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Deluxe Phaeton - 180-A
|1931 Deluxe Phaeton - owned by Russ and Lois Smith of Salem OR.
My wife purchased the car for me as a surprise Christmas gift in 1958. She traded our 1930 standard coupe (a $100 car) plus $300 in cash, which was about all we had at that time. We were "poor starving college students" at the time. After graduating from college in 1960, I began the restoration, finishing in 1962. I have only done a few minor up-grades since that time. The car has given us many hours and miles of enjoyment in the 42 years we have owned it.
1931 Deluxe Phaeton owned by Bob Travis, Arcadia CA.
Bob Travis' 1931 Deluxe Phaeton carried Grand Marshall NBC Newsman Tom Brokaw in the 2001 Rose Bowl parade. Bob is the President of the Santa Anita A's Chapter in Arcadia, CA. Travis showed his car at the Kansas City National Convention, earning 367 points in the Blue Ribbon Division.
1931 Phaeton owned by Jack and Linda Hubby of Cupertino, California.
The photo was taken on a recent tour to Pikes Peak, where the Phaeton carried its happy owners to the 14,000' summit.
1931 Phaeton owned by Ralph & Mary Lou Koch of Ottawa, IL.
We are proud of our 1931 Standard Phaeton.
1931 Deluxe Roadster owned by Tom & Kathy Kipp of Key Largo, Florida
1931 Deluxe Roadster owned by Charles Davis of Sidney, NY who writes, "I thought I should relate my very recent accomplishment of getting my '1931 A Deluxe Roadster' back on the road after perhaps 50 + years. I bought the car that a friend told me about in 1965, located in an elderly lady's garage in Vestal, NY. It seems her grandson had acquired the car as a teenager, too young to legally drive and did lots of tinkering and some clever artwork with a paint brush. When I found the car it had no top at all and although pretty solid, the interior was totally shot. After some negotiating by phone and mail I bought the car from the owner, a man who was by then living in California.
I have on our local Antique Car Club web site a run down of the body off rebuild of the chassis by me, and the body by G & B Body Shop in Otego, NY where Gordy Hitchcock did lots of body and paint work and installed the interior and top.
The car is nearing completion of restoration to original appearance throughout, although it still needs pin striping and side curtains.
1931 Deluxe Roadster owned by Karen Crutcher of Scottsdale Arizona who writes,
"Oh, now special! My "new" car is coming from the Boston area and she's due to arrive in Scottsdale, AZ, my home town, tomorrow. It's a 1931 Deluxe Ford Roadster. I've nicknamed her "Latte" because of the color. I'm SOOO excited! We have a 1914 Ford Model T, "T-4-2", but it's hard for me to drive, but now I'll have Latte. We've already joined the MAFCA and we're planning to do tours and attend the national meeting."
1931 Deluxe Roadster owned by O Alex (Bud) Hicklin, III, MD of Clemson, SC who writes,
"We've had a 31 Coupe for years, but here's the car my dad and I always wanted, but never could find or afford when I was a teenager, a 1931 Deluxe Roadster. I am now 45 and my dad's not around to see it, but I found this car and all it needed was a paint job and a little work. We live in Clemson, SC and drive it to the University ball games for fun. I said just trust me, orange and purple would look great!"
Bud, we think your dad's looking down and smiling at that Roadster!
1931 Deluxe Roadster owned by Ed McCreery of Shelton, CT who writes, "The car was already restored when I bought it in 2003 but my 12 year old son and I had to finish up the engine. In 2002, on a business trip, I saw a sport coupe for sale in Tucson AZ. I thought - now there's a car I could work on with my son - no computers. Ha. So I did some research and settled on a roadster or cabriolet as my desire and the hunt was on.
We looked at some for sale in Maine, in barns, and all over. Then I stumbled on the internet that this one was being sold by someone in the adjoining town. I emailed him that I would not buy a car over the internet but would be happy to stop by and look it over. When I did - we got chatting and turns out that he was the father of my neighbor! I should have recognized the name but it never dawned on me. What a small world indeed.
