1931 Chevy Tudor sedan.
Our next generation of Street Rodders.
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In the fall of 2004 I purchase... Show mored a 1931 Chevrolet Tudor Sedan for the frame that was needed for a car that I was doing for a friend. The body was beyond repair for anything. original or Street Rod use. The body was removed and set upon a small trailer in the back of the garage. My two children Brandon age 10 and Colby age 9 have always had the interest for old cars. They have always gone to the car shows with us and always had the utmost respect for the automobiles. When I had noticed they were always playing around the body of the Sedan pretending to be Street Rodders I asked them (jokingly) if they would like to have their own car for the shows. Since then I have learned that you don�t ask two boys ages 10 and 9 a question of such magnitude especially in front of their mother who just thought that was a wonderful idea. I had started something that I was bound and now determined to give them. I made two frame rails from 12 gauge steel 2.5� by 1.5� and 8� long. I made cross members from the same steel 24� wide and welded them in place. Now I have something to work with all I needed to do is make the car body fit the frame. The Cowl and hood were in too good of shape to destroy so I hand fabricated them for the now what was starting to be called a mini Street Rod. With Sawzall in hand I went out with the wife and two boys and cut the body down the middle of the back carried them to the garage and started to fit it to the frame overlapping the two pieces to be approx. 30� wide we clamped it together. Now for the length we set the body on the frame then I cut it in two places to get the top rails to be over the windshield posts that I had already fabricated. Once this was accomplished, I then had to decide how much metal had to be cut, and where to cut it from to make the car look in proportion. Sections had to be cut out to shorten the height and width and most important was getting the moldings around the body and windows to align. Areas around the window moldings were rotted away, so pieces we cut out had to be saved to try and patch the bad areas. After endless hours of cutting, measuring, clamping and adjusting, I was finally ready to start tack welding all the body parts together. This goal accomplished it was time to fit the doors on. I wanted to use the original hinges and door catch area, so the doors had to be cut in half top to bottom and two different sections, one in the window area, and one on the bottom section removed from the width. The doors were now too small to use the regular window riser mechanisms so I decided to install power window units, which would also make a cute addition. Next issue was the roof area. I decided to metal in the roof as this would also add stability to the car itself. A ribbed van roof was cut to size and tack welded into place. I also cut to size the original visor and welded this on. The front axel was actually made after the Model As� I used half of a rear bumper for a leaf spring I also fabricated the spring perches as to give the car some bounce for suspension. I used the front spindles from a riding tractor. The steering is actually from a Chevy with a small steering wheel. The steering box is from the riding tractor. Now for the rear end I used a hydrostatic transaxle from the same riding tractor fabricating pieces to lift the car at the height I wanted. The rear end was not wide enough to reach out under the rear fenders and the axels were too small diameter to add on to so I welded two rims together (like a dually) then cut the outer most parts away so you couldn�t see that I had done this. Pulleys and belt guards were then welded into place. The motor I chose was a Brigs and Straton 12.5 HP which fit perfectly under the hood and came below the frame enough for belt clearance. The rear fenders were next. I used the original fenders. They had to be cut at each end to shorten them and also cut in half and shortened through the center. They were then tack welded into place. I also used the original front fenders. These were extremely difficult to cut because of the high arch and the need to glide smoothly into the flat piece that attaches to the running boards. Many cuts were needed to achieve this difficult feat. One fender was actually ruined in the process and I had to replace it with a fender from another car I had in storage. Getting the two front fenders cut to match each other was certainly a trick. I hand fabricated running boards to fit and added black matting to each like is used for the original cars. I hand fabricated a front splash apron. For the hood, I took steel sheets and actually bent them with a drive shaft to get the curve I needed. I then tack welded brake line pieces to the top section of each panel and inserted a small steel rod through the line to get the working hinge like the full size cars had. A piano hinge was cut to size and welded into place for the sides of the hood. I had a difficult time deciding what to do for louvers on the side pieces of each hood. A trip to the lumber yard solved this dilemma with the purchase of two cold air return vents. I cut holes in each hood side and welded these into place adding a trim molding around the edges for looks. I cut an damaged original radiator shroud to fit the front adding a piece of corrugated plastic to give it a radiator look. The original headlight bar was cut to size and added. Of course endless hours of body work were next on the list. When it came to choosing a paint color, my wife, started experimenting with all the left over paint we had laying around and came up with the turquoise color for the body. I painted the fenders a creamy white. The custom air brushing on each side of the car of the Tasmanian Devil with flames and the Tasmanian swirl and logo �All Fired Up� on the back, were done by Larry �Flash� Wilkinson. Accessories were then added. Cowl lights and headlights, both, with visors, tail light brackets, and lights, antenna, bumpers, and stainless Chevy emblems on the running boards, hub caps on the wheels. All the lights are wired and do function. It has turn signals, brake and parking lights, and headlights. It even sports a working aoogaaah horn. For the interior, I used a Chevy steering column with tilt wheel with a small sport wheel for the size. The original dash was cut to size and bolted in. The gas tank which is installed under the cowl is hidden by the dash which I added onto with a piece of �� plywood for the gauges to be installed in. A dark turquoise carpet was put on the floor with chrome carpet end pieces added at the edges by the door area. Black matting was used for a step area between carpet edge and door. For the interior work, the car was sent to Bosh Upholstery, for Lisa Bosh, the owner to work her magic. Show Less