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Projects update on the Model A Coupe

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Paul, Sep 5, 2010.

  1. Paul
    Joined: Aug 29, 2002
    Posts: 14,447


    the recent thread on motivation made me think about what makes a certain project take so long

    Friday I received a missing piece to a project,
    a very long term project, one I started several years ago
    and changed direction on more than a few times

    very long and involved story
    not bad, just long.

    the most recent chapter begins like this,
    a package from Tony,
    aka GOATROPER02 our resident early Olds performance parts purveyor,
    came on Friday, a nice clean and machined '57 Olds 371 block
    one to replace the cracked blocks that have plagued me

    now as I seem to be making good progress on the '27 Roadster,
    I am sorely tempted to switch gears and pay more attention to the A.

    both of these projects, the T and the A have a great appeal to me
    but one takes time from the other

    I did make a tough decision recently
    and let another project go
    a nice A body on a good original '32 frame.
    thank you, justin b

    but I am not ready to choose between these two
    I will just have to realize it will take twice as long now to see these two finished.

    here's the new block in front of the two cracked blocks
    and for a reminder, a couple older pictures of the (mockup) engine
    and the car it's going in

    you see my dilema?




  2. Candy-Man
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 1,704


    Great looking project, love the channel with no chop.... Blown Olds, perfect....
    Nice looking body....
    I assume GOATROPER2 did some work on the heads ?
  3. Man, that A is just perfect!
  4. NICE! Can't wait to see more!
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  5. Yes, the A is killer but I like the engine porn! Something about a freshly machined block!?
  6. sodas38
    Joined: Sep 17, 2004
    Posts: 2,246


    Thats bitchin.
  7. big bad john
    Joined: Aug 11, 2010
    Posts: 4,727

    big bad john

    Great looking Coupe:cool::cool::cool::cool::cool:
  8. need louvers ?
    Joined: Nov 20, 2008
    Posts: 12,912

    need louvers ?

    Yummmmm! Unchopped but channeled! love that combo. Also damn comfy too! Engine porn is only second to the other type as far as I'm concerned!
  9. Paul
    Joined: Aug 29, 2002
    Posts: 14,447


    Friday was like Christmas at my house, I was smiling all day :)


  10. blackout
    Joined: Jul 29, 2007
    Posts: 1,270


    Great Hot Rod
  11. Jeff Norwell
    Joined: Aug 20, 2003
    Posts: 12,817

    Jeff Norwell
    Staff Member

    You rule and Tony does too.
  12. Paul
    Joined: Aug 29, 2002
    Posts: 14,447


    next time I will,
    many lessons learned on this build,
    biggest one is to find the shop with the most experience in what you are working with to do the job.
    the shop I had do the heads did OK,
    but they were not set up for the idiosyncrasies of the Olds heads

    the shop I initially took the block to couldn't have done a less professional job if they tried.
    great shop for parts, avoid for any machine work.

    I have no doubt that Ross Racing Engines is ready for my next Olds motor
  13. 41 Dave
    Joined: May 23, 2005
    Posts: 2,594

    41 Dave

    Paul, Love the way your "A" sits. I also have a '31 "A" Coupe. Mine is on a Bleed frame with the swoop in the front. Love the adjustable rear crossmember. Mine will be powered by a complete Interceptor Marine Y-Block with the two side draft Carter carbs.
  14. Dirt Diggler
    Joined: Aug 3, 2007
    Posts: 375

    Dirt Diggler

    looks loud, fast and dangerous.:D all the things a hot rod should be. thumbs up dude.
  15. i love olds motors!! the coupe looks great!!!
  16. I wish I knew you in real life.
  17. Jeezus, you haven't finished that thing yet? :)

  18. Paul
    Joined: Aug 29, 2002
    Posts: 14,447


    damn.. has it really been five and a half years?

    here's how I found it, in Jan. '05


    got a tip from Paul Windshield that there was an A on craigslist in Everett for $3,500
    was knocking on the widow's door the next day and drug it home soon after.
    I kept the body and radiator and sold all the rest,
    chassis went under the Amocat roadster, the black '29 that Josh Higgins built.

    I patched the rust holes,
    tacked together a frame,
    mocked up a blown sbc, Muncie 4 speed and Ford 9"
    tried several different wheel tire combos,

    it would sit for months or years without attention while I built a chassis for CGkidd,
    did several induction swaps on the 454 in the old Ply Coupe, then sold it,
    put together a Stude powered '27 RPU
    gathered parts to build and did extensive mock ups for a Topolino Drag car, sold it..
    swapped the Stude motor, transmission and banjo rear out of the RPU for a blown Olds, '50 Olds stick and 9",
    bought, hopped up and sold a nice solid '52 Chevy 2 dr Sedan,
    drug home a '55 Roadmaster, recently sold the car, gotta pull the rebuilt nailhead, that stays,
    pieced together and sold a roller '30 Roadster on Deuce rails...
    swapped the sbc for the 371 in the A Coupe and swapped the 9" for an Olds posi
    and making good progress on the '27 Roadster

    seems there's more.. but you get the idea..
    been busy but this car deserves a bit more attention
    Last edited: Sep 6, 2010
  19. JeffreyJames
    Joined: Jun 13, 2007
    Posts: 16,597

    from SUGAR CITY

    Damn that coupe looks like it's almost ready to take on Jeff for the Yayhoo cup!!!! Mighty mean looking!!!
  20. HotRod33
    Joined: Oct 5, 2008
    Posts: 2,265

    from MO

    Paul, that is a great looking coupe..... I have been following your T build and you do great work... which ever car you finish will look great.
  21. Very Nice......Sam
  22. studematt
    Joined: Feb 12, 2008
    Posts: 432


    Exactly what I thinkin. Thats just how I like em.
  23. Rolf
    Joined: Jul 23, 2002
    Posts: 1,832


    Great stance, great work. I agree with T-man about the motor porn.

    Sorry I missed you at the HotaRama.
  24. Man, I love that coupe.
  25. farmer12
    Joined: Aug 28, 2006
    Posts: 7,718


    Love that coupe Paul! Looking great.
  26. 68wagon
    Joined: Apr 12, 2008
    Posts: 532


    That looks perfect
  27. hydroshawn
    Joined: May 27, 2006
    Posts: 335

    from Brenham,Tx

    Awsome lookin' coop! ditto on the stock top with a channel! Looks Great. Could you have reversed the fire wall to get a little more out of it?
  28. BlownMerc
    Joined: Mar 23, 2010
    Posts: 146

    from Jerome

    One of my favorite "A"'s nice work
  29. Paul
    Joined: Aug 29, 2002
    Posts: 14,447


    got the bottom end together yesterday,
    and the top end on and valves adjusted today.

    '57 Olds 371 engine, mild solid lifter blower cam, 8.5:1 forged pistons, fully ballanced rotating assembly
    should be a good streetable motor..

  30. Boones
    Joined: Mar 4, 2001
    Posts: 9,550

    from Kent, Wa

    get the blown coupe on the road for next year...

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