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Projects My `28 AV8 Roadster Project -- Completed!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Garry Carter, Dec 4, 2013.

  1. Garry Carter
    Joined: Mar 11, 2002
    Posts: 575

    Garry Carter

    I bought this car as a stalled project from a friend of mine on 12-06-10. He'd done some nice work to set up front and rear suspension, lightly channeled the body (2 1/2"), had the flathead rebuilt, and pretty much gathered up all the needed parts and components to finish the project. But something happened, and when I approached him -- for about the 10th time -- to sell out, he agreed! It had sat in his shop for 3 - 4 years and I think he had simply lost interest.

    I figured I could put it all together pretty quickly since just about everything I was gonna need was in a big pile in the floor of my shop. Not! Since late 2010 I've sold a house, bought a new house, built a shop, had some surgery, and so on. As they happens It's now been almost 3 years, but I'm finally at a point where my roadster is about 99% complete. I'd planned to take it out for the first time at Revolution -- but that obviously didn't happen. So here's a few pix to show how the project turned out.

    It's a no-kidding 1928 roadster (date stamped on the gas tank and Sequence # on the title confirm it's provenance), lightly channeled over the original frame, with 85-hp flathead rebuilt to stock spec's, 3-speed top-loader, torque tube, `34 rear end, `40 Ford brakes front and rear, `35 Ford wires, `41 Pontiac gauge cluster, and a cut-down `39 banjo wheel. Cowl steering is a modified `32 Ford box. This is NOT a period-correct build, but with few exceptions .... no component is newer that WW II. It's a car that "could have" been built in 1941 since just about everything used in it's construction comes from the `20's and `30's.

    Here 'tis:

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  2. Garry Carter
    Joined: Mar 11, 2002
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    Garry Carter

    Just a few more pix ... and then I'm gonna stop!

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  3. junk yard kid
    Joined: Nov 11, 2007
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    junk yard kid

  4. shadams
    Joined: Mar 16, 2011
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    Member *$#%#@ awesome.....nice job...
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  5. need louvers ?
    Joined: Nov 20, 2008
    Posts: 12,911

    need louvers ?

    Cool Gary! Where's the hood?
  6. Garry Carter
    Joined: Mar 11, 2002
    Posts: 575

    Garry Carter

    Thanks, Kid! How about a couple of "before" shots of what it looked like the day I brought it home? That pile of parts is only a portion of all the extra stuff I got on the deal. I actually assembled a second body -- and sold it -- which cut the cost of my investment in

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  7. Garry Carter
    Joined: Mar 11, 2002
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    Garry Carter

    Hey Louver Guy,
    The hood is still in my shop for two reasons: 1) I decided I liked the look without one, and 2) I forgot the front cross-member had been moved forward 2" so I could run a mechanical fan and not cut the firewall. (Stamp "stupid"on my forehead!) But your great louver job is now only waiting for my next Model A project ...
  8. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
    Posts: 14,273


    Very nice. To me, this is what a hot rod should look like. I hope my '26 turns out as nice.
  9. capt ronn
    Joined: Nov 30, 2013
    Posts: 31

    capt ronn

  10. olscrounger
    Joined: Feb 23, 2008
    Posts: 3,723


    great job--has the look for sure
  11. 08racer
    Joined: Jun 13, 2005
    Posts: 818

    from Gilbert AZ

    That car is perfect. Love it!
  12. willo_96
    Joined: Nov 5, 2013
    Posts: 78


    That's real nice, love it
  13. Garry Carter
    Joined: Mar 11, 2002
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    Garry Carter

    Thanks guys ... appreciate the kind words. I really built the car to satisfy only one guy -- me -- but having others comment favorably means a lot nonetheless!
  14. 28-31
    Joined: Jun 16, 2011
    Posts: 72


    Looks great -- well done
  15. What's not to like? Very Nice:cool:
  16. Very cool roadster, love it!
  17. sawbuck
    Joined: Oct 14, 2006
    Posts: 1,863

    from 06492 ct

    nice work ...nailed it
  18. aojo
    Joined: Dec 21, 2010
    Posts: 141


    Garry.. how did you get so much room between the front of the seat and the front door post? I have a 30 roadster and I can hardly get my foot into the car. Looks like you have ample room to enter and exit! Nicely done..
  19. Beautiful! It's on my bucket list..
  20. 117harv
    Joined: Nov 12, 2009
    Posts: 6,594


    Starting with an actual pile of parts, in my opinion all the right ones, and building the roadster shown, to say job well done hardly seems adequate, but WELL DONE!

    A picture of this roadster should be added to the (traditional hotrods) sticky, showing examples of what a true THR is.
  21. brady1929
    Joined: Sep 30, 2006
    Posts: 8,222


    Cool roadster
  22. Keep
    Joined: May 10, 2008
    Posts: 662


    That about covers it. Damn nice build.
  23. harleyjohn45
    Joined: Aug 27, 2012
    Posts: 190


    Very nice, I know it draws a crowd.
  24. fab32
    Joined: May 14, 2002
    Posts: 13,987

    Member Emeritus

    You could put a picture of this one on the cover of Bishop's book How to Build A Traditional Hot Rod. Well Done!!

  25. onekoolkat1950
    Joined: Mar 23, 2008
    Posts: 1,864


    awesome lookin hot rod.nice straight body work!
  26. general gow
    Joined: Feb 5, 2003
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    general gow
    Staff Member

  27. Garry Carter
    Joined: Mar 11, 2002
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    Garry Carter

    Thanks again for all the kind words ... I really, really appreciate all of them.

    For AOJO: The room between the front of the seat and the front door post was most likely the result of a happy accident. I'm a pretty small guy, so I just built the car to fit me! Seat (non-traditional) is really a center seat out of a 2000 Plymouth van on homemade risers ... but I sat in the car lots to figure out exactly where the seat, in relation to the clutch and brake pedals fit me best. And as an added bonus, the seat tilts down to give me access to battery, fuel tank, and a bit of storage.

    For Fab32: Any reference to the Bishop/Tardel book is an appropriate one. My copy is getting pretty thumb-worn, because I read it cover-to-cover many times, and then referred back to it for specific cues at every stage of the build. Perhaps most importantly, my friend Paul Hutchins gave me my copy when he learned I was planning a pretty traditional build. So ... thanks Hutch!
  28. Garry Carter
    Joined: Mar 11, 2002
    Posts: 575

    Garry Carter

    And for OKK1950: Thanks! Moving the gas filler cap from the cowl to the tulip panel was probably my biggest personal challenge in the body-work department. And the paint job initially turned out like SHIT! Fortunately, the clear coat was a heavy one, and once again a friend came to the rescue in the person of Nick Haley. He did a ton of wet-sanding and buffing, and eventually completely repainted the deck lid, in order to salvage a botched paint job. And there's still more sanding and buffing to be done.
  29. Camaro Mike
    Joined: May 12, 2006
    Posts: 369

    Camaro Mike

    Looks great, nice job!
  30. fourspd2quad
    Joined: Jul 6, 2006
    Posts: 666


    Great looking roadster for sure. I love the stance. Besides the light channel job and dropped axle are there any mods to the chassis to get it lower? Also what size tires are you running? Dont be shy with the build pics if you have them, your car is sweet!

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