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    In 1959, my two older brothers bought a 1929 Model A Ford roadster from one of their friends. Apparently he could not get it to run and was so frustrated that he just wanted it out of his sight. My brothers paid him $50 for the car, fiddled with the engine for about 30 minutes, started it and drove it home! That made their friend a little angry, but a deal is a deal.

    The car was parked in a shed and left while other projects were attended to. It was never started nor driven again.

    When my middle brother passed away last year, the car came to me. I have coveted this car since I was about 12 years old. I'm restoring a 1924 Chevrolet and have reluctantly decided to sell the Model A to raise funds for the Chevy project. I did want to play with the Model A a bit, however. So, I decided to see if I could make it run again. I wanted to at least drive it once or twice after all these years before letting it go.

    A few parts had gone missing over the years, so these were acquired. It should have been simple, but these things never are. No matter what I did, that car would not run! I finally tracked down a very obscure and unlikely electrical short in the distributor. It started right up and ran pretty good!

    After making a few adjustments, I decided today would be a good day to take it around the block. Victoria and I jumped in, started the car and drove it 5 or 6 blocks around the neighborhood. The car never missed a beat. (OK... it sputtered once, briefly.)

    It was such a satisfying experience to drive this car that has not been started or driven since 1959! Now it will be advertised for sale. Hopefully to someone who will put it back into nice condition. In the meantime, there will be a few more drives around the neighborhood, just for fun.


    "Yesterday, a man walked up to me and said, 'Isn't it a shame that Walt Disney couldn't be here to see this?' and I said, "He did see this, that's why it's here."
    -Art Linkletter July 17, 2005-


    When you wish upon a star your dreams come true.


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    That's an awesome car!!!

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    • #3
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      How much fun is that!!?? I would love to see it restored. Maybe whoever buys it could send us a pic or two down the road.
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        Aww that's terrific. If I had the money I'd so buy it from you. But I doubt it's practical for my life anyhow.

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          I want tha car!!!! ooo, one of my many dreams is to own a restoration shop for the old classics. I LOVE that car!!! It's gonna be a beauty one day....just out of curiousity..how much are you asking and how much work does it need? Have you thought about listing it on Ebay? You could make alot of money selling it there. Be sure you ask for updates on the cars progress from whoever you sell it to.



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            Thats pretty cool !!
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              Originally posted by Stitchy-poo View Post
              I want tha car!!!! ooo, one of my many dreams is to own a restoration shop for the old classics. I LOVE that car!!! It's gonna be a beauty one day....just out of curiousity..how much are you asking and how much work does it need? Have you thought about listing it on Ebay? You could make alot of money selling it there. Be sure you ask for updates on the cars progress from whoever you sell it to.
              The car definately needs a total restoration. It will be a little challenging due to some rust-out at the bottom of the body. But it is quite solid and not beat up. It seems to be mechanically quite sound. I haven't settled on a price yet, but somewhere between $8-10K.

              I will probably advertise it in the Model A Ford Club and Model A Restorer's Club magazines. I would like it to go to someone who will restore it rather than hot rod it.
              "Yesterday, a man walked up to me and said, 'Isn't it a shame that Walt Disney couldn't be here to see this?' and I said, "He did see this, that's why it's here."
              -Art Linkletter July 17, 2005-


              When you wish upon a star your dreams come true.

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                yeah, I can't stand hot rods....street racers I get...but, taking a beautiful old car and tearing it apart? Can't stand that.



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                  I personally don't have anything against hot rods. Often, cars that are too deteriorated to restore can be put back on the road as a hot rod. That's fine. Some of them are quite impressive.

                  I agree, though, that I hate to see a fine old car torn apart.

                  Genuine all-steel Model A roadsters are getting harder and harder to find in original condition. Reproduction bodies are available for the hot rodders.
                  "Yesterday, a man walked up to me and said, 'Isn't it a shame that Walt Disney couldn't be here to see this?' and I said, "He did see this, that's why it's here."
                  -Art Linkletter July 17, 2005-


                  When you wish upon a star your dreams come true.

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                    maybe I'm odd...but, I can't stand when people "modernize" classics, either. When I was looking for a Mustang...nothing broke my heart faster than seeing a beautiful 65 or 66, and then seeing a cd player shoved into the dash. Bleck!! Why don't people install them in the trunk so they don't have to carve out the dash to install it?



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                    • #11
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                      Originally posted by EagleWings View Post
                      Aww that's terrific. If I had the money I'd so buy it from you. But I doubt it's practical for my life anyhow.
                      And a gas guzzling hummer with spinners is?
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                        Tom- good luck!
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                          Originally posted by Tom Chaney View Post
                          The car definately needs a total restoration. It will be a little challenging due to some rust-out at the bottom of the body. But it is quite solid and not beat up. It seems to be mechanically quite sound. I haven't settled on a price yet, but somewhere between $8-10K.

                          I will probably advertise it in the Model A Ford Club and Model A Restorer's Club magazines. I would like it to go to someone who will restore it rather than hot rod it.
                          I don't blame you there. I love to see cars restored to their stock 'look'. Just the other day I saw this Chevelle on the road...and it was restored it's stock look and was so beautiful - wasn't all tricked out and with big tires - just like it was when it was in the showroom.

                          I bet if my Grandpa was younger, he might be VERY interested in this.

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                            So what are you asking for it?? Let us know, please!

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                              Beautiful car and would be a fun project, but time and funds would be the issue. I hope you get to enjoy it a couple of more times before you have to let it go. It is going to hard to sell.

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