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    The reason I bought my 1931 Sport Coupe was that I've always had a yearn to own another one. I bought this one at age 77 as a hobby for my retirement years. I've owned "Baby" for 6 months and hope to have the restoration done in another couple of months.
    My parents always talked of the good ole days and the Model A was always in the conversation.
    I owned a Tudor in High School, which I never got running, and bought a 1931 Slant Window Fordor while I was in the Air Force in Florida. It was a driver and used it while I was installing a four speed in my 1956 Corvette.
    All of which I wished I still had.
    Why do you drive a Model A Ford?

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    I've been a motor head all my life. In the late 60s and early 70s first drag raced a 58 Chevy Biscayne NHRA F Modified Production class, graduating to a 64 Chevelle I built from the ground up in the same class. I've owned Corvettes, MGBs, Porsche 356B, among others over the years. I never owned a "vintage" auto. I noticed how reasonable Model A prices are compared to more scarce cars of the same vintage and considering the availability of parts and expertise, easy to work on, the Model A was the best choice.

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    • #3
      I never drove a Model A, but I do love working on it when I can ! Gotta decorate Halloween cookies today and take the Honey to the eye doctor tomorrow, it's 2 1/2 hours away from here ! Someday I will drive one and I'll know what your parents were talking about then Good day to you Phil and it's 36 degrees in Minnesota this morning. Insulation and heat are on my mind mostly these days !!
      Model A's and of course the famous AA's

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      • #4
        When I was a boy my dad bought a model a it needed restoration and he did not have the time place or money to fix it up a friend of his had a model a coupe which he drove to the house and i remember it. I built my own place complete with shop and my dad taught me a lot about old cars. My first a model t and a 37 ford pick up but I always wanted an A 1 year ago I bought one only wish my dad was here to see it he would be thrilled.

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        • #5
          My father bought a model a in 1960 and proceded to restore it. We ended up making one good one from 2. I painted the car in 1962, and it still has that paint on it. My brother has the car now. I bought my tudor in 1975 and brought both my sons home from the hospital in that car when they were born. I have had almost 300 cars, truck, and motorcycles. I have had many model A fords, and just have the tudor now, plus several other cars and motorcycles. Pictures on my web site: www.brauchauto.com
          Bill
          http://www.brauchauto.com/
          Eastern Connecticut

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          • BNCHIEF
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            Bill I looked at your website thanks for sharing very nice glad you are here.

        • #6
          My father had a 31 coupe in the early 60s that he used to go fishing in and deliver mail when the other car wasn't running. The mail carrier on our route had a model A sedan of some kind so I was used to seeing them as a kid. I learned to drive on a 30 coupe and soon after tore a 29 tudor apart and rebuilt it. Now I have an unrestored 30 tudor that I am working on, just to drive off road. Put some big 16 inch truck tires on it that I got off of craigslist. An unrestored car now is much harder to work on than in the 70s as so much has deteriorated as they approach 90. I like working on them as about every piece of one brings up a memory of all the old guys who are gone now.
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            Glad to see all of the great memories.

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            • #8
              At the ripe old age of 10, my father brought home the families first Model A. Since all but one family member was thrilled to dig in, it became the family hobby in short order. With my father being a mobile salesman, he literally had the run of the neighboring valleys and kept a watch out for whatever he could find, so on the weekends we would rent a U-haul trailer and go out a pick up his latest find, where upon reaching home, was parked in the backyard, where it was determined if would be a parts car, or a running family car. I was hooked, and as soon as I got my license I was in a 30 Sport Coupe with a green glittery shiny vinyl top. Yes, the same vinyl they used for seat covers was the top material. I loved that car. Needless to say, we were a Model A family and I learned, and stripped down most every body style at one time or another. We would take the parts to the swap meet, and those folk got to know us and the quality of our parts. Just as a side note, I have never owned a car with an automatic transmission. Back to the Model A I currently own. The only car I bought new was this 2001 PT Cruiser that I turned into a lowrider PT Bomb, complete with Skirts, Spots, and Visor, as well as many other modifications that I think completed the car, but since it has 167k miles on it it is beginning to fall apart, and the biggest problem is the thrice damned computer. So, with all the Model A knowledge that I have stored in my head, but not using, I figured, why not return to basics, and I did this with finding "Wheezer" on ebay in Michigan for $6k! Now I strive to make it my only car.

              That's my story, and I'm stickin to it!
              You wana look waaay far up da road and plan yer route because the brakes are far more of a suggestion than a command!

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              • #9
                These Model A's are just so easy on the eye. I love the way they look, the way they sound, the way folks wave and smile. I also enjoy other Model A enthusiasts and puttering on it in the garage-- I guess the thing I like most is just driving it and using it as it was intended to be used. People expect them to be locked up in a museum like an animal kept in the zoo. Mine still lives a happy life.

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                • #10
                  I love all old cars and the opportunity came up and well, could of should of... Crap did it and it's been a great experience.

