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Projects ***The "Malcolm" Model A Roadster Build* (Updated 01/23/11)

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Malcolm, Dec 23, 2010.

  1. Great progress Nick! Keep it going! Ha!
  2. BrerHair
    Joined: Jan 30, 2007
    Posts: 4,491


    Just wandered in . . . taking a seat in the back. Great stuff.
  3. SUHRsc
    Joined: Sep 27, 2005
    Posts: 5,078


    Looks cool... I kinda like the A grill shell on the '32 frame.... I've seen it in the past... can;t remember where though...
    I don't think that I would modify the shell though.. aside from maybe filling the top?(though not sure about this either)
    You'll likely have to trim the sides a little to get the hood line perfect due to the 32 frame kicking up in the front... but all in all I think a non stock shaped Model-a grill will look off...
    Your so used to seeing them in their standard form, that if one is modified slightly... they appear as "wrong" even if in reality it looks "better"...

    not sure if that makes sense or not...
    Its advice that I was given when thinking of making my own '32 shell....Your trained eye will see the difference...

    maybe using a 30-31 shell would work if you wanted it to be taller?

    In all honesty... in the past... I think guys would have run an A shell only untill they could get their hands on a '32 shell... on a '32 frame.... just my opinion there though....

    in any case.. keep up the good work
  4. FORDY 6
    Joined: Oct 8, 2002
    Posts: 1,486

    FORDY 6

    Good to hear you're making some progess on the roadster project...
  5. cal1954
    Joined: Aug 1, 2008
    Posts: 107

    from Omaha, NE

    The stock grille shell looks prefect how it is in line with the bottom sweep of the frame coming forward. Wouldn't change anything there.
  6. kisam
    Joined: Feb 28, 2005
    Posts: 1,920


    I like your direction Nick!!
  7. Malcolm
    Joined: Feb 9, 2006
    Posts: 7,629

    from Nebraska

    I appreciate the comments, everyone -- thank you!

    They are stock '30/'31 hood sides that were given to me by a friend from Sioux City, IA -- Joe Russell (jrussell on here).
    I didn't think they'd be long enough on the '32 chassis, but they're damn near perfect, besides needing a little trimming... also need to figure out how tall they should be. Might end up trimming them to match up with the line where gas tank meets the cowl sides.

    Thanks for the comments, Zach. I went down to the garage to look it over a little more. I'm betting I won't need to modify the shell at all.

    With the engine/trans, etc. in, it should drop enough to put the axle behind the shell... perfect! :)

    Crappy cell phone photo:

  8. Nice Work!! I'm following this one!
  9. hiboy32
    Joined: Nov 7, 2001
    Posts: 2,774

    from Omaha, NE

    looks good. I like the hood and grill.
  10. Malcolm
    Joined: Feb 9, 2006
    Posts: 7,629

    from Nebraska

    I had to do a quick search to find out what a 'Rodzy' is...
    and I definitely see what you mean! haha :)

  11. Sparkswillfly
    Joined: Oct 25, 2006
    Posts: 1,057

    from Colorado

    I like it!
    Cool build!
  12. ToddJ
    Joined: Jul 11, 2008
    Posts: 1,408

    from Marion, IA

    Looking good Nick. I'll definitely be following the build!
  13. 54BOMB
    Joined: Oct 23, 2004
    Posts: 2,101


    Lookin good man, Im excited to see this one come together.
  14. xderelict
    Joined: Jul 30, 2006
    Posts: 2,477

    Member Emeritus

  15. Mark H
    Joined: May 18, 2009
    Posts: 1,461

    Mark H
    from Scotland

    Oh,I like where this build's going!Subscribed.
    Mock up looks the dogs bollocks.Looking forward to the next instalment.
  16. kinda gets me thinking about the next one
  17. suedestude
    Joined: Feb 15, 2004
    Posts: 106


  18. Rex Schimmer
    Joined: Nov 17, 2006
    Posts: 743

    Rex Schimmer
    from Fulton, CA

    Great to see you are working on a roadster! Looking forward to seeing you at Bonneville. Just remember that the difference is in the details, and it's the details that take all of the time.

  19. john worden
    Joined: Nov 14, 2007
    Posts: 1,621

    john worden
    from iowa

    Nick, If those bias ply tires need truing I have a truing machine and am offering the service now. Nice car. John

  20. I agree completley. I think a lengthened shell may look wierd. I'd run it stock, I think it looks fine.

    Put some headlights on it too and then look...that will totally change the look.

    Best advise I can give you is what Zach told me when I was building my roadster. He told me to push it outside and walk back...WAY back and look at it from all angels. It WILL look different outside then crammed in your garage.
  21. flyin flattie
    Joined: Oct 13, 2005
    Posts: 441

    flyin flattie

    i really like this build i think the grill shell prob or griping will end when you get some weight in the front like motor, water, radiator. it will look perfect
  22. dolsen37
    Joined: Mar 7, 2006
    Posts: 182

    from Nebraska


    Looks great, you are making it look easy. These build threads help me get through the winter.

  23. SUB-scribed. Looking great Nick, I'm liking your vision. Has anyone done a color rendering or anything that shows your grand scheme?
  24. JRussell
    Joined: Nov 21, 2003
    Posts: 491


    hahah nice....Nick looking Rad!
  25. hotrodjeep
    Joined: Feb 3, 2009
    Posts: 867

    from Tama, Iowa

    Any pic or a list of the parts you've collected?
    Anything your still looking for?

    Great start, Hope I get to see it sometime.

  26. Tinman
    Joined: Mar 6, 2001
    Posts: 963

    from Orange, CA

    VERY cool project Nick... congrats on getting this thing going man! Can't wait to see you driving the shit out of it like I know you will...
  27. thunderbirdesq
    Joined: Feb 15, 2006
    Posts: 6,894


    Damn, Nick, I just found this thread. I'm really diggin' your vision here! Nice work! Sub-Scribed!
  28. scootermcrad
    Joined: Sep 20, 2005
    Posts: 12,340


    Looks great Nick!!
  29. Jeff Norwell
    Joined: Aug 20, 2003
    Posts: 13,061

    Jeff Norwell
    Staff Member

    Great work it.

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