The Jalopy Journal
Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by metalshapes, Nov 1, 2008.
My Buddy who owns this Car picked it up yesterday.
Looks pretty mean with the black on black wheels/tires!!
What's the story on it?
Beautiful....what color is it going to be?
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...
Some older pics...
The 32' wheel wells are a nice touch...looks cool.
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!
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.
What tranny is he running?
Here is the Tech I did on the Roof.
And a couple of pics off the 1/4's...
Yeah, I built the Floor for it as well.
The complete Driveline came out of an '40 that went SBC, Turbo350, 8"...
Some more pics...
Nice work on the quarters.
What talent. "Things done right"
YOUR MY HERO! Serious you guy gotta check out his work 1st hand its unreal,Glad we got him here in Tucson,
That is beautiful!
Excelsior! looks just right.
thats just plain perfect~!!!!!!!
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.
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???
One of the best looking A's around!
Nice A coupe.
Sweet lookin car.
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.
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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