Mark Anderson’s Pre War 1931 Ford Hot Rod

1931 Ford Model A Hot Rod

1931 Ford Model A Hot Rod lights

Mark is a card carrying, astute and highly respected member of the World Famous Beggers Car Club in Washington State. As such he drives an appropriate car…daily. Yup, this is his daily commuter.

 

1931 Ford Model A Hot Rod rear side R

A lot of folks builds traditional style hot rods and some try to use only era correct parts. Some builders are more successful than others in this effort. There is not a single component that is made after 1940 in this car.

 

1931 Ford Model A Hot Rod side right

It’s all in the attitude! As you can see the car is not ridiculously low, it sits just like a car from that era should sit. Stance and attitude is everything. This original 1931 body rests on an original 1932 Frame. There is not one single reproduction piece on this car.

1931 Ford Model A Hot Rod hood side

Chevrolet (Ooops, sorry about that, Ford Fans) …anyway, you get over it!…Vintage Chevrolet hood sides offer these factory louvers for a great and different look. It also offers a practical solution as it helps with cooling of the flathead.

 

1931 Ford Model A Hot Rod engine

The flathead is equipped with two leaky Strombergs mounted on a vintage Weiand manifold. Mark did some thinking about the exhaust manifolds. What would the 1940’s hot rodder do for tubing? Well, a home built hot rod could very well have used flexible tubing and that’s what Mark went with. Looks great. Also, note the liberal use of copper tubing adding to the “right” look.

1931 Ford Model A Hot Rod interior

The office: Lack of door stops offer easy access. Seat belts are vintage aircraft units.

 

1931 Ford Model A Hot Rod attitude

Yup, it’s all in the attitude!

Thanks Mark for sharing your cool ride with us!

 

 

Rolle Nailer details

Got the modifications done and the “body work” finished on the heater housing. The gun metal grey hammer paint looks nice. More on this heater project later…

 

This is the down tube on the headers. It will sneak inside the frame and be painted black so it visually disappears.

Custom made weed burners are ready to assemble. The black down tubes makes them pretty much invisible…almost.

Also, the black “hole” in the block off plates makes the header look uncorked…almost.

Mo later…

Harry’s “back in the day” Hot Rod Pictures

I bought a vintage Volvo from Harry and his wife a few years ago. I learned that he has been a car guy and hot rodder all his life and here are some pictures to prove it.

Gotta love this stuff:

A Mopar 413 Ramcharger powered this red hot rod. The stick figure in the front is Harry himself.

With a ride like this it was not a problem to atract the ladies.

Just love the stance and look of old hot rods.

The hot rod started life with a different color. Check out the two color top insert.

 

More evidence that the ladies dig guys with hot rods…

A completey restored 1937 Dodge truck was the ride of choice for a while.

One of the earlier cars Harry owned was this 1926 Ford Model T. Bought it for $150.00 and sold it for $300.00. They only car he made money on!

Thanks Harry for sharing your time machine with us.

Roller Nailer Engine up-date

This is the FOUR-HUNDRED-TWENTY-FIVE-CUBIC-INCH engine going in the Roller Nailer chassis:

Lonely chassis waiting for POWER !!

 

 

So I met this guy…

I went to the LeMay open house, to attend the old car auction. On my way to the auction site, I stumbled across this cool looking ’32 Ford. It stopped me in my tracks, and it didn’t take long to notice that the car did not have an ordinary engine.

It was powered by a jet engine!

The 1932 Ford Roadster is now owned by LeMay Auto Museum but the builder Lenny was there to show off his engineering masterpiece. Lenny spent a fair amount of time with me, showing the various features of the car. He was fascinated when I told him that I used Ford F-1 shock mounts, dropped axle and split wishbones on my hot rod.

He said: That what we did in the “old” days !

Not just the average 350/350 combo, huh?

Before embarking on the jet build, he spend lot’s of time racing his car.

Lenny also spend several years racing on the salt flats in the early fifties.

Lenny worked for Boeing in Seattle, so the jet engine solution was probably close to home.

 

Gotta love those shocks !

Once he learned that Your Humble Editor was born in Sweden, he told me he worked in Sweden for Volvo Airplane Division in the sixties.

Funny story: Most of the engineers in Sweden at that time spoke good English, but most of the mechanics did not. There was one air plane mechanic that really wanted to learn English, especially the name of various engine parts. So every time Lenny pointed out a part, the mechanic would pull out his note book and write it down.

One day they were working on an engine that was just run, and Lenny leaned in on the exhaust pipe and burned himself. He said “Hot Mother F…..he stopped abruptly, realizing that was not appropriate language. As he walked away, he turned around and saw the Swedish mechanic mutter to himself while he wrote “Hot Mother” for the English name of the exhaust pipe.

We can only be grateful that Lenny did not complete the sentence !

