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  • 28 Model A Tudor chopped and bagged

    Well I figure it's about time to start a build thread after having the car almost 4 years now of working on it then taking extended breaks on it, it's getting closer to finished I'm hoping. I got the body off of Craigslist on a gut reaction purchase that came with a body, original frame, 350 tbi/700r4 out of an Astro van, s10 rear end, front wishbone set up out of something I haven't determined since most of its in a pile now and not used. On to the pictures I've amassed over the build process.
    The day I picked up all 2500 pounds of parts
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    The first thing I started on was the chop, at first we tried a 4 1/2" chop and put the top back on but it just wasn't enough so went to 6"

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  • #2
    The body was a little rough in spots, had to get replacement panels above the doors, fix some rust at the bottom of the passenger door, did some 'custom' patches on the cowl and beat a large dent back into shape with a 3 pound hammer, cut the floor out to get ready for the new frame

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    Picked up a Ford 9" out of a coworkers 70s pickup, which i found out after I got it in the car that it was a few inches too narrow and ended up trading a buddy that had a wider rear end (after I cleaned it all up and had the 4 link brackets tacked up of course)
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    • #3
      Next up was to start frame building. 2"x3"x3/16" tubing for the whole frame and 3/16" plates welded on every joint that i had cnc plasma cut

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      Got a front disc kit and 4" drop axle from speedway, new kingpins, used the original wishbones that i got with the car

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      Next up was the hours upon hours of welding it all up

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      Had all of my rear bag brackets cut out on the cnc plasma and hooked up

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      At this point I wanted to run a leafspring up front

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      Got the motor stripped of all that useless throttle body injection and accessory drive system

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      • #4
        Dropped the motor in the frame and made some motor mounts, enough to give the oil pan about 5" of clearance when aired out

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        Frame was a roller, except for no valve to keep the bags inflated

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        Had to get a little creative getting the body back on when you're working with yourself, atv winch and some luck!

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        Motor and body back on I got the first real look at how it would sit and loved it

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        Air tank got mounted back behind the rear end

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        Barn door latches for door latches? It's a rat rod, duh

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        Started to build the floor structure out of 1" square tubing

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        • #5
          At this point the car got set to the side for quite awhile as i was building a new 60'x27'x16' shop and it took all time and money for awhile to complete but after awhile the car finally got pushed out of the dark and dingy 2 car garage and had some more room. I actually moved it into the shop before I was done because i just couldn't wait.

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          Once the shop was pretty much done the attention was turned back to the rat rod. Time to get going on the engine rebuild. Once I pulled the intake and valve covers off I got to see how well taken care of this motor was. Not.

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          The heads went in the garbage and the block was sent off to the machine shop for a good scrubbing and bore .030" over

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          Picked up some pre-86 heads that were cleaned up and had a mild port job, an edelbrock torquer cam, lifters, roller tip rockers and a weiand tunnel ram

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          Almost went full rat rod and left the motor 5 different colors but I figured I'd give it a fresh coat of black

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          Got 2 used Holley 600 cfm carbs and had an intake cut out
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          • #6
            This was when I got fed up with how low the car was. The front Z of the frame sat about 3 1/2"'s from the ground aired up and in Iowa one pothole can be deeper than that so it was time to experiment with front air ride. The front is still as it sits in the proof of concept phase basically, I haven't gotten around to finishing it up yet.

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            Got a new little mini lathe so made up the pivot points for the bag arms

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            The air ride as it is gets the frame up 5" off the ground. About a month ago I got a used radiator and fan from a coworker so it was time to look for a grill. After getting outbid on ebay with about 5 seconds left I said screw it and built my own out of 1/4" square rod and 18 gauge steel.

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            Of course you can't just leave it bare metal, so I sprayed some good stuff on the shell and intake to rust them up

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            Made a gas tank out of 2 old welding tanks from the junkyard

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            Found a gem of a manual steering box out of an old Ford pick up and reversed and rebuilt it for cowl steering

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            Made a steering wheel out of some old double wide chain and got a quick release

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            This is how the car sits now, I've got all the stuff to make my drag link and tie rod bars, and an under the floor brake pedal and master cylinder waiting to get put on this week. In the mail somewhere is a distributor, plug wires, carb rebuild kits, and a lake style header kit. Now that I posted my progress on here I really have to get it done this summer. Hoping to fire it up and make some noise in the next couple weeks.

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            • #7
              Hey great build! My build story kinda sound the same as yours... Benn in progress for about 7 years... and i am wanting it moving under its own power this summer. Ill be watchibg for updates!
              My build thread:
              https://www.killbillet.com/forum/20s...at-is-it/page7

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              • #8
                I've had it since July 2013, hope to get it done before the 4 year mark, good luck on the build!

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                • #9
                  looks good, keep it up!
                  Clutter is the evidence of life!

                  https://www.minterfab.com/

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                  • #10
                    Thanks lowbudget, your front air ride gave me some good guidance when I started on mine

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                    • #11
                      Glad i could help!
                      Clutter is the evidence of life!

                      https://www.minterfab.com/

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                      • #12
                        Got a little bit done on the car this week, pretty busy on my days off. Got the drag link and tie rod arms all done so steering is complete now. Went to a car show in Dubuque, Iowa Saturday and picked up some Model A headlights for a good price. Got more parts put on the motor to get it closer to running.

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                        Ran into a little problem on the brake pedal set up. Got a Model A pedal assembly and master cylinder from speedway, little did I know that it's a massive master cylinder and pedal arm. The bottom will basically drag on the ground and stick out of the floor if I mount it to the frame. Thinking I'm going to mount it upside down with the master facing the driver, the picture shows the master still mounted upside down, but you get the idea. It's never easy on this thing...

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                        Last edited by albloom; 05-08-2017, 12:00 AM.

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