For sometime, we have been working on building a Model A T5 adapter. It started with first developing a way to bolt the T5 to the original banger engine as cleanly and cost effectively as possible. Once that was figured out, the next logical step was to develop a way to retain the original torque tube rear end. Well, its fine to come up with these ideas on paper, but it's helpful to have a vehicle to actually test them on.
After some trading and dealings on the several internet forum boards, I ended up with a fairly complete running '31 Model A Chassis. The previous owner bought the car simply for the Coupe body and had no need for everything else. It appeared that someone along the way started to build a driver as the brakes where switched out for '40 hydraulic units and it had 16" wires on it. With a little bit of wiring, the engine fired right up and ran wonderfully. Needless to say, I was pretty amazed.
Initially, the chassis was simply going to be used for mock up and never had any plans of actually putting a body on it. But after falling into a fairly good deal on some truck body parts, plans change...
I found a local guy that had the rear section of a '30-'31 truck cab and thought that this would make a great shop truck for Vintage Metalworks. The cab and doors originally came from a Tudor Sedan that a guy in Pittsburgh was going to make an extended cab truck out of. Sure, all of the parts have a little rust on them, but it's nothing we can't take care of.
A little bit of interesting knowledge....I was under the impression that all Model A chassis where interchangeable. That, however, is it not true. there are quite a few subtle differences. I found this out when I went to try and install the cowl/sub rail section to the chassis. The front body mounts by the A-pillar where off. I knew that the chassis was a '31 but had know idea when the cowl was produced. Apparently, in September of 1930, Ford decided to to move the body mount back 2-3/8" to give more support to the A-pillar area. As you can see in the following picture, the front mounts had to be moved.