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Projects Old 1930 Channeled model A hot rod roadster gets a new lease on life.

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Hitchhiker, Feb 15, 2016.

  1. So this weekend I was selling at the Early Bird Swap Meet in Puyallup, Washington. This is an event that is put on by a local model T club and has some good early ford bits. My friend and I brought two truck beds full and a trailer full of stuff and sold most of it. As luck would have it a guy came into my booth on Saturday asking about a roadster door. We hit it off and got to chatting about it and basically I figure out he wanted a door because he thought it would make the car more desirable to sell. So I ask if he wants to sell it and he does, Doesn't know a price but says he will think about it. I get his number. His name is Gary and he comes back a couple times, and we chat a bit more. Hes a really cool guy. I can tell he kinda likes me because I like hot rods and I'm one of the younger guys selling. So I just had a good feeling, and I called him that night and made plans to come take a look on Monday (today)......

    .....Thus begins the longest 48 hours of my life.....

    So anyways I sell a bunch of stuff at the swap and don't buy a thing. I go to his house today, and find this old body sitting there. It came with a dropped axle, some funky split wishbones and a nice set of guide 903J headlights. Story is Gary's dad bought it in the early 70's for the 32 grill it had and took it apart. It was channeled on a 32 frame, that his dad scrapped. It's been sitting on it's side in a shed ever since and now it's mine. Plans call for another 32 frame. I will use the axle that came with it, I have some 33-34 wishbones I figured I could lengthen to 32 length. For the rear I have a 3:54 banjo and some 36 bones. I also have a 36 ford dash and 36 Desoto taillights. I also recently scored a old filled 32 grill that was on a model A and that will make it onto the front of this thing. I'm torn on what to do about the body. I don't really want a channeled roadster and this one needs enough repairs to the body that a mostly stock subframe would be helpfull to get it back into shape. I am thinking a "mini" channel on a 32 frame is going to be best. So it will still be "channeled" just not much.

    at this point I am going to concentrate on the body( drivers side is rough) and the trunk is bondoed over and I would like to open that back up. Also trying to finding a 32 frame that doesn't break the bank. I am still undecided on power plant. I would love any input!


  2. Rad. Needs a flathead.....
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  3. I was almost thinking the winfield engine, but I think I will just keep the truck a banger and do something else for this like a flathead v8 or maybe early olds.
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  4. I'm with gwhite.Flathead would set it off.
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  5. dumprat
    Joined: Dec 27, 2006
    Posts: 2,383

    from b.c.

    That has huge potential. It has the same vintage bondo and splash technique as my truck! Lol ya would swear they put it on with a shovel.
  6. I pulled off a loose chunk, it's at least 1/2 an inch thick!!

    anyone got any tips for removing bondo?
  7. I'd really like a flathead, but it's currently well above my pay grade. I'd have to score a cheap runner to afford one. I have well below market value in most of the stuff I own. Its the only way I can afford it. This build may use a lot of "high dollar" parts, but I assure you. No gold chain here. just diligent searching of the internet and swap meets for the crazy deals.
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  8. You know how I feel about bangers!! A full-tilt Cragar or Evans headed 4-barrel would be rad, but the cost....jeez. You've got a nose for finding stuff, could probably get a decently running V8 for cheap.
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  9. RainierHooker
    Joined: Dec 20, 2011
    Posts: 1,994

    from Tacoma, WA

    Good to see and hear. I can't wait to give you a hard time in person about another project.

    I'd say if you are stuck on a '32 frame, no banger. Flathead, early olds, or a Studebaker V8.

    I, for one, would love to see it channeled over an A frame, which I know you have, with a full foot banger...
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  10. it will get one if I can find one. I can never seem to find one when I want one. I'm still a little unsure of what I want to do at this time and I'm not in a crazy rush, so we'll see what happens.

    I'm hoping that the old owner will find some photos. I'd love to know what engine it had as well and plan on calling him tomorrow and chatting with him a bit more.

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  11. You're gonna love the details on this one when i get to tell you about it! Hope you're doing well over there buddy!
  12. A 2 B
    Joined: Dec 2, 2015
    Posts: 44

    A 2 B

    I've had good results with a heat gun and a putty knife. Nice score!
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  13. Great score, I like your plans. Something like this would be cool

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  14. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
    Posts: 14,049


    Great car, let's see the bad side. What was the deal with those bones?! Why would someone do that?
  15. or like these 3

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  16. To keep the spring in front the stock width

  17. RainierHooker
    Joined: Dec 20, 2011
    Posts: 1,994

    from Tacoma, WA

  18. I love everything you posted. All of those definitely have potential. I'm not 100% sure what direction it will go at this point. But I am definitely leaning to a higher stance.
  19. Bader2
    Joined: May 19, 2014
    Posts: 1,143


    Heat the back side with a torch,bondo pops right off.
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  20. I dont know the reason why, but this is the second set I have acquired. other side pictures will have to wait till i can get it away from the bikes it's next to.
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2016
  21. Loving these pictures!!
  22. Bader2
    Joined: May 19, 2014
    Posts: 1,143


    Circle track stuff,doesn't limit your steering.
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  23. Keep it channeled with a flathead!!

    Those bones are bent like that to run the spring in front of the axle with split bones. Lots of cars ran them like that.

    By the way this is the exact car I pictured when I saw your post on instagram. God this thing is cool!

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  24. Agreed, except for the boat windshield...
  25. I so understand where your at. The Dream, the Vision and then that dang budget. How can things be so far apart? Here is my results for same conditions. I'd say keep it Channeled
    P1010242.JPG P1010244.JPG P1010248.JPG P1010249.JPG
    The Wizzard
  26. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 23,952

    Jalopy Joker

    Congrats - never know where/when you will find a beauty like this - like the sound of a Olds for power
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  27. I'd say keep it channeled. And if you're going to do that, no sense spending megabucks on a '32 frame. A frames are plentiful and cheap.
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  28. ClarkH
    Joined: Jul 21, 2010
    Posts: 783


    Great find! And by that I mean, this car found you!
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  29. waxhead
    Joined: May 11, 2013
    Posts: 1,083

    from West Oz

    My vote is for a flathead V8

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