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Hot Rods Model A modifications

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 26trackt, Jun 8, 2009.

  1. 26trackt
    Joined: Oct 20, 2008
    Posts: 50


    I'm cosidering buying a restored/surviving Model A. My Dad is looking into a Coupe he knows. I'm thinking a (relitively) stock drivable A might be a good option for a rookie like myself. I could use the car as is & modify it on an ongoing basis.

    I'm guessing a fairly solid Model A is OK for running around town & some carefull modifications will get it on the highway & look cool.

    I'm thinking of stuff like updating it to '40 hydro brakes, '36 wheels & then moving on to a dropped axle & other weekendish mods. I could probably do any weekend's worth of work in a month or so.

    Boxing the rails & swapping engines are probaly going to be more than I will ever want to do on this project. I am interested is possibly hopping up the original engine.

    I'm not looking to break any new ground. I do need the practical experience & exploring some age old rot-rod tech should be a lot of fun.

    Any comments, pitfalls, advice.....?
  2. Elrod
    Joined: Aug 7, 2002
    Posts: 3,563


    Last edited: Jun 8, 2009
  3. JimA did a couple articles in Rod & Customs a while back where he installed a dropped axle and hydraulic brakes on a stock `29 Ford Tudor. a bolt in master cylinder/mount/pedal was used from MT Products. if you could find the issues i'm sure it would be a big help to you.....covers it well with lot's of pictures

    here is MT's website:

    as for hopping up the original motor , that is something i can't help you with...but others on here can

  4. glenn33
    Joined: Sep 11, 2006
    Posts: 1,836

    from Browns, IL

    Cool project....

  5. manyolcars
    Joined: Mar 30, 2001
    Posts: 8,404


    You can do better than this...MT products are not self adjusting.
    After brakes, get a high compression head.
    Its the BEST way to spend your money.
    Then put in a 84-87 F-150 fully synchronised overdrive transmission.
  6. 26trackt
    Joined: Oct 20, 2008
    Posts: 50


    Thanks guys! I hate to kill my own thread but my inspiration obviously lies in the threads you have provided. Elrod & Chris...I don't have the words. Wow!
  7. You mentioned hopping up the stock engine. This is mine (It's a B engine) and Elrods car also has a hopped up A in it.


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