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Old 09-14-2003, 05:11 PM
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32 Austin Bantam

Has anybody built any hotrods using 32 Austin Bantam body and what kind of interior was used and if anyone knows of any websites about the building of these hotrods most that I have seen have used a t-bucket frame this is what I plan on using. any input appreciated. Most of the people i have talked to have bought from MAS

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I haven't built the Bantam roadster body (mine was a coupe) but from the ones i've seen ,be prepared for a lot of f-glass work and you will have to wood the body. Their bodys are chopper gun layups and are more for drag or race car bodies than street, but with a lot of sweat you can build an unusual car.
I used a 2"+3" 1/8" wall steel tube and roughly copied a "T bucket" type frame, the chassis parts came from MAS, they are very reasonable on prices. I used a corvair steering box (reversed) because the car is light. Also used 54 chevy spindles (because I had them) and an eight inch Ford Mustang rear.
With a 327 chevy in it the car was a terror, it only weighed about 1600 lbs. The only problem was I grew out of the car (literally) and even when I had my school boy figure you could barely squeeze two people in it. A "T roadster" is a Cadillac compared to a Bantam.
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32 Austin Bantam

I Am Building A Bantam Right Now And Yes The Interior Is Small I Am 6'1" And 265 Lbs I Hope I Can Fit To Drive It Trying To Use A Circle Track Power Glide And 283 Sbc My Frame Is 2.0 Round Tubing Dont Know Who Built It But I Will Post Pics As Soon As I Can

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32 bantam

Glad to see someone is still interested in this car style. I built one back in the day ( in the early 80's) The frame was steel tube rectangular, also would have accomidated a t bucket. The body was from anderson fiberglass and it was powered by a Blown 350 chevy (4:71)with a turbo 400 trans and a shortened 9" ford rear with 4:56 gears with custom build Strange axles. I had custom made Zoomie style headers made for it and a Brass rad. The froint axle was 6" drop with Hallcraft spoke wheels on the front and 15" x12 Tru Spokes on the back. Most of the interior work had to be hand crafted. I strenghtend the body by cutting 1x2 and using a calderia fiberglass to install them. Finding a good upholestry shop is a plus they can talk you through the necessory items that need to be installed...I made a bench seat with a removable seat lid so I could have some storage area. MOst of all it is all hand build and trial and error...Good luck if you have a question write back.
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Today I picked up a 1932 Austin Bantam that was started in 1988 but never made much head way. Came with a chevy small block and a power glide. So far the engine came from a 60's vet so its a 327/350 hp. Lots of rework to be done. I will post pics as I move along.
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There is one in El Centro I saw just last month, looked to be all original. It's in the back lot of a bodyshop, I could figure out an address if anyone is real interested, google could get me in the right neighborhood.
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Mine is fiberglass but came with a real 1932 Bantam title from New York so I will have to see about getting it put in my name at some point.
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i wish i could find a glass roadester glass body like this to build.
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Ok you asked so check this out. This is a great little body to start with.http://columbus.craigslist.org/pts/1453268039.html and at just $400.00 its a steal.
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32 austin bantam

need to know contact and location thanks
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Columbus ohio craigslist for more info is all I can tell you. If not you could get one from Anderson Industries Fiberglass. Good luck to you.
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thanks a lot
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