Antique car...I'm in trouble now!

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That looks great. Congrats.

We are about 15 minutes from Greenfield Village. My wife actually teaches in Dearborn. Consequently my son basically grew up at Greenfield Village. And one of the things they have there is a small fleet of model T’s that they drive you around in.

Since we had an annual pass we’d be there a couple times a week just killing time goofing around. we always took a ride in one of those model T’s . But the ones that I was most interested in were the fleet of old beat up model A pickup trucks that they used as service vehicles. That’s the only thing besides the model T’s that they allowed to drive around the grounds.

Those things are amazing. Walton’s mountain here I come.
 

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The cost of transporting it, buying it to flip... I think you lost me... Model As are still a bargain for someone just getting in to the hobby. With the exception of Model A's vintage car prices have hit stupid price levels I would leave it at that.
 

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It looks great!
I have some elderly cars. Take my advice. Do not restore it. Just make it a good driver. You will enjoy it more. It doesn't need to be another *Phantom of the Garage*.

Look up the local car club. You will be surprised. A lot of good advice. Many of the A clubs take l-o-n-g drives.
 

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A lot of quirks to learn about thats for sure.
Even just finding what you can on youtube , will help you out big time.
Congrats !
 

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Update!
A couple long days and late nights, but the Model A is a runner!
What an incredible car to work on.
So simple and we'll engineered.
Quirky to ride in.
Feels like a buckboard!
Hopefully get a few short trips in before it gets too cold out.
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My good friend is into model T's. He has three. He travels around to club meets and rides. Lot of maintenance involved but he loves it. The keeps one in a museum in Granville Tennessee, where he retired. Have fun. I had a 37 Chevy in High School.
 

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My good friend is into model T's. He has three. He travels around to club meets and rides. Lot of maintenance involved but he loves it. The keeps one in a museum in Granville Tennessee, where he retired. Have fun. I had a 37 Chevy in High School.
Model Ts are totally Fred-and-Barney.
They don't even have a standard pedal layout, so driving is not intuitive!
And they sound like a coffee can full of bolts because they have no valve guides!
I kinda want one.
 

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I too would love to own a Model T. Unfortunately its more likely a liability on almost any road today. In 1910 it was awesome. Power to pass horses at will! Today a preferred method is group travel with similar powered cars. You’re safer as a group. You’ll be easier seen by other impatient, often distracted drivers.

I plan to visit Greenfield Village someday. To experience a peaceful ride in a Model T. To visit and see how life would have felt back in the period.
 

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Update!
A couple long days and late nights, but the Model A is a runner!
What an incredible car to work on.
So simple and we'll engineered.
Quirky to ride in.
Feels like a buckboard!
Hopefully get a few short trips in before it gets too cold out. View attachment 1039461
The smallest propane lantern or heater would have that thing toasty in cold weather. I'm really liking the color too.
 

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Keep it and enjoy it . Take it out. to every event. It will be driveable longer than our "Antique" 440 Charger with today's gas!

BTW great time for a Mohawk trail trip with that car! Take lots of pics.
 

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I too would love to own a Model T. Unfortunately its more likely a liability on almost any road today. In 1910 it was awesome. Power to pass horses at will! Today a preferred method is group travel with similar powered cars. You’re safer as a group. You’ll be easier seen by other impatient, often distracted drivers.

I plan to visit Greenfield Village someday. To experience a peaceful ride in a Model T. To visit and see how life would have felt back in the period.
Like a buddy recently said.
Always plan your route carefully.
It's no guarantee, but it pays to be careful.
I doubt I'll ever take it on a road with a speed limit higher than 45.
And my years of motorcycling cause me to drive like a motorcyclist.
360 degree awareness.
Assume everybody has your name on their bumper.
 

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Early 1928 Model A was commonly referred to as an AR . Had the left side emergency brake like a T as well as a few other esoteric items from the T era . Henry Ford left nothing go to waste . Knew a man that had installed a later V8 in his Model A truck . If installing a later engine in one , there is a resistor below the fuel tank that must be removed for proper function .
 

