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DEVIL’S ISLAND: Matt Sharp’s chopped, channelled and sectioned Model-A Ford Tudor


14 Aug

Matthew Sharp's 1930 Model-A Ford

DEVIL’S ISLAND

Devil’s member Matt Sharp’s bitchin’ chopped, channelled and sectioned ode to the heyday of hot rodding leaves us all hot and flustered
Words & Pics by: www.hoskingindustries.com.au

Matthew Sharp's 1930 Model-A FordThere’s little dispute that hot rodding’s heyday took place in the decades of the 1950s and ’60s. Most of the important innovations we still rely on today were developed in these years by ingenious and often crazy fabricators here and in the USA.

Names like Roth, Barris, Jon Kosmoski, Gene Winfield and so many more forged the way for builders at all levels to tinker with their tin in sheds all over the world, setting a pretty clear stylistic path while they were at it. While styles changed over the ensuing decades, the new millennium has seen a distinct shift back to the aesthetic ideals of the early days and 29-year-old Matthew Sharp’s 1930 Model A tudor is an excellent case in point.

Looking like something from a 1964 issue of Car Craft, this HOK Tangerine candy metal flake sled may look like some serious coin has been lavished on it, but it actually started as a budget build. “It started as a budget build and it stayed that way,” Matt says. “We built it to drive and have fun in.”Matthew Sharp's 1930 Model-A Ford

While you’d never know it now, the project actually began with a dented and damaged steel 1930 tudor body and rails. The car still retains both today. “The sides were pushed in, the doors were rough but it was a cheap start,” Matt says.

Having previously built a Commodore ute “with all the usual bling” and tinkering with jacked up 4X4s, this build was to be Matt’s first foray into rodding. Luckily for Matt, he had some exceptional assistance in the form of his father-in-law, the inimitable Tony Webster from Webby’s Speed Shop in Carrington, Newcastle NSW.

What you’re looking at now is actually the second iteration of the project, with the first being decidedly more ‘rat’. With the ethos of having fun and doing it cheaply, the undercoat and rust aesthetic worked perfectly for Matt, who drove the chopped and channelled tudor for a few years before hauling it off the road for a quick respray. “When we first finished it, we drove it from Newcastle to Philip Island via the Princess Highway for the Kustom Nationals, then drove it home again,” Matt says. “We started off pretty tentatively, but after we got past Sydney it was pretty relaxing. We figured if anything was going to go wrong, it would have happened by then.”

Matthew Sharp's 1930 Model-A FordRiding on the car’s original rails, the Model A is snake-belly low thanks to the 5in chop and 5in channel job. The car uses a classic combination of parts to achieve the desired results, like the torsion bar suspension, super tall 16in Firestone white walls and super furry, stark white faux fur trim. However, the driveline is a little different, using a Holden V8 with triple Strombergs in place of the usual small-block Chev’. This is then backed up by a T5 5-speed manual.

No matter where you look on Matt’s tudor, you’ll be greeted by a large amount of cool detail. Peek inside and check out that awesome instrument cluster housed within the headlight bucket or perhaps the cabin-mounted Moon fuel tank from the 1950s. Outside, dig on the cool recessed tail lights or the centrally-located exhaust pipes exiting through the lower part of the cabin behind the number plate. If that wasn’t enough, you gotta love the Mooneyes logos plasma cut into the sun visor or the beer bottle top pressed into the radiator grille. And you can miss all the excellent pin striping courtesy Smith Concepts.Matthew Sharp's 1930 Model-A Ford

“You know, I think if I were to do it all over again, I’d probably not repaint it like I did,” Matt says. “I had more fun in it when it was still a rat.”

As it is, Matt is looking to sell the tudor on to new owners for less than you could build it for yourself. He tells us it’s time to pay some money of the house and start work on a new project; no doubt with the help of Webby and the rest of his Devils club mates. We can’t wait to see it!

NOTE: If you think Matt’s Model-A looks familiar, it’s because it was later sold to Kyle at Smith Concepts, who turned it into this CLICK HERE

VEHICLE: 1930 Model A Ford
OWNER: Matthew Sharp
BODY: Steel tudor body, 5in chop, 5in channel, frenched tail lights, custom tonneau roof, plasma-cut Mooneyes motif in visor, House of Kolor Tangerine candy over metal flake
ENGINE: 308ci Holden V8, stock crank, stock rods, ACL 40-thou’ pistons, cast heads, Chev’ LT1 springs, Crane hydraulic cam’, high-volume oil pump, shortened Model A radiator, 3x Stromberg carbs, custom intake manifold, mechanical fuel pump, genuine 1950s Moon fuel tank, steel fuel lines, custom exhaust
TRANS: T5 5-speed, Exedy heavy-duty single-plate clutch, custom long-arm shifter
DIFF: Borg Warner, 2.89:1 final drive, LSD
INTERIOR: Moon steering wheel, custom bomber front seats, white faux fur trim, 1968 Dodge Phoenix speedo in Diamond T headlight bucket, factory dash, long-arm shifter, white vinyl trim on seats
SUSPENSION: Torsion bar front and rear, hot rod front shocks, spring car rear shocks
BRAKES: Commodore front discs, Falcon rear discs
WHEELS: 16in steel rims, Firestone white walls
THANKS TO: Webby’s Speed Shop, Hamilton Chrome, Tidy Trim, Joel Butcher, Shlong, Corey, Tony Bidner, my wife Nicole and her mum Sharyn, Smith Kustoms for the pin striping and Webby for everything

Feature Car: Smith Concepts’ Ford Model-A Hotrod


26 Feb

My photo shoot on Kyle Smith’s radical and retro Model-A Ford hotrod for issue nine of Forged magazine was actually the second time I’d photographed the car. The first time I laid eyes on the slammed, chopped and channelled Ford was several years ago when I shot the original iteration of it for another magazine. Once naturally aspirated and chunky metalflake orange, Kyle bought the car and truly made it his own. Issue nine of Forged is still available right now on newsstands nationwide.

