Hot Rod Starter Kit! 1931 Ford Model A Roadster

Walk into your garage and look around. If nothing in there amazes your friends, consider purchasing this hot rod Ford! Located near

The Offenhauser or “Offy” heads look great on the vintage Ford V8. A new ’32 radiator shell and custom radiator promise to cool the better-than-stock engine. A new alternator looks like an old-school generator. Presumably the wiring has been upgraded to 12 volt from 6, though this is not mentioned. Twin carbs add a racy touch to the induction setup.

New hydraulic aka “juice” brakes ride inside 16″ Wide Five wheels. New Coker whitewall tires complete the vintage look. The listing describes a host of new suspension parts, suggesting no shortcuts were taken in newly crafting this old-school Ford.

A T-5 manual transmission offers five forward speeds including overdrive, to make the most of the modified flathead’s power. What looks like a complete aftermarket wiring harness will need some sorting. In keeping with the new hardware fitted throughout this car, I suggest a collapsible steering column for safety, and seat belts! A four-inch channel drops the body on the modified frame. It’s far from done, but had the builder gone much further it would be hard to put your creative stamp on this project car. With many mechanical and engineering challenges completed, this hot rod Ford offers the new owner a chance to finish it however they want, taking ownership and pride in the creative choices leading to a final product. How would you do it?

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Comments

  1. MattR Member

    I’d love to have it. I would add side pipes and a racoon tail.

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  2. IkeyHeyman

    Looks like an interesting project, I’d check it out if it wasn’t 1600 miles away from me!

  3. Gator Member

    I’m seriously considering this one. Owner has done a beautiful job so far. However, Pa. is long haul from Or.

  4. Joe Haska

    The one big mistake with this listing is ,it is not a 31 Model A Roadster. The question is what is it and how do you know? First off this was a very common practice in the 50’s and early 60’s, Roadster Bodies were even rare and expensive then and a cheap fix was to cut the top of coupes, the easiest way, but a coupe with the top cut off is still not a roadster. Another way to take sheet metal panels from other cars and makes and try to make a roadster body. There was a lot of sheet metal for the taking, but I never saw a car that managed to fool anyone. This car is of that period. The grill shell is 32 Ford, the rear quarters and doors, I think probably early GM , no dash or deck lid and custom channel iron windshield posts, are a dead giveway. Also if you look at the inside of the passenger compartment (the top edges) this car or parts were never on a roadster body. Not sure about the frame ,but a safe bet it is a Ford probably Model A, as for the Ford V-8, unless I would take it apart 6K is a giant leep of faith and the body should be priced by the pound, for scap metal. That leaves, a 5-speed, adapter/clutch and banjo Ford rearend ,with old style, big bolt pattern wheels. Aluminum Radiator and some good head lights. I am sorry in todays car climate, why would anybody think this is a good buy. You could build 10 times the car, with a Speedway catalog and a UPS truck that delivers in your neighbor hood and of course Visa plattium credit card, and never leave your garage! Oh yeah, it wouldn’t be original ,”Did you miss part, where I told you about this car”.

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    • Nate

      Joe haska should look at the add. There is in fact a deck lid and tons of new speedway parts. I guess you aren’t allowed to make what you want out of a hot rod and somehow roadster matters. But joes wallet is clearly bigger than his brain if he thinks original bodies are scrap or that he could build this car for anywhere near the price. Just open your speedway catalog joe and let us know how you make out.

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  5. John S.

    From where I sit, this looks like a reasonable offer… It would be tough to get this much of a start, from scratch, for the money. Considering the parts and labor already in place, someone’s going to get a good deal.

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  6. DayDreamBeliever Member

    I’m unfamiliar with the “wide five” brake drum/wheels setup. Unique for sure, but the look isn’t immediately attractive to me.

    This sure appears to be a worthwhile project to finish out!

  7. Dennis M

    Those are most likely ’39 Ford wheels and drums as that was the first year with hydraulic brakes. I’m not familiar with that “wide Five” connotation, but then my ’39 Ford had wheels and brake drums off the ’49 Merc that donated the engine!

  8. Jim

    Who would put $6k into a motor and then use stock exhaust manifolds and not tube headers?

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  9. Joe Haska

    I just re-read the comments and I am trying to figure out what some of you are looking at? This is not a real car, it is a bunch of pieces ,put together in not a very good way. Maybe this is what ,Gray Baskerville had in mind when he coined the term “Rat Rod’. I could maybe see that. Great start, interesting project, would really consider this, worthwhile project. I feel like, I am looking at the king and I am the only, one that is saying, but he is naked!

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