1931 Ford Model A “Vicky” - Alan & Jackie Mitchell
The all steel body,(except for a fiberglass grill shell) is basically stock. Modifications are: front fenders, splash aprons and running boards are molded together, door handles removed, windshield laid back three degrees, rolled rear pan, gas door and license plate frenched in rear panel, 39 Ford tail lights sunk in fenders. The top was covered with black Mercedes cloth in the Vicky’s leather back style (done by Scott at Ace trim.) Owner designed and made 14 gallon aluminum gas tank is installed behind the rear seat.
The chassis is a TCI two by four frame with a Model A front cross member and a three inch Z’d rear cross member. The front end is a traditional five inch dropped chrome super bell axle mounted on a chrome super slide spring, with a adjustable “dead” and regular spring perches. Stainless four bars keep everything aligned. Early GM 11” disk
Brakes are mounted on original Ford spindles. The rear is an early chromed Jaq with 3.31 gears, Wilwood disk brakes and Alden aluminum coil-overs.
ENGINE / TRANSMISSION
A “67” 283 was bored .030 over and fitted with Keith Black hypereutectic domed pistons, a mild Clevite cam, 164cc heads yielding 9.5:1 compression ratio. (Machine work done by Joe Spisak at precision auto). 3 deuces on a Weiand manifold provide good looks and plenty of fuel and air flow. Mallory electronic ignition fire it. The “69” 350 turbo transmission was rebuilt utilizing a shift kit and a builder made high stall speed converter. (Work done by Smitty”s transmission in Homer.) A superior aluminum radiator supplies the cooling.
Interior is very basic to say the least. The seats are Ford escort, the gauges are Haneline, mounted in the original dash, as is a custom auto sound AM FM C/D controller.
The overhead console serves as a glove box, and speaker mount. Other features are; “82” Monte Carlo tilt steering column with a Cavalier ½ leather wrap wheel, a Hurst shifter. A Kwik Wire fuse panel is mounted behind the rear seat and the harness runs under a console / tunnel the length of the car to the dash. Future plans call for everything to be covered in a mix of leather and cloth.
Good job Alan. You did better than me and got your blog on before me. I struggled a little, but did succeed finally.