Hot Rod Project: 1929 Ford Model A

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This 1929 Ford Model A hot rod is a really cool little car although it needs quite a bit of work to reach its full potential. It can be found here on eBay with a current bid of $7,500. The seller does say they will take a local offer of around $8,500 so it seems like this one will probably sell. Located in Clarkshill, Indiana, if you’ve wanted an early hot rod project, check out this one!

The seller says the engine isn’t running and based on the only photo of the powerplant, it is pretty obvious. No plug wires, no exhaust manifolds, no belts, no hoses, no fuel lines…Seems like maybe the block is just sitting in the car for mock-up. The ad doesn’t even say what the engine is, but it is likely a small-block Chevy.

Like the engine compartment, the interior will also need a lot of attention. It is pretty amazing how much wood these cars have. The floors, doors, and dash are mostly wooden. There seems to be a good framework in place, but a lot of time and money is going to be needed to make this one complete again.

The trunk lid and rear fender louvers are a nice custom/hot rod touch. The steel wheels and slicks look good on the back of the car. Unfortunately, the ad is not very descriptive and lacks a lot of details. It seems like there is pretty strong bidding though, so soon this will be someone’s new project. Do you think it will be cruising by this summer?

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  1. Clovis

    I would convert this to right hand drive to be different.

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  2. Rw

    Omg I’m gonna go Karen ,SBC

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  3. Gary

    I believe this was a 50/60’s show car. Look at the louvers, the hole cut in each splash shield fot the exhaust. Probably had headers that stuck straight out (the motor mount looks like a 265-283 Chevy but maybe a Y block, Caddy, early Hemi engine?) and exhaust pipes from them under the car. Someone please buy this car and research it before anything is cut up on it. It may be a long lost historic custom that needs restored to it’s former self.

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    • Eric

      small block chevy later model 350 or 305 has center bolt valve covers

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    • Lowell Peterson

      Holds in the aprons probably for saddle gas tanks. It kool but destined for ratrod I would guess. Buy decent model A hotrods for $20-$30k all day everywhere.

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  4. David Scully

    Outside views show a very good start to a A-bone project car. Looks like a earlier Olds rear end, maybe an automatic trans (suspended brake pedal, no clutch pedal shown) – SBC probably by exhaust port locations. Obvious dropped axle in place w/juice brakes – see suspended pedal.177 louvers punched by my count (I paid $1 each in 1976 for a woody I was building then). Lots of mystery here, but ‘good bones’ as the realtors say…

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  5. Nick

    Not a small block Chevy, just by the valve covers. Sbc’s are held down by 4 perimeter bolts, 2 top, 2 bottom

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  6. Gary MacDonald

    Louvers upside down on r fenders , had a hyd clutch at some point , sbc w hurst mount , crossmember cut and frame not boxed . Lots of rework to make safe and roadworthy .

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  7. Mike

    Of course the motor isn’t running…

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