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Old 04-20-2008, 02:47 PM
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Model A Ford limousine?

I had a limousine company owner approach me with the request to build him a 1930 model a limousine out of a 4 door sedan. Im thinking I can loose the passenger door on the driver side, do a nice 2.5" chop and add about 6' in the center and it might look ok? I will probably go mustang II style front end, Ls1 or 2, 700r, to a ford 9", with bags the rear along side the coil overs. Im sure its been done before. Im looking for Hotrod limo pics. I guess I could get into photo shop and streach one, but I am courious what they really look like. Any help would be appreciated.
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The only things that pop out are, the chop, limos need LOTS of room. And the Mustang II, is it heavy enough for the added weight of the Limo?

If I could have a collection of cars, it would either be minature cars like Crosleys and stuff like that, or "working" cars like Limos and police cars and stuff like that.

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Old 04-20-2008, 05:02 PM
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I think that is what the "Fatman" front end was developed for wasnt it? Maybe some extra heavy duty springs?

And your right about the head room, Maybe the kids going to the prom need a little wiggle room. Good thoughts!!!
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The Towe auto museum in Sacramento has a 29 Model A "Town car" limo, I can't find a photo of it though.

Yeah, on the front end, I am one to over build. Probably just add a bunch of unneeded weight. As long as it is thought out, yeah it may be just fine.

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Old 04-20-2008, 05:08 PM
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Maybe a stretched coupe with a rumble seat would look better? Where do ya find this stuff?
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A big NO to the coupe mod.


How about along this line???


I had one of these; an Austin taxi. Probably one of the few cars I have regretted selling for profit.

More stretched than this of course, but the opening rear compartment might be a big hit with limo renters??
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DEFINITELY leave the head room. IMO the chop on a stretch looks out of proportion. The stretch can look classy and leave one wondering if they made a factory version......but a chop and stretch Just one man's opinion. Jerry


P.S. For the weight factor, you might consider an f150 supercab chassis. Heavy enough for the limo yet still easily modified. Lowering, V8 mounts. etc etc. As far as the weight... if it is for a Limo service, they are already used to cars that handle like a tank....I say beef it up!

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That is what I am thinking, it has to be strong enough for morons to beat the hell out it!

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Old 04-20-2008, 08:57 PM
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Brian, I have always used my father's philosophy, and have yet to break anything I have built. Philosophy: It takes the same amount of time to build it heavy the first time as it takes to repair one made cheap when it breaks. Jerry
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The thing is, if you are building a "streetrod" that just happens to be a limo, that is a whole different story. But to build a limo that is going to be driven like a limo you have to build it beefy to hold up to the clowns that may be driving it.

Heres a couple of Dodges...

http://www.hotrodheaven.com.au/limo.html

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Heres another Dodge that can be found on at the link in the #5 post in this thread.

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That is basically how Greyhound started. A stretched out Model A IIRC in Hibbing, Minn.
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Hey Metal Twister, come to think of it, if you want a old Chrysler sedan I know a guy who can supply you with one.

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