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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 303racer, Nov 1, 2010.

  1. 303racer
    Joined: Aug 23, 2006
    Posts: 516


    question if you dont want to use the stock tank ,
    when you cut the bottom out of the tank, what are some ideas for mounting your steering column ? what do most people do make a hoop roll bar ? under the tank or ?
    I have never seen pics that anyone has posted of this, So any pic's or idea's ?
  2. unclerichard
    Joined: Jun 30, 2005
    Posts: 235

    from Michigan

    When I did mine I used a '32 style dash, then used a column drop fastened to the lower part of the dash panel.
  3. hvychvy
    Joined: Jul 21, 2005
    Posts: 1,874


    I welded a piece of 3/4" square tubing from side to side,and mounted my column drop to that.It also worked good to secure my wiring harness running to guages etc.
    Last edited: Nov 1, 2010
  4. David Chandler
    Joined: Jan 27, 2007
    Posts: 1,101

    David Chandler

    I cut the upper rail from another cowl, trimmed the bulk of the slotted section off and welded it in upside down, and also added a flat section on the bottom facing the firewall. So my dash will be flat and curve upwards at the ends somewhat.

  5. Triggerman
    Joined: Nov 18, 2006
    Posts: 578

    from NorCal

    Similar to unclerichard I had a 1" square tubing bent to match the curve of a '32 dash and they tack welded it to the dash. Then I built a column drop that bolted to the tube using nutserts.
  6. tiredford
    Joined: Apr 6, 2009
    Posts: 528

    from Mo.

    The tank gives the cowl a lot of strength. I run a square tube across and down both sides. No cowl shake.
  7. Barrelnose pickup
    Joined: Aug 20, 2008
    Posts: 1,284

    Barrelnose pickup

    What are you going to do for a dash?I run a 36 dash and picked up 2 original bolt holes from the tank to cowl mounts on either side and bolted in a 3/4x3/4 rhs from side to side.
    Mounted the column off this.Also mounted the fuse panel and electrics on the other side as hvychy did.
  8. 1" square tubing side to side behind a Deuce style dash , then a column drop from the tubing to the column
  9. Fenders
    Joined: Sep 8, 2007
    Posts: 3,922


    I cut much of the bottom out of the tank on my '30 -- but why cut it all out? See the photo.....

    By the way, the lower steering tube mount attached to the firewall is a late '31 Model A column drop.

    Attached Files:

  10. metal man
    Joined: Dec 4, 2005
    Posts: 2,949

    metal man

    This is a pic of a late 31 column drop(they attached to the top lip of the tank instead of the bottom) next to another one that I modified to fit a 28-29 tank.Ford made this change in 31 due to fuel leak problems .

    Attached Files:

  11. Vergil
    Joined: Dec 10, 2005
    Posts: 785


    As the others has mentioned, tubing bent to shape of lower dash and '32 style dash over it.



  12. hvychvy
    Joined: Jul 21, 2005
    Posts: 1,874


    Damn,there's a lot goin on under there:D

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