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Projects T&A Flathead Builds a '48 RagTop

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by T&A Flathead, Aug 24, 2015.

  1. T&A Flathead
    Joined: Apr 28, 2007
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    A few years ago I hauled home a sad and neglected 1948 ford convertible. I stuck it in the corner and started to accumulate some parts and to figure out a build plan and style.
    Now that my 32 5w build is coming to an end it's time to get the '48 underway. My 32 took a little over 3yrs and I'm expecting this one to be a little longer, cause this one is gonna be super nice.
    The build will be simple and clean and use most of the original drivetrain.

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    I will post some inspiration photos/concepts later.

    Stay tuned.
     
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  3. 3wLarry
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    I just happen to have all the complete chrome front latch doohickies to hold down the top...and an original sunvisor or two
     
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  4. brady1929
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    Looking forward to this Tim. You have talent.
     
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  5. T&A Flathead
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    You wanna sell them?
     
  6. 3wLarry
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    I'll throw some pics up here when I get out to the shop with the camera...everything is always for sale ;)
     
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  7. T&A Flathead
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    Inspiration for the ragtop.

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  8. raven
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    Man, he raised the bar for you for sure.
    r
     
  9. T&A Flathead
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    My favorite little girl Natty helping me push it in the shop. Purple "Frozen" flipflops provide excellent traction.

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  10. Go Nat! Chocolate milk powered! ;)
     
  11. T&A Flathead
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    Ssshhhh!! That's a secret, haha. She hasn't ratted me out yet.
     
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  12. So-cal Tex
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    Looks like Biff Tanen's car from Back to the Future! I always loved '48 rag tops because of that movie.
     
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  13. Atwater Mike
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    I've had a few '46-'48s, Fords mostly, and a '48 Merc ragtop. Now I have a slew of roadsters...
    My bud Marc told me to come get this nice rust free '47 Fordor, made me a gift of it.
    Wife likes the four doors, so we're going to do it up '52 style, taildragger with skirts, all the original stainless trim, black...
    ... we have grand kids...

    Are those dual spots 'Baby Appletons??
     
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  14. Awesome, Tim. Subscribed to this one, too!
     
  15. T&A Flathead
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    They are Unity. They look a lot like appletons.
     
  16. T&A Flathead
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    Best news of the week. The kids and I were unloading all the contents buried and piled in the car and found parts I didn't know I had. Both door garnish moldings!!! Now I'm only missing a couple convertible specific parts.
     
  17. bobo1
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    What is the grill on this one ?
     
  18. 1936dodge
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    49 Plymouth grille and bumper
     
  19. Subscribed after seeing your 32 coupe come together who wouldn't want to watch this.
     
  20. mgtstumpy
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    Love them rag tops having sold one previously and driving another one. Closed car next
     
  21. T&A Flathead
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    You are too kind. I caution subscribers that this one may take a while. My 32 took 3+ years. My son Sam estimates 4 years for this one.
     
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  22. T&A Flathead
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    I am really considering using a 49 ply grill. I have an entire 49 ply front clip and an extra grill.
     
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  23. Did you pass on that '50 front end you had located in eastern MO?
     
  24. T&A Flathead
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    Donors for the cause!!

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  25. More inspiration for ya, Tim.
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  26. Subscribed.....
     
  27. Are you done having fun with that 5-window yet? :D

    Statement of Progress, please!
     
  28. Any further updates on this build??
     
  29. More inspiration...
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