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    Picture #1

    In the garage: Damaged Model A Sport Coupe!




    Today’s feature image taken in 1933 contains a 1930 Model “A” Sport Coupe in the Granada Garage, located at 452 South Western Avenue in Wilshire Center just west of Los Angeles. Photos like this were, and still are today taken by insurance companies to document the damage sustained in an accident.

    It appears the Garage was a full-service facility with specialties that included engine rebuilding and body and paintwork. Portable electric welding jobs were done with the Shop’s 1928-’29 Model “A” Ford pickup truck visible in the expandable photos below. The welder was powered by a generator visible behind the front bumper, which was driven off of the crankshaft by a power take off unit that could be engaged and disengaged by a hand lever behind it.

    Tell us what you find of interest in these photographs courtesy of the USC Libraries.







    2 1930 Tudors

    Henry Ford said
    "It's all nuts and bolts"


    Mitch's Auto Service ctr

  • #2
    Great pix, but it hurts to look at them......

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    • #3
      The one sign says Bear Wheel Alignment.. I wonder if it's a shower rod. lol

      It looks like the hit missed the cowl and quarter.
      2 1930 Tudors

      Henry Ford said
      "It's all nuts and bolts"


      Mitch's Auto Service ctr

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      • #4
        Assume the car was repaired using some new fenders, etc. as the body appears very straight. Can't tell about the chassis condition, however..
        What's inside the car on the seat, perhaps interior door panel?

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        • tbirdtbird
          tbirdtbird commented
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          good eye

      • #5
        The front bumper looks pretty flat, except for the bent left end.
        Surprised to see the headliner hanging down in the one car. Thought that only happened after 20 years or so.

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        • #6
          On the last picture, left side, looks like a Whippet next to a very early (maybe open bumper) '28 Ford.
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          • DaWizard
            DaWizard commented
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            After closer inspection, not an open bumper '28. But that is a Whippet next to that roadster.

        • #7
          A reply regarding the photos!!!!




          EDWIN HAYSLIP ·January 25, 2018 at 2:14 pm
          The car at the left in the first photo is a Graham-Paige circa 1930. The 3 window coupe with the covered trunk is a Chevrolet. The Model A pickup truck is a 1930. The Jan-June Ford trucks look like the 1929s. This has 1930 headlights which were gradually fitted to trucks as the old ones were used up from stock. The gas cap looks like a 1/4 twist which was a running change on trucks in early 1930.
          2 1930 Tudors

          Henry Ford said
          "It's all nuts and bolts"


          Mitch's Auto Service ctr

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          • #8
            Your right Wiz . Here is another reply

            ROBERT D. CUNNINGHAM ·January 25, 2018 at 11:11 am
            The bottom photo provides an interesting side-by-side comparison of the Ford and Whippet roadsters against the back wall. Until Willys-Overland debuted the Whippet for 1927, Ford had been the smallest car on the American market. It was developed to fit a niche that the automotive press called the “Pony Four” class — smaller than a Ford with an emphasis on acceleration and braking. The 32-HP Cavalier was the first car produced to fit the Pony Four niche, but it failed to get beyond the prototype stage. Whippet was the second Pony Four, and Willys sold more than 110,000 the first year.
            2 1930 Tudors

            Henry Ford said
            "It's all nuts and bolts"


            Mitch's Auto Service ctr

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            • #9
              Great thread. Is that an electric wiper on the Sport Coupe? I can't see for sure. If so, wouldn't it be a little late for that? I'll have to check my RG & JS.

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              • #10
                Picture #2

                Gas for Fifteen Cents a Gallon: Goodrich Tires Service Station!





                The B.F. Goodrich and Firestone tire companies began opening tire stores with combined service and lubrication facilities in large cities around the country in the late-1920s. Goodrich opened a number of new outlets in the Los Angeles, California area in the early-to-mid-1930s probably in an effort to retain its market share during the Great Depression.

