1929 Ford Model A
When viewing a 1929 Model A you will notice on the hardtops, there is a cloth/canvas covering the top. There is much speculation as to why this is and there are basically 3 reasons for this. Number 1 is Henry Ford was cheap! Number 2 is steel was in demand and was used for wartime efforts, and 3 is the technology for welding such a large piece of steel did not exist, and even if it was put on, the road conditions of the time would have certainly quickly bent such a large panel.
For consignment a wolf in sheep's clothing, in the form of a wild mannered looking Ford Model A 2 door hardtop. An initial glance at this car and the first thing you will notice is its stance, high in the back and low in the front. Some chopping (3 inches) and shaving (door handles, and bumpers) has gone on and now presents as a hot rod with iconic late 20's styling still intact. Grab your floppy hat, throw a toothpick in your mouth and let's go make some dust.
This mostly original looking Model A is pretty much how it appeared when it rolled off the assembly line in 1929. All steel panels draped in Ruby Red, a cloth top, and bumpers shaved, the stance is awesome. Panels are straight and mind their gaps. A pristine front chromed radiator cover is flanked by equally nice chromed headlights. 15-inch Torque Thrust wheels are all around and a chrome framed pop out front windshield, and some roll up windows, and we are ready to go!
Gray velour broadcloth panels cover the doors, and these have a stripe of maroon running through the middle, and some aluminum cranks. Dual gray cloth front buckets and a rear bench make up the seating. Upfront a simple lacquered full sheet of wood makes up the dash. In the center there is a chromed panel, and this houses the instrument cluster. On the passenger's side is an Alpine AM/FM/CD, and this car has vintage air conditioning installed. Also noted for the driver's convenience is a tilt steering wheel column topped by a rally style steering wheel. More fuzzy velour for the headliner dash top, and windlace areas...it's just all over on this car!
A lift of the cowls on the sides of the hood which are held up by stainless props, reveals a 350ci V8. This mill has aluminum Edelbrock Performer RPM heads and is topped by an Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetor. Headers, and a TH350 automatic transmission are bolted on. Shining valve covers, chromed attachments and chrome air cleaner housing, definitely add to the mystique, and the previously noted wolf in the sheep's clothing.
A boxed frame is seen front and back, and a 4-link suspension in front and coilovers on back can be noted. Disc brakes are up front, and drums on the rear. All nicely taken care of and definitely totally rust free and structurally sound.
This car cranked alive quickly and took off with much the same vigor. It ran smoothly and cornered great. There is plenty of interior room, and due to dual sub woofers on the floor in front of the rear bench kept us rocking during our drive. One ergonomic miscue is the position of the shift lever which is a reach under the front seats, and its a short lever, but we survived!
So how great would it be to pull up on a more modern-day car, and get the old HEY GRANDPA! wave, and you proceed to smoke the instigator, as they would remain totally unknowing of what's in store for them. A nice build accented with chrome and red, and a big V8 under the cowl, along with some chopping and shaving…yeeee hah!