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                  • #11
                    As a young boy we had a 30/31 combo Tudor that the family would pal around town in. I got back into the A scene late in life and restored my first car in the name of my late father. I now have my internet K-DAD keeping an watch over me, so i'm in great hands
                    3 ~ Tudor's
                    Henry Ford said
                    "It's all nuts and bolts"


                    Mitch's Auto Service ctr

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                    • #12
                      Considering the folks you hang out with you turned out ok.:rolling

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                      • #13
                        I bought my first car, which happened to be a 1929 Tudor, in 1961, at age 16. I am the second owner, and I still have it, but I don't own it; it owns me. There is no way I will ever sell it. Over the ensuing 56 years I have owned over 25 Model A's but never even considered selling the Tudor. I now have three in the garage: the Tudor; my 29 business coupe (avatar); and 30 pickup. At age 72, I realize at some point I will have to let these go to new caretakers. Even the Tudor. But NOT YET!
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                        • #14
                          I have been saving for a WWII restored jeep for a while. I have been looking now and then at them. Wife always told me it would park in the barn and not the garage. For some goofy reason I don't even know why, I said one night, lets look for a Model A. I had never even looked at one close up, only hot rods at the meets. After she started looking at the pics online she was fired up more than I was. We went to a local museum, guys were great there. They had the wife climbing inside all the different models. Right then she decided she wanted a roadster. They all told us with me at 6'1" I would never fit in a roadster. And I had to squeeze into the ones they had. So then wife said lets get a 4 door and we started looking for one. We brought home a roadster and I put it in her name. She wont put the car cover on since we bought it as she says she likes to just sit and look at it. She is already driving it. Once I squeeze in it I fit fine. And I love working on it and learning as much as I can.

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                          • #15
                            At the age of 15 my cousin bought a 1931 roadster from a guy and that winter we took that car down to the bare frame and I remember his father telling us to throw that car away we had ruined it but we pressed on and by spring we were riding in the fields behind his house and that is when I got the Model A bug but it wasn't until I joined MARC in 2007 and went to the national meet that I really decided to get my first A after seeing all those cars on the road. I took my first magazine when I got home and bought my first Model A at the age of 44 .This past year I took my first car to a national meet and participated in touring class and loved it. I cant imagine not having one now. IMG_0046.JPG

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                            • #16
                              I saw a picture in a magazine when I was about 10, and I cut it out, and I still have it. It was a sland windshield 4 door sedan. I always displayed that picture, and said, someday I'll own a car like that.
                              My dad had Model A's, and in the mid 1930's he and his buddy drove up to and around the Gasopie peninsula in that Model A.
                              Well I bought a 1930 Town Sedan 30 years ago, but between a family and a very demanding career, I ended up selling it in2012. That same year I retired, and I bought my current Town Sedan, purchased from an estate of the original owner, and professionally restored. The owner was short of money, so I bought it for a very good price. I had a LeBaron Bonney interior installed.
                              Memorie of my dad, and that old magazine picture, infected me with the Model A bug, which by the way, is incurable.
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                              • #17
                                Wow! some really great stories. Makes me envious that I hadn't been in this love-affair earlier.
                                My wife is just as enthusiastic about "Baby" as I am. I have to keep telling her to "not touch". LOL! (You don't tell an enthusiastic wife to "not touch")
                                We set in our garage in lawn chairs and just look at our "pride and joy", and of course set and listen to her "idle"......love it! Phil

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                                • #18
                                  To add onto my little story above, when dad passed my mom gave the car to my brother because he was older ( i was 10 & he was 13). Well he still has it 45 years later just sitting in a garage needing a resto. Unfortunately he wont give it up and it will never see the light of day.
                                  3 ~ Tudor's
                                  Henry Ford said
                                  "It's all nuts and bolts"


                                  Mitch's Auto Service ctr

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                                  • #19
                                    Foolishly passed on several Model A's that I could have bought for as low as $45. I thought they were too common, and I wanted something different. After listening to a Model A chugging up the ramp through the tunnel to enter the race track at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, I knew I wanted one. I saw 3 for sale at the Main Motors Swap meet in 1992, so I bought the one I could afford, a 1929 Tudor. Two more were added in the next seven years.

                                    Sure wish I never passed on that $45 Model A Coupe my neighbor had back in 1975, but being younger and not so smart, I thought it was too far gone because it needed paint and upholstery.

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                                    • #20
                                      My Dad and his WWII buddies all had Model A's and I guess I got the bug from them. As a little kid I just thought they were neat little cars, something different. As I grew older I learned 'why' so many Model A's were still around. They were built with the best available materials at a good price people could afford, that's why so many are still around almost 90 years later. They were a quality car for their time.

                                      Got my first one the summer before my Senior year in H.S., the summer of 1971. Been around 'em ever since still a lot of fun! It's fun to see the young kids point at our Model A and wave to you when you are driving by. Guess they always had that appeal!

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                                      • #21
                                        Adding onto my story, i was at Mom's today and took some pics of the family Heirloom that Bro is storing in her garage.
                                        It's titled as a 30 but has an indented firewall. It was built from many different donor cars in the 60's..
                                        Hopefully one day i can get my hands on it and revive him. There is an extra engine block and a couple of tranny's as well, plus boxes of parts inside.
                                        The front fenders are glass but the rest is all Henry steel. I saw the front had tube shocks but i didn't look under the rear

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                                        3 ~ Tudor's
                                        Henry Ford said
                                        "It's all nuts and bolts"


                                        Mitch's Auto Service ctr

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                                        • #22
                                          Whew, you got some TALL curbs back your way, look at that left front wheel spokes!!
                                          You wana look waaay far up da road and plan yer route because the brakes are far more of a suggestion than a command!

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                                          • Mitch
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                                            The whole thing is a sad scene

                                          • DaWizard
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                                            I think you need to do some sweet talkin and get that to yer shop before it gets the lawn mower placed atop it. And if that don't work, threaten him!

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