Brett Maclarn found this '28 Ford Tudor Sedan upside down in a Goondiwindi farmer's paddock, where it had been for 20 years. The same farmer sold Brett the chassis from another old A-bone that was lying about. The guards were particularly bad, given that they had become water troughs whenever it rained, but Brett is more than capable of beating his own panels, and he set to work combining the chassis and body parts into a streetable Rod - the whole process took 3 years of Brett's spare time. If you have read the Harry Rogers story in Hot Rod, you will recognise that Brett does fine work for other people as well as on his own car.

Brett filled the roof with another piece of Ford tin - an AU Falcon provided the panel.

Brett does good work on his car, and the projects of others.

Note the fuel filler up there near the rear window. The bumpers and irons are all painted in the body colour.

An L300 van provided rich pickings - the diff is an L300; the width is spot on, as is the ratio, 4.11: 1.

The 302 Ford small block is a snug fit in the little Model A's engine bay.

The front wheels fit the guards nicely, due to the P76 hubs.

The interior follows the orange theme from the exterior, with splashes of orange.

Brett boxed the chassis, then fitted an L300 van front end. In fact he wrecked an L300 van for the bits, and used the diff as well. The top control arms were lowed ¾", and P76 hubs pulled the track in about 1¾". HX Holden calipers (the Girlock type) were used up front. A Commodore rack & pinion steering system was mounted at the back of the front cross member.

A 302 Windsor powers the Tudor, and it is fitted with 289 heads, Falcon GT intake manifold and Holley 600 cfm carburettor. The cast iron exhaust manifolds have been cleaned up and are connected to a 2½" exhaust system. The C4 automatic uses a Cortina shifter, which connects to a Hardy Spicer manufactured tail shaft, which connects to the L300 diff, which uses the stock drum brakes. The car is suspended over the diff with the help of Jag coil-overs and a 4-bar trailing arm setup, and a panhard bar for lateral control.

The front carries a reproduction grille shell, and a pair of '28 headlamp buckets fitted with Model T headlamp surrounds and fluted lenses. The stock front bumper is painted in body colour, as is the rear bumper. 1939 Fords had iconic tail lights, so they were used in the pursuit of good taste, and a 3rd brake light was worked into the spare wheel carrier.

The people at Henry's Model T & A Parts supplied the windscreen frame, which is kept dry in parts by a marine wiper motor that uses a stainless steel cross-shaft to drive the second wiper. Inside, a Mazda 121 steering column and wheel point the A in the right direction, and an R31 Skyline hand brake keeps it still when necessary. There is a Gemini fuel tank tucked in behind the rear seat, with a Yamaha fuel filler cap mounted high up on the back quarter.

There was plenty of room for gauges, since the stock cowl tank wasn't used, so VDO gauges are spread out a bit in the dash. The body is almost fully restored, save for the roof, which the owner and Greg Heilbron filled with an AU Falcon roof panel. Brett then painted the Tudor in straight Orange tinter and Les Duncan wired the car. As you can see from the pics, the '28 uses steel wheels, fitted with '46 Ford hub caps. The weenies are 15x6 and 15x8, and use Michelin tyres on the front and Kumho's on the back.

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