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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
    Joined: Feb 5, 2007
    Posts: 1,019


    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
    Joined: Oct 14, 2010
    Posts: 685

    from so cal

    Nothing but “X” pictures.

    Sent from my iPhone using H.A.M.B.
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  5. mlagusis
    Joined: Oct 11, 2009
    Posts: 1,013


    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
    Joined: Feb 23, 2008
    Posts: 4,041


    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
  7. Canuck
    Joined: Jan 4, 2002
    Posts: 1,062


    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
    Joined: Mar 5, 2001
    Posts: 1,539


    Love 3 in the tree! Nice work!
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  9. Automotive Stud
    Joined: Sep 26, 2004
    Posts: 4,157

    Automotive Stud

    I'm running the same setup in my '31. 49 Merc three speed with overdrive on the column.
  10. Looks good! I would like to see the rest of the car.
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  11. Automotive Stud
    Joined: Sep 26, 2004
    Posts: 4,157

    Automotive Stud

    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
    Joined: Jul 3, 2018
    Posts: 57

    Tow Truck Tom
    from Clayton DE

    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
    Posts: 44

    from Lynden, WA

    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.

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  14. AndersF
    Joined: Feb 16, 2013
    Posts: 742


    Three on the tree in hotrods was the hot thing in mid 50:s in the magazines.
  15. Only just noticed the Xs, I think I fixed it.
  16. @crminal has a very cool 32 Cabrio That was built as a Hot Rod back in the 50s with a column shift. Kinda what made me start thinking about doing this.
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  17. AHotRod
    Joined: Jul 27, 2001
    Posts: 11,149


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  18. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 11,894

    from Raytown Mo

    Yeah I’ve seen lots of them. @flatout51 A has a column shift right now.

    I was going to run one in our A but I couldn’t find a way that it wasn’t hitting my knee so it went to floor shift.

    Very cool project looking forward to seeing what you do with this one
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