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JIMBOB
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Posted: Wed Jun 02, 2021 8:58 am    Post subject: 23T/ Amodel chassis

My old man rang me last night and wants a hand to build a bit of a jalopy. He's got heaps of T parts, including a really good roadster body, 34 front and rear axles and wheels, 30's style lights off who knows what, a flathead of unknwn vintage with twin carbs and offy heads with a cusso? box, all sorts of bits. He's even got red diamond pleated trim which he bought when he was going to restore it years ago!

Any way, he asked what sort of chassis should he use, would the T chassis be strong enough boxed and braced . I said no way and suggested getting an A chassis.

Is this the best choice and does any one know the difference in size betweem the T cowl and A chassis .

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Posted: Wed Jun 02, 2021 9:04 am    Post subject:

go the A bone, much stronger chassis, or fabricate your own A chassis, check out the guidelines on chassis.
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Posted: Wed Jun 02, 2021 10:52 am    Post subject:

Yep, the A chassis is much stronger, too wide for an early T body. 27 T roadster body fits if it's mounted on top of the chassis.
All depends on what "look" you want, how "large" you are, how comfortable you want be.
T buckets are usually channeled over the chassis.
The idea sounds good.
Let us know some more.
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Posted: Wed Jun 02, 2021 11:32 am    Post subject: 23T/ Amodel chassis

The roadster body is a 23. Was thinking we could pinch the rails a bit near the cowl as well as take a slice out of the lower forward area of the cowl, kinda like the Jimmy Shine PU.

I don't think comfort is an option in a 23. The impression that I get from the old man is that he just wants something to have a bit of fun with, not really interested in even painting it. He had a 34 roadster many years ago (like in the 60's) but mainly been restoring his three XR GT's for the last few years. Wants to get back into rodding with the bits he's got.

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Posted: Thu Jun 03, 2021 10:24 pm    Post subject:

Jim

Forget about using the T chassis. I donít think anyone has built a rod with one of those since the first A chassis became available in 1927. The A is still a flimsy chassis requiring a lot of work to strengthen it but it is a hell of a lot better than a T.

I think the first thing to consider here is the type of registration your father wants. If he wants full registration then an A chassis will be acceptable but a 23 bucket perched up on top of a stock A frame without a large rear kick up may look a bit odd. Kicking it up at the rear is easy enough but make sure the rego authorities will still accept it as an original and not treat it as a new chassis.

If he is looking at street rod rego only then building your own frame from new steel tube will be much easier and cheaper than buying an A frame and modifying it.

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Posted: Fri Jun 04, 2021 10:00 am    Post subject:

G'day Jimbob, I'd suggest a late 20s Chev chassis they have a 105" wheelbase and have a kickup like a '32 Ford frame. Chris Henry used a similar chassis under his purple T pickup.

Plus they should be cheaper than a Model A frame.
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Posted: Fri Jun 04, 2021 12:22 pm    Post subject:

Jimmy B wrote:
G'day Jimbob, I'd suggest a late 20s Chev chassis they have a 105" wheelbase and have a kickup like a '32 Ford frame. Chris Henry used a similar chassis under his purple T pickup.

Plus they should be cheaper than a Model A frame.


just happens to be one for sale here, click on the swap meet at the top of your screen and go to parts section. icon_arrow.gif
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Posted: Fri Jun 04, 2021 4:43 pm    Post subject:

If I had to use a T chassis I'd either use a truck unit or space frame the original from underneath.
The Chev chassis sounds like a better idea but some people have their prejudices.
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