Ayres Model A

Project Description

When I was 14 years old I bought a 31 model A body for $200 back in 1990. I chopped the car and removed some wood but really had no experience to build the car. My father had projects of his own and I ended up selling the body. Fast forward 25 years after going through college and working in a restoration shop I was able to hone my skills to a professional level. I built several cars in those years from a chopped merc to a 41 willys coupe, to a HotVW’s featured 68 Karmann Ghia. About 4 years ago this project was off the ground to create the vision of a Model A I had when I was 14 years old.

Project Owner

Owner/Builders  Brad Ayres
Car Designer  Brad Ayres
City, State  Ozawkie, KS
Social Links
Instagram:  @ayresautomotiveattitudes
Facebook:  Ayres Automotive Attitudes

Car Specs

Year/Model  1931 Model A
Body Type  Ford Steel Body
Chassis  Pete and Jakes / Brad Ayres
Engine Specs  1955 331 Chrysler Industrial, 290 Isky Cam, 9.5:1 Ross Pistons, 4x2 Stromberg 97’s, HotHeads conversion parts, Wilcap trans adapter, 350 turbo trans
Brakes  Front: Wilwood 4 piston / Rear: Ford Drums

Wheels  Front: 1936 Ford 16x4 wires / Rear: 1932 Ford 18x4 Wires
Tires  Front: Firestone Dirt tracker 550-16 / Rear: S.T.A Super Transport 7.50-18
Paint  Squeegs Satin Epoxy Clearcoat over brushed bare metal
Interior  Custom sheetmetal, modified bomber seats from Speedway, Stewart Warner Wings Gauges
Body / Metal Work  Brad Ayres

The Start

Before

After

About the Build

What led you to build this specific car?
A Passion for Model A’s since I was a kid. Now with the time, experience and money, I had to create a Model A similar to the cars that were cruising the local burger joints in the 1960’s

Are you a professional car builder?
Not full-time. I do build and paint hotrods and customs as a sideline for specific customers. I work full time in Traffic Design for a local county government.

How long did the build take? (from zero to riding the car)
I worked on this car over a period of 4 years, but i was also building 3 other ones in the process. Probably more like 2 straight years of building on this one.

Other than yourself, whom else did you find invaluable as a relationship to make the car a reality?
My father was a major financial help on this entire project. From getting a good car to start with to firing up of the hemi at the end. This car is as much a part of me as it is a part of him.

How often do you use the car?
Weekends, rod runs and just when I feel the need to take it out. May drive it to work more once it’s shaken down.

When showing the car what do you tend to point out the most?
Definitely the engine. I have more people want to know the history of this engine than anything. I built the intake, cooling system, headers and many, many misc parts to make this engine work in the car.

What part of the build results surprised you the most?
How unique this engine was. I hear from all walks of life how they have seen these engines in fields running pumps, hooked to air raid horns etc., to this day. An 86 year old man told me he has 4 of these industrial Hemi’s running on his farm and they were purchased brand new by his father when he was a young man.

What part of the build turned out to be so hard you’d avoid it in the future?
The intake. I pretty much figured out that intakes are built on a computer, cut / welded with a machine for a reason. I chased more leaks and probably scratched my head more on this aspect than I ever have on anything I have ever built

What wisdom gained from your build experience would you offer to someone considering building a car like yours.
Do your research on building an early Hemi engine. There are so many tips and tricks out there to make these engines perform how you want.

Insight

The Hemi in this car was pulled from a complete, non-running jet engine jump starter from the military. It has a SPEC. number on the engine tag that makes it unique. It was so complete that the guy I purchased it from tried to donate it to a war museum to restore. When they told him it would cost too much to ship he tore it apart and I bought the Hemi from him. The rest of the generator was scrapped for parts. Ironically the car was purchased from a guy in Ohio that inherited it from his uncle who drove it to a Naval Air Station back in the 40’s and 50’s

Closer Look

Photo Credits:  Brad Ayres

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