1931 Ford Model A Tudor Hot Rod Project, part 7

Nothing like a freshly blasted frame to work with. I want to install boxing plates so having a clean frame will make for good welds.

I used my plasma cutter to make the boxing plates from 1/8 inch steel plate.

I use a 1/2 thick plate as a guide for the plasma cutter to get straight cuts. Tip: Make sure the edge on the guide is smooth so when you drag the cutter along it does not hang up. The smoother the movement, the cleaner the cut.

I heart my plasma cutter. Besides, making it a snap to make the boxing plates I also used to cut needed holes. I made these templates from old bearing races.

Just clamp on and zip around with the plasma cutter.

Done!

The holes are for access points for bolts that hold the body to the frame. Also, some will be used to run wiring.

I set the boxing plates inside the frame about 1/4 inch. This is a win X 4. Why?

Win 1. I don’t have to dress the welds.

Win 2. Grinding the welds would weaken them anyway.

Win 3. The recessed plates offers some extra room and protection for brake and fuel lines.

Win 4. This still leaves a stock and good looking inside edge.

This particular hole is used for holding the fender and also the hood latch. The boxing plates ends up right under this hole so I made an opening just big enough to handle a 7/16 wrench. You know, to hold the nut. It is important to have a firm grip on your nuts.
 With the new Walker radiator in place I can confirm the location of the Volvo engine.
I just had to make sure that the radiator location fits with the location of the body so the hood gaps are acceptable.
 Frame motor mount mounts templated and will be welded to the boxing plates.
This is obviously not a true traditional build, it is going to be a driver with capital “D” so I opted for a new Vega steering box. A little tight with the steering box but it has to be where is has to be. The drag link dictates the location.
Knowing the approximate rake of the frame and body in ride height, I can make sure the engine is level with earth.
Motor mount raw…
Motor mount finished. I love to make parts that looks like they are cast.
I am using Lincoln style Wilson Welding self energizing brakes for the front.
In order to make the Lincoln backing plates fit flush on the spindle flange I had to remove some material to make the flush with the surface.
Good to know info: The part number for the brake hose for the Wilson Lincoln brakes is Wagner # F49927 or NAPA UP36531
I just made some tabs for the hoses.
Since I am going to use a 1932 tank attached to the rear of the frame I had to install the rear shocks in front of the axle. They were mounted directly to the 1936 rods.
The front shocks will be installed using Ford F-100 shock mounts. They will need some modification to fit under the fenders.
I love the smell of excited molecules in the morning.
Mo later…

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 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!

Swindler’s 17th annual Poker Run

poker-run-logo

So…it was that time again…time for the 17th annual World Famous Swindler’s Poker Run.

 

img_4023

With fuel tank full of decomposed dinosaurs and high expectations we started at the usual spot: Conway.

img_4100

Since I am hot-rod-less currently (horrible situation!) I was able to get a ride in this pile. The driver, my friend Chris insisted that the 327 small block should be approaching 6000 rpm before shifting to another gear. OK with me.

img_4033

Conway is a nice sleepy town with lot of history and lends itself to a great back drop for old cars.

img_4032

img_4024

img_4031

img_4025

img_4022

 

img_4016

img_4064

The surprise of the day was this 60’s style 1930 Ford Model A Sedan hot rod belonging to Mike Thompson. It was powered by a diesel! Why not, it’s a driver. The 4BT engine offers 265 ft lbs of torque at 1700 rpm! In other words, you shift at 2K !

 

img_4068

img_4065

1932-ford-on-the-road

Traffic was really bad, old cars everywhere!

img_4097

Co is my Dog Pilot?? Hot Dog is my Pilot? Whatever…

 

img_4058 img_4057 img_4056 img_4055 img_4054 img_4053 img_4052 img_4051 img_4050 img_4049 img_4048

 

 

img_4036

img_4096

The Pacific North West is rather scenic. With the Puget Sound as a back drop, we stopped for a break along the shore.

img_4093

img_4095

1932 Ford 3W coupe by the sea.

img_4092

Riviera by the sea…and a sign.

img_4091

Hot rods by the sea

img_4086

Refrigerator truck by the sea.

img_4085

Sam’s most excellent shoes box rollingin style.

 

img_4084

Model A Hot Rod truck by the sea.

img_4052

img_4054

Rich’s 1957 Chevrolet truck.

 

img_4072

They don’t make hood ornaments like this anymore…well, they don’t make hood ornaments at all these days.

img_4079

I think they call this patina.

img_4080

No patina here…super nice 1940 Ford.

img_4078

img_4077

Cool sedan.

img_4067

img_4056

img_4049

img_4055

img_4099

The day was ended at Paul’s upholstery shop for some show and tell. Great day.

