A New Suspension on Jason Scudellari’s Brookville Model A

By Ron Ceridono   –   Photography By Jason Scudellari

Over the years Jason Scudellari has built several muscle cars and classic trucks and he often displays his talents in Modern Rodding technical stories. But despite his lengthy involvement in most things hot rod, he’s never built a traditional roadster of his own—until now.

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01 Jason Scudellari’s ’29 Ford highboy will ride on a traditional Speedway ’32 Ford frame
Jason Scudellari’s ’29 Ford highboy will ride on a traditional Speedway ’32 Ford frame (PN 91657007) modified by Old Anvil Speed Shop to accept the Brookville Model A body.

When it comes to hot rods, few are more traditional than what is often described as an A/V-8, a Model A Ford body on a ’32 Ford frame—in this case the body is from Brookville and the frame is from Speedway Motors (PN 91657007). This amalgamation does require some tweaking to make the two come together, in this case the necessary modifications to the shape of the framerails were made by the Old Anvil Speed Shop. In addition, they reinforced the framerails with Speedway’s boxing plates (PN 9108969) and weld-in tubular crossmember kit (PN 91657029). All of this was documented by Ryan Manson in the Sept. ’23 issue of Modern Rodding.

02 One concession to contemporary suspension technology is a pair of Aldan double adjustable front shocks
One concession to contemporary suspension technology is a pair of Aldan double-adjustable front shocks (PN AS-451). They will attach to the frame with reproduction F-1 shock brackets.

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With the necessary changes to the frame wrapped up, Scudellari turned his attention to the suspension. Up front is a laundry list of traditional suspension components from Speedway, including a dropped I-beam axle, reversed eye spring, and ’48-52 Ford F-1–style shock brackets. Holding the axle in place is a pair of Speedway (PN 91645127) split wishbones made from 12-gauge steel with forged ends—in the rear are 11/16-18 threaded bungs (Ford tie-rod end size). The bolt-on steering arms are Speedway 3-3/4-inch drop (PN 7022756), for use with split radius rods. Also available are 1-3/4 inch dropped arms for hairpins and four-bars (PN 7022754).

03 Scudellari cut holes in the framerails for mounting bungs
After marking the locations of the shock bracket’s mounting bolts with a transfer punch, Scudellari cut holes in the framerails for mounting bungs.

Another tradition that Scudellari chose to stick with was the use of drum brakes rather than modern discs. The fact is not all drum brakes were created equal, so the decision was made to use the more effective Lincoln self-energizing style that was once a common swap for early Ford brakes. Not surprisingly, original Lincoln brakes are hard to find, but all is not lost as reproductions are offered by Speedway. Several variations of these brake upgrades are offered that can be used with ’37-41 or ’42-48 Ford spindles (’37-41 spindles have a round flange; the ’42-48 spindle have a square backing plate mounting flange and use longer kingpins). When using original spindles up some material may need to be removed on the top of the spindle. However, to make things easy Speedway now offers new, modified ’37-41–style spindles that are ready-to-use (PN 910-3211). Self-energizing rear brake kits are also available for ’37-48 Ford cars and ’37-47 Ford pickups with original rear axles.

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04 Made from solid round stock the bungs were threaded to accept the shock brackets’ mounting bolts
After marking the locations of the shock bracket’s mounting bolts with a transfer punch, Scudellari cut holes in the framerails for mounting bungs.

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There are two basic options when choosing Speedway’s Lincoln-style brakes; they can be had with 12×1.75 or 12×2 shoes. Reproduction 12-inch stock-style drums with 5-on-5.5 bolt circle are available in 1.75- and 2-inch widths—also available are new 2-inch-wide Buick aluminum brake drums. In this case Scudellari opted for the complete brake kit (PN 91604052) that included Buick drums, backing plates, hubs, spindles, kingpins, bearings, and seals.

In the rear a John’s Industries rearend assembly is combined with Speedway’s universal ladder bars, Panhard bar, transverse spring, and Aldan shocks. Rear stopping power is supplied by 10-inch-diameter drum brakes.

05 Here the shock mounting bungs have been welded in place
Here the shock mounting bungs have been welded in place. Mounted to the bottom of the frame is the bracket for the Speedway Motors Panhard bar.

The final step in completing the chassis was to have Kings Powder Coating apply the super-smooth semigloss black finish to the framerails. All the suspension components were covered with Cerakote by Cerakote SoCal. This black, thin film ceramic finish provides corrosion abrasion resistance with a unique look. ARP fasteners were used throughout.

