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Model T fenders on Model A frame

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Auggie Dawgie, May 2, 2019.

  1. Auggie Dawgie
    Joined: May 2, 2019
    Posts: 7

    Auggie Dawgie
    from New Jersey

    I have a question about my Model T touring car. I want to keep the fenders on it, keeping it stock looking but hot rodded. I don't have a frame for the car yet so I am wondering what's the best way to keep the fenders on it while also having a strong enough frame for a mild sbc or flathead? I've seen pictures of fully fendered T's with model a frames but no threads on how to go about doing it. Would it be easier to box the original frame or use a model a frame? How do the fenders mount up to the model a frame? I'm curious because the model a frame is a little longer and has the taper to it near the back. I'm guessing I'll have to shorten the model a frame in order to keep the wheelbase the same as a stock model t? While I'm at it should I 'z' it as well? I want to hopefully use the hood on the car as well as get it as low as possible. Any advice you guys can share with me would be greatly appreciated because I've never done this before.

    Thanks for all the help in advance.
  2. Inked Monkey
    Joined: Apr 19, 2011
    Posts: 1,776

    Inked Monkey

    Definitely switch from the T frame. No reason to box the A frame with a flathead, but I would with a SBC. I would use the better looking A fenders with your T.
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  3. jaw22w
    Joined: Mar 2, 2013
    Posts: 1,020

    from Indiana

    You didn't mention the year of your tub, but I have a '26T coupe. Same frame and fenders and running boards should be close to mine. I built my own frame from 2x3x 3/16" tube. I pretty much matched T frame dimensions except a 3" Zee in the rear and a 4" stretch in the engine bay. I didn't want #7 and #8 cylinders stuck up under the cowl eating up valuable interior space. Couple of days to knock out the perimeter frame. You could do the same thing with your A frame. T wheelbase is 100". A is 104". (I know there are some fractions involved.) So there is your 4" stretch. Z the rear and box it. Ready to go. I made my own hood. I rolled 20 gauge over an oxygen bottle. Extended the rear of the aprons and broke up a pair of 4" longer running boards from 16 gauge. The purist will see the longer hood, but I think overall, the good outweighs the bad here. Unless you stiffen the suspension so it rides like a log wagon, you can't get a T with fenders to sit much lower than this without some rubs. I know I worked real hard at it. IMG_0032 (2).JPG
  4. 41rodderz
    Joined: Sep 27, 2010
    Posts: 4,722

    from Oregon

    Hood looks great to me.
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  5. Wow, jaw22w, that little T Model is just right. I love it.

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