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Old 01-07-2013, 04:26 PM   #1
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Just got my Model-A inspector coming on Thursday to check the numbers,ready to get started.Pulling the body off get started on the frame,Is there some info out there on changing the steering box and the front brakes I have heard F-100 trucks are the one's to look at what years Thank's.
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Old 01-07-2013, 05:15 PM   #2
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altho the guys in here know how and what is needed to do that they are mostly into originality, you can get more help if you go to RYANS HAMB site, those guys are into modifacation and street rod stuff
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Old 01-07-2013, 05:25 PM   #3
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Welcome to the Model A addiction. Stay here, and learn how nice they are if they are original. Properly restored, they steer and stop well. There are many advantages to keeping them original.

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Old 01-07-2013, 05:27 PM   #4
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Welcome to the club Box50! What year, body etc. do you have? There are several books out there about 'upgrading' your A. For what it is worth, the 2-tooth steering is perfectly fine for the car. Remember that if you change one axles brakes you change them all to hydro.

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Old 01-07-2013, 05:55 PM   #5
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1930artdeco is right, when modifing some thing, for ever change you make you will have to make 2 some place else, thats the rule of thimb, so sit down and plan what you want to change, draw a diagram of the changes and see it they will work, plan way ahead, it will save you hours of work
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Old 01-07-2013, 06:11 PM   #6
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Also check with your insurance company to see if modifications will change your coverage.
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Old 01-07-2013, 07:28 PM   #7
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Is your car running? If so then don't take it apart yet. It may turn into a bigger project than you can even imagine. I have seen too many people take a car apart and never put it back together. I am pretty sure there are others on here who have seen the same thing. The advice about changes is correct, my friend calls it the domino effect, Change A affects B which affects C......
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Old 01-07-2013, 08:09 PM   #8
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Thank's for all the info guy's,as for the body it is a 31 sedan the car sat inside since 1989 so that really saved it. Good talking to ya'll.
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Old 01-08-2013, 11:23 AM   #9
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Welcome. I hope you don't get discouraged by the attack on modifications. I have done most of what you are talking and have driven all over the US. Hang in there join a local club and start enjoying the hobby. You will find what modification you want and need as you start to experience the hobby. Hope to see you along the Model A highway soon. Remember it is "The Journey, not The Destination!"
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Old 01-08-2013, 12:02 PM   #10
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Although the intent of this site is restoration I feel (a feeling maybe not shared by all others) that the site is also about enjoying the cars and the changes you describe are reversible (be sure to keep the original parts under the bench as people's ideas change with time) . It would be good to own and drive the car for a while to be sure you feel they are really necessary. What type of brakes are currently on the car? Do you realize that the F100 brakes are not compatible with the original wire wheels (which I hope you intend to keep) without extremely thick adapters. The 1940-48 Ford (or better yet Lincoln) brakes can be used with adapters and the original wire wheels. I have never felt the steering was enough of a problem that it was worth changing. I hope you intend to keep the rest of the car original (what are your plans?).

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Old 01-08-2013, 12:07 PM   #11
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Before you do anything, ask yourself what your goals are. If you want a driver and have the model a experience then stay original. If you want to drive at 60+ then find a car in the 40's or 50's or beyond. Driving an "a" at those speeds is out of most of our comfort zones and can be dangerous. Stay of off the super highways and have fun.
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Old 01-08-2013, 12:21 PM   #12
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This would probably be a good time to build your car on paper. Lay out what you want to have and how you intend to use it and get comments. I assume you car is a slant window and if so that is my favorite Model A.

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Old 01-08-2013, 12:35 PM   #13
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get the car registered and licensed with all paper work before you start changing any thing, dmv is getting real sticky about putting modern parts on classic cars, if you find a hard nosed dmv wprker they may try to make you license it as a new car, or refuse to license it at all, leave it completly stock till your done with the registration
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Old 01-08-2013, 02:27 PM   #14
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Rather than starting by pulling the body off start with the small things you can start and complete. An example would to be to rebuild the front end, rebuild the rear end etc. Too many projects are taken apart only to be sold when the owner becomes overwhelmed.

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Old 01-08-2013, 03:30 PM   #15
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Thank's guy's To answer some of your questions I plan on keeping everything I take off the car I have the engine that came with the car I will keep it to. What do I do to post pictures on hear,need a little help with that. Great ides from all of ya'll
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Just remember, just beause you can does not mean you should.
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Welcome! When do we get to see it?
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Here is another new dude getting into the Model A hobby.

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