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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 Bike: Paul Bailey’s 1937 Harley Davidson Land Speed Tribute


08 Jan

Paul Bailey has built a lot of bikes, but this one is particularly special as it pays tribute to the Harley Davidson Knucklehead that set a world land speed record in 1937 that stood for 11 years at 136.183mph on Daytona Beach.
This bike uses a 1939 frame with an S&S Knuckle engine powering it. Pretty, ain’t she!? It was featured in issue 155 of Heavy Duty.

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Paul Bailey's 1937 Harley Davidson Land Speed Tribute

Paul Bailey's 1937 Harley Davidson Land Speed Tribute

Paul Bailey's 1937 Harley Davidson Land Speed Tribute

Feature Car: Firas Abousamra’s 1974 Datsun 180B Coupe


28 Apr

My photo shoot on Firas’ awesome 552rwhp turbocharged Datsun 180B coupe was featured in a recent issue of Fast Fours magazine in Australia. It’s powered by a stout FJ20ET.

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Firas Abousamra's 1974 Datsun 180B Coupe

Firas Abousamra's 1974 Datsun 180B Coupe     Firas Abousamra's 1974 Datsun 180B Coupe

Feature Bike: Kyle Smith’s Rigid Harley Davidson 1200 Sportster


20 Apr

I’ve been lucky enough to work with Kyle Smith at Smith Concepts in Brookvale, NSW a number of times over the last seven years. The prolific builder and custom painter’s latest personal project is this awesome rigid-frame 1200 Sportster that is featured in the latest issue of Heavy Duty, which is on sale now.

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Kyle Smith's Rigid Harley Davidson 1200 Sportster

Kyle Smith's Rigid Harley Davidson 1200 Sportster     Kyle Smith's Rigid Harley Davidson 1200 Sportster

Feature Car: Peter La Spada’s Datsun 1200 Ute


06 May

Our photo shoot on Peter la Spada’s immaculate restomod Datsun 1200 ute was featured in the last issue of Fast Fours magazine! It’s a gorgeous little thing that boasts tons of neat detail with only minimal mods for some more ‘go’ and a touch more ‘show’.

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Peter La Spada's Datsun 1200 Ute

Peter La Spada's Datsun 1200 Ute     Peter La Spada's Datsun 1200 Ute

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

Cover Bike: Stuart Torkington’s Triumph Bonneville on Chopper Magazine


12 Nov

Our photo shoot on Stuart Torkington’s way cool Triumph Bonneville custom bobber made it onto the cover of a special edition of Chopper magazine – Old-School Collection. There are five of our photo shoots inside this issue!

You can see more of Stuart’s bike HERE.

Stuart Torkington's Triumph Bonneville

Sneak Peek: Luke Stitt’s Toyota Crown Wagon


07 Oct

A little sneak peek at our photo shoot on Luke Stitt’s Toyota Crown Wagon, for Zoom magazine. This thing is detailed to the hilt and we can’t wait to show you more when it come out in print.

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Luke's Toyota Crown Wagon

Feature Car: Leon Julien’s 1959 FC Holden Wagon


24 Jan

Issue 20 of Heavy Duty Hot Rods (aka Genuine Hot Rods) is due to hit the stands real soon and contains four Hosking Industries photo shoots and feature stories. One of those was Scott Briggs‘ immaculate 1932 Ford coupe we brought you last week and another is Leon Julien’s awesome retro FC Holden wagon pictured here.

This mild kustom 1959 wagon was built at home under a 6x3m marquee in the front yard and is powered by a supercharged 208ci Holden six-cylinder stroker motor. Leon is responsible for just about everything and he and his family drive the car to shows up and down the East Coast of NSW, Australia. Be sure to read all about the car and how it came together in issue 20 of the magazine.

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Leon Julien's 1959 FC Holden Wagon

 

Leon Julien's 1959 FC Holden Wagon     Leon Julien's 1959 FC Holden Wagon