Model A Roadster
This is a picture from the building of my "Volvo" Roadster. In
the beginning of the 80's it became legal to build cars in Sweden again.
I think it was in 1968 that to build your own car in Sweden become illegal,
of course you could build it and then crash test it to if you wanted to
be able to run in the streets!!!. Nobody did. Sture Torngren And Göran
Ambell did a great work to make this legal again Thanks Sture and Göran.
When it was legal again I started to build my Dream car. I really wanted
a Model A Tudor but I couldn't find a decent body. So I had to start with
a Glass fibre copy of a Model A roadster instead, and keep on looking after
a Tudor body. Somewhere during the time I think I stopped looking!
Ok I started to build in 82 with a frame that I bought from a friend,
that had started to build a rod but only got the frame built. The frame
didn't have any brackets on it, so I started to put on parts (engine, rear
axle, front axle).
Here is the Chassie almost complete. I use pedals from Volvo of course
the engine is a Volvo B20, and that is the Swedish Chevy 350 very good
engines both of them.
One of the first test-drives. It says new tires 87.08.28 on the picture
The Swedish government (Svensk Bilprovning AB) inspections the car
in late 1988. As you see there is no paint on the car, I tried everything
out for the first year to see if there would be any cracks in the glass fibre
Since everything seemed to work ok, no cracks, I painted the car in 89.
I used DuPont Centari 400 paint. It's like a cellulose color that can
be rubbed out for that last shine. Great when you paint in a garage, and
get bugs and dust in the paint.
The car was built in this garage with only ordinary hand tools. Nothing
fancy, of course I got help from my friends, You can't do this without
friends you know.
This picture was taken autumn 97 near my home; there was I man living in
that house in the background until 1964, no electricity or water in the
house. Yes its grass on the roof (not the smoking type :-))
Here is where my kids spent some of their youth; this is from Västerås
Street Rod Nationals 1990. I have used the car every summer since 1988
for summer vacation trips.
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