 

1932 Ford hot rod: The fendering is finished

1932 Ford Five window Coupe fenders

After all the fenders had been test fitted I shot the inside of the fenders with etching primer and then applied a rubberized undercoating. This prevents “tneds”  That would be “dent” backwards as the rock would leave the tire and make an “outie” Get it?

 

1932 Ford Five window Coupe fenders

Also, the wheel wells got a shot of the undercoating as well.

 

1932 Ford Five window Coupe fenders

I made these simple upper shock mounts that clears the fender.

 

1932 Ford Five window Coupe fenders

Then it was time to squirt some paint on the frame rails as well.The rear quarter panel was not painted when I originally painted the cowl and doors to remove the ugly lettering so this was a good opportunity to make sure everything match.
Puh, that was a long sentence!

 

Back in the “showroom” for assembly. The Volvo wheel is just temporary until I get new rear rims. I ordered new 16’s with 5 on 4.5 bolt pattern in order to solve the axle width. This way I can eliminate the adapter and save an inch. Hopefully it will be enough as I really don’t want to tear down the rear axle this year.

 

Yup, the whole damn shop is red. My interior decorator is going to be sooo pissed!

The white paint on the headers was peeling badly and now would be the time to fix it.

As I will not run hood sides and the fenders and top hood with sort of picture frame the engine it better look good. This looks cleaner.

So how did it come out? Pretty damn good I think, It certainly changed the look and feel of the car.

 

The OE frame horn covers fits better than the repop

 

I was concerned that there would be too much red but the chrome acorns and adding a chrome license plate frame it looks pretty balanced.

 

The not so faux Olds engine is nicely framed between the hood and fenders.

I plan to change the top insert to black and also the dash and steering wheel should be black. For right now I just plan to drive the crap out of it.

1931 Ford roadster parts chasing

A hot rod should have it’s own personality and you don’t achieve this but installing mail order components. For example, I am always on the look-out for interesting guages for my hot rod builds. Usually something comes along that grabs my attention at a swap meet or in this case, my friends garage.

This 1947 Volvo PV 444 instrument cluster was doing service as garage art but now it will once again do what it was designed to do: report speed and other vital information about the engine.

The model A roaster will use this1932 style dash. I did not waste any time testing the fit. I approve. Volvo cluster it is.

Now I best get back to the ’32 Ford and the issues with the rear wheels.

Old Car Breakfast Meeting

The first Saturday in every month the Whidbey Island car guys get together for breakfast. It is mostly the very active model A gang that shows up but it is open to anyone with a love for old cars.

 

I showed up for one of these meeting on a 30 degree day in the middle of winter with a sheet of ice covering the road but all the model A guys rolled in with their old Fords.

Well, on a day like this, the first really sunny day of the year here in Washington the parking lot turned in to a mini car show.

 

I pulled out my Canon SLR camera only to find out that I left the SD card at home. You will have to live with these lousy cell phone pictures but you get the idea.

 

This tow truck has been restored to the exact colors and lettering as when it was new. The owner found pictures of the truck when it was new and duplicated everything. It is an amazing truck.

 

This 1929 Sport Coupe has been in the same family for 70 years and still going strong. The current owners’s dad rebuilt the engine in the fifties and he has not touched it since.

 

The 390 powered Galaxie convertible sporting Keystone wheels is a nice ride.

 

Gary Formhals, the current president of the Whidbey Island model A club is doing a great job keeping the club active with many activities. His model A pickup certainly shows his enthusiasm in the quality of the restoration.

 

One of your Humble Editor’s favorite body styles. These shoebox Fords are just very classy cars.

After breaking bread with some fun loving car enthusiasts I was on my way to take care of the rest of my day in my vintage Volvo 122S wagon. Enjoying a vintage car on a two lane black top country road is one of my favorite things to do.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1932 Ford five winda…fender install up-date

Burning the mid night oil on this one. I don’t want it to interfear with my day to day business so I get to work on this at night. Soon we will have hot rod weather in Washington state and this car needs to be READY for action!

 

After some slicing and dicing of the rear fenders they finally fit the body I am finally pretty happy with the fit. Applying Swedish Volvo standards to eighty year old American cars can cause hair dramatic loss though.

 

In the Uh-Oh department…You have heard the expression “Cause and Effect”…Well, this is a good example…I caused it…by hanging fenders…the effect is now that the axle width does not work with the fenders. Acually, multiple issues going on here. The axle is too wide and the wheel is not really centered in the wheel opening. The latter is a common deuce problem.

Now what? I will have to shorten the axle. If I tear it down I should fix the parallel ’36 rear bones as they are not really part of a good suspension. They should connect in the middle like stock. If I change the wish bones I need to re-route the exhaust. Then I may go to coil springs or coil overs for comfort.

Don’t you love hot rodding??!!

 

 

1932 Fender install project

The unboxed center of the frame still has the holes for the foot boards so I figured the location is pretty much the gospel. After installing the boards I can work from there.

 

So far so good. Stay tuned.