Well that was the selling pitch to my wife - it was meant to be. Our neighbor's father
had just about finished the car's second restoration in its lifetime. While there is no title to prove it - I am told it has always been a Connecticut car."
1931 Deluxe Roadster owned by Dick & Nancy Sparks of Highland Village, TX, who write,
"We purchased this car in Eugene, Oregon and brought it home to Texas for restoration. We completed the job in July of 2001. We have a very nice 1930 Briggs fordor but wanted an open car for parades and short tours. The grand kids love the rumble seat and help us find the way to Baskin Robins quite often. All Model A's attract attention but it seems
roadsters are especially popular. The car always draws a crowd and kids love to honk the horn. Nancy and I are members of MAFCA and The Dallas Model A Ford Club where Nancy served as secretary in 1999. I was V/P in 2000 & elected president for 2001. We have never met nicer people than those involved in this hobby.
|1931 Roadster owned by David Wacker, Hastings, Nebraska.
Enclosed is a photo of My 31 Model A Standard Roadster that was restored by my Father Larry and I. The Car is painted Bronson Yellow/ Seal Brown with orange wheels and pinstripe. The Car has a balanced engine and Factory High Compression "B" Police Head. The Frame and running gear on the car have been powder-coated gloss black. Part gathering included 17 states and Canada to complete the restoration. The car is a Head Turner wherever we go.
"I took the 68C Cabriolet out for a drive in the snow today and snapped a few pictures and posted them on the Ford Barn. I thought you would like to see one of them!"
Jason is the webmaster for the Dallas Chapter. Sharp Car, Jason!
1931 Cabriolet 68-B owned by Larry Kolodziejski, who writes,
"Here's a recent photo of my car. I just got my wheels powder coated. They came out so well that I COULDN'T put the old blackwalls back on, so I upgraded to WW. I had my doubts if I wanted to do that, but seeing how good it looks and all the compliments I've received, it was worth it. The trunk is a recent addition, too. I am currently working on getting a rebuilt engine ready to drop in."
1931 SW Cabriolet 68-C owned by
Dick and Nancy Sparks of Holly Lake Ranch, East Texas.
We completed the body off restoration in Sept. 2004. The interior is
Bedford cord and the body color is black with apple green wheels and stripe.
The transmission is from a 1939 Ford and a Volvo overdrive and modified
engine complete the drive train. We enjoy long trips and the maiden voyage
was to Mountain View, Arkansas. The trip covered 1800 miles with beautiful
mountains and fall colors to enjoy. We have several Model A's but always
wanted a cabriolet. We are very happy with our new addition.
1931 SW Cabriolet 68-C owned by
Perry & Sue Baxter of Snohomish WA.
This 68-C was restored in the very early 70's and shown at the MAFCA Convention here in Seattle in 1972. It received a fourth place. The owner passed away shortly after and the car was put into storage for the next 30 years. There were fewer than 200 miles on the car after restoration when put into storage. In 2001, the widow of the owner sold it to her neighbor who knew nothing about Model A's. We purchased it from him in July of 2002. The Cabbie wasn't running when we got it. After changing all the necessary fluids, installing a battery and going through the ignition system, she started right up, runs and idles perfectly. It has found a good home and will be kept in good company with our three other Model A and 35 Ford Coupe.
Convertible Sedan - 400-A
1931 Convertible Sedan owned by Bob Mather of Boise Idaho. Bob writes, "Please find attached a photo of my Model A 400. It's taken me 5 years of buying and selling Model A's to save enough money to buy and fix up this Model A. Sorry for the 17" wheels but I like them better than 19's. The car is located in Boise, Idaho and I'm a member of the Treasure Valley Model A Club. A great group of Model A'ers ."
1931 Convertible Sedan owned by Marlies & Joop Plaggenborg of Ashland, MA. Joop writes, "We have owned this 400A since late June 2007. Original color as found in 1957 (in Seattle, WA) was the elusive Aqua Gray/Green. Restored in early sixties by Andy Andersen in that color and re restored in the mid seventies by Warren Cobb in Washington Blue. Owned by last owner for 25 years and only used for 2 weddings and 2 car shows (he told me). We have driven it on several club tours already. The car is in pristine condition and purrs like a kitten. Looking to find more owners of this very different looking Model A."
