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Hello rodders, jest got my new frame for my 1930model a 5/window. it looks great , but the front shock mounts look odd , their centered with the axel, is this correct? the frame is made by Tci ,the axel , vega sterring box and the radius rods all bolt up great . any ideas? thanks Dave

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I would think that there is no problem. The shock will mount in front of the shock bracket on the frame and on the front of the shock bracket on the axle. Do you have a picture of this?

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The above photo....taken from the TCI on-line catalog......clearly shows the shock mounts in line with the axle......



This photo of my 32 3W chassis shows the same thing...... ..but my 32 chassis is NOT a TCI built frame. It is a original 32 Ford frame built with TCI parts and pieces.....

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Model A Coupe. Period.

No 5-window Model A's.
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All Model A coupes were five windows. No three windows. Therefore they were just called Model A coupes.

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My point exactly.
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I own one..I just call it a coupe. But at a lot of shows it is referred to as a five window...Sheeeesh! I guess thats because it has five windows huh?



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All Model A coupes were five windows. No three windows. Therefore they were just called Model A coupes.
NOT SO!!!

The Ford Model 'A' Sport Coupe and the Ford Model 'A' Cabriolet and the Ford Model 'A' Business Coupe all had three windows (2 door windows and 1 rear window) and a leather/fabric top and sides. The top on the Cabriolet could be folded down.

The Ford Model 'A' Standard and the Deluxe Coupes both had five windows (2 door windows, 2 quarter windows and 1 rear window). The Standard Coupe had a trunk while the Deluxe came with a rumble seat.

There also was a metal top three window Ford Model 'A' that was manufactured but never was put into production. See photo below.

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I was not trying so come across as an az hole - just pointing out to a new pre-war Ford owner the popular vernacular.

99.99999% of early Ford enthusiasts refer to a standard steel-back '28-31 coupe as a "coupe". I don't want our new friend David to sound like a wet-behind the ears newbie when he is trying to talk some 90 year old tin dealer out of a primo set of garnish moldings at a swap meet by refering to his coupe as being a "5-window". A $200 set becomes $500 if they think you are one of those " hot-rodders!"

I took the Lords name in vain.....out of your post...
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You are right Frisco. I didn't even think of the sport coupe. But the cabriolet was not a coupe although it did look like a sport coupe. It was closer to a convertible.

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You are right Frisco. I didn't even think of the sport coupe. But the cabriolet was not a coupe although it did look like a sport coupe. It was closer to a convertible.
To educate and knit pick just a little...the cabriolet had coupe doors and the top did fold down. Still was a coupe.

Definition....roadster...removable or fold down top. No roll up windows in the doors. Usually had side curtains. Front passenger seating only.

Definition....convertible...removable or fold down top. Windows that would roll up and down in doors. Usually had a rear seat as well as the front.

As to referring to a Ford Model 'A' Coupe as a 5 window coupe...this is still very correct for most models and there is absolutely no reason for David or anyone else to feel that they should not use this wording. As to the "90 year old tin dealer"...I'm almost 65 and been fooling with Model 'A's since I was 14. Stock and Hot Rodded. I still refer to the Standard and/or Deluxe coupe as a five window. Basically, Ford offered what most folks call a three window coupe from 1932 thru 1936. The 1932 model wasn't even built by Ford ( I believe it was built by Briggs).

Now what I have a difficult time accepting is when the Ford Model 'A' is referred to as an 'A' Model rather than a Model 'A', or when so many folks don't even know that the 1932 Ford had a Model 'B' and how many are aware of the Model 'C'??? Changing brands for a moment...How many know that Chevrolet V-8 engines were offered in 1917-1918 or that Nash had a pushbutton trans in the mid teens (about 1915)? History is a very important part of this hobby. So much to learn in such a short time.

All in all... Call them what you wish. I'm just delighted that there are folks that still enjoy them!

I hope to be posting some photos soon of my current project. A 1930 Ford Model 'A' five window coupe, frame similar to TCI, channeled, fenderless, not chopped, 350/350, 9" Ford rear, 4 wheel disc brakes, etc.
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To educate and knit pick just a little...Basically, Ford offered what most folks call a three window coupe from 1932 thru 1936. The 1932 model wasn't even built by Ford ( I believe it was built by Briggs).
Incorrect........

At least for the 1932 Ford 3W coupe.......they were made by Murray....



Here's mine.....a 1932 3W coupe

They even have a small metal tag on the floor stating " Murray Body Company " and the serial number of that particular body.....

A few 'under construction' photos of my 3W under it's transformation to a HOT ROD ....are in my project journal.....
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Incorrect........

At least for the 1932 Ford 3W coupe.......they were made by Murray....



Here's mine.....a 1932 3W coupe

They even have a small metal tag on the floor stating " Murray Body Company " and the serial number of that particular body.....

A few 'under construction' photos of my 3W under it's transformation to a HOT ROD ....are in my project journal.....
Thanks Deuce for the correction. I knew it wasn't by Ford but couldn't remember whether it was Briggs or Murray.

I am thoroughly enjoying seeing the progress with your latest project. Looks absolutely fantastic!
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Thanks for the info Frisco, I really enjoyed reading it and learning from it. I really like five window Model A Coupes.



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