The “Rolf Coupe” still going strong

1931 Ford Model A Hot Rod

1931 Ford Model A Hot Rod in Germany

I sold this coupe back in 2010 locally but a year or two later it found itself in Germany where it lives an active life in the hands of Marco and Silvia Wenzel. They are in to American cars of all shapes. I get regular up-dates from Marco and I felt it was time to share.

 

1931 Ford Model A Crusing

It is used the best way possible: By driving it!…a lot.

1931 Ford Model A Hot Rod Germany

The hot rod is a frequent guest at many events in Germany with likeminded guys and gals.

Ford Model A Hot Rod

Staging in at the drags.

1931 Ford Model A Drag RacingHere is Marco ready to abuse it in a drag race. Yes, of course he won!
1931 Ford Model A Hot Rod

The car was sporting black walls when it left the States but now it is back to wide white walls and I think it looks much better.

 

1931 Ford Model A Hot Rod Finland truck

The hot rod was invited to a Finish Hot Rod show and Marco was quick to oblige, It was tucked in a trailer and off to Finland it went.

 

1931 Ford Model A Hot Rod Finland

Marco’s hot rod was listed in the show programme the Guest from Germany. That is what “Saksan vieras” means. “PAKKO NÄHDÄ” means don’t miss! So don’t miss the Guest from Germany!

 

1931 Ford Model A Hot Rod Finland show

1931 Ford Model A Hot Rod Finland visitor

One of the show visitors was Mika Kari. Mika lived in Washington state for a year and I met him several times. He did a feature of the car for the Finish magazine Primer at the time. Mika stopped by and visited with Marco. Mika on the left and Marco on the…you get it.

Thanks for sharing your adventures with us, Marco.

Photo: Marco Wenzel

1931 Ford Model A Hot Rod Build

Due to some asshole HACK trying to install malicious software, I had to delete a bunch of directories. That included all build articles of the Rolf Coupe. I am PISSED. I lot of folks have contacted me and I am sorry! 

All I have left is the finished pics that can be found here

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.

Rolf Coupe 2.0 to be at the NSRA meet in Ridgefield, WA Jun 28-29th

June 28 – 30, 2013, at Clark County Event Center in Ridgefield, Washington.

Very subtle car with 500 horse roller-cam nailhead, Tri-power, Muncie M-22 four speed, Ford nine inch limited slip rear axle, cheater slicks, pro leather interior, 1956 Chrysler instruments, Lincoln brakes, Buick brake drums and shiny paint.

How ’bout some teaser shots:

1930 Ford model A hot rod glass

 

1930 Ford model A hot rod radiator clamps

 

1930 Ford model A hot rod rear slicks

Rolf Coupe hits German soil!

So I built this model A hot rod back in 2007.

RCMay2007

I was fortunate to have the car land on the cover of Rod & Custom Magazine. Chris Shelton shot the car and made it look great. I was very proud.

Well, one reader of Rod & Custom in Germany, Marco Wenzel read about that hot rod. He contacted me and asked if it would be for sale. I told him that I already sold it but I will get him in touch with the current owner. The current owner had the hots for my current 1932 Ford Five Window. So the current owner bought my ’32, Marco bought the model A hot rod and I bought Project ’37 Ford Cabriolet. Everybody happy!

A few months later the car arrived in Germany:

1931 Ford Hot Rod in Germany 2

Marco is showing off his all wrapped up hot rod. In order to protect the car during transport it was all wrapped up in shipping wrap. Marco and his family are true car guys, his wife Silvia drives a 1968 Impala. Not bad in a country where gasoline is close to $8.00 / gallon !! Here is some statistic for you:

Per capita daily income in Germany is $113. The share of a day’s wages needed to
buy a gallon of gas is 7 percent. Think about that!!

1931 Ford Hot Rod in Germany

They seemed excited to un-wrap the new present.

rolf coupe, germany 2

Here it is at the first outing. In Germany you have to display a front license plate so Marco has no choice but hanging that big plate on the front spreader bar.

rolf coupe, germany

The German hot rod gang on it’s way to an event.

1931 Ford Hot rod

As you can see, as soon as the car hits the meeting spot, the ugly huge license plate goes in the trunk.

1931 Ford Hot rod in Germany

Marco and Silvia has plenty of like minded folks to hang with.

Marco, thanks for sharing, it is great to see the car getting a good home.

Photo: Marco Wenzel