1931 Ford Model A Hot Rod Build

The Model A build is still sitting on static pages but I have made this directory. These links should be all pointing to the build pages. If you find any bad links feel free to ping your Humble Editor.

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Frame and suspension

Frame Part II

Frame, part III

1931 Ford Model A Hot Rod frame
1931 Ford Model A Hot Rod frame pinch
It is not necessary to pinch a 1932 frame to accept a ’30-’31 body, but I think one should, and here is why..

To pinch or not to…

Engine and Transmission

Including carburation options and accessories

Wheels and Brakes

Including pedal assembly

Exhaust

Dashboard

Including gauges and steering column

Interior

Electrical and Heater

Various Mock up stages

 …this one being an early one!

Body and sub-rails

Body Part II

Body, part III

Body, part IV

Roof Insert

Firewall

Including floor, trunk with gutters, and tank

Well, how did it come out?

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!

 

 

Goodguys, WA 2013

The fairground in Puyallup Washington was once again filled with hot rods from all over the country. The weather was perfect with sun and temps in the low eighties.

Armed with 100 SPF ultraviolet protection goop smeared all over my thin Northern European skin, sturdy boots with clean socks and my Canon shooter I embarked on a photo safari.

GG2013 1956 Chevrolet Gasser

Let’s start with the gassers. These high in the nose ruppety-ruppety cars are seen (and HEARD!) cruising around the fairgrounds all weekend. That’s a good thing as vintage cars and hot rods in motion is far more interesting than static parked vehicles.

GG2013 Willys Gasser

Like this Willys gasser…coming…

GG2013 Willys Gasser going

…and going!

Chev Gasser

The Puyallup fairground offer perfect “roads” for cruising around. You can just pull up a chair and add a cold beverage and enjoy a rolling cars show. You would see this nasty looking Chevrolet gasser rolling by…Cool !

Chevrolet Gasser going

…and there it goes!

Chevrolet 1955 Gasser

Robin Rickard from University Place brought his bad ass 1955 Chevy gasser. Ooops, I said ass. Oh well, it’s just that…bad ass.

Chevrolet 1955 Gasser engine

With a power plant like this, Robin only has one message:

Chevrolet 1955 Gasser RACE ME

RACE ME !

OK, enough of the gasser stuff. Let’s look at some trucks!

1965 Chevrolet C-10 Truck small

Rex Faubion did not have to travel very far since he lives in Puyallup. He did however bring a very nice truck.

1965 Chevrolet C-10 Truck side

This very stock 1965 Chevrolet C-10 is flawless.

1965 Chevrolet C-10 Truck interior

The interior is as nice as the outside.

1965 Chevrolet C-10 Truck engine

The original High Torque 292 six is still doing great as the truck has very low miles. Sixes are sexy!

1953 Chevrolet Truck

Wayne Seeley from Bremerton brought this super clean 1953 Chevrolet pick up powered by the most trusted engine and transmission combo in the world: 350/350. ’nuff said about that!

1940 Ford truck

Trevor from Snohomish rolled in with style in his just assembled 1940 Ford truck. Powered by a Y-block it moves along just fine. Hauling a bad ass chopper did not hurt the look either.

1957 Ford Ranchero hood open

I think we can archive this under trucks as well. I am not a big fan of the blingy wheels but I dig the colors and stance.

I don’t like to see the hood open as it looks like they are broken down by the side of the road waiting for AAA to show up! When I asked the owner (very politely) if he could close the hood for a photo hi snickered at me. Maybe he thought I was stupid, I am not sure.

1957 Ford Ranchero hood closed

Doesn’t that look better? Anyway, moving on…

 Moving on to hot rods

1932 Ford Roadster Traditional hot rod

Dave York from Surrey, BC brought down his 1932 Ford Roadster built in a traditional hot rod style. Even the top was made in stained but nice material and it looks great. In the background you can spot Doug Grande’s equally traditional 1932 Ford five window coupe.

1932 Ford Roadster Traditional hot rod side

Looks good from any angle. Love the aggressive stance.

