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Model A Fords

isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,355
edited March 7 in Ford
Guess I can't shake the old car bug!

Answered an ad yesterday for a Model A "Tudor".

Had one a long time ago and remember it fondly.

I'll probably go look at it next week. The owner
said it had been "restored", runs and looks good,
no rust etc. He wants 5900.00.

Have I lost my mind?


  • mkovalskmkovalsk Posts: 114
    I am worried about that, too.

    I plan to only lift the car until the front wheels are just off the ground. With the small amount of suspension travel in the "A" it won't have far to drop.

    I will also block the rear wheels so it can't roll.

    Does your patent also cover only cutting enough of the head to cut the one remaning stud? ;-)

  • badgerpaulbadgerpaul Posts: 219
    Maybe, but it's the best kind of insanity to have.
    I'd go for it, but then I've always been a little partial to cars of that era, not that I was even alive then.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 13,587
    You really get around (automotive wise). Not sure how you can go from an RX7 and 328 to a model A, but to each his own.

    An old guy around the corner from me has an old Model A pickup in his garage. Looks original, as in what a 70 year old car would look like (not at all restored. As far as I know it doesn't run, since I haven't seen it run in 3 years.

    That street reminds me of a new topic to start, and something to add to sports wagons. Might be a long night.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,355
    I've had three RX-7's The BMW is a 325i.

    I would be embarassed to try to list the cars I've owned in my 52 years. I doubt if anybody would even believe me.

    A Model A is a very primitive car and almost impossible to drive on the freeway. Anything over 50MPH is really pushing.
  • It's a putt around city car at best, and the mechanical brakes are scary. But there are tons of them on the road, they are simple to fix, and you can get parts anywhere--and cheaply, too. Aside from a VW bug, there's hardly an old car you can name that is so easy to restore and keep going. But certainly the car has limitations as a practical driver. You need strong arms to steer, four big feet to stop and lots of patience getting anywhere.
  • speedshiftspeedshift Posts: 1,598
    Doesn't sound much worse than an early Mustang with manual steering.
  • It's worse, believe me, although your Mustang 3-speed transmission will be in the rebuild shop a lot more often than your Model A 3-speed, that's true.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,355
    Because you can't stop! If everything is adjusted just right, you just might get one wheel out of the four to skid a bit!
  • speedshiftspeedshift Posts: 1,598
    Back in the '50s when they were putting V8s in these things, how did they stop? Drag a foot on the ground?
  • badgerpaulbadgerpaul Posts: 219
    That's why cars of this era's bumpers meant business. They had enough flex in them to bump up against something and not be any worse for wear. The brakes on a Model A were great when compared to the external contracting brakes on GM cars of the 20's and early 30's. They could really get your heart racing trying to drive in modern traffic, especially when some "dead-in-the-head" individual would pull right in front of you to see what you were driving.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,355
    To "juice" brakes back then. I think the later model hydraulic brakes from later fords would pretty much bolt on.

    Ford was one of the last to do away with mechinical brakes.
  • You do see many Model As with converted hydraulic brakes. Good idea, too! Of course, you can always pull back real hard on the Model A emergency brake and that will lock up the rear wheels usually.

    They often didn't stop back in the old days...that's why there was such a slaughter on the roads, compared to now, where the fatalities per mile driven is so much lower. Of course, there are still over 40,000 killed every year in the US and ten times that mangled in one way or another.
    So I wouldn't say it's exactly SAFE out there, even with ABS, air bags and all the rest.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,355
    The guy selling the Model A finally had it transported here and I went to look at it.

    It's funny what "restored" means to different people! It had been painted with a brush, the fenders were cracked, had the wrong wheels, etc.

    Still, it ran well and would have been a lot of fun I guess...

    The basics were intact. I just think that for 3000.00 more I could find one that was finished.

    Nice guy selling it and I'm sure it'll sell quickly.
  • rea98drea98d Posts: 982
    So you can add hydraulic brakes. What about power steering and seat belts?
  • Seat belts wouldn't be a problem, but power steering would be'd need to change everything, and probably the engine, too. It wouldn't be a Model A anymore.

    $3,000 sounds about right for that car if it's a good runner...any running, non-rusted, complete and un-botched Model A should be worth about that.
    These cars actually look good when they are a bit shabby, I think.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,355
    REALLY liked this one!

    Seriously, it wasn't bad for a sixty year old car. Lots of painted over bondo that scared me/

    I agree with you on the shabbiness issue. A perfectly restored one looks better than it did when it left the factory. My idea would be about a condition 3 car.

    And I wouldn't micky mouse the brakes either. As you said, enough modifications and it's no longer a Model A.
  • Model As weren't all that well put together from the factory--most As today are much over-restored.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,355
    And it's funny to watch the judges at a car show arguing with the owners about some dumb detail.

    I'll take a good daily driver. If a truck throws a rock that chips the psint, I won't care.

    Oh...a funny thing happened while I was looking at that Model A. We had shut off the engine and were standing about twenty feet away when it started rolling down his driveway!

    We both reacted at the same time and ran over to the car. I grabbed a door pillar and held on while he jumped in and re-applied the emergency brake!

    Isn't that a typical Model A?
  • Having seen somebody run over while trying to stop a car, I just let 'em roll now.....exception being if it were heading for a baby carriage.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,355
    I agree except it wasn't going that fast at that point. We both noticed it at the same time...said the same thing...Oh S..t! and ran for it!

    Like a scene from The Three Stooges..!
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