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Technical Turning a Ford Model A Tudor Sedan Into a Roadster?

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by txoldrodder, Oct 13, 2016.

  1. A Boner
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    image.png This one sure has the look! Especially with the hood down.
     
  2. dumprat
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    I sure miss the old American rodder. Low buck tech, trashy models and all.
     
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  3. dentisaurus
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    A boner, really like the look of that one. Food for thought


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  4. doliak
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    Here's one of the many I've been studying to get the details right for mine.


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  6. Cool Trev, didnt know you were planning one!
     
  7. rusty rocket
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    Come on Trev get your ass in gear!!!!!! Shit my old man could have built it faster!!!!!! Ha!!
     
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  8. Really like this one, mmmmmmm, giving me ideas for another project

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  9. Mark T
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    This one was done by Chip Foose and crew on the show Overhaulin'

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  10. missysdad1
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    I don't know about everybody else, but I'd like to see some photos of how you did the cowl and windshield posts. Thanks!
     
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    I dunno. I'm a custom guy and not much about hot rods, though I certainly do like them, but I just don't see the point of hacking the entire roof off of your car to make it a roadster when you already have the top open. Provided you don't fill the roof (as God intended), you already basically have a convertible, so you have the open air feel without hacking things up. Not to mention you can always snap a cloth top over the hole for those times when you don't want to get rained on (or in my case when sun would be burning my bald head). If you have that much of a hard-on for a roadster, go buy one. But I don't see the point in trying to make some half-assed roadster out of a sedan.
     
  13. Tim
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    Youd be well served to read the entire thread. His car has what roughly amounts to sort of half a roof right now. He's not cutting off a good roof
     
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    I would guess that you never tried to get in a 29 A roadster, the seating area is really small, and the doors are small. With a tub built out of a Tudor you have a longer door and more seating room plus you can bring friends along and he trying to save a car that has already been FUBAR.
    I CONGRATULATE him for trying to built something out it.Frank
     
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  15. txoldrodder
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    Thank's Frank!
    I understand the purest factor some people have. But in case anybody hasn't read the post from the beginning i'll repeat what I wrote earlier. When I bought the body the lower part of the body was in great shape but most of the roof was butchered in a botched chop top attempt and missing! the only way to repair it is to replace the whole roof down to the window sills and i'm not doing that.
     
  16. 57JoeFoMoPar
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    Provided he's not cutting a good roof off, I certainly don't see a problem with it. Better to make something out of the body than throw the whole thing in the garbage can. The point of my post was to discourage just whacking the roof of a car when the top could be salvaged, or if the top is still good. Plenty of good coupes have been poorly converted into "roadsters", which almost never look right. Same usually holds true here, but with good craftsmanship and attention to detail, it could definitely become a cool tub/phaeton style build like the Foose car.

    I have absolutely gotten in and driven A roadsters before, but I'm 5'9", 180 lbs, so the A is me-sized.
     
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  17. 57JoeFoMoPar
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    Totally agree
     
  18. dentisaurus
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    txoldrodder, that's pretty much how mine ended up as it is now. It's a great car to load a few mates into and cruise about on a sunny day. I would brace the body behind the door. Mine isn't and the door fit suffers because of that. It's on the to do list but I'm having too much fun driving it to deal with it right now.
     
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  19. Pete
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    Let's see some pics of your sedan.
     
  20. 1-SHOT
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    We need more pictures of Tudor turned in to Tub's
     
  21. txoldrodder
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    Here you go!

    White1.jpg White2.jpg white3.jpg white4.jpg Yellow1.jpg Yellow2.jpg Yellow3.jpg Yellow4.jpg
     
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  22. txoldrodder
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    Something I'm also looking for is a 1928-29 Model A Tudor Sedan door w/hinges (Cheap) for a friend of mine who is building his son's car while he is deployed! (Texas only please)
     
  23. 1-SHOT
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    The white car looks like the one Lee Osborn ( The Ozz) built while he lived in Jamestown. That's really a nice car, has torsion bar suspension. It was a sedan that had the top rotted off.
    My car is a copy of it.
     
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  24. el Scotto
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    All I'm going to say is make sure you get the windshield area looking good. That's the stumbling point for most open car conversations. Some dudes leave the up rights thick and fat and straight up and it looks terrible.
     
  25. I agree 100%. I would like to add thin out the doors. When the top of the door is wide enough to set a Coke can it definitely detracts from the overall appearance.

    Charlie Stephens
     
  26. 1-SHOT
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    You can make the door top out a piece of O/2 Thin tubing. Than's cut the W/shield post out of 12 qauge and 5/16 channel and weld them up.
    I like my flat doors because it is a place I can set adult beverages on when parked. Frank
     
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  27. Never2low
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    Other than not having a Flattie, I liked the Overhaulin one.
     
  28. The Duvall windscreen on the Overhauling one looks great imho.
     
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  29. Never2low
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    Easy way to get rid of the stock windshield posts!
     
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