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Old 04-23-2012, 07:53 AM
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Does this chassis look good for the money?

Hey guys this is my first post here. I read the forum quite a bit and noticed there are a good amount of guys with 1920's-1930's roadsters and coupes. I have wanted one forever and came across this chassis today. I know it is only a picture but do you guy think it looks like a good price? Does it look like it is well built? Do you see any problems with it from what you can see in the picture?

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Old 04-23-2012, 08:29 AM
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Hey guys this is my first post here. I read the forum quite a bit and noticed there are a good amount of guys with 1920's-1930's roadsters and coupes. I have wanted one forever and came across this chassis today. I know it is only a picture but do you guy think it looks like a good price? Does it look like it is well built? Do you see any problems with it from what you can see in the picture?

thanks for any help
Tom

http://chicago.craigslist.org/nwc/cto/2972441773.html

OK - my .02

American Stamping are stamped (pressed) from a single piece of steel rather then assembled from 3-4 individual pieces welded up to make the assembly. They also have the detail stamped into the side rail. These rails to me are a plus. Heidt's front suspension - very good. 9" rear end and that too is fine - but there are three basic bearing designs at the outer end, good, better and best. There are other pluses and minuses but any are fine for a moderately powered street driven car. Probably a 3.25 gear ratio.

A couple of negatives IMHO - bobbed frames make it difficult to mount bumpers or in some cases, gas tanks, and possibly even the body. Replacement frame horns are available to fix that. A '32 frame under a '30-'31 makes it difficult if not impossible without lots of work, to mount fenders. IFS on a fenderless car looks awkward to me and many others here - there are designs that work, but that one shown isn't one. Do a search - we beat that subject here to death last year.

Now - lastly - the price is right, but can probably be negotiated down if that IFS isn't the chrome and stainless version - the standard steel version is about $2200+/-

Any more questions - we'll be happy to go through some more.

Oh yeah - as a newbie, welcome aboard .

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And do note that the frame has been "pinched" which means it's been narrowed at the cowl to fit the 30-31 Ford body. So you are limited to those bodies, don't think you are going to put a 32 body on it. I imagine a 28-29 should work, but I don't know for sure. Just going with basic knowledge in these cars here.

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Thank you guys very much for the info. I know nothing about building one of these cars so that is why I asked. You bring up a good point about running fenderless because that is what I plan to do. I guess my 6.0 twin turbo coupe will have to wait until I find a better suited frame for the project.

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Looks like a good deal to me as one cannot buy all the pieces and build that chassis for that price..as far as issues of mounting a body on it there is nothing that a bit of hot rod ingenuity cannot solve..Just up to you if you want that chassis but I can say that I cannot build you a new chassis like that for that price...

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