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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by norms30a, Jan 11, 2011.

  1. norms30a
    Joined: Jul 17, 2008
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    About 2 and a half years ago I was introduced to the HAMB and one of the first cars I saw here was the Rolf coupe.

    I knew this was the place to be! LOL :)

    I had not had a car for a few years because life got in the way, and I had been thinking about building another car and wasn't sure what to build.

    After studying several A coupes here I began to really like them and just then I heard about an auction of old cars near me.

    So I went to the auction and came home with a 30 A coupe!

    Now after 2 and a half years I am starting on it!:)
     

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  2. Flat-Foot
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    Cool, what are your plans for it?
     
  3. norms30a
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    Took the body off the frame, used the smoke wrench to coax 80 year old bolts off. LOL
     

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  4. norms30a
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    Going to try to build a fenderless highboy style like Tindall, or Grits, or Rolf did.

    My 10 year old daughter is teaching me how to post pics on the HAMB and sometimes she runs out of patience with me, so, please you guys be patient with this struggling HAMB user.

    Still haven't figured out how to make the pics show full size without clicking on them first. :(
     
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  5. norms30a
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    Did some cleaning of nooks and crannies with my small sandblaster a few days ago
     

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  6. farmer12
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    Looks like a great project! What are the plans?
     
  7. pumpman
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    Man, that thing is pretty straight. Nice buy.
     
  8. norms30a
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    I had to straighten the driver's door hinges a little bit and I had some stubborn screws to get out.
     

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  9. Johnny C.
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    Looks like a pretty solid body to start with. Wish I would have been at the auction where you picked it up at. I look foward to following your build.
     
  10. norms30a
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    It is pretty straight, just some small dents here and there, and some rust along the bottom so I guess I'm lucky. Lots of guys start out with worse.
     
  11. 29Jay
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    I started with waaay worse... Looks like ya done good!
     
  12. 76cam
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    Looks like it gonna be a nice ride good luck.
     
  13. BOWTIE BROWN
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    Sweeeeeet Meat , i'll be staying with your build .
    Good Luck & tell your girl to keep us posted......
     
  14. norms30a
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    SamIyam did a thread a while back on how to loosen stuck screws with this home made tool and it works very well!
     

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  15. great looking project Norm, looking forward to watching your progress.
    I started with worse...and still have worse :)
     
  16. norms30a
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    I did some welding on the corner angle iron and I also welded up some cracks in the roof. It's surprising how much stiffer it is already!:)

    Fixed some stripped threads yesterday.

    I got a tank just in time for Christmas!:D

    You can see my computer expert learning to weld!:p
     

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  18. fiveohnick2932
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    from Napa, Ca.

    Lokks good! What are your plans with that 32 tank??
     
  19. chopt top kid
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    Your coupe is in way better shape than mine... I'm just gettin' started also... It look's like you've got a good start and some good help there...
     
  20. norms30a
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    I've got it in mind to use a 32 frame, seems to be a popular thing to do.

    I know some guys think a 32 tank on an A is like a duck dragging its butt but I'm going to give it a try.
     
  21. boutlaw
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    Norm,
    what a great starting point...i have to agree with 29jay in that my coupe was also way worse and there seems to be no end to the need for patch panels. Good luck with the build. I will be following your progress, when i'm not blowing holes through thin metal.

    outlaw
     
  22. norms30a
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    I have 4 patch panels, one for each corner and they sure don't fit real well. Going to take some work to fit them.
     
  23. norms30a
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    Note to self, do not run DA near glass you need for pattern.:mad:


    spent the afternoon making small dents into smaller dents.
     

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  24. Tindall
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    Looks like you are off to a great start
     
  25. hasty
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    Yes, nice work.
    Good luck with the build.
     
  26. Untame
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    I love it! I just dug into my '30 A project, and you have a lot more to work with than I've got. I'm glad to see your daughter working with you. I've got 4 girls myself, and once in a while they come into the shop with me. I'm hoping one or two will take a liking to rod building.
     
  27. Damn, I need to get off my ass! Great start man!
     
  28. norms30a
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    Thanks for the nice words guys, Mr Tindall, you have a really killer car. I have studied every picture in your build and you have taught me much, thanks.

    Breeder, my daughter and I love your avatar, and I like reading your posts.

    I'm hoping for a lot of input from people, as I have pretty much never touched a model A before, and have lots to learn.
     
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  29. 94hoghead
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    Gonna be a great rod!
     
  30. Only let her read my threads before noon! Lol
    Stole the avatar off of a buddy yrs ago! To funny not to use! Good luck on your build homie!
    Todd
     

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