1931 Convertible Sedan owned by Joseph and Lois Gensley.
Joe says, "My wife bought it, so it's hers. I get to work on it, clean it, and drive it most of the time. We travel around the Northwest where we earned a 5000 mile award. We are members of the Sonoma A's and the Gra-Neva A's. We both have been officers in both clubs.
1931 Convertible Sedan owned by Ray Foppiano of Foster City, CA.
Here are a couple photos of my 1931 Deluxe coupe. I am a new member of MAFCA having only signed up in January 2013 at Turlock. The second photo is of my 5 year old son Jack and his “28 model A” pedal car behind my coupe.
1931 Deluxe Coupe owned by Garry & Carol Reece of Muncie, IN
Garry literately put this car together from parts, starting with a front and rear axle and frame purchased from a friend. Between Christmas and New Years 2002 they drove to DeSoto Wisconsin to pick up a body they purchased on e-Bay, only to find that it was a wrecked body. Returning to Indiana, they feared it couldn't be restored, but two of their friends told them that they had seen worse bodies that had been saved. After eight years of acquiring parts and two years of restoration, the car was nearly completed when they departed for the M.A.R.C. National Meet in Madison, WI in 2004. The car is now complete and has been to 4 national meets and has 13,160 miles of touring on it."
1931 Deluxe Coupe owned by
Cliff Cherry of Vero Beach Florida, who writes:
"The coupe is a 1931 deluxe model and I live near MAFCA Director Jerry Wilhelm who has helped me get the old "barn find" on the road along with your help and others at MAFCA. I am new at this hobby and using the internet. Thank you to all who have helped me."
1931 Deluxe Coupe owned by
Peter & Lois Wilson of Akron Ohio
We acquired our 1931 Deluxe Coupe about nine years ago from a MAFCA club member near Cincinnati, OH. This was our first "A" and Club members there vouched for the car's condition. The car came to live with us in Akron, OH and little by little we have made both mechanical and cosmetic changes to this driver. Re-building the brakes and converting from a trunk to a rumble seat are the two biggest improvement projects we've undertaken. Thank goodness for helpful technical manuals, nearby Model A friends and a helpful parts supplier in northeast Ohio.
We live adjacent to Cuyahoga National Park and its back roads and great scenery are incentives for us to take lots of summer drives. We refer to our car as a "twenty mile an hour car". If we drive by you at 20mph, it looks pretty impressive. When you get a closer look, however, you see all the stone chips and other evidence that this car gets a lot of regular driving.
1931 Deluxe Coupe owned by
Lance Selkirk of Lodi, California.
My wife and I got interested in the hobby back in 2003 when we joined the Tokay A's in Lodi California. At that time, we didn't have a car yet but soon bought one, a 1929 Tudor which is also posted in the 1929 Photo Album. As one knows you can never have too many Model A's, so last year we bought this 1931 Coupe. We are the third owners, and it was built in San Francisco (Richmond plant) and originally purchased in Stockton Calif. So, three years later, with two cars, we started our own business, "Image In Time" accessories for the Model A Fords, mirror clocks and key chains and more to come. We are also the editors for our chapter's newsletter "The Grapevine" and are the tour directors. This has turned into some hobby, and we are enjoying every minute.
1931 Coupe owned by Chuck & Helen Christensen of Sunnyvale CA who write:
1931 Coupe owned by Marlies & Joop Plaggenborg of Ashland, MA, who write:
"Found this car in 2009 but owner was reluctant to sell as he did not wanted it to be a Hot Rod. Finally where able to buy it last June. Seller owned it for 53 years, we are the fourth owner. Car is in unrestored original condition and has 47000 miles on it. The interior is in nice condition but has some stains. Car was original Lombard Blue but was painted black long ago. I am in the process removing the black paint to show its original paint and it works great. Won Best Original at New England Meet 2010."
