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Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by drumyn29, Feb 13, 2014.

  1. drumyn29
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    I'm not finished with my 1940 willys coupe yet and now I have this!!
     

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  2. Now that's nice!
     
  3. drumyn29
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    I'm going to build something similar to this!
     

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  4. What are your plans for the coupe?

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  5. 4 banger 4 life
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    Hell ya i love the coupes.
     
  6. drumyn29
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    I would love to get some advise from the Model A guys.

    I want to build an enjoyable driver with a trustworthy rear-end and brakes.

    I love flatheads but I like sbc horsepower.

    Not sure exactly how to lower the front but i'm guessing lower front crossmember and dropped axle?

    Does the front seat need to be lowered or stock?
     
  7. drumyn29
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    Where is the best place to buy used parts?

    I'm going to keep the stock motor and trans for a bit.
     
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  8. Try The Ford Store in San Dimas.
     
  9. scrap metal 48
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    Lot of model 'A' build threads on here.. Do a search...
     
  10. manyolcars
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    See post number 10

    http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/showthread.php?p=9509670#post9509670

    I like Snyders for parts
    After a high compression head, a fully synchronised transmission is wonderful
    For brakes I bought new 1940 drums and used 71-76 Chevy Wagon backing plates and self adjusters. I made a dropped floor for the trunk, it drops in. i rebuilt the rear axle, its just fine
    I used a dropped axle and reversed eye front spring but the wheels hit the underside of the fenders so I had to go back to a stock spring
    1935 Ford wire spoke 16" wire wheels with the tires used on the all electric RAV4.
    The tread is only one inch wider that the original
     
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  11. camerl2009
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    that's a pretty complete car id leave it but that's me you could probably trade it for a hot rod plenty of those out in cali
     
  12. drumyn29
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    I would but those mechanical brakes scare me.
     
  13. Squablow
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    There's a floater kit you can get for the mechanical A brakes that is supposed to make a world of difference. That, an overdrive, and maybe some hop up parts for the banger can make a very streetable combination.

    Add in a nice stance (tires, dropped axle and reversed spring eyes) and some 35 wires, that's all a stocker A coupe needs, to me at least.

    I do like the one you have pictured, though. Hooray for fenders!
     
  14. drumyn29
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    I just can't cut up this car!!!!

    This will be a tough decision.
     
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    pics
     

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  16. The car really does look nice,every Model A coupe doesn't have to be chopped.HRP
     
  17. harleyjohn45
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    I would love to find a coupe like this, unless you intend to do some serious suspension work, an 8BA will take that car faster than you will be able to control it. Maybe some 16" spokes and hydraulic brakes. I'm using a 53 motor and tranny and a 50 ford rear. That's 4 times the output of the original banger.
     
  18. drumyn29
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    I think I may just drive it as is for a bit then do the brakes, I like the 4 banger!!
     
  19. 37willysgasser
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    Very nice coupe!


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  20. waxhead
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    I agree, no need to chop it if you ask me.

    Hop up the Banger, lower it, 16" wire wheels and do some work on the brakes.
     
  21. chopo
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    its only metal
     
  22. Im in the process of putting mine back together. No chop, lowered front, no fenders, hopped up banger, and 16" wheels.

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  23. corndog
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    Very nice coupe, good for you!
    Found this one three years ago and have been waiting for the price to come down but it isnt happening...and I still want it!
     

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  24. drumyn29
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    Absolutely juice brakes and 16's!!!

    Whats the hot ticket to lower these cars ans add brakes? Dropped stock axle and dropped crossmember? Can I have someone drop my axle and do I need 40 spindles to work with 40 brakes?

    I wonder if it's smart to convert to 12 volt or keep it as is?
     
  25. RainierHooker
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    To get as low as you can go and still keep the fenders, your front end just needs a drop axle and -maybe- a reverse-eye spring, depending on how far your axle is dropped. No front crossmember mods needed.

    For the rear, you have a few options. A combination of a lighter spring (a model T rear spring works well), reversed eyes, and shackle choice can all get that rear end 2+ inches lower. To go any lower than that you will have to do something to get that frame out of the way of the axle, most "Z" it if that's the route they want to go. But remember, if you have fenders there are limits.

    Brakes are very strait forward on these things. '39-48 ford brakes are an easy swap front and rear. You can use your stock front spindles with a little modification to the backing plates and steering arms, or get 39-48 spindles for a direct swap. Rears only require new bolt holes drilled in the backing plates. There's a complete tech on this in the archive section of this site.

    Oh, and keep the banger! You'd never know how so little power could be so fun...


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  26. To lower the front, you can go a drop axle, reverse eye spring, and 16s will lower it quite a bit. Keep in mind the clearence underneath for the oil pan, wishbones, etc. Im going to use my stock axle for right now and see how it looks. If you have the complete set up for '40 brakes, the spindels will mount to the stock axle. If your wanting to use the stock steering, you will have to use the stock A spindels and buy the adapter kit for the '40 backing plates.

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  27. I would switch over to a 12 volt system, so if you want to add aux lights, or a radio you can.

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  28. drumyn29
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    Is there a tech article on updating the 4 banger?
     
  29. What I have come across for starters is a dual or single down draft intake and a high compression head.

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