The big one in Louisville is over and my friends are headed home with some ideas for their winter projects. Vendors at this big show always have some new items for us to dream about. The newer cars in the show have forced vendors to change their business plans to include components for all of these late model rides; however, there are still lots of companies that have not abandoned the old Fords/Chevys; in fact, many companies handle both. I love all types of cars but still prefer to work on the old ones with old parts (or reproduced old parts) on my projects. A case in point, is my friend Bob-O who is building a Model-A coupe on a Deuce chassis. The car will be equipped with all the equipment popular when he was in high school. He needed a Deuce clutch arm to mate up with the stock pedals. He is using a 39 transmission and the short arm will not work without modification. Thanks to the vendors who still believe in the Deuce market, he was able to locate a reproduction one form MEC (Model Engineering Co.) He has a nice stash of old Ford parts but he still needs to be able to secure the rare items without hurting his wallet too much.
He asked me to help him rework his K-member so he could remove the transmission without pulling the engine. We used to just cut the top off and throw it away or add a strap of 1/4 plate. I told him I would weld on some tabs so he could bolt on the original top and he liked that idea. Why are we still fooling with this old stuff? I guess it is a permanent illness that we will take with us to the grave. Sure, we could buy a brand new frame with modern crossmembers and lots of trick aftermarket parts, but that would be sacrilegious. Original rails, Model-A cross members, split bones, Culver City QC and all the other neat stuff that us old guys admire is the plan for this old hot rod clone. He is not planning on driving it to Louisville so he doesn’t need all the amenities that street rods incorporate in todays builds, but the coupe will be very road worthy around town.
More to follow on this project and the Deuce sedan project from a few weeks ago.
You old guys can relate to this photo. The transmission cannot be pulled without pulling the engine. Cutting the center out of the K-member was the solution then and still works today.
This bad photo (iPhone) shows the clutch arm problem and the new top plate with tabs for bolting it back on the K-member.
Here is the ‘MEC’ clutch arm that lines up with the stock 32 pedals.
Bob-O is installing a 1/4 Merc in his new coupe just like he drove in high school.
He had the cherry coupe chopped 5″ by Scott and then removed it from the stock chassis.
Here is a shot of a later style using repo pedals and a T-5 transmission. The pedals are nice but pricey. Note the new center top hat.
Since Bob-O sold his roadster he has been talking about a four-door for his stable. Chopped, of course. I like it.
Project Deuce Sedan is back on track and Dave’s new body is on its way to LA. It belongs in my empty garage.
Our gang can’t seem to get away from the real deal chassis with all the old stuff attached. The sedan will be placed on this chassis for the time being. That’s O.K. by me. No fenders, please.
If you wanted to go with the current “old traditional look” you could order a new Ionia chassis with lots of holes. How do you keep the dirt out of the holes?
Â Monday’s Deuce Sedans!
This one works for me Dave. Keep it simple and a long distance cruiser.
They look good non-chopped also but I prefer the hammered look. Washington Blue would be my choice and a stock cloth top insert.
With our budgets this will have to do for now. I think this style gets more attention than the above ones do.