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What type of vehicle Is this?
1930 Ford Model A “The Dirty 30”
Who is the first owner of the project and is it still their project?
This car came from an original hot rodder that loved the car dearly and put a lot of custom touches on the car. When the opportunity came up to get my hands on this thing, I didn’t spare one minute.
When was it purchased?
I acquired the car this winter. (February 2017) This car was in storage for 5 years and had been buried in tons of dust and clutter and just forgotten about.
Was this a father/son, Daughter project?
Not as of yet, although my son has been very active in helping bring the car back to good mechanical working order. I plan to do a total overhaul of the car in the future and plan for the whole family to take part and have an interest in the build.
Why this vehicle?
I have always been a huge fan of the rat/rod style. This is a huge change coming from the muscle car genre, that is where my love for cars started. Let’s face it I am not getting any younger and I want to enjoy life to the fullest.
While I am a huge fan of Built not Bought, this car demanded to be brought back to life in the way it was intended when originally built. Just like the puppy that is sitting at the shelter begging to be adopted, this 30 needed a good home and a little loving.
Give me some backstory, are you a mechanic, do you like to fabricate, are you really good at body work, etc. Some info about you. Info about the vehicle prior to starting it.
I am a mechanic by trade. My love for working on vehicles started as a child. I would spend hours out in the garage watching and helping my uncles build and repair cars. I loved the whole environment of the garage, the sounds, the smells and most importantly the time I got to spend with my uncles. Oh the stories I could tell, but to keep this family friendly I will spare the details.
I consider myself a Jack of all trades in the garage (mechanic, fabricator and restoration), but a master of none. I currently am a Euro auto mechanic which required detailed diagnostics and overly used computer controls, so getting my hands into a good old American Built, not frills kind of motor is my way of relaxing. American classics are simplicity at its finest.
What have you done to it so far?
When I purchased the car it had been confined in storage for 5 years. Time was not kind to the engine, suspension, and it needed some TLC, while I was refreshing I went with classic timing upgrade and added gear drive. The car additionally had alignment issues that have had to be fixed to make this car road worthy again. Updated all new suspension up front.
Where is it now, in the rebuild stage?
Current state is, road worthy, but a project is never done. My ultimate goal is make this as custom to my personality as I can without ruining the integrity of the original build. Projects I am currently working on include: updating the gauges to 12v working gauges with a GPS speedo, overhauling the wiring throughout the whole car (current state is what I like to call a bird’s nest, this is a huge peeve of mine). Future project is to upgrade the power train from a small block 305 to a small block stroker 383 Chevy, because you can never have too much power.
Any special parts you have used?
It is a rat, so anything I find laying around in a junk pile could be considered a part. The webbing inserts for the windows were made from old election poster metal rods that we had laying around.
Any help you have gotten? (i.e., friend(s), a garage, body shop, parts supplier, box store or online, yahoo videos that were helpful, etc.)
I am very lucky man to have amazing friends to come help be tinker on the 30 on the weekends. Sometimes it takes two people to solve even the simplest of problems. Additionally I would like to thank Shane Syx out of Fairborn, Ohio for laying down some amazing art work on the door panels.
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