1931 Ford Model A Tudor Hot Rod Project, part 4

Came up with a name for this build:

Project Swedish Banger Tudor 

Stress cracks fixed. Once I made sure the frame was square, I also welded all the cross members to the frame rails. This helped the rigidity greatly. If I were to put a V8 in this thing I would have blasted the frame and installed boxing plates but I am also trying to get on the road this year.

.I will use tube shocks so I will not need the dog bone attachment so it was cut off. It makes the spring hanger look cleaner anyway.

I will use polyurethane bushings in the shackles so these sleeves have to be removed. After 87 years they tend to be kinda stuck but a little heat and measured amount of violence will bring them out.

This is the stuff ricers use in their poly bushings to avoid squeak. Bushing squeak sux especially if you don’t have a radio to drown out the noise!

These are 1940 Ford rear torque rods and they are much stronger and they look better than the model A part. Since I am going to loose the torque tube and run a open drive shaft, I will need some sort of torque rods for the rear axle as well.

The front end will consist of split 1936 wishbones, a 4 inch dropped axle and a reversed eye spring, self energizing Lincoln brakes, Wilson hubs and Buick finned aluminum drums. I love self energizing brakes, I just hate to have to energize them myself!
I would love an original Ford dropped axle but time demanded a quick solution. Because of the dropped axle I will have to use deep drop steering arms to clear the wish bones. a Vega box with cross steer will help this hot rod go down the road straight.
So where are we going to put this engine? How about right about here…?

I had to angle the left motor mount to clear the location of the Vega steering box. Maybe not pretty but it works. Chrome Swedish valve cover on dirty motor for effect!

There…engine is mounted.

I am telling you…Henry planned for a Volvo with four speed overdrive in the model A chassis!

Sometimes you have to roll it out for perspective. Now I realized that I need to make the trans cross member the attachment point for both front bones AND the 1940 rear radius rods.

Mo later…

1931 Ford Model A Tudor Hot Rod Project, part 3

Holy Model A body, Batman! The body just took flight!

A lonely frame waiting for better times.

With the body off the frame it is very easy to disassemble the rest.

Front and rear suspension comes apart with just a few bolts. You really appreciate…well, at least I do appreciate how simple these cars are.

Hey, it’s a model A starter kit!

The frame is so clean it actually have some black paint still on it.

The goal is to drive this car to the Goodguys show in Puyallup in late July. This will not be easy but who doesn’t like a challenge. Because of the limited time, this will not be a highly detailed hot rod. My emphasis for now will be on stance, rake, drivability and of course safety.

1931 Ford Model A Tudor Hot Rod Project, part 2

Some assembly required…after re-installing the fenders and a few more things I think I have decided to leave the patina as is. As solid as it is, I think it would be a shame to SANDBLAST and RESTORE this car. Then it would just be another shiny car.

Here is the story on it. It was used as a mail carrier in the Badlands, South Dakota. The engine gave up in 1958 and it was stored indoors until 1990 when the second owner found it. He also stored it indoors until two weeks ago when your truly became the custodian.

All of the interior is missing and the engine head is cracked so I have a clean canvas to work with.

Besides, body and paint is expensive. I will concentrate on wheels and tyres, stance, drivability, safety and comfort.

I am thinking:

Vega box with cross steer, split 1936 .’bones, drobbed axle with reversed eye spring, Lincoln brake with Buick drums, 1957 Ford column and steering wheel…for starters.

Engine…I got some ideas..

Swap Meet Loot

There is nothing more exciting than getting the parts together for a hot rod build. You have a car and a plan (hopefully!) but it needs various components. Ya sure, you can whip out your Visa card, go on the great wide internet and buy a new part or even worse, a new blister packed part! There is no sport in that!
The hunt for good used parts is the most exciting, finding the right part at the right price is the most rewarding. Sometimes the part acquired completes or improves the car, sometimes both.
To look at it more philosophically, these parts were made almost 90 years ago and who knows what they have been through or where they have been. Now, they are coming together to complete a car. How cool is that?? As a matter of fact, one parted out car may put ten other vintage cars back on the road.
Why be straight when you can be bent? Kelsey Hayes bent spoke 16 inch accessory wheels will be the rolling stock on this build. Tires will probably be 7:00 in rear, 5:25-5:50 in front. I don’t know what color for the rims yet. The swap meet is also where you can pick up twenty new 1/2 inch by twenty lug nuts for the above wheels for ten bucks.
This very nice grill shell replaces the butchered one. Quite the improvement, wouldn’t you say?

A 1931 license plate will license the car for life.

 

These ugly fender are in great condition in the areas where mine are weak. We will do some slicing and dicing.

 

Also, the cheap Swede in me appreciates a good value like the unused $69.95 P&J shocks for five American pesos.

This is a ’37 spare tire cover. I also have the surround part. Since this is going to be a driver, I think a spare tire will make sense. Who has time to call AAA when you are on the poker run, you just gotta go!

Let’s do some work!

This is the right side frame horn. The fender brace came off and this probably reflects multiple attempts to re-attach it using stick welders. Now it is just a big lump of “weld”

After removing what seemed to be a lbs of “weld”, the frame horn is ready to be reattached. If this was going to be a highboy I would probably replace this piece but the fenders will cover it.

Tacked for now so I can test fit the fenders.

Hey, it’s a model A fender patch panel. I will scribe the outline and hopefully it will fit!
Mo later…

1931 Ford Model A Tudor Hot Rod Project, part 1

Walking thru a local swap meet I saw this straight model A Tudor in the corner of my eye.

I was really there to check out some motorcycle parts but…there is was.

Spending the early part of it’s life as a postal delivery car in North Dakota’s Badlands it had been enjoying a very dry climate. It was stored for decades until the previous owner bought it in 1991. It was then stored indoors until yours truly became the custodian.

Check out this quarter panel…other that being very straight, there is ZERO rust. Even the paint under the fender is instact.

So other than the fact that my welder will be bored, why do I need this car?

Cowl Porn. Again, ZERO rust. How refreshing!

So yeah, it followed me home….and I found a motorcycle tool box for twenty bucks!

One great reason is that everybody should have a hot rod. Unlike an original restoration, you have completely free hand to build and create whatever YOU want.

And the most motivating factor of all:  A ten year stretch of hot rod withdrawals!! There is only one kind of medicine for this!

Let’s get busy!