Inside the thrash: A look into building a hot rod on a tight deadline, part 3
With Detroit Autorama getting shockingly close, Scott Sheehan -- our hero -- has turned what looked like a car into a bare frame. That might seem like Sheehan is taking a backward step, which wouldn’t be ideal with the show’s move-in date approaching, but in order to get the Ford Model T’s hand-built frame finished and painted, everything had to go. At least, everything had to go away from the car’s frame.
Sheehan spent a solid 18 hours in his workshop getting the chassis ready for paint. That meant sorting out simple things like placing a battery box, sorting pedal location and mounting a steering column. He also had to finish mounting a steering box and make brackets to hold a fuel tank. Oh yeah, and finish any and all structural welding for the frame -- you know, it’s hard to weld on something after you’ve painted it.
Despite the window closing for Autorama, Sheehan still plans on having a running and driving car ahead of the show. It will take some creative borrowing, as he plans on robbing the Ford Flathead from his running Model A roadster and using that -- sans radiator -- to power the Model T to its spot on the show floor. As for cooling, Sheehan ordered a radiator, but it won’t work. So, in the interim, he’ll be going full race car and will just bypass a radiator by looping the coolant hoses.
As of this writing, Sheehan retrieved the frame and will start putting it all back together again. Autorama, running in Detroit's Cobo Center March 1-3, is less than two weeks away, and Sheehan will have to put the pedal to the metal to get this car together for the show.
Scott, if you're reading this, you should probably get back to work.