ROD & CUSTOM FEATURE CAR

Bob Booth

Oldham, England

1929 Ford Model A Roadster

Chassis

To strengthen the frame and provide mounting points for the drivetrain, suspension, and brakes, a ’33 K-member was pie-cut and slid into the original ’rails. The rear was kicked up the depth of the frame. The drilled-and-dropped ’33 I-beam was combined with a reverse eye spring with two leaves removed. The rear spring was reduced to six of its original leaves. Brakes are ’42-48 units, activated via a ’39 pedal and master cylinder assembly. Steering is courtesy of an F-1 steering box.

Drivetrain

An ex-military ’42 Flathead V-8 that was tagged with a rebuild in 1945 was sourced in Scotland, and fitted with a Johnston dual carb manifold wearing rebuilt Stromberg 97s. A modified ’37 fan fitted to an 8BA carrier ensured that clearance was provided between the modified A radiator and Harmon-Collins magneto. Connecting the engine to the ’33 banjo rear is a ’39 three-speed (that Bob says he has apart so often that he could now do the work blindfolded). The cast-iron heads are soon to be replaced with finned alloy versions. Gases exit through cast manifolds leading to plugged stainless lakes pipes, finishing with a 2-inch system running over the rear axle.

Wheels & Tires

A traditional combination of ’40 Ford 16-inch wheels is used; 4 inches wide at the front, 4 1/2 at the rear. The Firestone blackwalls are 6.00 and 7.00 respectively. The black painted wheels are accented with ’41 Ford caps and trim rings.

Body & Paint

As the body was an English example, the years and climate had taken its toll. To revitalize it required extensive rust removal and patch panel fabrication, all expertly accomplished by Bob. “Maybe I should have started with a better body, but that would have been no fun!” The hot rod profile stems from the 2 3/4-inch chopped and 2 1/2-inch raked screen posts. A Deuce grille shell replaces the Model A version. A Rootlieb hood blends body lines from the grille to the cowl. Bob was also responsible for the flawless paintjob the he describes as hot rod black. Headlights are Guide 903Js, positioned on a modified headlight bar, with ’39 teardrops at the rear.

Interior

Mick Shepherd at Premier Auto Trim handled the upholstery work. The choice of color and distressed effect on the leather are on the money, with subtle detail in the width of the pleats. A Kwik Top hood frame was modified to fit the altered screen posts. The overall look that Bob envisaged for the top in terms of fabric color and shape was matched exactly by Shepherd. The original dash and gauge cluster was retained. The ’42 steering column is topped with a ’40 standard wheel.