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Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Knucklebuster1978, Apr 1, 2014.

  1. Knucklebuster1978
    Joined: Apr 1, 2014
    Posts: 3

    from Idaho

    Hey Guys,

    I was talking with a friend of mine about some questions about my new 1930 Model A. He highly recommended that I join this forum. I look forward to getting to know some of you guys as I begin a project I have dreamed about since I was a kid.

    Last fall, my wife's grandpa passed and left me his Model A which I had secretly coveted for almost 20 years since I first met him. I feel honored to have this car and plan to pass it on to one of my kids some day. That being said, I am at a loss as to keeping the car original or customizing. I love hot rods but this is such a clean, beautiful car. My thought is to clean up and go through the car over the next few years before I make any crazy decisions.

    I would like to network with any members out in the northern Idaho area. Anyone out there? Thanks guys! ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1396412607.946230.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1396412621.731548.jpg

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  2. arkiehotrods
    Joined: Mar 9, 2006
    Posts: 5,573


    All I'd change on that is to run later kelsey-hayes wires (big 'n littles) and maybe some Model A speed parts. You inherited a nice one!

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  3. This and take out a couple of leaf springs to lower it a few inches and "walla" !!!

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  4. urbanriot
    Joined: May 17, 2011
    Posts: 42


    Sorry did someone mention V8 ..................................
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  5. If that were mine.. this is what i'd do.

    Lower it
    V8 driveline.
    Lose the spare wheel, cowl lights and bumpers.
    16" wires with big n littles as above.
    Move the horn somewhere out of the way.
    Change the headlights to something a little nicer.
    Dropped headlight bar.
    Perhaps a '32 grill? That'd be the last thing i'd change.
  6. dirtbag63
    Joined: Nov 26, 2006
    Posts: 26


    Leave it alone! Once you get started, you'll never stop! Its a beautiful orginal, and you don't see that much anymore!
  7. Indian_Skippy
    Joined: Mar 23, 2014
    Posts: 12


    Hi mate Welcome from have inherited a sweet ride there she looks awesome

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  8. Jerry Rice
    Joined: Aug 25, 2010
    Posts: 54

    Jerry Rice

    Keeep it like it is while your kids are little, then make it a project to convert it to a hot rod together when thery're older.
  9. RFH1931
    Joined: Aug 14, 2006
    Posts: 323


    I would leave it alone.
    Buy another project to make a Hot Rod out of.
    That way your kids can tell everyone this is the car my moms grandpa had !
  10. waxhead
    Joined: May 11, 2013
    Posts: 1,081

    from West Oz

    I would go with hotting up the banger and lowering it a little. Keep the original parts, and you can always return it to stock. Whatever you decide to do, it is a nice car :cool:
  11. Took the words right out of my mouth.......
  12. painkiller
    Joined: Feb 10, 2005
    Posts: 132


    You are on a Hot Rod forum, you already know the answer.:D
  13. Lowbuckboz
    Joined: Apr 2, 2008
    Posts: 499


    Did mine on the cheap and cut nothing. ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1396442700.723917.jpg

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  14. Lowbuckboz
    Joined: Apr 2, 2008
    Posts: 499


    Very nice car to start with, by the way!

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  15. corndog
    Joined: Nov 27, 2007
    Posts: 4,226

    from Indiana

    Exactly what I was thinking! I like Arkie's suggestion, and just keep all the original parts so you will always have the option of putting it back. If you want to drive it at safe highway speeds, you will need to make some changes.
  16. deucetruck
    Joined: Jan 8, 2010
    Posts: 626

    from Missouri

    lbb - I like your style. Very nice coupe.
  17. pumpman
    Joined: Dec 6, 2010
    Posts: 2,548


    Like most of the guys have said I would play with it but upgrade the brakes, wheels and just drive the hell of it. Oh ya, I'd keep the banger and start looking for some speed parts for it and don't throw nothin away.
  18. olskool34
    Joined: Jun 28, 2006
    Posts: 2,395


    Seeing how it was enjoyed by a stocker by your wife's grandpa, I would just do bolt on's. I don't think he left it to you so you could cut it all up. He enjoyed it as a stocker and probably thought you would too. You don't have to put a v-8 in it to make it a hot rod. Plenty of good speed parts available for that little banger. Like the others have said, speed parts, later wheels and a lowering and you're good.
  19. J'st Wandering
    Joined: Jan 28, 2004
    Posts: 1,621

    J'st Wandering

    Drive it like it is. If that turns your crank, leave it stock. The Ford Barn forum would be somewhere to check out.