1931 Coupe owned by KK & Chuck Kunstbeck of Vienna VA, who write:
"This is our 1931 Coupe, which we've owned for 36 years. Her Name is Honey Bun. We live in Vienna, Virginia and we joined MAFCA last year (2007). We are members of the Mt. Vernon George Washington Chapter."
1931 Coupe owned by Bill Buckley of Lincoln Nebraska, a member of the Cornhusker Chapter. Bill spent 7+ years on this frame-up restoration of a 45B Standard Coupe. He avoided converting it into a Deluxe car, not even adding cowl lights. A very, very nice job, Bill. The Black and Lombard Blue paint really shows off the nice bodywork, and the Hessian Blue wheels and stripe look great on this late 1931 model.
1931 Coupe owned by Bruce Trilling of Varnville, SC. Bruce writes,
"This started out as a Business Coupe, but became a standard Coupe when the trunk was converted into a rumble seat. This picture was taken in 1973.
Bruce, Gail and Dawn Trilling the Collie is Dutchess and the little one on the running board is Mitizie."
1931 Coupe owned by Leo R. Lavigne of Brooklyn, CT.
Here is a picture of our 1931 Model A Coupe, which is a recent restoration. A nice addition to our collection of Model A's. This is our 5th Model A that has won numerous awards. The grandchildren love to ride in the rumble seat for a nice country ride.
1931 Coupe owned by Lew & Sallie Jarvis of Playa Del Rey, CA.
Several times a year I volunteer my 1931 Model "A" coupe, Agnes, for events at the Westwood, California Veterans Hospital. They have parades and fairs for the entertainment of the patients. This last June they had a Carnival and Block Party and as a part of the entertainment there were Celebrity Impersonators who were dressed in wonderful costumes and stayed in character at all times. Charlie Chaplin never spoke, Lucy never shut up and the most fun was getting Marilyn into the rumble seat. As a veteran it gave me a good feeling to be able to add some fun to the festivities intended to cheer up the hospitalized Vets.
1931 Sport Coupe owned by
Paul & Donna Noller of Venice, Florida, who write,
This photo was taken shortly after purchase in October 2005. The history of the car as I know it is a frame off restoration in the late 60's early 70's using all original parts found in the area around Bird In Hand, PA. I was told the individual who made the top had worked at Ford manufacturing the original Sport Coupe tops. The owner, from NJ, restored this car as a driver and participated in touring events all over the North East. They also had an award winning Roadster that was restored at the same time and sold at Hershey around 1985. The Sport Coupe was last registered in NJ in 1985 and put away with less than 1500 miles on the speedo. In 1995, the previous owners left NJ and moved to FL.
In October 2005 we purchased the Sport Coupe. We cleaned the fuel tank and lines, changed the fluids, gave her a tune up, a new battery, belts and hoses and in no time at all, this beautiful Sport Coupe fired right up and came back to life!
If anyone remembers this car from NJ, please write or email with information.
1931 Sport Coupe owned by Sam L. Curl of Norfolk Va.
This "from the ground up" restoration was a father and son project that took approximately 3 and a half years to complete. Actually you could say "from the garage floor up" since that is where the parts were scattered when we began. Our local club is the Cape Henry Model A Ford Club of Virginia Beach, VA. David E. Curl, Norfolk, VA.
1931 Deluxe Tudor Sedan owned by Edward Speakman of Tyler Texas.
1931 Deluxe Tudor Sedan owned by Dennis Waroway of Henderson Nevada.
While many of us are shivering in the winter cold, here's a photo of Dennis' car at the entrance to Lake Las Vegas 12/30/06 - at 57 degrees.
1931 Deluxe Tudor Sedan owned by
Jim Morris of Ithaca, NY. Jim found this car only 10 miles from his home in 2007. The car had been stored for many years and was in decent shape. Jim cleaned it up, replaced broken and missing parts, applied some paint and covered the seats. The car now runs great. One of these days, Henrietta will get a total makeover, but right now, she's a driver.
