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Hot Rods The T of Indecision - A '27 Touring Body on a Model A Frame

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Will Kimble, Apr 3, 2017.

  1. Will Kimble
    Joined: Feb 12, 2007
    Posts: 400

    Will Kimble
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    Over the last few years I have pursued or started a half dozen projects with nothing to show for it. Bought a Last Refuge RPU body and frame from a friend, and sold it. Bought all the parts to build an original-style '32 chassis, then sold them, then bought them all again. Tried to buy a '28-29 phaeton body & failed. Tried to buy a '33 chassis with a Model B engine and blew it. Thought I bought a beautiful '29 special coupe chassis with fenders, and it didn't work out.

    All this time I have been restoring early Ford transmissions and have met some really neat people. Had a couple friends give me some nice Model A and early Ford parts when I was getting discouraged with the cost of the hobby. Finally had some pieces fall into place and have a vision for something I can actually complete.

    After much soul searching I decided what I really wanted was a Model A/B engine and a '39 transmission. Something light, small and topless to put it in. Hadn't really been thinking about a T, but a good friend offered me a really nice '27 touring body that I had been eyeing for a while and I decided to go for it. Many thanks to hotrodfil for sharing his T touring build here on the HAMB, it gave me confidence to proceed. I plan to use his '27 Mercury as a template but will probably end up more in the late forties era than the late twenties, maybe a little more hotrod and a little less British. And I am creating a build thread in hopes I can help someone the way he helped me.

    So Model A frame, engine & rearend. '39 transmission. '28-29 fenders on a '27 touring body. I bought a bunch of nice '40 parts and would like to use them - wheels, brakes, steering wheel & box. Plan to chop the windshield some, put the top in the attic and a tonneau over the back seat. 90% sure I am going to use a '32 grille shell and cut the bottom off, but I am getting the T radiator and grille and may try those out first. Also thinking about assembling it as a highboy with bobbed rear T fenders initially and adding the A fenders later, we'll see...
     
  2. Will Kimble
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    Finally armed with a plan, I can get to work. I had a decent Model A frame I had bought cheap, it was nice & square and not pitted but had a cracked rear crossmember, a poorly repaired frame horn and a bolted in front crossmember. I wanted to run a T rear spring and had a nice T rear crossmember, so I took the pile over to my friend Mike Wagner at Cornfield Customs and asked for help. He replaced the bad frame horn with an original chunk I had squirreled away and grafted the T rear crossmember into the Model A rear crossmember - beautiful work! Next up for the frame is to rivet in the front crossmember.

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  3. Will Kimble
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  4. AVater
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    Nice looking frame there. Keep up the good work!
     

  5. Kiwi 4d
    Joined: Sep 16, 2006
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    It's on here now so everyone is anticipating a finished build. Looking forward to watch it come together.
     
  6. JC55
    Joined: Jan 12, 2016
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    JC55
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    from Ohio

    I'll be following along as well. I appreciate the honesty on your indecisiveness...I'm kind of in the same boat. I have a bunch of T stuff including a body and a model A chassis. Lookin' good, keep up the posts!
     
  7. Wow! story sounds way to familiar. Here is where I'm at on the same road. Notice the Fan is turning. That means it runs and drives as you see it. Same basic parts list but with a Truck bed.
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  8. Sounds like a fun build. Subscribed.
     
  9. orangeamcs
    Joined: Jun 23, 2007
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    The t touring rear body mount holes almost line up perfect with the model a rear crossmember. That is how I aligned mine up.

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  10. Will Kimble
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    Wheels turned out nice.
     
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  11. Will Kimble
    Joined: Feb 12, 2007
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    IMG_0372.JPG So here's my touring body, sort of a "pick-n-pull" scenario... Job today was to get it uncovered, will work on getting it off the frame next.
     
  12. Will Kimble
    Joined: Feb 12, 2007
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    Will Kimble
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    Apparently the engine is a bad customer, I am not fluent in T stuff so I don't know. But I trust the guys who say it is... My deal is for the body only.
     
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