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Hot Rods The 'General Mischief Coupe' Model A build

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Jethro, Jan 3, 2020.

  1. Jethro
    Joined: Mar 5, 2001
    Posts: 1,467


    So I've had this 30 Coupe for a while and have flip flopped on how I was going to build it. After going to Speedweek and seeing all the cool traditional cars there and after acquiring a GMC 302 I have decided to go Rolling Bones meets Inliners Meets poor boy with a ton of old parts in the chicken coop. I want to fabricate as much as I can and use as much of what I've got on hand of old pre 1946 stuff.
    Of the stuff in my stash was 5 banjo rear ends. It took all five to make one good one. I'm going to use the QC that I fabricated and use the original axles with wide five stuff.
    I had to redesign the frame to put a QC with a transverse spring. I kicked up the back frame and made a suicide style perch for the springs. I made some ladder bars kinda like Brian Bass Wade coupe but not near as nice welds....still trying .
    Made motor mounts and mid engine mounts as the GMC is friggin heavy, I don't want all the weight hanging on the trans. I fabbed up a pedal assembly and hydraulic clutch slave cylinder bracket.
    I am going spring behind on the front axle and I have made up bungs welded into the Model A bones with the perches from a set of adjustable perches that I had.
    I am going to channel the body 4 inches over the frame , not sure if I will chop it or not. I was going to do a wedge channel at 5 inches at the cowl and 3-1/2 at the front of the rear wheels but It may be too much work with limited results......still deciding.
    Anyway , have a look and let me know what you think 20200103_130748.jpg 20200103_130735.jpg 20200103_130757.jpg 20200103_130509.jpg 20200103_130523.jpg 20200103_130553.jpg 20200103_130615.jpg 20200103_130640.jpg 20200103_130657.jpg 20200103_130707.jpg 20200103_132016.jpg 20200103_132803.jpg 20200103_132152.jpg 20200103_130748.jpg 20200103_130735.jpg 20200103_130757.jpg 20200103_130509.jpg 20200103_130523.jpg 20200103_130553.jpg
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2020
  2. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 15,848


    FAST TIMES at Jethro High...that's looking the Hotrod part just fine in my books @Jethro...I'm in...;)

    Hey thanks for starting the New Year with a Former BANGer mobile...Very Cool and what's that other word...:confused:...oh yeah...Bitchen!
  3. ...that A has the look, would look good with a slite chop but probly don't need it, has old school look as is specially with the inline 6,..nice work...Rolling Bones got nuthin on you.
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  4. alfin32
    Joined: Jun 20, 2006
    Posts: 1,376

    from Essex, Ma.

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  5. Mike Colemire
    Joined: May 18, 2013
    Posts: 1,163

    Mike Colemire

    I like it! Body looks real good and the headers are really cool.
  6. Terraizer
    Joined: Jul 18, 2006
    Posts: 494


    That is rad. Keep up the nice work.
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  7. TCTND
    Joined: Dec 27, 2019
    Posts: 54


    I'd say chop yes; more channel no. Just my opinion. Neat car, I like all the homebuilt stuff.
  8. This is great Jethro! Looks real good so far...I'm also a big fan of sixes.
    Keep it coming!
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  9. brady1929
    Joined: Sep 30, 2006
    Posts: 8,228


    Looks great. I vote to chop it!
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  10. Kiwi 4d
    Joined: Sep 16, 2006
    Posts: 2,663

    Kiwi 4d

    I am sitting down having supper, “think i will build myself a quick change tonight” very clever dude. And not following the crowd equals your own style of cool.
    Leave the chop till you get it on the ground and the seat installed ,then see how you feel.
  11. I'm digging it, nice work so far.
  12. Tall t 26
    Joined: Oct 6, 2017
    Posts: 228

    Tall t 26

    Awesome build. Chassis looks real good. Keep the pics coming. Nice work.
  13. WB69
    Joined: Dec 7, 2008
    Posts: 1,170


    Gonna be a good one.
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2020
  14. HotRod33
    Joined: Oct 5, 2008
    Posts: 2,312

    from MO

    Depending on how tall you are I'd wait on chopping it till you have seats in it... Your already channeling it 4 inches... Great looking build...
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  15. Jethro
    Joined: Mar 5, 2001
    Posts: 1,467


