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Info on 1930-31 Model A body

Hi, Iam new to this,I am wanting to scrath build a 1930-31 Model A body,I am needing the body diminsions,It is going to be like a ratrod,I need the length and the width of the body without the turtle deck wanting to build a pickup,Also need the width of the cowl from the windsheld to the firewall.I hope someone can help me thanks hotrod 55
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Take a look at motormayhem.net. You'll find the relevant dimensions for each of about three dozen different body styles the A came in.
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1930-31 A model coupe body

Thanks for thew reply,Also the e-book is where i got the idea to scratch build An A body 5 window coupe to convert it to a pickup.But i need som of the diminsions?hotrod 55,Thanks
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...I am wanting to scrath build a 1930-31 Model A body...
Hotrod 55,

As long as you are not attempting to replicate an Model A to its exact factory specifications, then I think you would have very good luck just using a scale model, such as one of the many Revell kits on the market. Simply take each dimension you need from the plastic model using a decent vernier caliper or even a plain old ruler and then scale the measurement up to full size based on the ratio shown on the kit box...I think most are 24:1 or 25:1.

The problem with trying to get the dimensions from some "blueprint" on the web is that inevitably one of the dimensions you need will not be shown or will not be in the exact location where you want to take the measurement. By having the scale model right there in your hand, you can determine any measurement you need.

Obviously having a full size Model A right there in your shop would be the ideal solution, but short of that, a scale model will do very nicely. I used this trick quite extensively while building my roadster body.

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cboy,How do you do this?Do you take the measurement then mutiply by 24 scale or the scale of the model?Also your e-book on scratch building a hotrod,Where can i download the file,Tried to print a chapter from your book,It only lets me print 1 page of that chapter?Thanks for your help,And a great book hotrod 55
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...Do you take the measurement then mutiply by 24 scale or the scale of the model?...
Yes, measure the model for any particular dimension you need and multiply that number by 24. For example, if the inside of the cockpit is 1 3/4" across at the windshield, that measurement on your full scale car would be 42".

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...Also your e-book on scratch building a hotrod,Where can i download the file...
You can do it a number of ways but the results will vary somewhat depending on your browser, your screen resolution and a couple other factors.

1) Easiest way --- but most limited results.

Go to the book and then select a chapter from the left hand column.

Click FILE then select "Save Page As" which should then offer you some alternative ways to save the page.

When saved as "Web Page Complete" it includes the pictures while "HTML only" and "Text File" do not save the pictures...although they do save the captions under the pictures. When you want to view the saved chapter click on it in your directory and it will be brought up in your browser window.

To print the chapter, first click on it to bring it up in your browser. You can then either print everything on the page or using your cursor you can select everything except the Table of Contents on the left hand side of the page. Then click FILE and then Print.

If you are printing everything on the page simply proceed with the printing process.

If you are printing a selected area of the page, then on you printer dialog screen you will need to put a check mark in "selected portion" (or whatever wording your particular printer dialog uses).

On my particular browser, screen resolution and printer, the text printed out in a fairly narrow center column and the picture thumbnails came out smaller than what is shown on the screen. Your results will probably vary.

If you save and print as a "Web page HTML only" it will bring out a somewhat wider column of text. If you save and print as "Text file" it will print the full width of the page but the photo captions as well as some other extraneous wording will be included right along with the text making things fairly difficult to read. So I would avoid that particular option.

2) A bit more complicated method but better results.

First go here http://www.pdfdownload.org/pdf_bookmarklet.html and download the PDF applet as directed. Then, when you have clicked on one of the chapters of the book go to the FILE menu of your browser and one of your options should now be "Save Page as PDF"

This alternative compresses the file and saves space on your hard drive. In addition, it seems to reproduce the page quite well and provides a much better printed version when you print from the PDF file.

Hope that all helps. I know some of the other members here have downloaded and printed portions of the book, so perhaps they will chime in with their suggestions for how to do this the best way.
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Hi cboy,Thanks for the info,Will try tobuy a model.Thanks hotrod 55
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