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Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by IronTrap, Apr 17, 2018.

  1. IronTrap
    Joined: Jul 13, 2011
    Posts: 459


    Cliff Notes to a little project I've been messing with over the winter/spring.

    Started with a free cast-away early Touring body, threw away the center section, slid the rear seat forward. Shortened a set of 46-48 Ford frame rails out of my scrap pile, and built them up with Model A cross members. Made new door jambs, "rocker" and rear side panels to connect it all together. Added a Flathead v8, make cowl steering out of an F1 steering box, etc. So far with horse trading and buying/selling stuff the car is 100% free so far. I'm trying to keep the cost down as much as possible using extra parts and cast away stuff I have sitting around the shop. The engine rebuild and stupid stuff like brakes, bearing, etc will blow that out of the water, but it still should be pretty low-budget when done!

    Hoping to have on the road this summer. Figured I'd give a cliff notes version of the pics below. The full build has been documented on my Youtube channel linked in my signature. Thanks for looking!


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    Last edited: Apr 17, 2018
  2. IronTrap
    Joined: Jul 13, 2011
    Posts: 459


  3. Gearhead Graphics
    Joined: Oct 4, 2008
    Posts: 3,541

    Gearhead Graphics
    from Denver Co

    Man that was a great body to start with!
    Wish you were closer, id dig in your trash for that center divider, I need it for my touring car
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  4. IronTrap
    Joined: Jul 13, 2011
    Posts: 459


    I should have dropped that info in. The body was from a horrible hack job restoration and thrown in a museum with ropes around it. The car was 80% fiberglass sheet laid over the rotten metal and then bondo and shiny black paint. The center section was fiberglass sheet about 10" up the sides. I had to cut all the way up to the wheel well beads out of the rear sides of the car and it needs about the bottom 6" of the back part of the body replaced. Believe me this thing was not "mint" just shiny! If you watch the first couple videos on it we show just how bad it really was!
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  5. spurgeonforge
    Joined: Oct 18, 2013
    Posts: 417


    Awesome build! Watched most of your videos. Want to thank you for posting them. Really enjoy them. Your shop is the coolest.
  6. Thor1
    Joined: Jun 6, 2005
    Posts: 1,458


    I guess this just goes to show you CAN polish a turd! Nice save on the T!
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  7. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
    Posts: 14,462


    I love it, looks a lot like my '26. My first reaction was also "holy shit, someone threw out that body?! Looks so nice!". Makes more sense with that explanation, glad you could save it.
  8. Ive been sorta following this on youtube

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  9. shadetreerodder
    Joined: Aug 4, 2006
    Posts: 291


  10. Cool little car!
  11. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 27,242


    That is getting to be one cool little car I'll have to say that if a bunch of us had been sitting around at a rod trot somewhere together and you told us that you were going to cut down some 46/48 rails and use them under a T we would have been pretty skeptical at the outcome but that looks great.
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  12. Awesome deal! Car is looking great. But yeah, that engine rebuild will take away the free part

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  13. steinauge
    Joined: Feb 28, 2014
    Posts: 1,507

    from 1960

    Looking mighty good!
  14. ramblin dan
    Joined: Apr 16, 2018
    Posts: 2,095

    ramblin dan

    Now that's one cool little hot rod! So one off!
  15. fiftyv8
    Joined: Mar 11, 2007
    Posts: 5,085

    from CO & WA

    Great project, keep up the good work.
    What is your plan for the tie rod which looks to be in touch with the underside of the chassis?
  16. Like your style , I'll be coming out to your shop soon . You will hear me coming !
  17. Vanness
    Joined: Aug 5, 2017
    Posts: 407


    Cool build... my buddy asked me to watch your you tube stuff. It’s cool stuff and your close!!!
  18. Outback
    Joined: Mar 4, 2005
    Posts: 1,122

    from NE Vic

    Wow! What a grouse lil jigger@
  19. ss34coupe
    Joined: May 13, 2007
    Posts: 4,118


    Great project! Coming along nicely, I like your use of the later frame.
  20. edwardlloyd
    Joined: Aug 2, 2003
    Posts: 2,067

    from Germany

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  21. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 11,278

    from Raytown Mo

    Absolutely love it. Been following on Instagram and you tube.
  22. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 16,772


    Interesting Hotrod coming together obviously have a good grip on the past...and that's good to see around here...keep it coming...
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  23. FlatJan
    Joined: Dec 13, 2013
    Posts: 239


    yeah, been also following on YouTube but the pics are a lot farther than where I am with the vids.
    need to keep up
  24. Cool car for sure... my first engine build, a 53 Merc motor was in 1965 and with a classmate's discount [his uncle owned the parts store] I was able to buy rings, gaskets and bearings for $36. Prices have spiraled up since then.
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2019
  25. bct
    Joined: Apr 4, 2005
    Posts: 3,090


    Nice job on the frame rails. I love the shape.
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  26. Wow ! Great project, I envy your skills :)
  27. Vanness
    Joined: Aug 5, 2017
    Posts: 407


    How do we schedule a visit to your garage???
  28. That's an A grille ain't it?

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  29. Awesome build, I'm going to have to watch your build videos.
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  30. Phillips
    Joined: Oct 26, 2010
    Posts: 1,292


    This is excellent - cool shop and chopped Pilot House PU in the background too!

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