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Old 04-26-2003, 04:24 PM
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Hello!, I need to know what kind of car (make and model) can be use to place in its chasis and engine only the body of a Ford 1931 Slantwindshield 4 door sedan. I mean, I want to know what car can be an easy selection to make a modified Ford A, not really a Hot rod, just a usable Model A Ford using everything of a newer car but looking like an original Ford A. Please let me know suggestions. Someone told me that a Nissan Pickup can be a good selection. What do you folks think? Thanks. P.s. Please try to include make and models that I can find here in Mexico were I live. Thanks again!

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There was a trick T a few years ago in one of the publications that used a Ford courier truck frame and it looked pretty sweet. There is also a kit company that offers a (I believe '33) Ford truck body for a Ranger chassis. I think you're on the right track as far as small truck frames, they are straight rails and offer less obstacles. I'd measure the original frame and just start measuring other frames in the area. By the way nice score on the body, should be a nice rod when you're done, not a common one.

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What's wrong with the A frame?
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No problem really with the A Frame but what I want to do is to use everything of a newer car and just use the Model A Body. This way it could be easier and cheeper for me here in Mexico were adaptions are not so easy because of the quality of parts and also the non qualified work. Im assuming that doing this replacement of the body in a newer car can be cheeper and easier, but what do you think?, maybe Im just too excited and maybe its not the best idea.
Just as additional information, back in the earlier 90īs in San Luis Potosi Mexico, there was a guy making fiber glass Model A Fords using Nissan Pickups frames and engine and eveything from the Nissan but havent seen one yet and they closed the business several years ago, maybe someone remember about this work.
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If you want to make a driver out of it I would get a rolling chassis from someone like TCI which is much stronger than the A frame but the frame will fit the A body with a minimum of hassle.
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I agree with eblack36,a street rod chassis is a much better way to go.the sheat metal work to fit a newer frame is going to be hard enough to make look good.also "a"s are narrow and most trucks will be wider.spend the money up front and be happy with the result.
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cant understand why you want to have something that will be stolen the first time you leave it alone.
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we have a guy here in aust thats using two wheel drive pickups nissan 720 or 2wd toyotas i''ll find out more hes putting fiberglass bodys on them great cheap start hotrods for young people
ill talk to klassic 100 he may be able to dig up an mag with an artical
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