                These staged promotional photos were taken by the Dick Whittington photo agency of a Goodrich service station on Elk Street in the Glendale neighborhood of Los Angeles (one of Wittington’s 1932 Ford Model “B” roadsters is used as a prop.) On the far-right-hand side of the image are a service area and next to it the lubrication facilities. The second photo below shows a Goodrich balloon tire on a special rim to suit it.

                Tell us what you find of interest in this circa 1934 photograph courtesy of the USC Libraries.









                2 1930 Tudors

                Henry Ford said
                "It's all nuts and bolts"


                Mitch's Auto Service ctr

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                • DaWizard
                  DaWizard commented
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                  Hey, we didn't need no stinkin funnel, we had a can with a drop down neck!!

                  How well I remember using those cans. Ah the memories. Folks also had enough sense to NOT fall into the pit!!

              • #11
                The outdoor service fluids coming out of the ground and the service pit, still found in many (up scale) homes from the 20's and 30's.

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                • #12
                  Thanks Mitch for posting these pics, I sure enjoy looking at them!

                  That '32 Model B Roadster was in a book on the Early V-8's I saw years ago taken from a different angle. Neat car.

                  Looking at that Sport Coupe that got clipped------ I sure hope Vintique parts weren't called in for repairs like how insurance companies today want to slap Taiwan junk on your daily driver that has had an accident instead of genuine factory parts!!

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                  • #13
                    Picture #3

                    Scrub-A-Dub-Model T In A Tub.





                    In the late 1920s the Neway Auto Wash Bowl was built in Chicago in 1924 by The Newway Auto Cleaning & Service Corp. The car was first run around in the pool of water to flush mud and dirt off of the undercarriage. It was then driven up into a stall and the car was washed in the normal matter to complete the job.



                    2 1930 Tudors

                    Henry Ford said
                    "It's all nuts and bolts"


                    Mitch's Auto Service ctr

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                    • BNCHIEF
                      BNCHIEF commented
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                      1925 model t coupe can't tell for sure the other might be a dodge.

                    • BILL WILLIAMSON
                      BILL WILLIAMSON commented
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                      We cleaned ours down in the Creek Crossing!
                      Dad Muddy

                    • Larrys40
                      Larrys40 commented
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                      That is funny Guys ! Don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like that .
                      Larry

                  • #14
                    Picture #4

                    Model A Ford Assembly Line





                    A Press Photo taken in one of the Ford Motor Company plants during the 1931 model year run, which shows a commercial chassis in front of a whole batch of roadsters fol-lowing it down the line. Interestingly in the left hand background appear to be three more roadsters with their tops covered with paper to prevent soiling which you can also see on the assembly line. Also note that the cowl on the commercial chassis appears to be in primer to allow the painting of it to be completed by whoever completes it with a body.



                    2 1930 Tudors

                    Henry Ford said
                    "It's all nuts and bolts"


                    Mitch's Auto Service ctr

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                    • DaWizard
                      DaWizard commented
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                      Is it me, or does that AA have a different tread for rear than front tires?

                    • Guest's Avatar
                      Guest commented
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                      The commercial chassis is RHD also.

                    • CM2
                      CM2 commented
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                      http://i64.tinypic.com/28ltnr6.jpg

                      Looks like Long Beach assembly

                    • Mitch
                      Mitch commented
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                      You can do BB codes?

                  • #15
                    Picture #5

                    On The Road




                    A family in Virginia during 1939 on the move in a Model A Ford two-door sedan. It appears that they have everything they own with them on the car or in the home-made trailer that is following them.
                    2 1930 Tudors

                    Henry Ford said
                    "It's all nuts and bolts"


                    Mitch's Auto Service ctr

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                    • BNCHIEF
                      BNCHIEF commented
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                      That picture could be in oklahoma or kansas jsut from the landscape even tho you said virginia, model t wheels on the trailer
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