The sheetmetal on this A was in need of some serious attention, too. All Ways stripped the body and commenced to bumping and moving the tin where it belonged, keeping with the resto-rod feel. A few subtle but tasty custom touches were performed, too. The visor was molded to the body and a three-piece hood was built. Mini-tubs were blended into the body to allow for wheel travel from the updated, much lower suspension setup. With the body looking good, it was sent out to Lucky Luciano’s for final finessing and paint. The Rosses, once again wanting to retain the ’70s vibe, went with a beautiful three-stage candy brandy-wine color. Luciano then buffed his work to perfection.
Local hot rod upholsterer Glen Kramer got the call to stitch up an interior for the C’dan. Kramer, with the owner’s discretion, came up with a clean, but fitting, interior layout using ink black and burgundy Rave faux leather in 3-inch pleats. German square-weave carpet covers the floor. The front seat is based around a Glide frame while the rear seat was custom-made. A trio of Classic Instruments gauges fill the ’32-style dash. A clean little Lokar shifter and matching upholstered boot shift the gears. Other refined interior appointments are a Vintage A/C unit and Specialty power windows. Typical street rod fare, maybe, but this is more of a nod to this particular A’s resto-rod styling.
The Rosses sure have a nifty Henry Ford Model A on their hands. All Ways Hot Rods knows how to turn out a nice car! Bring on the resto-rodsjust don’t overdo it!
Rod & Custom Feature Car
Chris & Nancy Ross
1928 Ford Model A Tudor
The Tudor’s foundation starts with a Rod Factory Model A frame with 2-inch kickup. All Ways Hot Rods (Phoenix, AZ) did a 2-inch additional kick as well as through-frame fittings and molding of joints and crossmembers. A chromed Super Bell 4-inch drop tube axle, Rod Factory transverse spring and four-link, and Bilstein shocks are flanked by Wilwood discs up front. Out back, a polished, chromed, and painted Jag IRS is outfitted with Romic coilovers along with Wilwood calipers and Jag rotors.
Underhood rests a 290-horse GM crate engine topped with an Offy 3x2 intake sporting Rochester 2-Jet carbs (set up with a Lokar throttle cable kit). Mooneyes’ breather-equipped no-name finned valve covers and snorkel-style aluminum scoops atop the two-barrels complete the throwback look of the Chevy mill. However, block-hugger ceramic-coated headers, an MSD electronic distributor, a polished Sanden A/C compressor (Vintage Air), and chrome one-wire alternator serve as a reminder that this is a modern hot rod after all. Mating the 350 with the Jag rear is a Turbo 400 trans.
Wheels & Tires
The Early Times and wire wheels go hand in handwell, at least that was true back in the 70s! For the Rosses, chrome and stainless Daytons, 15x6 and 15x7 respectively, with Dunlop 195/50R15 and 235/70R15 radials do their retro resto rod rolling justice.
Body & Paint
Basic bodywork and prep was performed by the crew at All Ways Hot Rods, while final prep, paint, and finish buffing was handled by Lucky Luciano’s, also in Phoenix. As with the wheels, the choice of coloror rather, the type of color, a three-stage candy brandy wineis almost a prerequisite for a full-fendered sedan of this nature. The majority of the body components are stock, with the exception of a three-piece Rootlieb hood and molded visor. And if you look closely, you’ll notice something else not common to Henry’s Model A’sa flush-fit gas filler for the saddle-style Tanks fuel tank. Kerr West Plating artfully redid all the chroming.
Straying a bit from the resto look, the interior was done using ink black and burgundy Rave faux leather in an earlier tuck ’n’ roll style by Glen Kramer Hot Rod Interiors. Custom door panels surround a Glide Engineering split bench and custom rear seat. A billet banjo wheel caps a Tri-C steering column mounted under a 32-style dash (with custom-machined knobs and Classic Instruments gauges) that features a custom sub dash panel that’s been fitted with the Vintage Air vents. Other inner amenities include Specialty Power electric windows and a Lokar floor shifter.