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Smith Concepts Ford Model-A Hotrod

Smith Concepts Ford Model-A Hotrod

Smith Concepts Ford Model-A Hotrod

Feature Car: Alan Hale’s 1928 Ford Model-A Tudor


26 Sep

It’s not often I get to photograph a car that’s quite as hand-built as Alan Hale’s incredible Model-A Ford Tudor, as featured in the latest issue of Street Machine‘s Hot Rod special. Built over four years by Tony Webster at Webby’s Speed Shop in Newcastle, Australia, this thing just defies description!

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Alan Hale's 1928 Ford Model-A Tudor

Alan Hale's 1928 Ford Model-A Tudor     Alan Hale's 1928 Ford Model-A Tudor

Feature Car: Scott Riley’s Model-A Ford Hotrod


10 Jun

We originally photographed Scott Riley’s cool Model-A Ford pickup back in 2012 for a hot rod magazine that Hosking Industries was producing for Express Publications. Sadly the magazine closed and Scott’s pickup subsequently was never published… until recently. Street Fords magazine ran the feature on Scott’s truck in issue 147 and we’re stoked to see such a cool machine get the print time it deserves.

As always, we’ve got a series of FREE desktop wallpaper images for you to enjoy. Simply CLICK HERE or on the thumbnails below to visit our Flickr page where all the goodies lay in wait for your visit.

Scott Riley's Model-A Ford Hotrod

Scott Riley's Model-A Ford Hotrod    Scott Riley's Model-A Ford Hotrod

Feature Car: Rick Conway’s 1928 Ford Model-A Tudor


29 Dec

Our photo shoot and feature story on Rick Conway’s drool-worthy 1928 Model-A Tudor is in the latest issue of Cruzin magazine, which is on sale now. Rick’s Tudor started life as a roadster, but when his family expanded, so did the Model-A, with the body removed and replaced with an all-steel Tudor body. Be sure to read all about this immaculate machine in the new issue.

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Rick Conway's 1928 Ford Model-A Tudor

Rick Conway's 1928 Ford Model-A Tudor     Rick Conway's 1928 Ford Model-A Tudor

Feature Car: Webby’s Speed Shop Model-A Ford


12 Dec

Our photo shoot and feature story on the Webby’s Speed Shop Model-A Ford truck is in this issue of Cruzin magazine – on sale now. As per one of our recent blog posts, the shoot actually made the front cover, our first for Cruzin.

The original, steel truck has been part of Webby’s collection for years and has just undergone a full rebuild at his Carrington, NSW workshop. Powered by a twin-throttle HSV V8, it’s built for the road and has seen plenty of kilometres over the years, hauling parts and attending shows all over the East Coast of Australia. Be sure to pick up a copy of Cruzin issue 170 on newsstands now!

As always, we’ve got a series of FREE desktop wallpaper images for you to enjoy. Simply CLICK HERE or on the thumbnails below to visit our Flickr page where all the goodies lay in wait for your visit.

Webby's Speed Shop Model-A Ford

Webby's Speed Shop Model-A Ford     Webby's Speed Shop Model-A Ford

Cover Car: Webby’s Speed Shop Ford Truck on Cruzin


10 Nov

What a nice way to begin the week: our photo shoot on Webby’s Speed Shop’s work truck made the front cover of the next issue of Cruzin magazine! We’ll bring you some more pics of this twin-throttle, injected V8-powered beastie once the issue goes on sale.

Cruzin Magazine - Issue 170

Feature Car: Stuart Dunbar’s 1929 Model-A Ford


13 Dec

Issue 19 of Heavy Duty Hot Rods (aka Rat Rods & Hot Rods) features our photo shoot and feature story on Stuart Dunbar’s incredible and unique 1929 Model-A Ford Tourer. Powered by a 1949 250ci Buick straight-8 engine, it’s not your usual Model-A and the deeper you dig, the more bespoke it becomes. The best bit is that Stuart, with the help of great car guys like Dave Hart, built it almost entirely at home.

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Stuart Dunbar's 1929 Model-A Ford

Stuart Dunbar's 1929 Model-A Ford     Stuart Dunbar's 1929 Model-A Ford

Feature Car: Greg South’s 1931 Model A Ford Roadster


25 Jan

Resplendent in its vibrant Morpheus purple paint scheme, Greg South’s 1931 Model A Ford roadster made quite an impact in its feature spread in issue 12 of Heavy Duty Hot Rods magazine here in Australia – on-sale now. Greg owns G Force Automotive in Sydney’s south west and handled most of the work on the 351ci-powered Ford himself and you can read all about their story in the magazine.

As always, we’re offering six FREE desktop wallpaper images of Greg’s ’31 on our Flickr page which you can access by CLICKING HERE or on the thumbnails below. For the strobist fans, all our lighting information can be found on each image’s caption on our Flickr page. They should also contain the EXIF data.

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Greg South's 1931 Model A Ford Roadster

Greg South's 1931 Model A Ford Roadster     Greg South's 1931 Model A Ford Roadster