1931 Deluxe Tudor Sedan owned by Laverne Van De Wall of Rochester, NY, who writes:
"This Tudor is a Deluxe. It was purchased in 1974, finished in 1980. MARC winner (1996 Marc of Excellence), AACA JR & SR winner. I am a member of both MARC & MAFCA.
1931 Deluxe Tudor Sedan owned by Rick Black of El Paso Texas. Rick found this car in Canoga Park California (near Los Angeles) in 1968. The car had been sitting under a tree for 17 years and sported 1951 California license plates. Originally Copra and Chickle Drab, the Tudor is now painted Ford Maroon and Black.
Standard Tudor - 55-B
1931 Tudor Sedan owned by Bob & Mary Chapman of Alamogordo, New Mexico, who write: "We picked this car up in Denver Colorado in pieces. After 3 years of work, it came out very good. We are the 5th registered owner since 1931. It is painted maroon and black with yellow wheels. We drive it as much as we can, weather permitting"
1931 Tudor Sedan owned by Cliff and Lila Sillerud of Canby Minnesota, who write: "I pulled this car out of my father-in-law's barn in 1961. The engine was rebuilt in 1963 and it still runs strong. I have made many improvements to this Model A over the years and have done the work myself except for the midnight blue and black paintwork. Lila did the upholstery in charcoal velour with red piping.
During the summer, it turns heads as it is driven downtown to the local coffee shop. People love the sound of that Model A For horn and exhaust."
1931 Tudor Sedan owned by Larry and Frieda Flocchini, San Jose, CA.
We have owned our car since 1995. It's a weekly driver, weather permitting. We find that at 40 mph it purrs like a kitten - don't feel a bump in the road either. We often joke that it's our most reliable automobile. We're looking forward to many years of fun with it - and yes, it's a member of our family.
Town Sedan - 155-C (Murray) 155-D (Briggs)
Photo taken at the Main riverside Oct. 03, 2011.
1931 Murray Town Sedan owned by Leo R. Lavign of Brooklyn, CT.
Here is a picture of our 1931 Murray Town Sedan, which is a great tour vehicle for filling with antiques and guest. We use this vehicle for taking a group of our grandchildren to the ice cream country stands in rural Connecticut.
Standard Fordor - 160-A
1931 Slant Windshield Standard Fordor 160-A owned by Woodrow Williams of Virginia. This car has spent time in Texas, Arizona and Boston. Woody purchased it in Boston and it now resides in Virginia. It has been modified for touring with steel insert bearing, 12V, generator, halogen lights, 6-blade fan, leakless water pump and it even has a small AC unit that was installed without cutting firewall. Woody belongs to the George Washington Chapter.
1931 Slant Window Fordor Sedan owned by Pat Lovejoy of Santa Cruz, CA, who writes, "The car wa repainted with nitrocellulose lacquer and re-upholstered in the early 1960's. Other than that, it's original, with 72,000 original miles. Even the firewall is pristine, having no heater hole.
It was owned by a mechanic at the Redding (California) Ford garage who bought it in 1932 from a man who traded it in on a V-8. He sold it in 1962 to a woman in Redding who did the paint and seats and then essentially stored it in her garage until 2004, when it was purchased by Dick Mace of Medford Oregon. He had too many projects and I got it from him in August 2005. I had to repaint the fenders, do a valve job, install a new timing gear, adjust the rods and mains and buff the paint multiple times to bring the shine back. I miked the crank and cylinders, and the engine is still standard. It's only missing 2 original interior door handles, which I have been searching for a year now."
1931 Slant Window Town Sedan owned by Marlin Stoltz of Pelham, AL.
This is a photo of my completely restored Slant Window Standard Fordor.
1931 SW Town Sedan owned and restored by Robert Smith of Columbus GA, who writes: This is a 160B SlantWindow Town Sedan that was done back around ‘84 from near Indianapolis, Ind. Was immediately put up for auction and my cousin bought it. He used it to tour in eastern Ohio for 22 yrs.