    If you would like a little more from it, do the changes mentioned above.

    I have done both. I have a Model A that is stock and have fun driving it around. I also have an AV-8. It is reliable, also fun to drive and I can get there a little quicker. ;)

    Either way, you have a nice car. Enjoy it with you family.

  20. Pop-Rodder
    Joined: Oct 6, 2011
    Posts: 325


    I would buy a set of 16" wires & tires, take a few leafs out of the springs and drive it like it is. You'll never regret it. Change what you want to change as you're driving it. DO NOT tear it down if it runs and drives, unless you are replacing something you have already bought. That is a sweet ride, enjoy it.
  21. And you got it running today after years of collecting dust, enjoy it now and whichever way you decide will be just fine.
  22. adam401
    Joined: Dec 27, 2007
    Posts: 1,802


    I would pull off the fenders and cut 5" out of the roof , drop axle and v8 wires. Welcome to the HAMB. Cutting cars feels great, try it.
  23. Don't cut the roof of something so nice, I see in the years to come everyone will be fitting rubbish fitting repo parts to bring a rod's roof back to standard hight.
    If that was mine all I would be doing is 16", better brakes, a 5 speed and just drive and enjoy.
    (Now waiting for the flame attack!)
  24. tim b.
    Joined: Feb 16, 2013
    Posts: 45

    tim b.

    Nice car! I've been struggling with the same isue. Pop-rodder's right don't take it apart. Go thru the front end & brakes and get it safe. Drive it & enjoye it. When you start tripping over 16" wires, 33 axles, 32 spindles, posies springs & firestone tires you'll know what to do. I'm making room in the barn myself right now.
  25. Wardog
    Joined: Jan 12, 2010
    Posts: 2,218


    Welcome, mine is stock apart from removing the bumpers and spare wheel, horn under the intake, dropped headlight bar and the front turn signals.

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  26. ydopen
    Joined: Mar 14, 2010
    Posts: 188


    That is a nice model A. I would drive it and get to know it and then consider changes. I have driven my Tudor 19,000 miles including a trip over the Rockies.

    It has juice brakes,rebuilt touring motor,and 4speed overdrive. It cruises at 55-60. Model A is fun. Whatever you do with it you will enjoy.


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  27. hotrodderhaag
    Joined: Jan 22, 2007
    Posts: 2,109


    i would leave it for now. drive it. drive the tires off that thing. get a feel for the car.. that will tell you what you want to do. You wont loose the memory of him by changing the car a bit. bolt on stuff... please dont chop the roof and yank the fenders.. maybe some upgrades for the banger, nice intake, carb, and exhaust, maybe do a little igniton work... The mechanical brakes are fine, get familiar with adjusting them properly, and inspecting them. They stop those cars fine when working properly. The most important thing you need to do with this car is.... ENJOY IT!

    i drove my car a while all stock and i loved it... somedays i miss driving the banger and mechanical brakes.. they are a lot of fun stock.
  28. Welcome, like others have said come over to the Fordbarn. Nice coupe!! Drive it before you do anything to it. Drive it lots, to the store, on a date with the wife, etc... Remember if your Model A just sits in the garage you might as well be collecting clocks. This will give you a base line so you'll know if you want to leave it stock. 16's and V8's are cool but not for everyone. Pick up Les Andrews Red book and a copy of the original owners manual. Again just enjoy it and don't let other people talk you into doing things to it.
  29. Knucklebuster1978
    Joined: Apr 1, 2014
    Posts: 3

    from Idaho

    Thanks for all of the input, you all gave me a lot of options to think about, which is why I joined this forum! Thank you for all of the compliments.

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