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Update!
A couple long days and late nights, but the Model A is a runner!
What an incredible car to work on.
So simple and we'll engineered.
Quirky to ride in.
Feels like a buckboard!
Hopefully get a few short trips in before it gets too cold out. View attachment 1039461
Now you will get my joke on the Model A fuel pump failing. On simplicity, one time in the 1980s I had a wire problem in a grocery store parking lot. More old just crumbled. I left it and got a kit to just rewire it all. Later I thought what other cars could have a bicycle as your service vehicle to do a whole wire harness replacement?
Early 1928 Model A was commonly referred to as an AR . Had the left side emergency brake like a T as well as a few other esoteric items from the T era . Henry Ford left nothing go to waste . Knew a man that had installed a later V8 in his Model A truck . If installing a later engine in one , there is a resistor below the fuel tank that must be removed for proper function .
That must be something later or aftermarket if you don't mean the petcock to shut off fuel. I've never seen or known anything electrical for Model A fuel delivery, however there are some modern disguised as original components you can get.
 

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I've been driving my "A" for 25 years. It is by far the most practical and least expensive old car to keep running. There are two national clubs, join the one that has an active chapter in your area. All the parts that are normal wear items are available fast from the handful of parts specialists. For the non-available parts, somebody in your club has some at his place. For example, I busted an axle and after I got on the phone I drove to my buddies and picked the best one out of a bunch of them he had in a barrel. 24 hours later I was back on the road.
Model Ts are cool but with no front brakes, not so fun in traffic.

Get a "manifold heater". I drive mine in the winter as long as I don't see salt stains in the road.
If you've got the stock brakes, have a club member drive your car to advise you if they are up to snuff.
I converted to hydraulic brakes, made it much more fun to drive.
 

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Get a "manifold heater". I drive mine in the winter as long as I don't see salt stains in the road.
Mine has a patched hole in the firewall out aft of the manifold.
I'm thinking it may have had a heater.
I like the fact that if I want a heater, I don't have to be the one to cut a hole in a 90 year old car.
 

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Well...here it is.
Quite different from how I remember it!
These pics are before shipping, in the previous owners....airplane hangar...one of two.
He's a very nice guy.
It was also my rehearsal space for several years.
That's how I got onto the car.
It should be here this week.
I am, of course, questioning the sanity of this maneuver.


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That's great!
for some reason when I look at that car I want to talk to it like a little puppy dog

it's so cute! look at it's little face! look at that little horn!
The hood ornament (or temp gauge?) looks just like this:
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I think you're going to have fun.

I used to be a mechanic's apprentice in high school. cars like this are very fun to work on, easy to keep in good working order with simple regular maintenance.
 
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That's great!
for some reason when I look at that car I want to talk to it like a little puppy dog

it's so cute! look at it's little face! look at that little horn!
The hood ornament (or temp gauge?) looks just like this:
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I think you're going to have fun.

I used to be a mechanic's apprentice in high school. cars like this are very fun to work on, easy to keep in good working order with simple regular maintenance.
I love working on this thing! Everything is right out where you can reach it and makes total sense. Everything is bristling with zerks and should last forever with proper maintenance.
No cables.
Linkage everywhere...throttle and spark advance stalks, accelerator, BRAKES...
 

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My grandfather was an engineer at Ford Motor Company in the late 1920s. My Dad told us that my grandfather brought 1928 Model A home a month before it was offered for sale in December, 1927. Apparently he piled his four sons in the car and took them for a ride around Detroit, and they were surrounded crowds wherever they went. I can imagine how much fun that was!

In 1968 at age 16 I was looking for a car. The neighbor boys, who were in their early 20s, had a Model T, a couple of Model As, and a Triumph TR3 in their barn that were for sale. I seriously considered a Model A, realizing that at 40 years old it was still a reasonable car for commuting to high school. 50+ years later it still probably wouldn't be too bad for a daily 10 mile round trip.

A year later I bought a 1962 TR3. It wasn't really a whole lot more advanced or practical than the Model A.
 
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