1931 Ford Model A Tudor Embodies the Big 3
Jason Graham of Portland, Tennessee is another young builder long on vintage hot rod expertise. Together with his wife Tasha, they operate Jason Graham Hot Rods and Cool Customs. The Graham’s specialize in traditionally styled cars, especially Model A Fords with radical rakes and low lids. His latest 1931 Ford Model A — a 1931 Ford Model A Tudor he calls his own — made its debut last fall. We first got a look at it when they drove it from Tennessee to Pleasanton for the Goodguys Autumn Get-Together, then down to Scottsdale for their season finale. They drive this two-door sedan everywhere. Since its late 2014 debut, it’s been driven over 30,000 road miles! A true campaigner!
The 6-inch chopped, heavily modded all-steel Henry body draped in PPG “Dirty Charcoal” paint sits on a pair of 1932 Ford frame rails and rolls on 16-inch wires wrapped in Firestone bias ply tires. A drilled “suicide style” 1-beam axle, split wishbones and early Lincoln brakes fill out the front suspension.
The 330-inch Chrysler Hemi, sporting six two-barrel carbs was built and balanced by Tony Lombardi of Ross Racing Engines. The masterful interior was done in-house by Jason and Tasha. It features a modded ’34 Chevy Master dash, leather-wrapped banjo steering wheel, one-off Classic Instruments gauges, a custom built bench seat and a Model A shifter capped with a one-off knob from GearHeadz.
Jason has fallen hard for his tasty Tudor. It’s easy to see why. Radical enough to look wicked, yet mild enough to drive, he enjoys showing it and driving the wheels off it.
“It’s really nice to have a personal car ofter spending over a decade building customer cars.” he said.