1935 Ford Roadster

Mike Bach from Ellensburg brought this flathead powered 1935 Ford Roadster.

1935 Ford Roadster front

1935 Ford Roadster interior

 

1930 Ford Model A Hot Rod

Roy Rockwell from Hoquiam brought this very nice 1930 Ford Model A Hot Rod.

1930 Ford Model A Hot Rod small block

If…I say IF, I really mean it…IF…you are going to insist on putting a small block Chevrolet in a Ford hot rod…THIS…is the ONLY way to do it. Make it look like it was just pulled out of a low mileage 1957 Chevy at the junk yard.

 

1930 Ford Model A Hot Rod rear

Very tasteful hot rod.

1939 Ford Coupe Baby blue

Mike Bach brought this flathead powered 1939 Ford coupe. Looks freshly built but it was already for sale. I am guessing he builds these things for a living.

1939 Ford Coupe Baby blue front

1939 Ford Coupe Baby blue interior

Nice…but that’s a lot of blue me thinks…

1932 Ford Five Window Black
Terry Skipple’s super nice 1932 Ford five window coupe

1932 Ford Sedan

Brian Aldridge’s 1932 Ford sedan is a stunner. Brian does ALL the work himself including a professional paint job.

1932 Ford Sedan up close

Yup, looks great up close.

1940 Ford Copper

In the never ending parade of rolling iron we spotted this copper 1940 Ford coupe. The beige steelies and thin white walls works well on this car.

1930 Ford Model A Hot Rod inside show small

Your Humble Editor’s latest build was displayed inside. It landed Magnum Axle Top Award, kinda cool for the owner.

Let’s end this report with some hi tech stuff. A 1969 Ford Mustang Fastback called “Mach Forty”

1969 Ford Mustang Fastback Mach Fourty front

With a mid mounted engine from a GT40 car it is very different. Workmanship and quality is bar none. I did hear that the bill ended around 2 mil, I can actually believe that.

1969 Ford Mustang Fastback Mach Fourty

1969 Ford Mustang Fastback Mach Fourty rear

There you have it folks, another day in paradise !

 

Rolf Coupe, 2.0 hits the road: “The Roller Nailer”

I got several e-mails and messages about this car so I best give it a proper intro.

I was asked to build a model A hot rod similar to the old red “Rolf Coupe” as you guys call it. The cool thing with this is that I could improve on areas where I learned from the first build.

The customer is a Buick enthusiast so a Nailhead was a given. The 425 Nailhead is built to the hilt including a high lift roller cam. That gave the car it’s name: The “Roller Nailer”

It has taken WAY too long to build this car. I have gone through two back surgeries, sold a home, bought another, sold a business, bought another…my customer has been incredible patient but I think he is pretty happy with it.

The plan was to build a similar car but this time with shiny paint and high detailing. I’m am the first to say that the car is not an era correct car but it’s built in a certain style that qualify as sort of old timey.

We opted for the best solutions like Lincoln brakes, radial tires (yup, the slicks are built on radial cores) and the Cooker Classics bias-ply-look-alike tyres upfront do not offend most traditionalists. The interior is European leather and the carpets is Euro square weave material. It smells like a new Mercedes inside.

Well, we made it to the NSRA meet last weekend. I still have a few things to finish before GoodGuys in Puyallup but it is manageable. I have some issues with the carburetors that I have to dig in to it.

Sorry for crappy overexposed photos, I was in a hurry.

1930 Model A Hot Rod top

 

1930 Model A Hot Rod interior

The red leather looks great against the black paint. Instruments are 1956 Chrysler.

A Muncie four speed hides under the swan shifter.

1930 Model A Hot Rod rear

Ford 9 inch with limited slip keeps the slippage limited.

1930 Model A Hot Rod front

1930 Model A Hot Rod 425 nailhead engine

The reason we opted for the Rochesters as they will feed this thirsty monster better than a set of Strombergs.

There you have it, see some of you at GoodGuys in late July.