Saturday, July 6, 2013

Model A Ford

This is a '29 Model A Ford Cabriolet Roadster in the Seward 4th of July Parade. It was one of my favorite entries since a '29 Model A Ford was what I learned to drive. My folks bought a new '29,  2-door Coach Model which was our family car until we traded it in on a '37 Chevy in 1940. 
Prices for the Model A ranged from $385 for a roadster to $1400 for the top-of-the-line town car. Dad said ours cost $500. The engine was a water-cooled L-head 4 cylinder with a displacement of 201 cu in. This engine provided 40 hp. The gas tank was located just in front of the dash and gravity took the fuel to the carburetor. Top speed was around 65 mph. I remember Dad getting ours up to 60 on one occasion. The Model A had a 103.5 in wheelbase. The transmission was a conventional 3-speed sliding gear manual unsynchronised unit with a single speed reverse. The Model A had 4-wheel mechanical drum brakes. They were a great improvement over the Model T Ford but were "left in the dust" when Ford came out with a V8 engine in 1933. I appreciate  that some people have the "where-with-all" to restore and show them so that others of us can enjoy them. Thanks.

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