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Hot Rods New '31 Coupe going together! How many Model As have "Three on the tree"?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by mctim64, May 28, 2020.

  1. I acquired this '31 A body about four years ago, found it in the back of a pickup at speed week. Had several different ideas for it but finally decided on full fenders and no chop with a very comfy interior. Something to take the wife out on a date with. I just picked it up from Derrek at Boling Brothers Early Iron where I had a new chassis built along with a steel floor and best of all a column shift. The last detail is best as it allows my girl to sit right next to me and I've yet to come across an A with the set up, although I'm thinking it must have been done before.
    Here's a few pictures of what it is so far, give me a year or two and it will be on the highway.

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  2. Rex_A_Lott
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    I've never seen a Model A on the column. Looks like you have an overdrive too. Nice stance, cool old flat bed too.Good luck.
     
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  3. That stance is perfect
     
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  4. Never2old
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    Nothing but “X” pictures.


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  5. mlagusis
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    3 speed overdrives are the way to go. I like how there is no transmission hump on the floor too. Plenty of leg room for the wife.

    I put a Muncie 319 behind a 283 in my 31 Chevy sedan and was considering column shift...have not decided yet.
     
  6. olscrounger
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    very nice!! Stance is right on! Helped a guy put a 40 column in an A maybe 45 years ago--took a bit but worked fine. May still be around Fresno somewhere
     
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  7. Canuck
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    Column shift looks great and is a good idea in a small Model A coupe. Must of been a fun job to engineer all the linkage.

    I know I had a fun time doing a column shift for a automatic in my A coupe. Space wise it was a good idea.
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  8. Jethro
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    Love 3 in the tree! Nice work!
     
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  9. Automotive Stud
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    I'm running the same setup in my '31. 49 Merc three speed with overdrive on the column.
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  10. Looks good! I would like to see the rest of the car.
     
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  11. Automotive Stud
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    Sure here you go. I just finished it a few years ago, came out of a barn in 2016.
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  12. Tow Truck Tom
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    Nice work, thank you for the pics. Back when I started to pick up the small rodding mags for a quarter, every now and then they would feature a rod with a column shift. We all understood why it was done and loved the result. Congratulations on choosing no chop,,, I personally detest any hammer job more than 3" , but best for my taste is a 13 inch window.

    Today in my garage I have a '48 side shifter and a '40 column and box with shifter waiting for me to marry them to my '30 coupe. Right on!
     
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  13. jclars
    Joined: Jan 30, 2011
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    I did a 3 on the tree on my 1929 Model A coupe (Special converted to Std - Whew - another topic for sure!!)

    Wanted to do it the old hot rodder way and use what I had in my shop. So ended up with a steering column with 3 speed shift from the F100 in my avatar. Found a cheap shoebox 3 speed with OD, so we have that in common. Mocked it up in 2018 and drove it through last summer until October 2019. Pretty smooth after a great deal of fitting challenges. I had to move my front cross member three times to finally get the clearance needed past the flathead V8, but am glad I stuck with it. It is real entertaining to explain the concept to the younger generation!

    It has been quite awhile since I have posted, and attaching images have changed. If someone can coach me as to how to attach a pic, I can show you the set-up. I just painted the body and am going from mock-up to final phase in 2020.

    Timmy, can you post a pic of your steering box arrangement? I had to mount mine on top of the frame to make it work with the flathead.

    John
     
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  14. AndersF
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    Three on the tree in hotrods was the hot thing in mid 50:s in the magazines.
     
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