Vintage vehicles, Automotive history and stories from motoring's past. 

The Fabulous Ford Model A

Henry Ford's second-generation automobile was the Model A. It was a much more sophisticated  car than the Model T. It had a lot of refinements over and above the Ts.  Four wheel (mechanical) drum brakes, better lights, a normal clutch, brake pedal and an accelerator pedal all made the Model much more advanced. There even were four standard colors to pick from as well.

The Model As went from 1928 through 1931. The '28 and '29 were the same to look at, and the '30 and '31 had different front fenders and a taller cowl that sported a stainless trim, with cowl lights. 

All four years had a similar look that let you know they were Fords. This generation of Fords also began the “standard” and “deluxe” model of vehicles, the deluxe models having things like two tail lights, two wipers, two horns and more. 

By now other car companies had mastered Ford's production methods. GM's Chevrolet was giving Ford a run for the money with more horse power, more colors of paint and other “vanity” items that Henry Ford deemed unnecessary.

Times were changing, and Ford (on into the thirties) would have to make the “vanity” changes to compete. There were over fourteen different body styles, from a sport coupe, to a station wagon.  Many of these body styles can be seen today in restored and hot rod versions. 

From the early 1940s to today the Model A is a popular car to hot rod and customize. Friday Cruse Night in Escondido is a great place to see Henry's Model A in stock and custom  attire from April through September. I can be found there also!

A feature found on some of the early Model As was a floor shift lever that you could pull up and move against the steering column, giving more room to passengers. Forty, or so years ago a person I knew had purchased a restored 1928 Model A. He insisted that Denny go for a ride with him to show off his purchase. This guy knew nothing of mechanics, or much of anything about cars. 

So as he was driving around, I reached down and placed the shift lever against the steering column when the driver wasn't looking.  Upon discovery of his “broken” shift lever, the driver had a hissy fit that his car was broken and that he wouldn’t be able to shift. So before he gave birth to a cow, I showed him how to work this feature. He was so relieved his car wasn't broken, he forgot to be mad at me for the trick he played on him---bad Denny! Hey, I just haul him around, I can't be responsible for him!