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Old 05-03-2014, 10:05 AM   #1
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I have been privileged to haul many Model A's over the years.

This one - is so very special to me ......


I got the call from Tom in Viroqua, WI about this Model A
in Missouri that he had just purchased at a Ford Dealership.

He was - quite excited.

I don't think Tom intends really to buy Model A's ....

I believe they find their way to him .....


So - I arrive at the dealership just ahead of another big
Spring storm moving in ......

I walk into the main dealership showroom and get my first look






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Old 05-03-2014, 10:10 AM   #2
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I walk around the Model A .....

Aside from a repaint sometime in the 1960's along with
new carpet in the front and sealed beam headlights required
by law that were installed many years ago .....

This is an original unmolested survivor .....















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Old 05-03-2014, 10:16 AM   #3
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Jerry approaches - he is the salesman who has known the family
of this Model A for many years ....

The dealership had taken it in on a recent trade and after having it
displayed on the showroom floor for awhile - they put it up for sale





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The nephew of the original owner arrives with his wife

He inherited the Model A when his uncle passed and continued
to drive it upon occasion around the St. Louis, MO area

He shows me some ephemera in the trunk of his car








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The showroom doors open ....

Loading begins .....












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Old 05-03-2014, 10:29 AM   #6
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At one point - the nephew's wife is taking a picture of me
taking a picture of Jerry taking a picture of her husband
behind the wheel for one last ride .....









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After loading out - Jerry and I ride over to the nephew's house.

I spend some time going back and forth for Tom to acquire
some important items relevant to this Model A.

I leave with the original headlights - the original 1930 Kansas
license plates issued - a pair of sign boards detailing the history.









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The journey to its' new home with Tom begins with a massive
storm to sit out - then a trip up to Wisconsin too not far
from the Mississippi River ....

The story unfolds about this very special Model A:

Built in June of 1930

Purchased on July 19, 1930 from the HJ Perry Motor Company
in Kansas City, KS for $646.00.

Mr. Aloys Warms bought it on an installment plan.

A German immigrant and farmer - he drove it on the family farm
and later to his factory job as his only vehicle he ever owned
until 1983.

In those 53 years he put over 30,000 miles on his beloved
Model A.

A confirmed bachelor who never married, Mr. Warms
kept his car in tip top shape over the years.

No photo of him along with this Model A has been discovered
to date - he was notoriously shy about having his picture taken.

He saved the original sales brochure he used to decide on
whether to buy the car or not along with the salesman's business card,
the original window sticker, purchase agreement and the loan papers.

All of the registration and insurance papers over all those years
were saved along with all service records.



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Old 05-03-2014, 10:55 AM   #9
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As Dusk gave way to Dark I arrive at Tom's right before another
massive storm system is about to hit ....

We unload the Model A and wheel it down the drive and safely into
Tom's garage ....

It is with the best caretaker now ....












Thank You Tom




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Old 05-03-2014, 11:05 AM   #10
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Great narrative! Thank you for sharing!
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Great story. Thanks.l
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Very nice!
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That is a nice story. Thanks for the pictures and posting here ! ! !

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just love to read stories like this, great work, must give you just a thrill to explore every door that opens when someone can take you back in time to get the whole story keep up the great work and sharing it with all of us
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Thanks, wonderful story.
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Old 05-03-2014, 09:48 PM   #16
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Thanks for sharing this story and including all those great photos.

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Old 05-03-2014, 11:10 PM   #17
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Well, I'm a very UNCOMMON MAN, but I love them so called, COMMON, Coupes! My next choice is the so called, COMMON, Tudors. I think Henry made lots of them 'cause thet's whut folks wanted. I like my "SPORTY" Coupes, cuz they look like MY car, NOT my Great Grandfather's, or my Grandffather's car, or even CHIEF'S car. They're MINE, MINE, MINE!!!
DON'T know any of Vermin's history or escapades, DON'T REALLY care!! Even I have history thet I wouldn't tell to a soul!---Bill W.
(AND! Thet's NOT my truck in the background & thet's NOT my house with a PLASTIC lawn, my truck is BLACK, & my lawn's REAL grass & whin I git enough "MAD MONEY"--Vermin will be ALL BLACK!)
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Beautiful car and a neat story. Great to have the history of the vehicle and all the information. Hardly anyone saves that information any more. Enjoy the vehicle
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Jimbo, Buddy,
The Dog & I would LOVE to travel with you for a few MONTHS, what a BLAST that would be!! The Dog sed to tell you, "I don't take up MUCH room & I kin hold my p** fur a LOOOOONG time"!----Bill W.
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Terrific story, should be in a book!
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Jim,

That car belonged to one of our local St. Louis guys... it was his uncles since new. Irv has been the caretaker for probably the last 20 years I think... I've done a brake job on it in the past... Original paint on all the backing plates inside like new... it was a pleasure to do. I replaced the fan belt and did a showroom tune up job for the dealer ( Lou Fusz Ford) in Chesterfield before you picked it up. They get Model A's from time to time as they like them in their showroom and call me for an service and repair . It is a very nice original unmolested car. it had been repainted once ( I wish it hadn't) but other than that and sealed beams it is fairly unmolested. I've driven it a number of times.... runs well but engine is a little tired. Still a really cool car. Odometer had 41766 when it was in the showroom last. The woodgraining on the dash was excellent and a very short grain. I have a photo of that that I could possible post later on...

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Best thread on here in quite a while ....thanks much really enjoyed reading this. Neat story.

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Pictures speak a thousand words, but you sir are a gifted writer also..............
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Thanks to all who have posted and the kind words ...

Long day for me today but I get to pick up an original
1949 Mercury tomorrow in Las Cruces, NM and take it
up to Denver, CO ......

I am truly blessed and I am lucky enough to appreciate
the opportunity to acknowledge it ....




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Larry,

Any information you can add or photos would surely be appreciated by Tom !


Thanks for the PM's ....




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Larry,

Any information you can add or photos would surely be appreciated by Tom !


Thanks for the PM's ....




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Jim,
Here's a few photos.. hopefully they post OK. One shows how fine the woodgraining is on the dash, a couple of trunk compartment, another closeup of a door to cowl at the molding. I took this as one of the cars I'm working on right now is a coupe where the door fits tight here.. but wider at the top and bottom. A good example that they weren't a perfect fit then as we expect them to be now. Also a shot of the dash as it was at the STL Dealer and engine compartment. Obviously the coil, southwind gas heater, etc had been changed and added respectfully. As you and I both know... a very nice example of typical production Model A 84 years later.
Did he get the valve stems and tools? I heard the tools may have been kept by I.C.

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What is the extra line in the vacuum used for? Is that another fitting in the carb?
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I'm wiping the drool off my keyboard. Thanks for sharing.
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