I was able to buy it to tour with down here around Ga & Ala 5 years ago. It has been entertaining to meet other Model Aers for the tours. We formed the River Cities Model A Ford Club in Columbus, Ga 10 yrs ago and it has been great to get all the local "A"s into our club.
Hi all, this is my first complete restoration. I bought the car Sept. 2010 and finished it late April 2011. She runs great ! I did the complete restoration myself, body work, paint, engine rebuilt, complete interior and most new wood in the roof. The one thing that made me worry about was the pin stripe, yea the pin stripe, but after reading the book on restoration, it said the line was not always straight and was done by hand ! Well I thought "I can do that ". I put her in the first show and WOW was I happy to win best in class !!
The only help I had on the car was from my 8 year old grandson. I had a mission to finish this car so I could give my ailing father-in-law a ride before he passed on and as it turned out I was 5 days late . I'm sure he is sitting next to me when we take her out for a ride, and that makes me very happy.
Well I'm ready to find another A to make show worthy and a driver.
1931 SW Town Sedan owned by Bob Moore, who writes: My car is named Much Better, because it is much better that the Model A I had before I purchased it in 1999. Previous owner did father and son restoration in the early 60's. Nothing done to the exterior or interior of the car since then. Car has rebuilt engine and four speed transmission. I have toured with the car in Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Western Canada and Canada's Maritime Provinces. In the US, Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, Colorado, California, Oregon and Washington.
Owner of the car prior to the father and son was John Chandler, previous owner of Betsy, Red Grow's yellow Sport Coupe and author of several articles in the Restorer. He sold it to the father and son in pieces in the late 50's. Picture was taken at Crater Lake, Oregon while I sitting on the side of the road after running out of gas.
1931 SW Town Sedan owned by Tom and Joyce Smith of Munford, AL. As a new member of MAFCA, I am enjoying the web site and the magazine. Also like to look at the ads from time to time. I belong to the Central Alabama Model-A Ford Club of Montgomery, AL. Munford is about 2 hours north of Montgomery on AL Hwy 21.
We recently toured the Talladega Super speedway with the Cheaha Vintage Car Club of Anniston, AL and had a great time. We just love getting out on the road in our cars. I have enclosed a photo of my car which pictures me with my wife Joyce.
1931 Slant Window Town Sedan owned by Jack Finks of who writes,
"I've had the car for 8 years and it has spent the last 20+ years in Oklahoma going on parades and short tours with the Okie A's Model A club. The car was restored many
years ago in McPherson, KS and is all stock. Everyone likes to ride
with me due to the large & comfortable back seat - no roughing it in
weather exposed rumble seat."
1931 Slant Window Town Sedan owned by John E. Leming Jr of Cold Spring Kentucky, who writes, "My 1931 160b emerging from the newly renovated "old" Ford Factory in Cincinnati, 3/11/07. The Ford factory at 660 Lincoln Drive in Cincinnati has been restored for use as an office complex, and is listed on the National historic register because it is a very early example of reinforced concrete construction - designed by Alfred Kahn.
This door is one of the original doors just to the right of the original offices and factory showroom. The factory was finished before World War One and was used to build Model T's, Model A's and Model B's. I work for Ford at the Sharonville Transmission plant. My 160B has 4700 miles on it since its restoration between 1974 and 1976. It spent 25 years in a junkyard in Somerset Kentucky before coming to Norwood Ohio and then Northern Kentucky. Its colors are Olive and Chickle Drab."
1931 Slant Window Town Sedan owned by
Tim DeWolf of Doylestown, PA.
Here is my 1931 S/W Fordor Town Sedan. It's been in the DeWolf family for 35+ years. My father used to take it to work on a regular basis up until about 1980. I've had the car in my possession for the last 10 years, tinkered with it for a while finished the restoration in the past 4 years or so. Finally it's something I'm proud to show my father
1931 Slant Window Deluxe Fordor owned by Bob Joseph of Alta Loma, California. After several months of researching, I decided to look for a 1931 Slant Window Deluxe Fordor 160-C Blind Back. I placed an ad on both MAFCA’s Website and also in The Restorer Magazine. After only a week, I received a call from a gentleman named Bud Calicutt in Texas. Bud explained that he had owned the car for 11 years and that it had been well kept the entire time he owned it.