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Scudellari has proved two things with the construction of his A/V-8: traditional hot rods are still alive and well and they can be built with all new parts. Tradition really is timeless. MR

06 Speedway’s F 1 shock brackets are available in two lengths
Speedway’s F-1 shock brackets are available in two lengths: 5-½ inches (PN 91036008) or 6-½ inches (PN 91036009). These are the stainless steel versions (PN 91036006).
07 To clean up the front of the frame Scudellari decided to “bob” the front framehorns
To clean up the front of the frame, Scudellari decided to “bob” the front framehorns. A hole saw happened to be the right size to mark the cuts to be made.
08 A cutoff wheel on an air grinder was used to shorten the framerails to a more appropriate old school hot rod length
A cutoff wheel on an air grinder was used to shorten the framerails to a more appropriate old-school hot rod length.
09 Out came the air grinder again this time to round the bobbed ’rails with a 36 grit abrasive disc
Out came the air grinder again, this time to round the bobbed ’rails with a 36-grit abrasive disc.
11 The reinforcement plates are held to the tops of the ’rails with rosette welds
The reinforcement plates are held to the tops of the ’rails with rosette welds; the plates have threaded holes to accept the headlight brackets’ bolts.
10 Prior to capping the ends of the shortened ’rails a pair of reinforcements for the headlight stands were put in place
Prior to capping the ends of the shortened ’rails a pair of reinforcements for the headlight stands were put in place.
12 Speedway’s highboy stainless steel headlight mounts
Speedway’s highboy stainless steel headlight mounts (PN 91061025) measure 4-3/4 inches from mounting surface to the top of headlight cup. Headlights are 7-inch Dietz-style buckets from Speedway (PN 91101008-1).
13 With the headlight bracket reinforcements in place the fronts of the bobbed ’rails were closed with 16 gauge flat stock
With the headlight bracket reinforcements in place the fronts of the bobbed ’rails were closed with 16-gauge flat stock.
14 After welding all the edges the capped framerails were ground and sanded smooth
After welding all the edges the capped framerails were ground and sanded smooth. The hole in the frame at the far right is for the steering gear.
15 a key that prevents them from rotating on the spring perch and misaligning the shocks
Slots cut in Speedway’s stainless steel lower shock mounts (PN 91036102) accept a key that prevents them from rotating on the spring perch and misaligning the shocks.
16 The Speedway spring perches have a corresponding keyway to accept the lower shock mount
The Speedway spring perches have a corresponding keyway to accept the lower shock mount.
18 The dropped and drilled Speedway axle is attached
The dropped-and-drilled Speedway axle is attached to a 1-3/4-inch-wide, 31-inch-long, reversed-eye Posies Super Glide spring. The Panhard bar will be level when the chassis is at ride height.
17 To install the lower shock mounts extra long spring perches are required
To install the lower shock mounts extra-long spring perches are required (PN 91033047).
19 Stopping power up front comes from Speedway Motor’s 12x2 Bendix brake conversion kit
Stopping power up front comes from Speedway Motor’s 12×2 Bendix brake conversion kit.
20 Included in Speedway Motors’ brake kit are reproduction Buick aluminum brake drums
Included in Speedway Motors’ brake kit are reproduction Buick aluminum brake drums with steel liners and 5-on-5.5 lug bolt pattern.
21 Speedway Motors’ complete brake kit came with all the necessary parts
Speedway Motors’ complete brake kit came with all the necessary parts, including reproduction ’37-41 Ford spindles modified to fit with the Lincoln backing plates.
22 The steering box is a reproduction Vega Speedway PN 91032204
The steering box is a reproduction Vega, Speedway PN 91032204. Tie rod and drag link kit (PN 91632501) comes with 5/8-inch rod ends.
23 In the rear is a Posies 2 ½ inch dropped ’35 36 Ford style spring with reversed eyes
The steering box is a reproduction Vega, Speedway PN 91032204. Tie rod and drag link kit (PN 91632501) comes with 5/8-inch rod ends.
24 Inside the Strange aluminum centersection from John’s Industries is a 3 701 gearset
Inside the Strange aluminum centersection from John’s Industries is a 3.70:1 gearset.
25 A pair of Speedway 54 inch ladder bars along with a Panhard bar keep the rear axle housing located
A pair of Speedway 54-inch ladder bars (PN 91645169) along with a Panhard bar (PN 91649002) keep the rear axle housing located.
26 The fronts of the ladder bars attach to the tubular center crossmember with spherical rod ends
A pair of Speedway 54-inch ladder bars (PN 91645169) along with a Panhard bar (PN 91649002) keep the rear axle housing located.
27 To dampen the movement of the rear suspension Aldan double adjustable shocks were installed
To dampen the movement of the rear suspension Aldan double-adjustable shocks (PN AS-356) were installed.
28 On the left is a typical Bendix brake On the right is a 12 inch Ford Lockheed brake
On the left is a typical Bendix brake from a ’53-56 F-100; 11 inches in diameter, they were a common swap for early Ford brakes (the front, shorter shoe is to the left). Note the bottoms of the shoes are held together with a spring and adjuster. On the right is a 12-inch Ford Lockheed brake. Note the long shoe is forward, the stepped wheel cylinder and that both shoes are anchored to the backing plate.

Sources:

Aldan American
(310) 384-7478
aldanamerican.com

ARP
(800) 826-3045
arp-bolts.com

Brookville Roadster
(937) 833-4605
brookvilleroadster.com

Cerakote SoCal
(562) 715-6973
cerakote-socal.com

John’s Industries
(800) 332-3450
johnsindustries.com

Kings Powder Coating
(714) 326-9336
kingspowdercoat.com

Old Anvil Speed Shop
(657) 223-9889
oldanvilspeedshop.com

Speedway Motors
(800) 979-0122
speedwaymotors.com

Click on this issue’s cover to see the enhanced digital version of Timeless Tradition.

mr february 2024

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