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

  1. Malcolm
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    Looking good, Norm! The chop looks great and I also like the modern conveniences -- this really will be a fun, comfortable, reliable car.

    My uncle over in LeMars, IA needs to see this thread. He has a nice '30/'31 Coupe body and has been collecting parts to build it. It'd be cool to see it turn out much like your car.


    Malcolm
     
  2. Grudge
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    Norm your car looks awesome, great job.
     
  3. norms30a
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    thanks guys.Got done chopping my windshield frame tonight, and I mounted a non HAMB friendly black box under the dash lol.
     

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  4. norms30a
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    I finished my windshield frame by filing the corner welds away, nice and smooth. I also mounted my main electric panel so that welding is done.

    I built a dual exhaust system using 2 1/4 inch pipe and a couple Flo master mufflers. I can get my finger between the pipe and the steering double D shaft so that should be enough room I think. I have an inch and a half under the rear end for movement.
     

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  5. 41 C28
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    Your A is looking good. What length shifter did you use?
     
  6. Nice build! You have a lucky daughter!
     
  7. norms30a
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    Thanks guys, 41, my shifter is the longest Lokar has 32 inches I think.
     
  8. 41 C28
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    Thanks Norm. I'm going shifter shopping tomorrow for my A coupe.
     
  9. TurboX2
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    I was wondering how the steering and ram horn exhaust would fit. It turned out nice. Car looks great!
     
  10. norms30a
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    I mounted my hood by making 4 spring loaded dead bolt latches. Kind of bad pictures but you get the idea.

    The front receivers just bolt to the radiator, the rear 2 I could not think of a nice clean way to bolt them on so I ended up welding them on.

    I had to remove a sliver of metal from the hood top near the center in the front to get the gap correct, looks good now.
     

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  11. norms30a
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    My daughter has a lucky dad.
     
  12. norms30a
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    Sanding, sanding, sanding, sanding, getting sore, sanding more.
     

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  13. chopt top kid
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    Lookin' Good!!! It won't be long now!!!
     
  14. Olderchild
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    Reading your lost posts and was thinking about making a joke, :D a farmer building such a nice car and no bailing wire and then you go and make my day #190 not wire but twine will do:D all shi- aside nice work
     
  15. norms30a
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    I would be lost without my ball of baler twine,:D. I have wire too.
     
  16. norms30a
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    I think I am done sanding bondo, now I think I need to tear this thing apart and start to prime stuff.:cool:
     

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  17. Hurley50
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    Nice work! The priming part is always a big step!
     
  18. norms30a
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    Got it mostly torn apart, now I can prime all the sheet metal before high humidity days get here. I won't have to clean surface rust again that way.

    Seems kinda weird to have it back in pieces, almost like I haven't worked on the thing at all.:(
     

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  19. 29ToyA
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    Great looking build.
     
  20. badgeree
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    Hi Norm, I can't believe I've only just found this Thread.
    I love what you've done with you're Coupe, (There can never be too many Model A's).
    Rolf's coupe was my favourite as well.
    I'll bet your daughter gets as exited as you when progress is made.
    Got any colours picked out yet?
    Keep up the good work, I'm now a fan.
     
  21. Koolman
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    Inspirational. Thanks for the great pics & posts. You have talent!
     
  22. norms30a
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    Winter is here so it's time to work on the hot rod again. After harvest I started block sanding sheet metal and to date I have all the sheet metal parts blocked out with 180. I also have them blocked wet with 400 so all sheet metal stuff is ready for paint.

    I made some slight notches in the frame so the front springs have slightly more room. I also boxed in the front shock mounts for a slightly more finished look, at least I think so.

    I made a primitive rotisserie so I can spin my frame to spray it, it's not much but it works. Next I have to sand the frame.
     
  23. norms30a
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    try pictures again
     

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  24. Hurley50
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  25. norms30a
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    Thanks, Today I finished up sanding the frame and got it moved out of the way. Now I have a few smaller pieces left to clean and prime.
     

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  26. norms30a
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    Got the pieces done for the front end and I did the rear end as one piece, lots easier to reassemble that way, and I didn't disassemble the spring because I don't want paint between the leaves.
    Next I need to tip the body on end and do the underside of the floor.
     

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  27. norms30a
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    Today I built a little cradle so I could tip the body up on end. Now I can do some work underneath.
     

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  28. norms30a
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    I got the bottom of the body primed today so now all the car parts are primed.

    It's time to pick a color, I hate this part, little chips in a book don't always look the same on a big pannel.:(

    I have not decided if I want to go with metallic or non, I am thinking non metallic is a cooler old car look, then there's clear coat or not to clear coat.:confused:
     

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  29. Bluedot
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    Norm - I am at a similar stage on my coupe, though not nearly as nicely done as yours. RE the color and clear coat, my suggestion would be if you go metallic, clearcoat really makes it "pop". On non-metallic, IMO it makes very little difference, and clearcoat always makes repairs (road rash, etc) more difficult. Mine will be driven a lot, so I'm going with a non-met and no clear. Cheaper too, and I'm a cheap bastard. (Ask my bride.)
    Regardless of what you choose, be sure to check out TPCGlobal.com if you haven't already. They have it all, and prices are good. Urethanes, enamels, lacquers, OEM colors and custom. All the supplies too. Many good reviews here on HAMB. TPC will get my business.

    PS - I am envious of all your workspace. Those of us who have to move our daily drivers out of the garage to get anything done have a hard time getting motivated this time of year.
     
  30. norms30a
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    Bluedot, thanks, I just spent time on TPCGlobal's web site and they do have it all. I even found a color I like called Royal Maroon, non metallic and non clear coat.

    Don't know if I'm brave enough to order on-line not knowing if the screen on my computer is showing true color or not.

    I am also not building a "show" car, I hope to rack up lots of road rash and miles and memories with this thing.

    I feel fortunate that I have the space I need, the 20 by 20 space I use for painting is where I store my hot rod stuff all summer when I need the rest of the shop for farm use, but all winter I can use the whole building to play in.:D
     

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