After Bud sent photos of his Model A, I knew that it was the one that I wanted. Two weeks later, the car came to its new home in California.
Not only did I purchase a beautiful car, but Bud and I have become good friends.
My future plans are to complete a ground-up restoration to Blue Ribbon condition for a future national meet.
1931 Victoria owned by Philip Lerardi, St. Louis, Missouri, who writes: This Victoria was my first car, purchased in 1958. My parents never had an automobile, yet I was fascinated by them. During high school, many students started to smoke cigarettes (25 cents a pack ). I decided instead to put 25 cents a day into a box. Someday I was going to buy a car.
During my second year of college, I had accumulated $200 in quarters and found a 27 year old Ford that ran and was for sale for $200. I bought it and drove it from 1958 to 1970 during which time I went to California to work.
Then, the Vicky sat in a garage for 27 years. In 1997, I brought the car from Boston to St. Louis, and after some gas, water, a new battery, and a little TLC, the car, "OLD FAITHFUL" , started and I drove it around. The car was then restored, ground up, and I have enjoyed it ever since. The only bad part of this story is that when I bought it, the car was old and I was new. Now, the car is new and I am old. THAT'S NOT FAIR!
I am a past president of the Wisconsin Chapter. My car is a late 1931 steelback Victoria. The car was photographed down the street from my home in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, on a one-lane open grate deck bridge over the Oconomowoc River in fall 2008.
This is my 1931 Victoria A-190 taken in 2003 on the Big Island of Hawaii. The Vic is sitting at the exact location where a large tsunami came ashore on April 1, 1946 and destroyed the Laupahoehoe school 20 miles north of Hilo. Twenty seven people lost their lives and the school was completely destroyed.
The Vic is a steelback and has a Ryan 23% overdrive installed, along with a Snyder head. Most everything else is standard Henry, including mechanical brakes and a six-volt electrical system. There is a trailer hitch installed which I use to pull a replica Mullins trailer while on tour. In the last 15 years I have driven it over 30,000 miles. It has been to most of the western states, Canada, and Hawaii.
1931 Victoria owned by Bern Davis of Roseland, New Jersey.
Bern has owned this Vicky since 1968. He is only the 3rd owner. It recently underwent a complete restoration of the body work and paint. The car has a Le Baron Bonney mohair interior and the original engine, which was rebuilt a number of years ago. It has been a first place winner in a number of local car shows. The car is driven every weekend, weather permitting.
1931 Victoria owned by
Doug Shoemaker of N. Wichita, Kansas. Doug is a firm believer that you have to get the youngsters started with Model A's about the same time they start to walk.
Check out this photo of the youngest member of the Shoemaker family behind the wheel of this gorgeous Victoria.
1931 Victoria owned by
Peter and Janice Mac Donald of Framingham, MA.
This 1931 VICTORIA was a FIRST PLACE winner of the 2001, 45th NEW England Model A meet, and we are very proud of our little car and we drive her thousands of miles
each year to every possible meet. Here you see her dressed up in matching era fashion a 1936 Mullins trailer.
1931 Delivery 79B owned by Tom and Cathy Philpott, Georgetown, Texas, who writes, "This is our light commercial 79B. The car was original purchased by a small police force in Michigan as a stock 79B Panel Delivery and local craftsman rebuilt it as a Patrol Wagon.
"It was found in a very dilapidated condition in Michigan by a local business man who unfortunately rolled it and the flat bed trailer it was on getting it to Texas. We purchased it as scrap in 2008 and feel it must be some kind of record for restoration from a total wreck in about a year and a half. The truck won prizes when shown in the 2010 Texas Meet."
1931 Panel Delivery owned by
Doug and Helene Nielsen of South Pasadena, CA.
