playing with dolls,,,
A friend who pretty slick at stainless welding made up the rear nerf bar out of stainless 1” tube and forming the bends to mirror the lower outer body radius’s
cut and shaped the two brackets
The nerf bar will sit off the body by 1/4” and will sit about 3/4” above the lower body edge,,
Still undecided on how to finish the 2 ends,,,rounded,tapered,
, ,I need to have a look at a few examples
Looks good !
Advantage with stainless steel is that you can polish it up really nicely to look like chrome, yet cheaper.
Are you going to metal polish the brackets or paint them ?
I’m going to polish the brackets and tube ,,,then coat it in Sharkhide Metal Protectant,,I’ve used this on a lot of alloy and stainless parts and it seems to work great
Been really busy on outside house projects with spring and daylight savings started,,
Finally finished the rear nerf bar,with the help of a buddy finishing the fab and welding,
l have been driving the shit out of the car,In the rain and at night as well,
I’m really happy with steering,braking,handling ,lights ,wipers etc ,and general performance ,I reckon I might have another go at trying to get the rear suspension riding a little bit softer,
I don’t want to compromise the ride height ,so will need to think things through before ripping another leaf out,,,,,,,I’ve had a few passengers ride with me and they all say it’s not to bad, an that they have ridden in model A’s a lot worse,
Our New Zealand roads are not that flash in comparison to the freeways I’ve driven in USA,,with main our state highway 1 ,resembling a back country road that’s had little maintenance in 20 years,,
All buffed an polished
Final fitting,pretty happy with the result
Dang that turned out nice. Is it stainless or did you plate it?
never mind scrolled up land found it lol
Stainless tube,,,an a little buff an polish on my home handyman bench grinder/polisher
Great build and thread. You’ve given me a lot of good ideas for my future build. Glad you’re having a ball driving it.
Just catching up on what I’ve been up to over the last few months,,
Plenty of miles getting clocked up,
Car is running great,an had full oil change,engine gearbox an diff
The Model A got a feature in the monthly New Zealand Hot Rod Magazine publication ,as below,
The photo shoot was at my home in the Whiskey Flats Speed Shop Garage
pretty stoked to get this featured
Next up was a blast down the Amsfield Dragstrip/airfield in Tokoroa,
Car ran well an more than happy with times etc for a little ol 283 cu in with 2 barrel carb and 3.19 diff an 31inch tall tires
Best mph 82.83; and et 16:356,all my runs were round 16.3s and 82 mph
Next up was a photo shoot an feature in The “New Zealand Rodder“,
This is a half yearly publication and is of the same caliber And quality as The Rodders Journal ,
Again the photo shoot was done at home in the Whiskey Flats Shop
Next up was Whakatane Rod and Custom Club garage run ,my shop was one of the garages visited by the club,
We went and checked a few more garages out to see how progress was going on members projects,with prisegiving at the local Matata Hotel
Next up was last week, The Jaolpy Dustup at the Waihi Dirt Track Speedway,,
A great turn out with a great mix of old hot rods,Jaoplies,Stockcars and speedway midgets
racing was great fun
a low key event for both racers and spectators
Vintage stockcars were great to watch ,and the racing was close
A few practice laps
The scenery couldn’t be much better,that the Pacific Ocean in the background,
A Durrant against a T,
Some cool hot rods,all getting thrashed
Cool roadster getting it done
Squeak Bell peddling the 39
No major problems except a rooted starter motor,,so push starts for the rest of the day,including a couple of push starts on the trip home,
The car is now all washed ,cleaned an starter repaired ,,,Ready for this coming a weekend,
Looks like your having to much fun. Keep posting any more cruises and shows you attend with that sweet looking A. Its good for the soul to see you out and about. TIM.
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No worries Tim,,I don’t need any excuses to drive it,since April I’ve clocked just over 3500 miles,
Awesome job and accomplishment. Way to go
Thanks for the compliment,it’s a great feeling to build a hotrod over a period of time, doing what you can yourself,asking mates to help out when there’s something your unsure of how to go about it,Finding info on sites like this,then seeing the project Finally come together ,and then be able use the car to enter into drags,shows,cruises,even go get the groceries,
And the biggest bonus is meeting all the like minded people along the way ,,
Nice work Pete, great car you built.
Well done and deserved Willy
Great car and quite an accomplishment! Your pictures make me want to move to New Zealand, looks like there is a very active rod culture there that knows how to have fun!
So good to see you having the satisfaction of giving your A a good fangin around the dirt track after building it up yourself !
You've built a great hot Rod Pete, I tip my hat to you.
PLEASE ... continue to enjoy it everyday my friend.
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