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Old 04-05-2020, 09:17 AM   #1
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Default Which Model A for a coast to coast trip?

If you were to set off on the adventure of traveling leisurely from coast to coast in a Model A, which version would you select?

I think my 29 Sport Coupe is a poor choice for various reasons.

I’ve only owned roadsters and this Sport Coupe before. Could a wagon be a good choice? Any suggestions?

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Old 04-05-2020, 09:22 AM   #2
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If you have a trunk then the SC would be fine for two people. For more than that I would chose a sedan. Remember people went coast to coast in totally open cars originally. Oh...and pick a good time of year to go-weather wise.


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Old 04-05-2020, 09:36 AM   #3
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My personal choice would be a delivery.
I could sleep in it at walmart parking lots............
and go antiquing as well!
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I am wondering if it is even possible to go coast to coast in my no overdrive Town Sedan completely off the interstates.
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I would prefer a coupe or four door sedan because of the bench seat and roll up windows .
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I am wondering if it is even possible to go coast to coast in my no overdrive Town Sedan completely off the interstates.
It sure is, google map offered me three choices from Fairfield,Virginia to LA if I entered option avoid highways. I'm not going even after I get un-quarantined.
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Old 04-05-2020, 10:03 AM   #7
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I’m thinking for two people, my wife and me. I just finished Tom Cotter’s book, so it has inspired me. The longest trip I’ve done in a Model A is from Virginia to Hershey and back in a 31 roadster 15 years ago.
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I'd use a '30-'31 tudor sedan. Roll-up windows, a fair amount of space to carry things, locking doors, etc. Taller people can modify the front seat support brackets for more leg room. And, most important for me would be the weather protection. Twin sidemounts and a trunk rack would be handy too.


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It sure is, google map offered me three choices from Fairfield,Virginia to LA if I entered option avoid highways. I'm not going even after I get un-quarantined.

I've done some of old route 66 in AZ and NM which is mostly frontage road along I 40 but there are stretches where you are forced to get on the interstate. I guess the northern routes might offer more options.
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Good Morning...I've driven from Scottsdale to Sierra Vista and back with a side trip to Tombstone and did not use the freeway. We have a Mitchell Overdrive so we could run 55 on the flat stretches...much of the rest of the way between 35 and 40. A great deal of fun and time to look at nature! Ernie in Arizona
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My choice would be a tudor, for the reasons Bob/AZ states. A trunk on it would be handy but not critical.
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I know a guy that drove an Open Cap Pickup from Key West Florida to Prudhoe Bay Alaska over 2 summers. The first part was Key West to Montana. The next year was Montana to Prudhoe Bay and back.

This is not the vehicle I would have chosen. The front seat is not very comfortable, not like a Town Sedan.

But he made it!

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I would use a TuDor or a 4 door for the extra space, a delivery would be nice for occasional sleeping in the rear. I have 5, a Coupe a CCPU and two AAs as well as a Tudor. The Tudor is the only one I would consider but I would put in a OD before attempting a trip such as coast to coast.
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4 door with rear seat taken out, easy to get to stuff and room.
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Old 04-05-2020, 01:34 PM   #17
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A few years ago I met a guy that drove a '29 roadster from Oregon to Delaware and back a number of times as a summer trip to visit relatives on the East Coast. He and his wife seemed to take the trip well in stride and regarded it as a adventure. They were about 65-70 years of age and in great shape.
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Here ya go (if you can find one ):





31 Traveler's Wagon, an offshoot of the Special Delivery which was an offshoot of the Station Wagon. Fold-down bed and wash basin, 10 gallon water tank (under roof), storage chest, and roll-up curtains on rear windows. Ford built 10 of them - IIRC, they all went to South America. No known survivors but there are a few replicas around.

More realistically, I'd go for an A or AA delivery outfitted with an OD and lower (numerically) rear gears - and maybe some engine mods and camping accessories.
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Not model A but an amazing story Re touring in amnestying antique Ford.

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Don't forget that you can remove the two cushions from the rumble and have a lot of room.
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