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Model A barn find!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by nickk, Jul 17, 2011.

  1. nickk
    Joined: Feb 2, 2011
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    I recently met a guy that came up to our family welding shop. while me and my uncle was having what we call hot rod talk, this guy mentioned he had a banjo for sale, but i told him i currently have plenty of those but no Model A body, and he replied saying he knows a fella that has two rusty bodies that he may sale for cheap and that he'd take me to look at them, welp a few days after he drove me to this guys house, and right away im seeing stock A's, 1 to the left 1 to my right, right away i was liking this. but my buddy told me not to talk about chopping them or hot rodding them because the older guy didnt like that which was find because I want a damn near stock one. well we walked to the back and looked at the bodies, one 28 sedan and one 30/31 4 dr. when i came back i asked the guy what he'd take for the the 28, he didnt reply with a price, he asked what i wanted to do with it. i figured this guy was nice enough to let me go look so id be honest, i told him i want a Stock A with juice brakes, and a y-block or flathead v8. he smiled and said i got what you need. so i started following him into the back of a old barn/storage shed, we passed yet another model A, this time a 5 window coupe rumble seat car then to the back on another barn where a 1930 5 window coupe sat. he said til recently he hasnt ever wanted to sell it. but he said 6k would buy it, i told him if i had the money id buy it, but me personally at 20 yrs old i have never had 6k, but he said its alright because im gonna let you pay payments and work with me. I could only smile and agree. but tomorrow he comes home from vacation and im getting it. so im still shock and excited about tomorrow, i last talked to him the other day and he told me all the stories and history behind it, and thats half of what i love about the car, it makes any of car 50 percent better to have its history but anyways this car has been parked since 1960, thats a pretty good barn find i think

    http://i51.tinypic.com/2qx3uk7.jpg
     
  2. pasadenahotrod
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    from Texas

    You're a lucky guy!
     
  3. Ohio Rodder
    Joined: Dec 28, 2010
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    That's great!
    I am allways amazed at what is still out there!
     
  4. mndodge
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    Way to go, nothing like a fresh car for your project!!!
     

  5. nickk
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    im sooooo stoked, and agree that im lucky, but ive been wanting one since i saw my uncles 31 coupe when i was 8 yrs old, but only til now have I've been smart enough and able to afford something like this. im excited to build/restore it and in the end i hope the guy im getting this from will be proud of what im gonna do with it
     
  6. hozem396
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    from ohio

    I didn't get "smart enough" until..... wait a minute, I'm still working on that.
    Nice starter car though!
     
  7. Take some pictures when you go get the car. Sounds like you got a good score.
     
  8. sonofamitch
    Joined: Jun 24, 2011
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    its good to know there are still places like this that give us hot rodders hope
     
  9. 55olds88
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    Nice, good to see the old boy had some faith in a young fella, now all you have to do is get it all done and take him for a ride round the block to repay his interest.
     
  10. nickk
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    you can bet on that, I asked him the other day how well his stock A's stop considering they still have mechanical brakes and he was shocked to hear ive never rode in a car with them, so he said one day soon we'll take his out for a spin
     
  11. Congratulations! You obviously made the right impression on the guy. Sound like a good start.

    You know, I think I have never ridden in an A with mechanical brakes. I got my first Model A in 1958 and my dad insisted the brakes had to be changed before anything else. He had bought the car new in 1929 and kept it only a couple years before giving it to his mother. ...but the mechanical brakes were not a part of whatever fond memories he had of the car. One of the things that sold me on my newest Model A was that it already had the brakes converted to '40 Fords.
     
  12. nickk
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    haha I like to keep it as stock as possible but i want it to run me down the road and STOP me from running off the road
     
  13. puckm2
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    from oregon

    It's criminal to post this without pics!!!!!!!!
     
  14. nickk
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  15. nickk
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    it had a link but heres the actual picture, i just did it wrong the 1st time
     
  16. tattedfordguy
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    You lucky dog...
     
  17. Nice dude! It's hard to tell from the pic, but it looks real solid. What are the plans for it?


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  18. nickk
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    yeah there is hardly any rust, maybe fenderless, but its getting juice brakes, a V8 banjo and and a 272
     
  19. cookiemonster131
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    very nice find and good job landing the deal!
     
  20. skoh73
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    WOW! That is one sweet score. Sounds like one heck of an nice old guy. Do him proud.
     
  21. Outback
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    nice, to be up front & honest is an admirable quality!
     
  22. Congratulations Nick, I can tell from your story that you will make the old gentleman proud.
     
  23. A Rodder
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    I Know what your feeling. Yesterday I bought a 30 coupe with a rumble seat. 65K miles and in great shape. I didn't want to start a thread because I don't have the "pics" in my computer. Mine is all stock but with 12 volt and hydraulic brakes. And by the way I have a 312 Tbird special that is earmarked for it. Keep us posted!

    Excellent story
     
  24. puckm2
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    from oregon

    WOW, that breaks my heart!
     
  25. Model A Gomez
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    Good looking coupe and really cool of the owner to set up payments, not many people would do that. E bay and TV auctions have convinced too many people everything is worth a fortune, I've had Model As for over 25 years and you got a good deal.
     
  26. nickk
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    yes im super stoked, never did I think someone would ever do something like payments for something like this, the guy has been awesome and extremely helpful, he even took me for a ride in his rumble seat couple yesterday and told me next time we get some free time he'd let me drive it!
     
  27. FourBangNCanuck
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    from ON, Canada

    Good job man, thats a real cool story and a awesome car!
    Now get that thing outside and post some more pics!
     
  28. 29ToyA
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  29. Mindover
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    from England

    Very nice find! I hope its as solid as it looks, It looks very sound. Show us what you find when you strip it down.

    David
     
  30. FoMoCoPower
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    Shoulda seen the one I saw sell for $6k this past weekend,then the Viky that went for $7k-ish
     

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