Go Back   The Ford Barn > General Discussion > Model A (1928-31)

Sponsored Links (Register now to hide all advertisements)

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-02-2014, 12:44 PM   #1
Brobrian
Senior Member
 
Brobrian's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Riverside, CA
Posts: 315
Default I'm Torn, please advise

Ok, guys, I'm really struggling here with whether or not to put my '28 Special Coupe up for sale. If you're interested in helping point me in the right direction, I'd appreciate some perspective.

I got the car from my dad 25 or so years ago, and have been driving it and working on it ever since. The coupe runs well, but needs to have the top redone. And as with most A's, I could still fix a few things.I now have a '31 PU which I've put a lumber rack on and which is now the more useful vehicle. So I find myself hopping in the truck all the time while the coupe barely gets driven. On the other hand, every time I see a the car, or even a picture of it on my computer I realize I still love it.

My wife is going to buy an new car here in the next month. (And believe me, she deserves it after driving her Previa for 20 years and 300,000 miles.) If I sell the coupe there will be room in the garage for her car and, of course I'll have fewer "things" to maintain. Additionally, if I sold the car, I'd sell one of my bikes too and combine the funds to get a newer bike. (I get around either in an A or on a motorcycle). Seems like a good plan to me. But, I'm not much of a wheeler-dealer and I just can't seem to place the ad.

Any input?
__________________
Forty horses is plenty.
Brobrian is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2014, 12:54 PM   #2
Great Lakes Greg
Senior Member
 
Great Lakes Greg's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 1,369
Default Re: I'm Torn, please advise

If there is any doubt, there is no doubt. Keep the car.
Great Lakes Greg is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links (Register now to hide all advertisements)
Old 02-02-2014, 12:59 PM   #3
Brendan
Senior Member
 
Brendan's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: At my kitchen table in Santa Rosa, Ca
Posts: 2,772
Default Re: I'm Torn, please advise

I have a 36 Ford pickup and a 29 Roadster, I like the idea ho having the roadster. I have always had pickups. its nice to have a car also.
__________________
If it would have been a snake it would have bit ya!

i can't spell my way out of a paper bag!
Brendan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2014, 01:03 PM   #4
Mitch//pa
BANNED
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Bucks County, PA
Posts: 11,454
Default Re: I'm Torn, please advise

keep the car and your wifes new car will do just as good as the previa that lasted 20 years and 300k.
Mitch//pa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2014, 01:14 PM   #5
jm29henry
Senior Member
 
jm29henry's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: michigan
Posts: 1,056
Default Re: I'm Torn, please advise

a car that has been in your family is part of the family .Talk to your wife right out all of the pro and cons and make the decision together.
jm29henry is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2014, 01:14 PM   #6
Rex_A_Lott
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Upstate South Carolina
Posts: 790
Default Re: I'm Torn, please advise

Sponsored Links (Register now to hide all advertisements)
I say keep the car...you cant run out every day and buy something that your Dad owned. You are the one that has to be happy, just dont make a hasty decision that you may regret later. Good Luck!
Rex_A_Lott is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2014, 01:16 PM   #7
Spokes
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Monterey Peninsula,California
Posts: 194
Default Re: I'm Torn, please advise

Keep the Car, drive it more. I sold my Dad's ol Coupe that he had for over 30 yrs. The car had a rebuilt engine ran good but needed a lot of work. Every time I see a pix of the car I wish I still had the Coupe. !!!
Spokes is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2014, 01:38 PM   #8
Purdy Swoft
Senior Member
 
Purdy Swoft's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Alabama
Posts: 8,023
Default Re: I'm Torn, please advise

Selling the sport coupe would be the practical thing to do but maybe not the best thing. I've found that I always regret getting rid of anything model A , after the fact. I figure that I'm better off keeping my junk even if i'm not doing anything with it. I've seen the fact that the small amount of money that I get is soon gone and I only have regrets.
Purdy Swoft is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2014, 01:48 PM   #9
H. L. Chauvin
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 4,179
Default Re: I'm Torn, please advise

FWIW, humble opinion.

Good advice above, but also, think first:

1. If you get rid of the family owned Model A you will be miserable for the rest of your life.

2. If you get rid of your wife, you will probably lose both Model A's plus the garage & the motorcycle .............. then be even more miserable.

3. Suggestion: Compromise.

a) Plan A: Keep the wife & garage; next, keep the Model A truck & Model A coupe, but get a car cover for either the coupe or truck, & let her have the garage for her car for now & make her happy -- & remember if not enough cash for a down payment, car loans today are so cheap with low interest.

b) Plan B. is to build a new garage for one of the (3) vehicles in the near future & keep everybody happy.

c) Plan C. is to forget about the motor cycle for now if it causes too much confusion -- after Plan A. & B. you & your wife will be so happy with a clear mind you will know exactly what to do with the motorcycle.