    Been working on this the last couple days. The bracket will weld to the bottom of the frame rail and will have a gusset for support 20200108_144530.jpg 20200108_144556.jpg
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  16. slim38
    Joined: Dec 27, 2015
    Posts: 360

    from Sudan TX
    1. H.A.M.B. Chapel

    Dont chop it brother. Looks great.
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  17. Blue-Collar-HotRods
    Joined: Nov 21, 2019
    Posts: 65


    Looks killer! Nice fab work. I would personally be a little concerned about the front spring mounted to the side of the wishbone.
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  18. 29Roadie
    Joined: Dec 9, 2018
    Posts: 12


    Wow! You've made some really great progress. Real quality work too. Awesome!
    This is the build I've been hoping to see since you first told me about that engine.
    Hey, if you need any wide 5 wheels or drums I know a guy with some. He also likes that old junk.
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  19. Jethro
    Joined: Mar 5, 2001
    Posts: 1,467


    OK , because the crossmember was already welded in, I worked out a way to raise it about 1-1/4 inches. I cut a 2 x 4 rect tube in half and drilled a hole for the spring center bolt. I wanted to get rid of the u-bolts so I made a plate and tabs from 3/8 plate to eliminate them. I needed to raise the motor about 1/2 inch to get the belt on as the front pulley is over the crossmember. I cut what needed to be cut and slid the channel in and welded it. I lopped off the frame horns and finished the ends. So by doing this and removing the top spring leaf I grabbed 1-1/2 inches more drop. So far by my reckoning I have lowered the suspension by nearly 6 inches still using the stock model A axle.
    I also welded the bones and installed the frame mounts. With the weight of the motor at what I imagine ride height will be I have roughly 4 or 5 degrees of caster. It will all get rechecked later and corrected as needed. Ithink it's going well so far. 20200118_135651.jpg 20200118_135532.jpg 20200118_135516.jpg 20200118_135623.jpg
  20. Jethro
    Joined: Mar 5, 2001
    Posts: 1,467


    I wanted the name to have GMC because of my choice of engine ....I found this later
  21. bct
    Joined: Apr 4, 2005
    Posts: 3,084


    i find undropped axles just as nice as the dropped ones. i like em out front and center. very nice.
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  22. Jethro
    Joined: Mar 5, 2001
    Posts: 1,467


    Thanks Garrett , I'm starting to like them more and more. There is a simplicity to the ModelA , the curve and lack of extra bumps and holes. I may keep it and do a 117Harv treatment.
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  23. Lil'Alb
    Joined: Sep 22, 2013
    Posts: 117

    from brier, wa

    Proof you don't need to run up every credit card in your wallet to build the coolest hotrod on the block :)
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  24. Jethro
    Joined: Mar 5, 2001
    Posts: 1,467


    The only money I have spent so far after restarting this build is shop supplies and the master and slave cylinders. Not saying I didn't spend any money previously though , but that was 10+ years ago . I will get to the point where I have to order some things but right now I'm working with stuff I have laying around.
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  25. You have your own style going here. Looks great!
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  26. loudbang
    Joined: Jul 23, 2013
    Posts: 27,654


    Found this shot somewhat like your Avatar. :)

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  27. Jethro
    Joined: Mar 5, 2001
    Posts: 1,467


    The one in my avatar was from Speedweek 2019.....notice all the standing water in the pits. My camper is in the background to prove I was there
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  28. Jethro
    Joined: Mar 5, 2001
    Posts: 1,467


    I drilled these with a 5/8 lathe center drill, it drills without wobbling and chamfers the hole. I found some perforated metal and thought it would work good for this 20200127_164250.jpg 20200127_164307.jpg
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  29. Jethro
    Joined: Mar 5, 2001
    Posts: 1,467


    Several years ago I was walking through Home Depot and saw these caps that go on the top of the posts for 20200129_171739.jpg 20200129_171825.jpg chainlink fence. I thought they would be cool for something , but I actually forgot that I had them.
    I needed to get some dust caps for the front hubs, I noticed that the threads were buggered pretty bad. I turned down the OD of the post cap and bored the hub just past the threads. I spun the cap and sanded it to get a brushed finish. I'm going to be running the wide five hubcaps anyway but they'll look cool when the hubcaps come off
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  30. lucas doolin
    Joined: Feb 7, 2013
    Posts: 392

    lucas doolin

    They say "the devil is in the details" and this is one hell of a build. Great imagination and attention to the small things. Looking forward to more.
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