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    My new Tudor Sedan contraption.

    Hello All,

    I thought I'd share my latest project with you. ................



    I started collecting random bits of Model A around the start of 2010, with the intention of making up a cheap steel bodied hotrod. Then in June of that year I found a complete pickup body, the building of this subsequently put the parts search on back burner...

    .......So fast forward to December 2014 and having got the Pickup pretty much completed, I decided to try and scrape together rest of the parts required to make up a new project. There then followed a prolonged period of trawling Ebay and various forums both here and in US.


    The net result of this, is a collection of assorted scrap garnered from various locations around the world, from which I will hopefully be able to fashion something resembling a Tudor Sedan:



    The shopping list looks something like this:

    Nearside door = Worksop Notts (Ebay)

    Cowl = Norwich ( via Essex swapmeet)

    Upper rear quarters = Holland (via swapmeet)

    Lower rear quarters = Tennesse (Fordbarn forum)

    Offside door and windscreen frame = Leonard, Michigan (fordbarn forum)

    Windscreen hinge =Fort Bragg, California (ford barn forum)

    Tudor rear panel =New Brunswick, Canada (ford barn)


    The parts from US and Canada, were shipped via New Jersey and Luton courtesy of Russ Pepper, from whom I then collected them en-route to the 2015 swapmeet.







    Door from Worksop.



    Door from Michigan.




    Canadian rear Panel..






    Pressies courtesty of Russ Pepper.




    This gives you: A Model A self assembly kit......














    Started assembly by making a 8"x4" platform marked out with a 12" grid pattern. Next step was to square up cowl the which had had some suspect repairs in past, then on with doors which again were squared up by measuring off the grid pattern and checking diagonals. Each of the subsequent pieces were fitted in same manner.



















































    I've ended up with a Sedan body costing just over a grand including import costs, admittidly this is a lot of money for something requiring so much work and I did think I'd made a huge mistake in trying to a be smart arse and collecting bits in this way. However seeing a complete body go on Ebay at the end of last year, for a little over 2K (albeit a complete one), softened the blow a little.


    Anyway ........well done if you've stayed awake to end of this!.. I'll put some pics of progress in next post.....


    cheers, Gav.
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    Just to bring thread up to date with actual progress:

    I like to take my time with this build, not aiming for any deadline and hopefully it won't turn into a chore. So this years goal is to get the body framed out with steel, repair/replace missing sections, fill roof and get the doors functioning as they should.


    Work so far has been limited to the cowl. I've fitted a frame to provide a solid mounting area for pedals, fuse box, brake master cylinders etc, if fact to get as much stuff behind dash as possible. In order to gain access to all this without having to keep removing tank or scrabbling under the dash, I decided to have a go at turning the upper half of fuel tank into a sort of hinged bonnet affair...



    reinforcing frame..








    Hinges from Mazda saloon boot.......










    First try of mechanism. There was some resistance when closing the bonnet, as the tank edging seam was still in place.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCNh...ature=youtu.be



    Once I'd checked it actually worked, I made a start on the rain gutters. These were made by warming 1" box in wood burner and bending it around a former, then cutting away on side to made a crude gutter, which was then welded in place.





















    Well that's it for now.


    Cheers, Gav.
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    I like your vision , well done

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    Forgot to mention the windscreen frame. This caught me out as the bonnet contraption fouled on it (doh!). Subsequently I've had to cut and shut it so it sits flush in body. Hopefully it won't look too odd when finished and will just require a modification to the sealing rubber .








    Gav.
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    neat idea with the tank top gav, will it still open/clear with the hood pieces fitted? or are you going to run hoodless? neil.
    ps the screen frame looks cool flushed in but still seperate.
    need a job done on your project? i may be able to help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by magneto View Post
    I like your vision , well done

    thanks mate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mygasser View Post
    neat idea with the tank top gav, will it still open/clear with the hood pieces fitted? or are you going to run hoodless? neil.
    Cheers Neil.

    Well spotted re: hood. This was a bit a of a dilemma, I've made hoods on previous 2 builds and never used them, I also wanted to keep the cowl top as original looking as possible, so in its current configuration I'll have to remove hood to open new bonnet. I can get round this by altering the front rain gutter and cutting down the front of cowl top. But I'll leave it for now and see what its like in use.

    Once everything is properly set up, there hopefully shouldn't be much need to keep accessing to underneath of cowl anyway.

    Ta Gav.
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    XLNT work there. I love the recycling of all the parts. Restorers would never tackle any of those bits you started with.

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    nice project.im always impressed when someone takes random panels and turns it into a car.far beyond my skill level

    look forward to the updates

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    oh nooo, another reason i need to get a wood burner , instant forge ! great lateral thinking Gav .
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