Troubleshooting Ford Model A
“How fast will she go?”
Why is this always asked? Speed is important, I guess. We are usually asked this while stopped at a traffic light and someone just wants to ask something – anything. Our answer? “We average 40 to 45 miles per hour on tours.” Of course, some cars have high compression engines and have been known to get going on the Interstate Highways, but not ours.
“How much did you pay?”
Usually people do not ask so bluntly, but casual observers are trying to figure out if they might actually be able to afford one or is it totally out of their price range. Our answer? For our 1928 Tudor Sedan, “we have less than $10,000 invested.” I have seen ads for Model A Fords for as much as $26,500. “Basket cases” go for much less. Drivable Model A’s seem to range from as little as $6,000 to $16,000 and on up.
“How much will you take for it?”
We hadn’t had our Model A for 24 hours before people were wanting to buy it from us. At first, our answer was, “She’s not for sale.” We told one man in jest, “More than you can afford,” then later wondered if the old geezer had a fortune in oil wells or something. After all, this is Texas. Lately, we’ve considered that if we could sell it to some fool for $24,000, we could buy two pretty reasonable Model A Fords. First, though, we have to find that fool.
“Is it original?”
This one is hard to answer. The engine is a Model A Ford engine, but not original to the body. We have added wind wings which were an original option. For safety, we added turn signals and seat belts neither of which were not even an option in 1928. The CB radio is an added safety feature and is entertainment on tours. The 1956 Ford truck gearbox makes the steering easier. Our answer to the “original” question? “Pretty much.” If they are really interested and we have the time, we will point out details.
“How often do you get to drive it?”
At least every weekend. We drive the Model A to all the club functions. This includes tours, parades, monthly meetings, and breakfast gatherings. The only thing we watch for is having to drive after dark. The winter weather is mild enough here in Central Texas that the cold does not stop us. It is just in the summers that it gets too hot for afternoon tours. Meanwhile, we drive to breakfast every Saturday morning year ’round.
“Is this a Model T?”
Here is your chance to educate the American public. Since Henry Ford made over 15 million “Tin Lizzies” between 1908 and 1927, it is understandable that people think we are driving a Model T Ford. What is not so well known is that Ford made over 4,320,000 Model A Fords in just four years between 1928 and 1931. Our answer? “No, this is a 1928 Model A Ford. Model T’s have wooden wheels.”
“Are parts hard to find?”
This one is easy. There are catalogs, swap meets, two international clubs, and all their chapters. It is amazing what you can find out there. Since you, dear reader, are here, you can start by surfing to this links page. My answer? I hand them my business card with my web pages listed.
Most Frequently Made Statements (while looking at a 1928 green two-door sedan):
- “My father (uncle/brother/grandfather) drove a car just like this one – except it was a blue Chevrolet that had four doors.”
- “I courted my wife (first wife/sweetheart/first love) in a car just like this one – except it was a yellow one with a rumble seat.”
- “I learned to drive in a car just like this one – except it was a red pick-up truck.”
Where to Buy Replacement Car Lamps?
We sell these lamps include the original carbide lamps and acetylene generators used on veteran and vintage cars and motorcycles. We also sell a range of oil side lamps and headlamp with best 9007 led light bulbs that were used on the Model T Ford and other automobiles of the era.