No charge for this free legal advice.
H. L. Chauvin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2014, 02:30 PM   #10
al's28/33
Senior Member
 
al's28/33's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Redwood City, CA
Posts: 1,285
Default Re: I'm Torn, please advise

KEEP IT!!! I have read too many posts from members who sold their cars, and they all regret having done so! Especially if it was your Dad's KEEP IT!!!! KEEP IT! KEEP IT!
If you don't drive it, then store it. It will become someone else "barn find" some day and you'll get to tell the story of how you kept it all those years for memory sake. In case you're still wondering what to do, KEEP IT.
__________________
1928 "A" Phaeton (mid year with many early features)
1933 "V8" Closed-Cab Pickup Truck
(originally a Model B, 4 Cylinder dating to May, 1933)
al's28/33 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2014, 02:35 PM   #11
Charlie Stephens
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Southern California
Posts: 6,541
Default Re: I'm Torn, please advise

Remember, once it is gone it is probably gone forever. I wish I had my dad's car.

Charlie Stephens
Charlie Stephens is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2014, 03:09 PM   #12
SSsssteamer
Senior Member
 
SSsssteamer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Sedro-Woolley, WA
Posts: 1,006
Default Re: I'm Torn, please advise

Quote:
Originally Posted by Charlie Stephens View Post
Remember, once it is gone it is probably gone forever. I wish I had my dad's car.

Charlie Stephens
Ditto. "...gone forever". Forever is a mighty long time. Instead, you can sell the pick up and replace it down the road if needed. But to sell your Dad's A coupe, it is irreplaceable. Ask your self, "what would have your Dad wanted you to do with his A coupe?"
SSsssteamer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2014, 03:10 PM   #13
700rpm
Senior Member
 
700rpm's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Portland, Oregon
Posts: 5,308
Default Re: I'm Torn, please advise

"Gone is gone." ~ Satchel Page
__________________
Ray Horton, Portland, OR


As you go through life, keep your eye on the donut, not the hole.
700rpm is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2014, 03:31 PM   #14
MNFATS
Senior Member
 
MNFATS's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: St. Cloud MN
Posts: 776
Default Re: I'm Torn, please advise

My dad died last summer at 100 years of age. I am so very proud and happy that I had the good fortune of restoring the family Model A snowmobile (avatar) and think of him each time I see it. Like many others have shared, do not sell it.
MNFATS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2014, 04:13 PM   #15
ct1932ford
Senior Member
 
ct1932ford's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: CT.
Posts: 520
Default Re: I'm Torn, please advise

Fix up the Coupe and give it to your wife to dive every day!
Then read my signature.
__________________
A man should do what he thinks best! "The Duke"
ct1932ford is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2014, 04:26 PM   #16
Mike V. Florida
Senior Member
 
Mike V. Florida's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: South Florida
Posts: 14,052
Send a message via AIM to Mike V. Florida
Default Re: I'm Torn, please advise

If you are having trouble with the decision keep it. Your subconscious wants you to keep it.
__________________
What's right about America is that although we have a mess of problems, we have great capacity - intellect and resources - to do some thing about them. - Henry Ford II
Mike V. Florida is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2014, 05:00 PM   #17
Wallace
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: East Texas
Posts: 77
Default Re: I'm Torn, please advise

Sell it and move on. Right now I am disposing of my folks personal items. We have no children...and I wish I had the foresight to have them handle some of this. Look. your car will move on someday, so handle it now. You also have to ask.."What would Dad tell me." My folks were practical to a fault and would tell me to forget, or sell or give it to somebody. You owe it to your family to not kick this can down the road
Wallace is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2014, 05:03 PM   #18
V4F
Senior Member
 
V4F's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: ca.
Posts: 2,511
Default Re: I'm Torn, please advise

store it for awhile . cant get it back !!!!!!!!
__________________
V4f
V4F is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2014, 05:03 PM   #19
30ccpickup
Senior Member
 
30ccpickup's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Wakarusa, IN
Posts: 841
Default Re: I'm Torn, please advise

My modern cars see the weather, my A's are garaged. I know it is weird, because my modern car's price is equivalent to the cost of both my A's. Luckily my wife understands. In trade with the wife, I brush the snow off her car every day. My suggestion is: shed a tear and tell her how much Dad and his car means to you.
__________________
http://MODELABASICS.com/ How Things Work on a Model "A" Ford

Fordbarners, Feel free to use the pictures on my site to answer questions and create tutorials/tech articles.
30ccpickup is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2014, 05:37 PM   #20
RonC
Senior Member
 
RonC's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Rhode Island
Posts: 1,864
Default Re: I'm Torn, please advise

Do you have room for a shipping container?
Attached Images
File Type: jpg image.jpg (52.9 KB, 8 views)
RonC is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Sponsored Links (Register now to hide all advertisements)


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:16 PM.