Words: Alan Mayes; Photos: Roy Varga; Model: Jasmine Knox
There is much to be said in favor of restraint in many aspects of our lives. Building hot rods is one of them. Justin Morter’s ’31 Model A Tudor is a textbook example of that philosophy and it shows why traditional hot rods never go out of style. There are no flashy gee-gaws competing for attention, no mechanical “look at me” command, and we cannot keep our eyes off it.
Jeff Tygret at Stay True Kustoms in Tipp City, Ohio (just north of Dayton), built the car and he did it just right. Starting with a chassis of STK’s own creation, they added a 5” dropped Super Bell front axle on a transverse spring. In back, custom ladder bars accompany the spring. A Ford 9” rear hangs from there. The engine is a Bob Vore built 283 from a ’64 Chevy. It’s topped by a Holley carb and lakes style headers extract the gasses. That’s all backed by a Turbo 350 transmission. Black 16” steel wheels are wrapped in Firestone blackwall bias-ply tires from Coker Tire.
The body was only slightly massaged, though it was channeled over the frame by 4” and the top was chopped 4”. A custom made hood sits between the cowl and the chopped and narrowed radiator shell that has some essence of the original one, but is obviously different. The drip rail area was filled and the top insert left out, so it’s an open air sedan.
Inside, a custom instrument panel that looks like it’s always been there is filled with Stewart-Warner Wings gauges and there’s a Limeworks ’40 Ford steering wheel. A bench seat was wrapped in white vinyl tuck-n-roll by Dennis Gamble. The office looks as inviting as the exterior!
Credit for the chrome and polishing goes to Shane Masters. Justin offers special thanks to Mike Haer, Shane Masters, Joe Marker, Matt Nixon, Brandon Fiessinger.
Owner: Justin Morter
Location: Dayton, OH
Builder: Jeff Tygret (Stay True Kustoms)
Vehicle: 1931 Ford Model A Tudor
Other Body Mods: Filled drip rail
Grille Shell: Chopped & narrowed 4”, custom grille insert
Color: Yellow Gold
Painter: Jeff Tygret (Stay True Kustoms)
Engine: 1964 Chevy 283 (built by Bob Vore)
Transmission: Turbo 350
Intake & Carb: Stock intake w/Holley carb
Exhaust: Handmade lakes style headers
Rear End: Ford 9”
Suspension: F- Super Bell 5” dropped axle on transverse leaf spring; R- Custom ladder bars w/buggy spring
Wheels: F- 16×4.5 steel; R- 16 x 5 steel
Tires: F- 4.50-16 Firestone/Coker bias-ply; R- 7.50-16 Firestone/Coker bias-ply
Upholstery: White vinyl tuck-n-roll
Upholsterer: Dennis Gamble
Steering Wheel: Limeworks Forty