Real Steel: 1931 Ford Model A Roadster

This awesome 1931 Ford Model A roadster is a great looking project and will be a blast for the new owner. It already features a chopped windshield along with a chopped top with shortened bows and original back glass. It can be found here on eBay with a buy-it-now price of $25,500. Located in Sacramento, California, the car already has a great look and is definitely a “fix-it-as-you-drive-it” type of project.

The engine is a Flathead V8 from a 1953 Ford pickup. It features a Stromberg carburetor and is said to have good compression on all eight cylinders. The transmission is a 3-speed top-loader and the gas tank and battery have been relocated over the rear end. The sheet metal is said to be real-deal Henry Ford but the body tub, grille shell, and doors don’t have the same shade of patina as each other. It’s a bit of a bummer but they could be blended with a little effort if the new owner doesn’t want to paint it.

The interior features a 1939 dash with a banjo steering wheel. The wood in the floor has been refreshed. The gauges work, but the speedometer is not hooked up. The seat and door panels look decent. Overall, it seems functional and you could certainly drive it while you made upgrades to the interior.

Overall, this is a great looking roadster and would probably be a really fun project. It could probably use a channel job to drop the body down over the frame. If this was your project, what would you do first?


  1. geomechs geomechs

    I would finish the job if this came my way. Then I would have some fun driving it around. I might add that a HiBoy is a HiBoy and any talk about channeling it should provoke the wrath of the traditional hot rod god…

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    • Dave at OldSchool Restorations


      …”provoke wrath ” ??? Why is that ? Channeling was COMMON Hot Rod practice, and is VERY Period Correct.

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      • geomechs geomechs

        I know channeling was a common practice. It’s OK but I prefer a stock height. A dropped front axle and lowered rear suspension is OK but IMHO that is as low as I want my hot rod to go…

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  2. Mike

    Top picture looks like they are kiddie cars.

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  3. Bellingham Fred

    Doesn’t need to be channeled. Set it on Deuce rails, use a dropped axle in front and lower the rear with de-arched springs.

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  4. IkeyHeyman

    My first thought was that the seller is asking too much money, but the way the market for rods is today, probably not. Somebody will buy it, just not me, unfortunately.

  5. stillrunners stillrunners Member

    On the high side for sure…..maybe he needs to sell it to pay for the Deuce !

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  6. TimM

    Run it!! I like the hard top in the background better though!!

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  7. bobhess bobhess Member

    Even at this price a dropped front axle and some paint would make a car worth the money. Isn’t that a ’32 coupe in the background?

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  8. Don

    I love this and would run it as is.

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