Unique 1930 Ford Model A Truck Roadster
Perfect for clear weather days, this Model A attracts tons of smiles everywhere we go. With both consistent starts and drives, this vehicle has yet to let us down. Throwing you back to a simpler time of enjoying the open road with the wind in your hair.
Back story: I was searching for a Model A to convert into a hot rod when I found this one. I instantly fell in love with this classic and unique piece of automotive history. Unfortunately, I still have the urge for a hot rod and to create.
Overall, it is in excellent condition. This is not a kit or reproduction, meaning it includes an all-steel body and fenders. I was told she was an older restoration that was parked immediately after restoration completed. It was and has been stored indoors. The vehicle is currently registered and licensed with a clear Texas title in my name. The odometer currently reads approximately 70 miles. Previous mileage was not tracked due to age of vehicle.
In addition, the paint finish is of nice quality. Body color is traditional Model A red with black fenders. With that said, as time has passed so have a few nicks and scratches. There are no dents in the cab or in the single wall sheet metal bed. The bed wood is all in excellent condition. The body and fenders are all original metal if not original style metal. There is no fiberglass on this one. There is no rust or hidden damages to the body or fenders. There is a roadster top. It does show some wear but very useable and in good condition. The interior though sparse is in great condition. Newer seat cushions, springs, and door cards are included as well as a floor rubber mat. The cab floor is plywood, similar to the original design.
Mechanically, she is just as Henry Ford designed it with the exception of the updated alternator. The original style flat head 4 cylinder runs excellent. The vehicle also includes the original 6-volt system. All of the electrical is fully functioning. Lights, high and low, brake and running as well as horn all work. The gas float and gauge have been rebuilt recently. The speedometer has been replaced along with cable recently. It is very apparent the drivetrain/suspension had been gone through as reflected by the newer nuts, bolts, and cotter pins.
This Model A was checked over by a semi-local Model A expert. Aside from the replacement of all fluids, he went through the braking system. The system has new pads and fully adjusted. Wire rims are original 19” style wire with inner tube tires. Tires are in good condition (no flats/or leakers). There is minor checking in sidewalls. As mentioned, she runs and drives great. The transmission is a 3-speed non-synchronized gearbox and shifts smoothly through all gears.
However, we are currently experiencing an issue causing the shifter to slip out of third gear. Addressing this issue would require the possibility of a spring and a plunger ($20 in parts) replacement in the shift tower. Worst case the main shaft in the gearbox will need to be replaced. ($150 in parts) Parts are readily available all across the web. This issue does not impact drivability. Simply maintaining a slight pressure from your hand on the shifter and it will keep her locked in gear. Like any 90-year-old Model A, she does mark her spot as noted with gearbox and oil pan. There are additional steps one can take to “modernize” and prevent weep-age.
Overall, this Model A is super fun, unique and rare. Like mentioned previously it runs and drives great. The engine fires right up when you are ready to hop in and go for a ride!
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