The 1931 Model 79B Panel Delivery was purchased in July, 2000 from Bob Newgard owner of Buffalo Restorations in Puyallup, Washington. Bob had made a commitment to his wife to retire and selling his shop show piece of twenty years was his way of saying he was really going to do it. The panel previously saw
service with the Fargo, North Dakota water department and was found by Mr. Newgard in 1979 and trailered to his shop where it was restored twice over the years he owned it. It has a 'B' block engine with a 'C' head which was totally reconditioned after the truck was acquired. Eventually the signs and the logos on the truck will be changed, but I like the current gold leaf design and they will only be changed if suitable replacement signage can be worked up.
1931 Sedan Delivery owned by
Jim and Suzan O'Neale of Richmond, Virginia.
Attached is a photo of a Sedan Delivery that I just finished restoring. I purchased it
January, 2001 and just had the graphics added on April 18, 2002. It was such a wonderful project to work on and it wouldn't be possible without the hard work of Tyree Harris, a fellow Model A'er. So you can see the great transformation, I am attaching a before and after photo. We are members of the Old Dominion Chapter.
The locomotive in the background was built in 1938 and still rides the rails.
1931 Pickup owned by
Rick Kropp, who writes:
Thought you might like to see this restored 31 pick-up. I Just bought it in Sept. of 06. It has 863 miles on it. This is a Kansas Pick-Up. You can see from the picture that someone loved this truck a lot. This is a numbers matching Pick-Up.
1931 Pickup owned by
Keith Webb of Newark Delaware, who writes:
My father purchased this wide-bed 1931 from the original owner's family in the late 1960's. It was used on the family farm hauling milk cans to the local dairy for years. I learned to drive manual transmission on her about 25 years ago.
1931 Deluxe Pickup Model 66A owned by
Brian Hurt of Wauconda, IL. His father, David Hurt writes:
My father (Brian's grandfather) drove this vehicle out of the Ford show room in 1931. He was a delivery-boy at the local grocery store in a small south central town in Colorado. The pickup stayed around the town for many year passing though a few hands till it was finally retired behind a potato storage shed in the early 50's. Dad found it in 1958, identified it as the one he drove out of the showroom some 25 or so years earlier. He drove it around in "as is" condition till the mid 80's when he did a frame off restoration. His passing in 1993 transferred ownership to Brian, who is currently doing another major restoration of the 66A.
1931 Pickup owned by
Jim Morris of Ithaca, NY, who writes:
"The pickup has been in the family since the early 70's, I believe that when my father bought the truck back then that he was the second owner. The truck was in dismal condition - - very rusted and uncovered/neglected outside for years. My father tore it apart and restored the chassis, my brother restored the body, and I made a small contribution by doing the woodwork. My father passed away in 1985 and my mother sent the truck across town to me in 2000."
1931 Pickup owned by Bill & Pauline Fleming of Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.
|1931 Mail Truck - owned by Tom Tronson of Kalama, WA. Tom purchased the truck in 2000 from Don Dudley of Ventura CA. Don wrote this several years ago:
"I purchased this mail truck from Bert Collins of Oxnard, Ca. He told me he drove it to and from work daily for 20 years and then decided to have it restored. A fellow in Fillmore Ca. did the restoration in 1986-88. Bert has since died and I am trying to get some other history now from the family. Everything about it has been restored to original state. This truck has glass windows in the rear not the wire mesh. I have added a custom made removable matching seat on the right front side for a passenger to ride in parades with me. "
1931 Mail Truck owned by
Lew Palmer, South Bend, Indiana, who writes,
"I have been restoring the truck for about 11 years now. I totally rebuilt the body from drawings made by Aldie Johnson from his beautifully restored truck."
1931 Mail Truck restored by
Aldie E. Johnson, Jr. of Bedford, MA.
Aldie was one of the Postal A's Chapter's founders and a former MAFCA President. He donated this vehicle to the MAFFI Model A Museum in 2012.
|1931 AA Truck owned by Jayree & Marty Palmer of Peoria, IL.
What a beauty!
1931 AA Tow Truck owned by Don Taylor of Chattanooga, TN.