A Life-Long Dream Fulfilled
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Nothing is ever store bought or prepackaged when Lynn Bird is putting together one of his hot rods. Starting with an original Ford Model A frame, Lynn sliced and diced the vintage chassis by boxing the 'rails, kicking up the rear crossmember, and moving it back to let the spring ride behind the axle. Up front, a genuine '32 Ford "heavy" dropped axle from Mor-Drop is located by a pair of split Model A wishbones that all mount to an original Model A crossmember. The front axle is flanked on by a pair of early Ford spindles and original '41 Lincoln brakes. Under the rear is a '59 Ford 9-inch rearend suspended by a pair of '36 Ford wishbones with a Model A spring for controlling the bounce. Steering chores are handled by a Ford F-1 'box.
Read the full article at the Rod & Custom link provided above.Since the Ala Kart was the main inspiration for this project, an early Hemi mill was the only choice for Lynn. He had come across a 241ci Dodge Red Ram and finally decided he'd found the "right" hot rod for it. He prepped the little engine with a full rebuild and made it roar with a set of 0.030-over pistons, a Clay Smith cam, an Offy intake with Stromberg 97 "leakers," and a Mallory distributor. Stock exhaust manifolds direct the exhaust gases into an owner-built 2-inch stainless steel exhaust system. Directly behind the Hemi is a '48 Ford truck transmission with the shifter from a '39 Ford.