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Street Rod Icons - Model A Fords

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  • Robby Crowder of Lubbock, Texas uses a 1932 Ford chassis as the basis for his bright yellow 1930 Model A highboy coupe. - 2
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  • A 1929 Model A roadster on 1932 rails is one of the original hot rod combinations known as an "A V-8." - 5
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  • The “V-8” part of an A V-8 is a modified Ford flathead engine. - 7
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  • A 1931 Model A roadster pickup on deuce rails is another classic Model A/Deuce combination. - 9
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  • The compact interior in Robby Crowder’s A coupe is done in two-tone sixties style. - 11
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by Bruce Caldwell  More from Author

Top Ten Iconic Street Rods.

Images by Bruce Caldwell and Jerry Heasley.


The Model T Ford overstayed its welcome at dealerships, so the 1928 introduction of the Model A Ford was highly anticipated. The Model A was produced for four years in two variations – the 1928-29 and the 1930-31. For our purposes, we’ll lump the years together, but if you want to be a stickler, the most iconic of the four years is the 1929.

The 1928 and 1929 are essentially identical, but the 1929 models were produced in greater quantities. The 1928/1929 design is distinguished by a pinched cowl, whereas the 1930/1931 is less tapered. The 1931 Model A was a progression to the famous 1932 Ford. Using a 1932 Ford chassis is a very popular way to build a Model A. When a 1930/1931 A is used with a Deuce grille shell, it becomes tougher to tell an A from a Deuce.

One of the most iconic Model A combinations is known as an “A V-8.” That term refers to the early hot rod trick of mounting a lighter A body on a 1932 chassis and including its desirable flathead V-8 engine. The Model A roadster and roadster pickup are the most popular body styles, but the coupe and Tudor sedan are also street rod favorites.



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