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    By 1926 Ford's "Tin Lizzie" was getting old. It had been in production since 1908 with few major changes even though it looked like there was.
    It was the same under the skin. Henry's son Edsel was pushing to move ahead and design and build a completely "NEW FORD". Finally on July 20th, 1926 the order was given to to start work on a new Ford which was to become the MODEL A,
    a name Ford lovers would never forget.
    The last of the Model T's was built on May 26th, 1927. It was car No. 15,000,000. It is said Ford spent $100,000,000 on the new car design and for retooling of the Rouge plant to build the new Model A. That was 1927 dollars. The car contained over 1800 more parts then the Model T 6800 compared to 5000.
    The first Model A rolled off the production line on Oct. 20th, 1927 but it was not released to the public until Dec. 2nd, 1927. The Model A came in seven body styles and an amazing four colors!
    The engine had a displacement of 200.5 cubic inches and produced a 40 HP at 2200 rpm.
    It had a 3 speed sliding gear transmission with 1 speed reverse. The Model A had 4 wheel mechanical brakes and double action hydraulic shock absorbers with semi-elliptic front and rear transverse springs. Top Speed was around 65 mph.
    It came with standard equipment such as a Starter, Five Steel Spoke Wheels, Dash light, Mirror, Windshield Wiper, Oil Gauge, Gasoline Gauge, Rear and Stop Light, Speedometer, Tools and Pressure Grease Gun Lubrication.
    Something only much higher priced cars offered.
    The prices were low even by the standards of 1927.
    The Tudor Sedan sold for $495.00 with the Fordor bringing $570.00 F.O.B. Detroit.
    For $385.00 you could get a Roadster and a beautiful Phaeton was $395.00. $495.00, would get you the new Ford Coupe and for $550.00 the Sport Coupe with a standard Rumble Seat was available.
    As nice as the model A was it was only in production for four model years, 1928 to 1931.
    3~ Tudor's & 1~ Coupe
    Henry Ford said,
    "It's all nuts and bolts"
    "Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible."

    Mitch's Auto Service ctr

  • #2
    .........and think how many are still on the road today!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    "Bullshit and Brilliance Comes with Age and Experience"

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    • #3
      Was the standard equipment oil gauge the dip stick?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Bill G View Post
        Was the standard equipment oil gauge the dip stick?
        Yes, because on the Model T you had to turn a tap to see if oil would run out to know it had enough.

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        • #5
          I think there are three major reasons the A is still around. Henry used good steel, made a lot of parts from forgings, and had a great primer that he called "Bonderite." It was actually Zinc Chromate.
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          Good enough.. Isn't.

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          • tbirdtbird
            tbirdtbird commented
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            we love forgings!

        • #6
          The X design engine failed costing years of development.The V8 was on the boards but the block casting was too tough of a hurdle with all the other development going on during the changeover..the other interesting aspect was the shift of production from Highland Park to the Rouge..there was a rivalry between the two plants and a general distrust of each other.Edsel's 'thrust' on the new Ford was met with repute from his father,the father son dynamic,always strained, was on full display,it was during this time that Mr Ford was unguarded in the ridicule of his son.The Benson Ford Research oral histories are fascinating first hand accounts of the change over..

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          • #7
            Nice article Mitch.

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            • #8
              Thanks for the article Mitch. My Father in law wants a 31 Chevy - like he once owned. Has to be a coupe, no sedans or four doors. Even though there were more 31 Chevrolets built than Fords... they are hard to come by today. They were much more wood based - and if the wood rotted, the car fell apart and rusted away.

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