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Hot Rods Model A Coupe.

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by metalshapes, Nov 1, 2008.

  1. metalshapes
    Joined: Nov 18, 2002
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    metalshapes
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    My Buddy who owns this Car picked it up yesterday.

    Some pics...


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  2. chaddilac
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    Looks pretty mean with the black on black wheels/tires!!

    What's the story on it?
     
  3. Royalshifter
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    from California

    Beautiful....what color is it going to be?
     
  4. metalshapes
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    It was an old Tucson Hot Rod...

    I've had Old Timers come over who recognised the green paint & pinstripes.

    When my Buddy got it, it was just a Body with a crooked Chop ( and some other problems...).

    I put it on a Old Ford Store Deuce Chassis, and did some Metalwork to the Body.

    We thought it would be cool to leave the Chassis full length, and use a '32 Gastank.

    But that left too much of the Tank uncovered, so I changed the back & 1/4 panels a bit to make that more in proportion.
    I also changed the Contour of the 1/4's, they dont angle in as much ( just behind the Roof ), but they taper in more towards the back of the Fender.
    And I made some One-off pieces to wrap around the Tank.

    The roof is filled with a roof panel off a mid 60's Chevy.
    But I used the T Shaped pieces off a 2dr Sedan ( re-contoured ) to continue the lines that were on the back off the Coupe Roof.
    ( all Flanged in, and rewelded... I did a TECH about it, at the time...)

    I think he is going to drive it around in bare Steel for a while, but it will probably get Paint at some point...
     
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  5. metalshapes
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    metalshapes
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    Some older pics...

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  6. McFly
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    The 32' wheel wells are a nice touch...looks cool.
     
  7. A Chopped Coupe
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    I really like the subtle changes to the rear 1/4's and the wheel houses.
    I'd sure like to more pictures of build on these changes.

    Very, Very Nice!
     
  8. Dan1955
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    Is this the same car you put the metal floor in? I've said it before and I'll say it again; I wish I had a quarter of the metal shaping talent that you have.
     
  9. Congested
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    What tranny is he running?
     
  10. metalshapes
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    metalshapes
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  11. metalshapes
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    Yeah, I built the Floor for it as well.

    The complete Driveline came out of an '40 that went SBC, Turbo350, 8"...
     
  12. metalshapes
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    Some more pics...
     

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  13. Congested
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    Congested
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  14. 067chevy
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    Nice work on the quarters.
     
  15. blackout
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    What talent. "Things done right"
     
  16. metalshapes
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  17. YOUR MY HERO! Serious you guy gotta check out his work 1st hand its unreal,Glad we got him here in Tucson,
     
  18. hiboy32
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    That is beautiful!
     
  19. thunderbirdesq
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    Excelsior! looks just right.
     
  20. thats just plain perfect~!!!!!!!
     
  21. Dat Dirty Rat
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    I love Model A's on 32 rails esp with the rear tank...Looks awesome and the trunk is a work of art-Literally!

    Who owns that 32 5 window with the Olds mill running them Gotha covers?? Its one of my favorite 32's...I only WISH i had the money to buy it when it was for sale.
     
  22. -Brent-
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    I'm bringing this thread up for two reasons; 1, it's an inspiration for my own coupe and 2, I still can't figure how you covered more of the tank. The proportions are perfect yet I can't seem to "get it" by reading.

    So Metalshapes, can you break it down for me???
     
  23. Sparkswillfly
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    from Colorado

    One of the best looking A's around!
    Great work!
     
  24. coupster
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    coupster
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    from Oscoda Mi

    Nice A coupe.
     
  25. Johnny C.
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    Sweet lookin car.
     
  26. metalshapes
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    The Gastank is in its stock location ( in the '32 Frame ).

    Because the overhang is less on a Model A than it is on a Deuce, the Tank was hanging out farther than it would have done with a '32.
    I couldn't shorten the Rails & slide it foreward because of the Rear Suspension.

    So I got rid of the channel that Model A's have under the back Panel, and cut a curved line into the side of the 1/4. ( almost from the Axle Centerline back )
    And I pulled the bottom of the Back Panel bckwards to cover more of the Tank.
    And spliced in new material to close it back up ( basicly a curved pie shaped piece )

    Then, since I was carving away at it anyway, I cut another line on the top of the 1/4s ( almost from the Roof back ) to change the contours of it some more.

    Looking at it from the top, the 1/4s dip in sharply right after the back of the Roof but end up kinda wide at the tail end of the body.

    So I straigtened out the 1/4, which meant adding metal in the area behind the Roof, and taking away material at the lower/back end of the panel.
    ( one thing that might be confusing here, the edge of the 1/4 where it meets the Decklid had a lot of damage that was done to it over the years.
    I thought I would be able to save it, but in the end I cut it out anyway and made new ones.
    It would have been better if I had done that to begin with, but I ended up doing that after all the other work was done...)

    I made 2 corner pieces to finish off the new dimensions of the lower/rear part of the 1/4's, and I made them dip down lower than the top of the Tank.
    ( so they curve around it a bit...)

    I also put in '32 Coupe Inner Fenders, and made a new Trunkfloor to match the new dimensions.
     
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  27. -Brent-
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    Wow, thanks for taking the time to write that. I study those photos weekly and now I get what you did. To me, that car has the perfect mods. Really well done, Metalshapes.
     

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