McGregors' Model As
Australian Street Rodding|January 2021
Luke and Rob built a terrific pair of street rod Tudors...
LARRY O'TOOLE and LUKE MCGREGOR

Having already restored a ’28 Model A Tudor, Robert McGregor had a head start on his ’30 Model A Tudor street rod version that you see featured here. An outlay of $5000.00 back in 2007 gave Robert the start he needed on this project with the delivery of a flat-pack car in a 6x4 trailer – the body had been cut up with an oxy-acetylene torch!

The rolling basis for the car came from C&W in the form of a stage 3 chassis with modifications at the rear to allow it to run a ’32 Ford-style fuel tank. Providing the motive power is a 302 Ford engine that Robert purchased as an unknown quantity from the Trading Post well before he started on the project. He left the engine undetailed because he wasn’t sure what its operating condition was like, but it turns out he could have dressed it up some more as it hasn’t missed a beat. The 302 does use F100 exhaust manifolds that empty into a 2-1/2 inch system and its cooled by a Walker radiator with an electric fan.

Attached to the back of the Windsor is a C4 automatic transmission that is engaged using a Lokar shifter. The driveshaft connects it to a nine-inch rear end that runs 3.55:1 gears and is suspended by coil-over shock absorbers. The diff retains its original Ford drum brakes that are activated by an XB Falcon master cylinder in conjunction with HQ Holden front calipers that clamp Ford vented rotors. A four-bar system retains the four-inch dropped axle equipped front suspension.

Brett Maclaren was responsible for the bodywork on the Tudor, putting all the pieces back together so that it could be painted in Glazurit Pristine Blue. The chassis is colour coded to the body as well for a fully integrated look. In the process the firewall was reversed for extra engine clearance and to clear the exhaust, but the door latches and window mechanisms remain stock Model A. Finishing off the outside appearance of the Model A Tudor is a set of chromed five-spoke wheels shod with Yokohama 195/60x15 front tyres while the rears are 265/70x15.

Inside Carman’s Trimming used pleated vinyl for the seats that came from a Nissan Micra three-door and there’s beige suede forming the headliner while Mercedes carpet lines the floor. A ’32 style dash now sits in front of the passengers and it is equipped with six Dolphin gauges. Steering column is an XB Falcon item that has been modified to suit its new home and the wipers are two-speed electric versions. For nighttime vision Robert relies on original style ’30 Model A headlights and taillights with the turn signals built into them in each case.

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