1928 Ford A Model Tudor

Qualified at: Meguiar’s MotorEx

After developing a hankering for hot rod, Sydney based Ian Wicks, spotted this ’28 A-Model in Bendigo, Victoria. It was perfect – an original, all-steel car and being a Tudor, meant Ian could take the whole family cruising.

Following a 1700km round-trip to purchase the car, it was straight off to TJ at Camden County Customs for the rough-as barn-yard-find, to show-stopper transformation to begin. TJ completed an amazing amount of metalwork, in addition to eradicating a tonne of cancer, he sliced four inches out of the roof, filled it in, recessed the firewall before channelling it four inches. It was tag team to Ian’s cousin, Colin, from Menai Smash Repairs who spent countless hours finessing the panels to perfection before laying on the gorgeous Lime Rock Green.

The original chassis has been boxed, stepped up in the back and beefed up with tubular crossmembers. That’s just as well, as the beautifully-detailed, triple 97-equipped 302 Windsor is plenty tough. For improved cruise-ability, Ian opted for an AOD overdrive four-speed auto and 3.7:1 nine-inch. Suspension wise, the A-Model rides on a traditional I-Beam front end – complete with hairpins and HQ discs. At the rear is a four-link, coil-overs and drums, all rolling on 15-inch steelies wrapped in tall, Firestone cross ply whitewalls.

The inside is just as traditional and just as nice as the exterior, with light, olive green leather and contrasting suede inserts. Inside Rides also added belts ‘n’ buckles detailing into the seats, door trims and hood lining – which looks very, very cool. This Tudor has a lot of presence about it, yet only took two years to build – with a lot of help admits Ian.

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