Engine no: CA51486
I purchased this car as a satisfactory replacement for my MGB Tourer which just felt a bit too modern for my needs, especially when compared with my Singer Le Mans.
Originally built in East Windsor (Walkerville), Ontario in September/October 1928. It is believed the car was exported to New Zealand, and first registered in April 1929. In the 1980s was purchased as a barn find, where it was restored at Christchurch. There is some history of its use in the Christchurch area, and then it was exported to the UK in 1994, where it became part of a private collection. In 2006 it was sold at auction and put into store and not used since.
Since 1994 the car has travelled under its own power, a grand total of 136 miles. So a bit of recommission maintenance has to be carried out. Tyres, battery, servicing, plugs, condenser, cooling flush (still ongoing, as the sludge keeps coming), clean carb, check and time distributor. Compression test with engine cold and dry 60, 55, 60, 60. not too much to worry about there, will repeat this week with warm engine.
The Ford went through its first MOT for 12 years with just 2 advisories on the rear wheel bearings, which turned out to be loose halfshaft nuts which hold the hub on. I was concerned about the first driving trip to the MOT. How would I cope with a crash gearbox going up the hill on the main road from my house. How was I going to manage the centre throttle and right hand brake pedal? It turned out just fine. Gear changes need to be taken steadily with declutching and it just works. The centre throttle being much lower down on the floor compared to the clutch and brake just makes the whole setup automatically feel different, and normal.
The following information came with the car. Its previous history is still being researched. I am in contact now with the previous owner and he has provide me with scanned pictures of its restoration and some other history.
Ford Model A 1928 Tudor
This car travelled approx 1600 miles since NOV 1993 in New Zealand on various VCC rallies, including a 600 mile trouble free run from Christchurch over the alpine pass to Westport on the West Coast and return.
Here is an article I wrote for The Quail, Ford Model A club magazine
Here is the second trip, another pub, The Old Bush, Callow End
And The Old Hills, Callow End
This is the first trip, naturally visiting 3 pubs....
Here with Howard, the previous UK owner at the Drum and Monkey, Newbridge Green.
At the Duke of York, Berrow with Rob (has the TR3a) and Tilly
At the The Oak, Defford.
Car went well during this trip, apart from the speedo ceasing to function. The following day I removed the speedo head to discover it was siezed and naturally the cable had snapped. The speedo is all cleaned up and working well, with new cable installed.
September 2012 and using it for the wedding of my nephew Jamie and his wife Katie.
April 2012. Here is the car at home and cleaned up.
Recovering the Ford
This picture shows how it was in in storage. I recovered the car April 11th 2012.
This is a 1929 Nash 6 Sedan which I would have bought if the Ford was not available. Both cars had been together for 20 years or more. The Ford is more of a practical proposition for spares and expertise, there are many of them around. Not so many Nash cars....
This page updated February 6, 2013