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Old 03-03-2021, 01:42 AM   #1
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Default 28, 29 vs 30,31 What do you like any why?

Ok for starters I like all of them but I would like to see your opinions and why you like the 28,29 or the 30,31. To me the 28, 29s look a bit older and I like that.

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Old 03-03-2021, 07:00 AM   #2
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Default Re: 28, 29 vs 30,31 What do you like any why?

I used to like the 28-29 cars more because they looked more antique, but my tastes have changed over the last 60 years and now I like the 30-31 cars more because they look more modern. Go figure.

I feel that the 19 inch tires are a little safer and will wear longer, but that depends on the brand.

My tastes changed after owning and driving a Model T for a decade. So that may have something to do with it. The desire for the antique look has gotten out of my system.
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Old 03-03-2021, 07:24 AM   #3
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Default Re: 28, 29 vs 30,31 What do you like any why?

I like them all, those years of all cars in general, to me, they create a neat atmosphere when I see them, you know what I mean?
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Old 03-03-2021, 07:44 AM   #4
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I like both and tended towards the 28-29 initially as NK states. However as time has evolved, what I now like better about the 30-31 are the influx of all the new and often rare body styles.


The 29 towncar is perhaps my favorite of all, but who is to argue with an A400 or 180?
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Old 03-03-2021, 07:45 AM   #5
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Default Re: 28, 29 vs 30,31 What do you like any why?

Like them all but prefer the smoother body lines of the 30-31.
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Old 03-03-2021, 07:48 AM   #6
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I agree with the observation that the 28-29s look more antique but the body construction is better on the later models....the earlier models having that removable front cowl section is a crazy design and makes body aligmment more difficult.

I suspect that the Company studied Model "A" engineering constantly and carefully and though they would not admit it, also studied the features and designs on competing cars like Chevrolet and Dodge Brothers.
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Old 03-03-2021, 08:19 AM   #7
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In my mind the 1928-29 Ford represents the best Model T.

Same for the 1932 Model B four cylinder, representing the best Model A.

Your mileage may differ.
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Old 03-03-2021, 08:47 AM   #8
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Default Re: 28, 29 vs 30,31 What do you like any why?

I wanted a deuce coupe (50years ago) settled for a 31, I lean towards 30-31 BUT it depends on the body style. If your wanting to give me a 28-29 I'll take it any body style
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Old 03-03-2021, 08:50 AM   #9
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Default Re: 28, 29 vs 30,31 What do you like any why?

I guess I'd say the 30-31 because I own one. So I know more about them than the 28-29.
If I had bought a 28-29 then I'd probably prefer them and know more about them.
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Old 03-03-2021, 09:04 AM   #10
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I was given an early 31 in 1968,when I was 12.(I'm still driving it)So I always kind of preferred the 30-31's.I did build a 28 open cab truck,and owned a 29 coupe.Just before Christmas I bought a July 28 Phaeton,and I really like that one.What I really wanted from the time I was 12 was a 35-6 3 window Coupe.4 years ago I bought one that I had known of for 40+ years.Got it up and running,drove it around,and lost all interest in owning it.Sold it and bought the Phaeton.
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Old 03-03-2021, 11:02 AM   #11
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Default Re: 28, 29 vs 30,31 What do you like any why?

My first and only encounter of owing a "whole" Model A was a 1929 Briggs Town Sedan so was kinda mixture of both the 1928/29 and 1930/31 style. If I was to get another Model A I more then likely would get the same year and body style.
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Old 03-03-2021, 11:13 AM   #12
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Default Re: 28, 29 vs 30,31 What do you like any why?

By 1931 and judging by the Ford Service Bulletins, Ford got the Model A the best it could be. My styling preference is for the smooth lines of the 1930-'31 A's. So I favor 1930 & 1931 Model A's for these reasons. However, the 1928 & 1929 Model A's have better choices of colors, and their interior upholsteries are fancier.
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Old 03-03-2021, 11:28 AM   #13
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I've had both, but as time has gone on I find myself more drawn to what seems to me to be the more mature lines of the 30/31 (obviously, as I have two '30s now). To me (as apparently to others) the 28/29 look a bit more "antique" - sort of like a transition between the late Ts and the later As. Having said that, I do like the lines of the 28/29 in the open cars and would definitely consider one if it happened to come my way (and I could convince the bride that we need another car).

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I prefer the 'older' look of the 28/29's. The larger tires, rounded cowl and 'form fitting' front fenders always appealed to me.
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Old 03-03-2021, 02:43 PM   #15
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I prefer the 'older' look of the 28/29's. The larger tires, rounded cowl and 'form fitting' front fenders always appealed to me.
Likewise, 28-29 I like an antique to look more antique is.
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Old 03-03-2021, 07:00 PM   #16
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I like the 28's most of all - just because of the red steering wheel - makes the 28's unique!
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Old 03-03-2021, 08:47 PM   #17
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I had a friend in high school who I envied because his dad and him worked on a model a pickup (1963). From that day on I was hooked on the model A. Then in 2009 a friend of mine talked a guy out of his model a for $8000. I tried to get him to trade me that model a for a 51 Hudson, a 53 GMC pick up and a 55 chev pickup. He wouldn't budge. I saw a 28 model a roadster in 2015 and just had to have it, no matter what the price. I saw others that were in better shape but they were not roadsters. I finally got what I wanted and I love it.
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Old 03-03-2021, 10:34 PM   #18
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I had a friend in high school who I envied because his dad and him worked on a model a pickup (1963). From that day on I was hooked on the model A. Then in 2009 a friend of mine talked a guy out of his model a for $8000. I tried to get him to trade me that model a for a 51 Hudson, a 53 GMC pick up and a 55 chev pickup. He wouldn't budge. I saw a 28 model a roadster in 2015 and just had to have it, no matter what the price. I saw others that were in better shape but they were not roadsters. I finally got what I wanted and I love it.
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Old 03-03-2021, 10:42 PM   #19
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Default Re: 28, 29 vs 30,31 What do you like any why?

From a practical stand point by late 31 some bodies were slightly changed in their steering wheel and seat position. For tall people slant bodies may offer more comfort.

28-29 roadster pickups are not for tall people!!!

As for aesthetics that is truly for the beholder. I personally like the slants. The A I would love to own is a nice original 160C.
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28/29's had a high amount of forged parts..by 30/31 to lessen production costs Ford began redesigning part to use stamped steel. Pound for pound, the 28/29's were better quality cars.
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