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    New Model A project

    One of my shop partners has a '29 Model A Tudor that was a show car until it got caught in a garage fire. The car didn't actually burn but the extreme heat did it no good. I has finally decided to restore it again and I will be helping him. Here are a couple of photos. The first is everything except the chassis loaded in my trailer and headed for the sand blaster to remove all the burnt paint and rust. The second is a couple of weeks later after many hours of sanding, a few hours of straightening, some more time welding and finally with two coats of epoxy primer on everything except the body and doors. It currently occupies our makeshift paint booth which is also where my Sprite lives. So the Sprite has been on hold until we can get everything primed for rust protection.
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    Re: New Model A project

    I had a 29 Tudor. Twin side mounts. Tan body, black fenders, yellow wheels. Mechanical brakes. All done (with "trunk") except upholstery.

    "Massacree" is what we named it. Date code stamped in the firewall was Valentine's Day, 1929.
    Fun old car.

    Everybody needs to do a Model A at some point.

    I even hand propped it once to say I did it.

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    Re: New Model A project

    I'm slow getting back but yours must have been the deluxe model. This one is the cheaper Tudor with the spare mounted on the rear instead of the side mount and no trunk. It was an October build. We finally have everything sand blasted, sanded and in epoxy primer. Well, everything but the wheels. Still trying to decide whether to powder coat them. One of these photos shows the body in primer. The other shows how we got to the bottom for sanding and primer. A should add, my paint supplier suggested Southern Polyurethanes epoxy primer as they cater more to restoration shops than production shops. I'm glad he did. This stuff is great to use. It is 1:1 mix and required no thinning with my 2.0 gun tip. Unlike most epoxy, it allows for top coating without additional sanding within 7 days. I was a little concerned about temperature in the high 80s for the first application. I texted their tech line about maximum temp and humidity. Within 10 minutes I got this answer back: "No maximums. 100 degrees and raining is fine." I love it.
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    Re: New Model A project

    looks great!
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    Re: New Model A project

    Bayless, nice work. I should drive up sometime and look over your shoulder.
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    Re: New Model A project

    Thanks Walt but I don't recommend myself as instructor. I'm not really a slow body man but I'm certainly not a fast body man either. I guess I would be classified as a half-fast body man.
    On another note though, I got primer on all the trim pieces and a couple of others we missed earlier. Everything is now in primer and no longer susceptible to rust so maybe I can take a little time to work on my Sprite or Prefect for a while.
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