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Hot Rods Trying to build a 1920ish Ford roadster body out of this!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by edwardlloyd, Mar 10, 2016.

  1. edwardlloyd
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    Sorry folks. I've had to put this project on hold for a few months while I finish off;
    Another house,
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    And another 1932 pickup. (More on this project soon).
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    So my sweet little T is patiently waiting in the garage for me to finish it off. Not a lot to do but I have to keep my priorities in order. However it'll definitely be ready for Pendine Sands and Headbanging 1/8th mile drag race in Finsterwalde 2018.
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  2. edwardlloyd
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    If you wanted to just build the bucket and made a pickup bed for the rear, any 96-99 Fiesta would do. All you need is two hoods (early ones without the crease line), the front fenders, the door skins and the roof skin. Any two door Fiesta with the 96-99 bubble shape will do.
    This is the car you need. Every junkyard in Europe currently has a few. Grab the panels now while you can. In a few years the cars will have disappeared.
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  4. willowbilly3
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    from Sturgis

    I love this build and your eye for donor metal. I built my tub somewhat the same but with less talent. I used a heavily modified 29 4 door cowl, 26-27 touring back with wheel wells filled with some metal from an old trunk lid, some earlier touring back doors with window garnish mouldings of unknown origins, 77 T bird hood, metal shelving, Rickenbacker dash, T bed with a hay baler twine lid for a front panel. And other details I'm forgetting

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  5. edwardlloyd
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    I've just had my confirmation from the VHRA that I have a race pass for Pendine Sands 2018 for this car!! What a debut! I really need to get her finished ASAP.

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  6. That is really cool! Congrats! Now get back to work!
     
  7. bobbytnm
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    Wow
    Your vision and execution is amazing!!!

    Bobby
     
  8. edwardlloyd
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    edwardlloyd
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    More like the effect of magic mushrooms. When you're walking along and Fiestas keep morphing into Model-Ts in front of your eyes.

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  9. steel rebel
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    Wow it makes my T roadster body look phony.

    Great job.

    Rebel

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  10. rab71
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    Mine is suburban door skins, dodge truck hood, and original Ford cowl.


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    Rab, is that one of the 94 and up Dodge hoods?
     
  13. rab71
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    Yes it is. I cut it shorter and then sectioned it narrower.



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  15. rab71
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    I highly recommend planning for too much leg room I went off of model A measurement I found online. Then didn't take into account channeling and the back... I could use six more inches. (But who couldnt?)


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  16. mikeyyeah
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    just found and read all of this threead... so inspiring.
     
  17. Atwater Mike
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    Rebel Gary.... None of the Grabowski cars make your 'T' look phony... I sat and eyed yours with you when it had the SBF in it. At Lodi.
    (I'm the guy that 'drafted' the scale of the clone for Frankie. (before the 'von'...)
     
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  18. topher5150
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    I was thinking about what happened to this build the other day
     
  19. THE FRENCHTOWN FLYER
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    THE FRENCHTOWN FLYER
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    Nice start. I made my tub from four 1916 Maxwell doors and a '46 Ford deck lid.
     

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  20. edwardlloyd
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    It's sitting in my barn waiting for my brother to finish the engine. Should be back in the shop within 4 weeks now.
    Not much left to finish off really. Maybe 4 weeks work left to finish it.

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  21. edwardlloyd
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    And I'm only missing one part to complete the car. I've literally got everything else except this one part. I need the mirror opposite of this shock. Preferably in a similar rust color and definitely still working.

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  22. rab71
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    How's the body coming? Did you finish building it or did I miss that some how?


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  23. edwardlloyd
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    The body was finished a year ago. It just needs upholstery now.

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  24. edwardlloyd
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    I'm currently building the 4 banger for this car. I reckon I'll be able to start working on completing the car within a month. It needs to be finished by June as I have a race pass for Pendine.

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  25. edwardlloyd
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    So after a 1 year pause in my barn I've taken my T Roadster back to the workshop to be completed. It needs to be finished by June to go to Pendine.
    It was the first trip out for my new WM Meyer car trailer which was built just 40 miles from my shop, here in Germany. It cost just $2500 brand new made to order. I still can't work out how they build them for that money but I'm not complaining. I got my favourite license tag again: FO RD 1932 on it.
    So expect regular updates here again.
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  26. Great to see your back on this.
     
  27. edwardlloyd
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    I got the engine back in today and started on the exhaust header.
    To give me a head start I bought a Model B header from Reds. I knew it wouldn't fit because the engine has been lowered 2". The frame has been narrowed and it's RHD!
    One of the pipes fits. The rest need re-routing.[​IMG][​IMG]

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  28. edwardlloyd
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    Here's a little update. I'm aiming to have it running, at least provisionally, by the end of the month.
    I need to make new brake rods this week and finish off the exhaust manifold. The other project this week is to make a step down adapter to mount a 36 water pump lower down.
    My plan is to use a Model-A water pump shaft in the 36 so I can mount a Model-A fan directly on to the pump. I'm hoping Ford used the same diameter shaft.
    The second photo shows the throttle system. Being it's a narrowed Model-A frame and a Model-T cowl, the stock Model-A RHD brake pedal is very far right. I had to mount the throttle outside the frame. I spent hours just looking at it and holding up various parts before coming up with this solution. The gas pedal is a rubber covered starter rod which goes through the floor board to a clevis. Then I made a twin lever out of two Model-A front brake levers. This pulls on a long rod which operates the gas lever on the 97. It works and I can get my foot on the gas without fouling the brake pedal.

    Yesterday I dug out an early 1950s back seat from a Lloyd car which I had in my barn. It fitted perfectly so I installed it. It tips forward to reveal the battery and tool storage. The back also folds down so that I can keep the seat dry if it's raining.

    There were two holes in the rear panel so I covered them up with a vintage "Monza" badge.

    Next up the hood. To race at Pendine Sands you need a hood and lap belts. I installed belts and found a sheet of aluminium to make a hood out of. It's quite hard to bend but I found the best thing to bend it over is the rear tire! Soft enough not to make marks but hard enough to work. The piece of alu already had a hole in it. I'll be fitting a vintage "Le Mans" badge to cover that up. I still need to sand the shiny aluminium flat and fabricate some kind of hold downs.[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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  29. Even small updates never disappoint.
    Anyone looking in who has not followed this from the beginning , do yourself a favour, and start from the start.
     
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  30. edwardlloyd
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    Now remember the water pump problem? The A pump sticks out to far and too high for the T radiator even though I dropped the engine 2".
    I let this problem work itself out in my head for months
    One day driving home from work it came to me. I'd build an adapter to mount a 36 water pump lower down.
    So here are the pieces I made to fabricate the adapter.
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