1931 Ford Model A Tudor Hot Rod Project, part 8

It’s been a while since I had time to work on the Swedish Banger Tudor. I am starting a vintage motorcycle showroom so we are busy getting bikes ready to sell. However, some progress was made this week:

After some machine work, the Lincoln brakes joined forces with the Buick aluminum brake drums. I decided to use Lincoln style self energizing brakes on this hot rod. It is going to be a DRIVER so stopping power is good. These are made by Wilson Welding and the quality is excellent.

I opted for the old school 45 fin Buick aluminum brake drums. These also came with 90 fins on the later model Buicks but it would not have the same look. Even though it is a full fendered car, the brake drums will be visible.

The dude that build the firewall miss judged the position of the engine…ahem, that would be your’s truly! With the new radiator with condenser for A/C, the radiator is thicker and the engine had to go back about 1/2 inch. I have to make a small notch here to clear the engine.

The late fifties Volvo 444 dash cluster looks right at home in the 1932 dash.

 

I cut and welded a old timey swan shifter to the Volvo shifter. It came out less than 2 inches from the original location.

 A quick mock up with the MG seat. Looks pretty comfy to me.

So if I fix the space against the firewall the little four banger looks like it is made for it.

I was told by various sources that when using 1940 style hydraulic brakes on a model A axle, I had to “clock” the brake cylinder at about 11:00 or 1:00 o’clock in order to clear the spring perch. Turns out that I only have to remove some material and it fits fine. I will clean up the hole and make a cover to keep dust out.

Mo later…