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03-09-2019 02:48 PM
techinspector1 First thing I would I would do is build a rotisserie on wheels, making it into a one-man shop. You might not always have access to several guys to help you move things around. You'll also need a hoist if you don't have one already. I've done 99.9% of all my work by myself.
03-09-2019 02:30 PM
MoJo's A I have a Model A In the Project/ Build thread.
Separate the body from the frame.
I started with the frame doing a little at a time.

Go to the body and do some work there.
Main thing is to switch it up so you don't fry your brain working in just one area.
And make sure you take your time.

Measure one two three times to get it right.
I can tell from a three year project, there will be many nights scratching your head as to what to do next.
And also Remember, There are many fine people on U Tube that are going threw the same thing and can give good advise on what they came up with.

03-01-2019 09:37 PM
BogiesAnnex1 The problem is when you do the drive train first and you find the body has fit problems your not carving on a finished body. If you do body first then fit issues occur you're either going back to compromise the drive train or carving on a finished body. The latter usually proves to be the more difficult and expensive.

03-01-2019 08:06 PM
evintho There....I fixed your pic.

I saw your post on another forum and most recommended to complete all the bodywork first. That's one perspective. I, on the other hand like to complete the chassis/drivetrain first, then move on to the body. But that's just me.

Looks like you have a great starting platform, straight body and a well built frame! If it were me and since the body is currently mounted to the frame, I would set all the body gaps and adjustments first then make yourself a body cart, transfer the body to that and set it in a corner for the time being. As stated above, a solid plan is paramount before any construction takes place. Figure out and mount a front suspension. Figure out and mount a rear suspension. Mount the motor/trans/driveshaft. Cooling system/braking system/fuel system and all associated plumbing. Don't forget choice of wheel/tire combo. Now you can move on to bodywork and paint. Put it all together, toss in an interior and you're good to go!
Just my 2 cents.
03-01-2019 04:48 PM
cerial The first place to start is looking at a similar rides (the body shape more then the brand) stance that appeals to you for what you plan on using the thing for. Then looking at what others have done with that stance and room provided by that stance.

You can run that thing traditional (beach) with 8" of under body clearance with full fenders and the body completely on the frame
You could run a truck/sports car frame for a lower stance and interdependent coil front suspension with the body channeled over the frame for a lowered look keeping fenders
You could run wishbones for a independent sprung suspension with the body channeled over the frame going open wheel with the rear of the frame raised running coils

This will give you your stance to determine your steering and suspension layout choices.

Once you know your stance and suspension/steering you will be left with the amount of room you have to play with to run a drive train.

Do you want a traditional looking engine or is this something where a non traditional engine is going to be a better choice. Maybe you want to be totally different by going full electric enjoying the simplicity of the clearance that provides.

But start with the stance and overall look you want the final thing to be. A massive big block engine is going to sit different then a electric motor and that all goes back to stance. That big block may require you to modify your frame or frame choices. That electric means you need to find room for a battery pack and the weight of that battery pack(modern packs are fairly light).

Have a schedule and a budget. A realistic schedule and a realistic budget with a good 20% variance.
I would say 5-7 forward hours a week with one to two hours a night 4 dedicated days a week or 4 hours on Saturday and another 4 on Sunday.

Get in a schedule and stick to it. Working on something little by little for a hour or two every night is far better then putting it off and trying to make up with a 10 hour push on the weekend. It makes going to the parts store runs that will kill your forward production on that 10 hour push much easier by working on it 4 days for a hour or two every night.

Know your tools, skill level, and what you will need to build this thing. Be honest with yourself and willing to send stuff out if you know the final product will be better. I am not saying don't try new things. Like if your welding is good but not perfect you can do things like the floor modifications yourself. But something like the fuel tank or suspension components you may want to send out. On the note of fabrication look around to see if someone makes something before you make it from scratch. Often the end result is not only better in appearance or quality the overall cost of time and sometimes money is less.
03-01-2019 11:03 AM
wave1957 Look at the top of this page, on the right hand side, you will see "eBook": click on it, it is "the scratch built hot rod", basically how to build your own hot rod. You could start there, and see what you learn (or need to learn!).
Then depending on your skills, you might want to look into kits to assemble your rod, or parts of it: you, know, ready-to-install front end kit, rear end kit, cross-member with engine mounts... That could be an easier way to go than trying to figure and scratch build everything...
02-28-2019 09:35 AM
39 master

I don't know of a flow chart but you could make your own. I start with the foundation (frame) and go from there. First is to make the frame stout and worthy of the speeds and horsepower of today. Read, no twist. This requires boxing the frame and adding a K member. I like to use 1 x 2 tubing for the K member and do it top and bottom of the frame to prevent twist and will also support the floor. Next come suspension front and rear...your choice here from solid axle to independent front end and rear from leafs to 4 bar and bags. Once that's done drivetrain is next, again your choice from Iron Duke to V12. Trans to match the engine of choice...etc. Now you have a solid foundation for the body. All you lack now is finishing up!!!
02-28-2019 08:43 AM
RM528 Got it and the plan is in place... I was a mechanic before getting into the electrical field so at least from that perspective I’m not too crippled. With that being said, is there a basic high level flow chart to follow?
02-28-2019 08:27 AM
39 master

With any project the first place to start is have a PLAN. This requires as much research as you can so that each step is clear and well planned out. Once you have this plan STICK TO IT. Nothing cost more than starting over or redoing step (x). Go to car shows, build a network of contacts that do builds and assemble the necessary tools to do the jobs. In the plan you must decide what the vehicle is going to be used for (drags, family cruise..etc) then build to that goal. Don't rush the project but don't, whatever you do, drop the project.
02-28-2019 08:20 AM

Trying to add picture! Newer to forms also 🙄
02-28-2019 08:08 AM
What direction to go??

Hello I am new to building hot rods and the first is a 32 ford Tudor. I bought the body on the frame that was started by the previous owner. Question is where to start? Body? Chassis? Thanks in advance!

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