For many years, I have re-built
and modified cars, doing engine swaps etc. but I have always wanted to build
my own car, a Hotrod or a Cobra replica. The Hotrod is the favorite though
and following the sale of a few of my treasured possessions, I have raised
some funds to make a start.
Although I'm not generally a Ford
fan, my favorite early car is the 1930/31 A model Ford Coupe. After several
years of looking and procrastination, on the 18th Feb 1998, I bought
one! Actually, a rough outer body shell only, with a chassis, an 8" diff and
front mudguards included in the deal. The body and guards (fenders) need
LOTS of repair work. This is the start of my dream hotrod.
They say that an "A" model Ford
is one of the easiest Rods to build. This may be so, as many repro parts are
available, but it's easy to underestimate the amount of work required on a
steel car. Many repro parts are pretty poor quality and need work before
they can be fitted.
To massage all that real steel
into shape, I enrolled in a vehicle restoration course at a local college,
which I attend once a week.
pages and pictures are my attempt to show some of the intricacies of building
a Hotrod. I have found that very few of the many small "projects" that culminate
with a Hotrod are documented any where that I can find, even in the many "how
to build a Hotrod" type texts. These pages then, are some snippets of my approach
to building a rod and should be taken as a guide only. If you wish to use any
of this material, do so, but be aware that they are my ideas only. As stated
elsewhere, this is my first Rod and if you can contribute any ideas or see flaws
in my ideas, please let me know!
is what I started with. A basic body shell, which had been imported from the
USA in 1998, with a chassis and two battered front fenders. The chassis was
damaged, along with the left fender. I later picked up another fender, rear
fenders and hood from swap meets. Now, it's all steel!
For more information
on the restoration of the body and other details, click below.
No guarantees are given or
implied as to the suitability of this material for any purpose whatsoever.
This page will constantly be
under construction, as will the Rod !!!
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coupe, or any Hotrod.
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Building a 1930 Ford coupe Hotrod
shows the home made hood top and modified original sides to make them lift off.
FEB 2007 This is how she looks right
now. Most panels primed etc. Still trying to get everything lining up in the
running boards area. This repro stuff sucks ............
I have just finished the exhaust sytem in stainless. See it here.
Building a stainless Exhaust
all above links work as yet. I am slowly moving my pages from an old web site
which has run out of room to this "GoDaddy" site.