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Old 02-02-2006, 10:36 AM
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1930 Model A Front Suspension/Steering/Brakes

I've been getting a lot of local input on what I can do to my 1930 Model A front end, and I'm hoping to round out those opinions with some thoughts here at Hotrodders.

Here's what I'm doing: I am putting a Flathead v8 in, boxing frame etc. I want a nostalgic look to the front end suspension (no IFS or disc brakes) and want to upgrade the column to a 40s-60s era column. I am trying to do this on a realistic low budget - not a chrome-plated, So-Cal Speed Shop budget.

I am more than likely sacrificing ride and handling for budgetary concerns. That's not a big deal to me in the grand scope of how I'll be driving this car.

Also, does anyone know of any traditional-style front end kits, or places that have ALL the parts I'm looking for? I've been cruising around the net and can find some items here and there, but I'd like to find a shop that has all the parts, or a kit to avoid countless shipping charges.

Any suggestions?

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Old 02-02-2006, 11:17 AM
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1930 Model A Front Suspension/Steering/Brakes

TCI has what you are looking for with the exception that they have disc brakes not drum brakes. Add a junk yard or swap meet Vega steering box and your choice of column (F1 or F100 Ford?) and you have it all.


Other than the price and tradition I see no reason why you should stick with drum brakes and fore go the added safety of disc brakes.

If you have to go with drum brakes try Speedway:


You would have to find pre 48 Ford drum brakes (or maybe adapt Buick finned ones) and could use a F1 or F100 steering box and column or possibly a Mustang box. These are just two of the many companies that have close to what you are looking for but as far as I can find out nobody has a complete front suspension and steering box/column as a complete kit, Other places to look are EBay classified ads on sites like this or swap meets. Sometimes you can buy the complete setup from someone who is updating as old rod.

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The 50's had a lot of Model A's.......like you describe........and they were built on a " limited budget " and out of the junk yards.

The used a Wishbone and a dropped axle. They put 37 to 48 Ford spindles on and the used 53 to 56 Ford F100 front brakes. They also used a 53 to 56 Ford F100 steering box and column. They looked for 39 Ford top shift transmissions and a 39 to 40 Ford rear end.

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