1929 Ford Model A Ford Roadster Body Modifications – part 3
Hot Rod building distractions continue.
I had another really good week here at home and at the College. One section of my students are finishing up their electronic projects I have them build. These students are building anything from variable DC power supplies to FM transmitters for their MP3 players like iPod’s and iPhones. So far all of the projects are working and many students are happy that I taught them to solder on a very difficult practice printed circuit board first. Next week I will mark the remainder of the projects and most likely trouble shoot and fix a few projects that do not work. Of course there were a few more meetings at the College and that’s part of what I need to do so no complaints there.
Leaves are still falling off the trees and I am really glad I have the tractor with a bagging attachment to pick them all up. There were so many, that I needed to go over the areas with a heavy leaf cover first using the mulcher on the lawn tractor. Once this was done, I was able to bag the already chopped up leaves with the bagger attachment on the tractor. This is a bit of a job on our one acre property but I find it a great way to unwind.
Last weekend I also needed to get a TV antenna mounted to one of the chimneys on our 140 year old Victorian house. About a year ago I decided to have the cable TV service removed. For over $100 per month we found that we were watching TV channels that I could receive off air using an antenna. So why waste the money. The cable company just could believe we did not require their services anymore. The funny thing was they even offered to give it to me free for 3 months just in case we wanted to change our minds. Even after the 3 month of free cable we told them to disconnect it. A local store “The Source” or the former Radio Shack had a saucer style antenna with a pre-amplifier, rotor, and cable on sale. Having designed and built UHF TV antennas with my students at the College I work at in the past, I did not have much hope for this unit, but decided to give it a try since I could not find a used high gain UHF antenna and rotor. I mounted the antenna temporarily on the flat roof that we have on one section of our old Victorian house. You can see the flat roof in the attached picture of the back of my home. To my amazement, I received all of the TV channels I wanted and the picture quality wasn’t bad. Of course as fate would have it, there is always way too much too do around here so the temporary antenna installation lasted a year. This fall the flat roof will need another coat of tar before winter, so my temporary antenna installation now needs to become permanent. Using a bit of 1 inch steel pipe, I welded up a nice antenna mast to mount on the chimney. Now I have a flying saucer mounted to the top of one of the many chimneys on our Victorian house. It looks totally out of place but I now receive free TV channels with excellent picture quality.
Surprisingly enough, I did manage to get several good hours in the shop during the evening to work on the 1929 Ford hot rod. I am now very determined to get this project completed and move on to the next one. I have a few ideas, but I will focus now on finishing this one first.
When I originally started this project, I always took lots of pictures, starting with the old 35mm film camera, then to the digital camera, and now adding HD video to the mix. I never dreamed of documenting the project on the internet as I am doing today. Of course this all takes time and is a good hot rod building distraction. My main intention is to show readers how I created and build a nice looking hot rod using curiosity and ingenuity without a high dollar investment. Again, the actual hot rod it much further along then what is already shown in this blog. In fact just last week, I re-painted the front brake calipers and re-installed them on the car. The first paint job on the callipers was damaged by a small amount of brake fluid that leaked out of them. The new paint I used this time as the manufacturer claims is heat and resistant to brake fluid damage. Hopefully I can get the rear calipers completed this weekend, do a quick alignment of the rear end, bleed the brakes, and take the hot rod out in the lane for a short test run.
Continuing with the 1929 Ford hot rod body modifications.
The original Model A Ford built from 1928 to 1931 by Henry Ford used several wooden blocks of hardwood to mount the body to the chassis / frame. This was fine for the time and Brookville Roadster http://brookvilleroadster.com/ has continued with the tradition to keep the body in true vintage form. The idea of using wood to mount the body to my custom C4 Corvette hot rod chassis just do not seem right to me.
Not keeping things simple in the creation and design of my 1929 Ford Roadster hot rod, I decided to make one more modification to the Brookville Roadster body. Instead of using the hardwood front mounting blocks, I would use steel ones. The firewall had already been removed from the body so this job was very easy to carry out. I found that a 1 inch by 2 inch rectangular steel tube would work perfectly in place of the wooden block. Using a grinder, cut-off saw and die grinder, I trimmed and cleaned up the front body mount location to accept the new steel block. A hole was drilled into the new steel block and then bolted in place on the body to prevent movement prior to welding. Everything was in place and lined up on both sides. Using the Mig welder, I welded the new pieces in place. A few more minutes of grinding the welds to smooth everything up and the job was now complete. I must say this ended up to be one of the simpler modifications and jobs I engaged in on my 1929 Ford hot rod project. Not only that, I sold the entire hardwood mounting blocks for the body on eBay. I even included in the sale the remaining wooden structure for the interior of the car. There is no point keeping anything from the car that I will never use again, so why not turn these items into money for the hot rod build project. This did work out well for me in the end.