Ok, after years of driving street rods, and hot rods that were owned or built by some one before me or finishing a project some one abandoned half way through, I finally get to have one I started from the get go! It's an A coupe, of the 31 variety this time. My avatar is the 30 I'm driving now, assembled it myself in a one car garage from a near complete rolling chassis, and a decent but poorly repaired body. It has served me well for the past few years but it's time to step up and do one my way. Actually my way with a whole lot of help and input from two of the best in the business , more on that later. I am starting with a solid and complete 31 Deluxe coupe. After about a week of tear down and a week of wire brushing to see what I had, the results looked very promising . That was last fall and since then I have been collecting parts, good vintage hot rod or original parts whenever available and some reproduction stuff when necessary. The plan is to build a traditional flavored highboy on deuce rails , with very few frills and to the highest quality my skills and budget will allow. The parts collected so far are the following: a complete 1961 292 Y block with 2x4 intake, top loader 4 speed, traction lock 9" with 3.50 gears, ASC 32rails and boxing plates, Model A rear cross member and spring , flattened Model A front cross member, 1934 front axle with 5" drop , 1932 spindles, 32 split bones, Wilson Welding repop Lincoln brakes made to fit the 32 spindles, F 100 steering box and column, Pete and Jakes ladder bars, and 4"x16" steelies with 4.50 bias ply Firestones, and 6"X16" steelies with 7.00's ,and several other goodies essential to having "the look". Many thanks must go to Charley Burchett at Genes Hot Rod Parts in Knoxville and Jim Barillaro at Barillaro Speed Emporium for giving me access to their personal stash of choice parts. Since I am no kind of fabricator , and want years of trouble free driving from this coupe ,I hauled all the chassis bits and pieces over to the best fabrication shop in the Southeast (IMHO) Barillaro Speed Emporium here in Knoxville, for Jim and Mike Barillaro to build, with the directive not to stop till they had a complete rolling chassis ready for the body. Oh yeah and while they were at it to modify the sub rails, floor pans and firewall so the body would fit exactly as it should, a 4 inch chop will come later. Good progress is being made on the chassis, when Jimmy is not working on the rebuild of his Pete Eastwood 29 roadster ( he has a build thread on The Hamb) and Mike is not working on his TROG bound belly tanker. Well that should be enough info to give you an idea of where this build is headed, I will post more as progress is made. The overall plan is for the Barillaro's to do the chassis fab, the body mods, and help sort out the Y block. I will clean dirty parts, bolt things together, sand, grind, and anything else I can do without screwing the project up. A reminder it is only 7 weeks till TROG can't wait!!! Hope to see many of you there.