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Projects Model A rebuild......In over my head.

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Appletree, Feb 17, 2016.

  1. Appletree
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    Hello everyone. My name is Chris and I've had a acct since 2013, I've got on here for some research or hard to find answers to the many ,many, many questions I've asked myself since I drove to Valdosta Georgia to get that ol' rust bucket, but unfortunately haven't posted or commented on anything. Of course entirely my fault, but I have good reason, I hope........ I always dreamed of one day having a old hot rod I could call my own. On May 5th 2013 it became a reality. Well, kinda. DSCN0867.JPG DSCN2106.JPG
     

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  2. And away you go!
     
  3. Doesn't look too bad. My project is also my first. In my experience, do your research, be brave and jump in. Many things on my project are the first time for me and I haven't messed anything up too bad yet. Go for it!
     
  4. Appletree
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    When I first started researching methods for removing rust without damaging existing metal,m I can across the "The ol' Molasses trick..... It actually works! Well , it will only get for a few months( As long as you don't let rain water get into it),but you would be surprised at how well it stops rust.
     

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  5. mikeallcars
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    looks like a good start ,please keep us updated on your progress .
     
  6. Appletree
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    Oh, and if anyone wants to try it. Its 1 gallon of molasses to 10 gallons of water. Your local feed store should have all the molasses you should need.You really don't need the "store" stuff , which is for human consumption. Plus it would cost too much , especially if you have a 100 gallon tank like I did.
     
  7. Appletree
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    This is from the jig I made of the frame. I had a second hand millermatic tig and no idea what I was doing.....Adjust-ability is key and not to make it too tall.(my first mistake)
     

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  8. steinauge
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    Looks good to me.I reckon you are doing fine.What are you going to use for an engine?
     
  9. Appletree
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    I welded up the cracks on the front cross member and was going to reuse it, but changed my mind a little later. Of course after I welded it all in.....
     

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  10. Looks like a good start. Mine was in worst shape being a NE car but we are gaining each week. What is your build plan?
     
  11. Appletree
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    I actually have a Ford 4.6 mod motor out of a Mercury Grand Marquis. I did all the machine work on it myself. Bored it over .020, new piston and rings. Trying to put it back all stock. I'am not worried about going fast or sounding loud. I think the fact that a 85 year old car on the road going to shows speaks loud enough for me.
     
  12. Appletree
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    Thank you Sir. Well got the fuel injected 4.6 mod motor. Dropped straight axle in the front. Took a 8.8 rear out of a junked explorer. Installing rear coil overs. Putting disc brakes all around. Still hashing out ride height for her, so really just have the stance in my head.
     
  13. Appletree
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    Yes Sir , Will do
     

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  14. Appletree
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    Thank. And your absolutely right, be brave and jump right in! I think you learn more that way. It may cost you a little more at times, but you gain the knowledge. And good luck
     
  15. Appletree
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    Trying to get the body somewhat back together. Got to finish the rolling chassis too.
     

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  16. Bandit Billy
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    It's only metal. Cut it, hammer it, weld it, grind it and if looks like ass cut it off and try it again. Like Appletree ^^^ said, be brave and fire up the tools. Ill enjoy watching the fruits of your efforts. Above all have fun, what's the point if this is not fun.
     
  17. Appletree
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    Thank you Sir, and ROGER that!
     
  18. JimmyD3234
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    yep your DAD is doing good -- luck have fun it will be a COOL ride ;) :D :cool:
     
  19. Ron Brown
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    you wouldnt happen to be a fire sprinkler fitter, would you?
     
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  20. Appletree
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    Contemplating if I should buy the "Body Mounting Wood Blocks"..... Read a thread where someone just used heavy wall pipe segments where your mounting bolts go and weld some flat bar underneath. Not a bad Idea. Definite rigidity!
     
  21. Appletree
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    Thank you Sir. Brick by Brick
     
  22. Appletree
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    No Sir. Actually a CNC Programmer. I work for Circle D Specialties I'am the CNC Department manager.
     
  23. JimmyD3234
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  24. About the same with fuel lines and radiator support rods
     
    • Where are you over your head?
    • Looks great to me
     
  25. Bandit Billy
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    I see no similarity at all sir. Fuel lines and support rods are highly technical installations requiring much forethought, engineering and bull shit. LMAO.
     
  26. Appletree
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    I appreciate that. I guess I really just felt that way when I first got her.
     
  27. mike bowling
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    GREAT START!! Lots of Model A info on here. ( and verbal abuse)
    Body looks pretty darn nice. New sub frame is expensive but the way to fly; start with a good foundation. And a good solid table to work on; you be doin' GOOD!
    -Watching from the side lines!
     

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  28. MR CLEAN
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    Your doing Great, Keep going!!!!!
     

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