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Projects Rocket powered A coupe, first build

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by 66ragtop, Sep 21, 2020.

  1. 66ragtop
    Joined: Feb 11, 2007
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    This is my first real hot rod build. I’ve been playing with cars my whole life. Always muscle cars and high performance rides. I wanted to build a traditional car with the look and feel of the early 60’s. I tried to stay away from the Speedway catalog and relied more on old speed parts and some fabrication. I started with the body and A frame I bought from a great hot rod builder (Joe) in New York. The top was already chopped 3 ½” and the top half freshly painted. The bottom half is a 50 year old lacquer job, nice but not perfect. The frame is an original A frame that had a 32 K member and Zd in the rear. From there I used a 3” dropped A axle, spilt 40 bones and 36 radius arms. The 324 is 060 with Jahns pistons and an NOS Isky cam. I used a 63 T10 trans with a 58 Chevy bench seat shifter, Schiefer aluminum flywheel and a 58 Olds rear with 3:42 gears. The front wheels are A/R magnesium. The interior was done with cheap pressed pleated vinyl using a modified original A seat. My goal was to build a car the way I would have done it in 1965. I tried to do most of the work myself with lots of advice from my friends and lots of info here on HAMB. Also thanks to some talented friends that did the things I can’t like the firewall recess and seat upholstery. After 3 years it’s finally on the road.

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  2. ERguitar
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    Nice ride!
     
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    that’s perfect !!!!!!
     
  4. brady1929
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    Great job.
     
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  5. v8flat44
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    Gots ta be kool....it's old school........ and PERFECT !
     
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  6. 40FORDPU
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    Looks like you accomplished the "look and feel of the early 60's"..nicely done!
    So does it perform like you imagined?
     
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  7. Great looking car NICE build.. I like the touch on the door panel..

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  8. J. A. Miller
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    Oh hell YES!!
     
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  9. belair
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    How did you adapt the trans?
     
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  10. triumph 1
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    Very NICE coupe! I love the rocket power!


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  11. Paul
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    I like it!
     
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  12. knucklenutz
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    Beautiful. To my eye 3 1/2 inch chop on a A is perfect. P1070790.jpeg
     
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  14. hemihotrod66
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    Even being a Hemi guy I always liked the Olds J-2 motors...
     
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  15. Very nice indeed! Is that a generator or an alternator that looks like a generator? (I want one of those,)
     
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  16. Cleat
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    Sick ride! I love the color. I too am build an olds powered A. Going for the early 50's look myself. Congratulations on your build.

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  17. 66ragtop
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    Wilcap adapter and frame mounted F1 clutch and brake pedal setup IMG_0531.JPG


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  18. 66ragtop
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    Yes real generator


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  19. wheeltramp brian
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    Looks really good!what is the gas pedal?close up?
     
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  20. Tim
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    Man you absolutely nailed it. Wow
     
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  21. Fitnessguy
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    Yes sir good lookin build. Like all the choices you made. Congrats


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  22. 66ragtop
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    Eelco



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  23. 57JoeFoMoPar
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    Awesome car. Look forward to seeing it around
     
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  24. bchctybob
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    A helluva lot more interesting to look at than any muscle car I’ve ever seen. Excellent choices for power train and wheels/tires. Great job!


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  25. Right on !
     
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  26. Paul
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    Hope you don't mind but I enlarged the photos in your lead post..
     
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  28. 66ragtop
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    Yes, lots of torq, still working out the carb set up
     
  29. belair
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    @66ragtop Thanks. I have a 324 and a chopped A coupe,, didn't know what I was going to do for a transmission unless I ran my 327.
     
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  30. love the color....
     
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