The quandry of what to do with four antique cars located in Georgia that had to be moved with the owner to Indiana is how Dave Guy of Grand Rapids, Mich., became the new owner of a 1930 Model A Ford two-door sedan.
"I grew up with Model A Fords in South Bend, Indiana," Guy says.
That's because his father always had one or more of the Model A Fords being worked on in his garage. About the time Guy started elementary school the family -- and the Fords -- moved to Michigan, where under his father's tutelage, Guy learned all the intricacies of Model A Fords.
About six years ago Guy's father was living in Atlanta when he acquired a 1930 Model A Ford DeLuxe two-door sedan to add to his growing collection. In 2008 Guy's father moved to South Bend, Ind., when a problem arose. "What to do with four cars?" says Guy.
The 1931 Ford Phaeton, 1929 Model A Roadster DeLuxe and 1947 Mercury Convertible all made it onto a trailer back to Indiana with Guy's dad. But the 1930 Ford was consigned to a broker in Atlanta who had no luck in selling the two-door sedan. Guy's father told his son that if he went to Atlanta to retrieve the Ford, then he could have it at the most reasonable of prices -- free.
Because the price was right Guy enlisted the help of a friend and borrowed a car hauler trailer, drove to Atlanta, secured the 2,375-pound 1930 Model A on the trailer and made the two-day trip home.
Once safely back in Grand Rapids, Mich., the car, on a 103.5-inch wheelbase was rolled off the trailer on 19-inch wire wheels on 4.75x19-inch tires. Guy knew that his father had already gone through the car mechanically, so all he had to contend with were the cosmetic aspects of it.
Initially, Model A Fords had 200.5-cubic-inch, four-cylinder engines that developed 40 horsepower. In 1932 a more powerful "B" engine with a high compression head and an updraft carburetor was offered that produced 50 horsepower. That more powerful engine currently resides under the hood of guy's car.
"I wanted a good, clean driver," Guy says as he began to restore his car. "I started at the front and worked my way back," he says.
When new, a Ford like Guy's sold for $495. A total of 425,124 cars like his Model A were produced in 1930. Safety glass was new then but Ford installed the new glass in all its cars. "If it hadn't had safety glass," Guy says, "I would have replaced all the glass."
Guy took his time and once the hood was painted he tackled all four fenders. Since his car was a DeLuxe model it was equipped with not only a pair of cowl lights but also a pair of tail/brake lights.
Guy polished all the brightwork including the two bumperettes on either side of the rear-mounted spare tire.
Guy then started to tackle the fabric top insert, but determined that a professional would be the best the best person to handle the task. At the same time he had the basic body painted. With the exterior done the interior was the only part left to complete the restoration.
Inside the car Guy found a pair of Chevrolet Camaro bucket seats mounted on home-made wooden brackets riddled with dry rot. Guy located a restoration company contractor who was able to correct the problem and install the proper seats. After the wood was replaced and the body repainted black, a vermillion red dual pinstripe was applied to match the powder coated wheels.
The new two-tone gray upholstery blends nicely with the black painted dashboard.
In an effort to keep up with modern cars Guy has installed a 6-volt alternator to replace his generator. Guy declared the restoration of his Model A Ford complete in April 2012.
"I have all kinds of fun with it," he says. "Whenever I take it out, it makes my day."
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