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1929 Model A Roadster Pickup

While his mates at TAFE were burning rubber in their Commodores, first year apprentice Michael Ramsey was busy in the home garage welding, grinding, sanding, aligning and eventually polishing his Model A Roadster Pickup. Michael’s project started from humble beginnings, an unfortunate accident rendered Michael’s fathers roadster a write-off years before, however many parts and panels were still salvageable. The cowl, a pair of doors & other parts from the write-off were handed down to Michael. 

 The bodywork then began in earnest the cab being was extended 4”with drivability and comfort in mind, this made for extra leg room when cruising. The rear bed and running boards were hand built from American Oak timber. To let slow buggers behind know his intentions, Michael has housed LED taillights and indicators into the rear bed. A tool box has been incorporated within bed for the necessary tools to be stowed away whilst chrome tie down brackets add a sense of purpose to the pickup bed. 

The body was sprayed at Awesam Paintworks in dark green hue along with true fire graphics. The flamed accents continue with the belt covers, mirrors and exhaust all being treated with some flaming detail. A word of warning, don’t leave the tips of flames too pointy, as on Michael’s final TAC inspection day he had to dash back home and round off the tips. The friendly inspectors deemed them to be a little too sharp. Michael made it back to Malaga the same day and the vehicle was passed without any further issues. 

The chassis was built at home and posed a few challenges getting the Chevy 350 to fit in between the firewall and radiator surround. Finned rocker covers add a 60’s touch to the engine bay. To assist in providing more clearance for the radiator surround the front cross member was reversed, this also allowed Michael to establish the correct castor and camber angles. The front beam axle is supported by chromed 4 bars, these were tacked in place a couple of times before the optimum position was settled upon. The rear end has been narrowed, to suit using two left hand axles in the housing. Narrowing the 8” diff has allowed Michael to run a huge pair of Cragar wheels in combination with Mickey Thompson tyres. The front wheels are matching Cragers with Kuhmo rubber. Braking is dependable with discs all round.__

The interior is fitted with buckets seats covered in cloth trim. Aftermarket gauges were added to the dash while the Moon Eyes tachometer mounted to the steering column can easily be seen through the classy wood rimmed steering wheel. A B&M shifter allows Michael to select ‘D’ to rack up the kilometers with his girlfriend at his side. Michael has recently fabricated a removable hardtop for the roadster, no doubt his friend appreciates that she can now ride in style and arrive with her hair in place. Anyways, hot rodding is in good hands with the likes of Michael taking the wheel. Nigel Meikle, for Rod Tork Magazine.

The Junior Rodder Project Street Rod; Ford Model A Roadster Pickup

Sponsored by ASRFWA Inc.

I believe you learn hot rod construction by hands-on doing things. This project, supervised by adult rodders, gives Juniors a taste of what hot rods are made of, and a chance to look at, handle, take apart and assemble parts of a hot rod. Maybe some of these Juniors will go on to a trade or build their own street rod. With You Tube videos available, the Junior rodder can research how-and-why, the modern way, as we did with car magazines and motor manuals.

Roadster Pickup

The all steel body is fitted to a chassis, fabricated at Armadale Auto Parts some years ago. The steel guards are original but very rough and will be replaced. The chassis has Torana front suspension and trailing arm rear, with a narrowed Ford XR8 axle supported on coil-overs. Disc brakes all round. Unused aluminium radiator in front of an LS1 and overdrive auto. The engine has been swapped to a carby and Edelbrock ignition controller (LS1 doesn’t use a distributor).

The purchased pickup has no previous Application to Construct a Street Rod submitted to Dept of Transport, nor any staged inspections.

The Juniors’ first task

The Juniors’ first task will be dismantling the pickup for its First Inspection by TAC.

We have received many offers from tradesmen and skilled hot rodders, to show their expertise to the Juniors. So, the project will move to suit the available workspace and skills being learned; for example, reconditioning front suspension, panel work, or electrical. Thank you to those people and you can join in too.

The Junior Rodder Committee have a list of suitable automotive skill and knowledge basics which the Project will make even more relevant.

WA Rodders are generous people who will donate their time and saved goodies to a cause they can see and feel is part of in our street rod community. We welcome you to help the Juniors. 

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Facebook: Australian Street Rod Federation Western Australia , Email:, Phone: 1800 960 468.