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Projects The Fathers Day Model A find

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Chris, Jun 18, 2018.

  1. If you guys saw my thread last week about unearthing the 57 Cadillac, this story starts there.

    I was heading to help my friend Garrett dig out his 1957 Cadillac he purchased and a guy (Mike) I haven’t talked to in years called me. After a little BS session seeing what each other was up to, he asked if I was still messing with early Fords. I said yes, bad habits die hard. He said he picked up a nice original 1929 Model A coupe 4-5 years ago and he wants to sell it. Do I know anyone who wants it. I had just pulled up to the Cadillac garage and was side tracked by that and told him I’d try to get out his way and check it out. I asked if he had a way to text pictures and he said yes.

    These are them.

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    So, while we were unearthing the Cadillac, I could here my phone getting text messages. When I got home I finally looked at the pictures and was kind of shocked by how nice this A was.

    Friday night my family and I are heading out past Where Mike lives and I asked if I could whip by and see the A in person. He said sure so I stop by and sure enough, here tucked in the very back of his garage is one of the nicest original Morel A coupes I have ever seen. Mike had some medical issues and being 75 years old, figured the A should go down the road. He had the body up on blocks to show the frame number, engine number and title all match. We talked about a price and I figured I should get only stipulation is that we can get it Sunday (Fathers day). You see, every year my dad, brother and myself do some sort of old car something on fathers day. I thought this would be perfect. So Sunday, the three of us go dig the ol A out, grab a pizza on the way home and spend a few hours bolting it back together and getting it running. I have no idea when the last time it ran was, but judging by everything I’m guessing 40-50 years. No key so we hot wired it and the fuel line from tank to firewall was cracked so we used a small funnel for Fuel. It roared to life and didn’t smoke or make any funny noises. All the lights work! The plugs actually look really clean, I think it will be a good runner. Mike never tried getting it running, he said he planned on building a hot rod out of it. The car moved back and forth in gear and the brakes work.

    Anyway, that’s the ol Fathers Day A. Its build date on the firewall is June 20, 1929. So I bought it 3 days shy of it being 89 years old. Not sure of my plan yet. Probably just continue working on it and putt around and enjoy it for the time being. Would make a killer little hotrod. The body is so nice. No patch panels of funky body work. I wiped it with Gibbs so it’s a little shiny, but will dull to a nice gleam in a couple days.

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  2. bowie
    Joined: Jul 27, 2011
    Posts: 2,660


    Ya just can’t beat that clean NorthWest tin! Congrats on another winner.
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  3. Not sure if congrats are in order...I'm already well beyond storage and I'm nearly out of money HAHA. But I can't resist a clean old Ford. They are getting far and few between
  4. I'll bet that texted pic of the rear floor pan is the one that got your heart beating fastest at first. Looks like there's little to none of the typical rear subrail rot. Good score.

  5. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 26,642

    Jalopy Joker

    great that he contacted you to make sure that it did not just lay dormant in storage - no matter what you do with it at least it will have a new lease on life
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  6. Old-Soul
    Joined: Jun 16, 2007
    Posts: 3,607


    Pics of the pizza?
  7. rc57
    Joined: Feb 7, 2007
    Posts: 574


    You suck! :D Happy Father's Day!
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  8. KJSR
    Joined: Mar 7, 2008
    Posts: 2,409

    from Utah
    1. Utah HAMBers

    Great find and story. Thanks for the post!
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  9. I'll second that,all in favor? :D HRP
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  10. AngleDrive
    Joined: Mar 9, 2006
    Posts: 955

    from Florida

  11. 55Deso
    Joined: Nov 7, 2015
    Posts: 244

    from Wyoming

    That's damn nice! Quite the string of good old clean Ford fortune you've had here lately. Good for you!
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  12. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 19,554


    For some reason I'm thinking of the Walton's...nice piece of tin that is...your a vintage magnet @Chris...I'm sure it is destined for a performance upgrade with period discretion...I'm all eyes...;)
  13. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 10,596

    Atwater Mike

    Chris...Great way to spend another "Car-oriented" Fathers Day with your Dad.
    One of those "Try and top THIS one" moments.
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  14. spurgeonforge
    Joined: Oct 18, 2013
    Posts: 417


    You’re killing me! How can one person have this much luck finding so many nice rides. Amazing...
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  16. 325w
    Joined: Feb 18, 2008
    Posts: 5,563


    E brake in front of the shifter makes that. 28 doesn't it?
  17. swifty
    Joined: Dec 25, 2005
    Posts: 1,800


    You got scammed Chris, there's no front bumper!! Seriously though it's great to see that it is back out in circulation.With the Caddy last week then this Model A coupe this week, what's coming next week?
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  18. Great now I want pizza...
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  19. GordonC
    Joined: Mar 6, 2006
    Posts: 2,383


    Unbelievable!! It never ends with you!!;)
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  20. I’ve got the carb apart and soaking in carb clean, picked up a radiator hose kit and new fuel line. I’m still amazed the lights work in this thing. And are bright!

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  21. Okay, you’re startin’ to piss me off :mad:

    But seriously, congrats :D. Another great find
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  22. pumpman
    Joined: Dec 6, 2010
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  23. Thor1
    Joined: Jun 6, 2005
    Posts: 1,590



    Man, you are KILLING me! First the '53 Ford pickup...and then the '57 a '29 Model A coupe...

    That is a seriously nice A.
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  24. woodiewagon46
    Joined: Mar 14, 2013
    Posts: 1,862

    from New York

    You can also tell the approximate build date by the location of the emergency brake lever. Forward of the gear shift was only between January of 1929 and July of '29. You also have an Owens Dyneto, C2, electric wiper in the trunk. What a great find!!!
  25. That is correct, and I forgot to mention it’s this cars birthday today. June 20th, 1929 is the date on the firewall
  26. 01mikep
    Joined: Jul 26, 2014
    Posts: 125

    from California

    Nice. Very nice
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  27. Malcolm
    Joined: Feb 9, 2006
    Posts: 7,721

    from Nebraska

    Man, super nice old coupe! A full-fendered '28/'29 coupe is towards the top of my list of must-have hot rods.
  28. Malcolm
    Joined: Feb 9, 2006
    Posts: 7,721

    from Nebraska

    As far as a hot rod version, @Hackman 's is my favorite:
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  29. cederholm
    Joined: May 6, 2006
    Posts: 1,621


    Very cool!

    ~ Carl

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