Tu­dor Traits

The Boos Fam­ily Model A Ford

Street Rodder - - Contents - BY ROB FORTIER • PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY GRANT COX

Mike Boos’ ’31 Ford Model A

Nat­u­rally, most any fa­ther wants noth­ing more than for the prover­bial ap­ple to fall close to its tree when it comes to shar­ing com­mon in­ter­ests. With to­day’s gen­er­a­tion plagued by video game ob­ses­sion, how­ever, it’s hard enough getting some kids in­spired to go out­side, let alone hav­ing any in­ter­est in pick­ing up a wrench. For­tu­nately, Missouri hot rod­der Mike Boos got him­self an ap­ple with a good back­spin on it.

It was around six years ago that Mike’s son, Mark, came to him with the de­sire to build what he de­scribed as a “rat rod with good com­po­nents,” which we’ll sim­ply re­fer to as a hot rod, ap­pro­pri­ately. “I told my son I’d help him out how­ever I could and, well, it ended up that I went in half and made it

a fa­ther-son project,” he ini­tially ex­plained. There was a third party in­volved with the process as well. “I had vi­sions of what I thought would make a cool Model A, and so did the builder, Ja­son Rock. Ja­son had ac­tu­ally drawn this car as a child mul­ti­ple times—to­gether, we came up with a plan. Five years later, this is what we ended up with!”

The Model A Tu­dor they ended up with be­gan in the form of a Craigslist score out of Omaha. All orig­i­nal and com­plete—a true barn find, ac­cord­ing to Mark— the sedan would ul­ti­mately forego its stock chas­sis and any un­nec­es­sary ex­te­rior items once the five-year trans­for­ma­tion be­gan at Rock’s Rod & Cus­tom. Ja­son con­structed an all-new frame out of thick-wall box tub­ing, Z’d front and rear, with a ’48 Ford X-mem­ber and ’32 Ford front cross­mem­ber be­hind Pete & Jake’s boxed frame­horns. Those afore­men­tioned “good com­po­nents” came in the form of a tri­an­gu­lated four-link, lo­cat­ing a Moser 9-inch Ford rear with QA1 coilovers on one end; a Su­per Bell dropped I-beam sup­ported by Speed­way’s ra­dius rods and fric­tion shocks on the other. Vega cross steer and Wil­wood brake com­po­nents were also thrown in the mix. The en­gine, a Hil­born me­chan­i­cally in­jected small-block with a Su­per T10 four-speed, got pushed back a good foot or so in the process, which ul­ti­mately sac­ri­ficed in­te­rior space be­neath the cowl—but sim­ply push­ing the front seats be­hind the B-pil­lar and re­lo­cat­ing the driver con­trols ac­cord­ingly would ac­com­mo­date for that. And when all was said and done, the sedan’s new foun­da­tion was fit­ted with a set of E-T’s skinny

Drag­mas­ters with Fire­stone wide whites and their wider Fuel­ers with Radir wide white cheater slicks.

Be­fore re­ceiv­ing its cur­rent House of Kolor So­lar

Gold to com­ple­ment that pearl-tinted ’57 T-bird white chas­sis be­neath, the body spent its share of time getting a good makeover—hav­ing the roofline low­ered a few inches with a cus­tom re­mov­able in­sert added, rais­ing the floors to ac­com­mo­date the fram­erails, and notch­ing the firewall to make room for the back of the en­gine that now rests be­low a re­mov­able cowl top. Those rather large head­lights hug­ging the sedan’s sec­tioned grille shell are of ’32 Reo na­ture, while the tail­lights are stock with cus­tom stan­chions.

Fi­nally, when it came time to do the in­te­rior, Don Kite was called upon to han­dle the up­hol­stery, for which he aptly did the Mus­tang buck­ets and ac­com­pa­ny­ing side pan­els in black leather and pearl white di­a­mond­tuck vinyl. That ex­tra deep dish Su­pe­rior 500–look­ing steer­ing wheel was cus­tom-fabbed by Ja­son Rock, while the Cy­clops-sit­u­ated gauge pod is circa ’61 Chrysler Im­pe­rial that Kevin Fos­sett hand-shaped the sheet steel en­clo­sure for.

At the time the Model A was pho­tographed, Mark and his fa­ther had just brought it home fresh from be­ing com­pleted at Rock’s Rod & Cus­tom, so they still had some “getting-ac­quainted” time ahead of them. We’re hop­ing a re­cent spot­ting in an on­line classifieds is an in­di­ca­tion that they loved it so much, they need the funds to do it all over again!

For the dig­i­tal ex­pe­ri­ence: https://bit.ly/2teBAsd

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