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Old 01-29-2011, 08:20 AM   #1
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Need idea's and information hand out for up coming indoor car show, we are going to enter an early ( AR ) 1928 Phaeton in the World of Wheels Car Show in Huntington, WV ( our club is River & Rail A's MARC) Need a nice 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper with information about A's for the public. Any thing you have used or a site to copy information to print up to hand out, also idea's of how you have done this in past is appreciated, thanks Bruce

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Here is what I use along with the back of a Kingsford charcoal bag showing that recycling is not a new thing.



A Short History of the Model A Ford



The year was 1926. Henry Ford's "Tin Lizzie" was getting old. It had been produced since October 1st 1908. There had been very few major changes to the car even though it did look quite different. With his son Edsel pushing to move past the Model T and design and build a "new ford" the order was finally given on July 20th, 1926 to start work on a new ford, the "Model A", although that name had not been picked yet!.

Henry made the last of the Model T's on May 26th, 1927. It was car No. 15,000,000. It is said Henry spent $100,000,000 (Yes, 100 Million Dollars!) on the new car design and for retooling of the Rouge plant to build the new Model A. Quite a sum in the 1920's! The car contained over 6800 parts whereas the Model T only contained about 5000.

Model A No. 1 rolled off the production line on Oct. 20th, 1927 but the public didn't see the car until Dec. 2nd, 1927. Unlike the Model T, the new ford came in seven body styles and an amazing four colors!

The Engine was an L-head 4-cylinder, 'cast en bloc' type. It had a 3-7/8" X 4-1/4" bore and stroke with a displacement of 200.5 cubic inches. SAE horsepower of 24.03 with brake horsepower rated at 40 at 2200 rpm. Typical gas mileage was between 20 and 30 mpg using a Zenith one barrel carburetor. Its 103.5" wheelbase rode on 4.50 x 21" tires with a gear ratio of 3.77:1. The transmission was a 3 speed sliding gear unit with 1 speed reverse. The Model A had 4 wheel mechanical brakes and Houdaille, double action hydraulic shock absorbers with semi-elliptic front and rear transverse springs. Top Speed was around 65 mph. Standard equipment on all Models included a Starter, Five Steel Spoke Wheels, Dash light, Mirror, Windshield Wiper, Oil Gauge, Gasoline Gauge, Rear and Stop Light, Speedometer, Tools and Pressure Grease Gun Lubrication.

The "Model A" Tool kit included with each car had the following items: Adjustable wrench, 2 open end wrenches, 2 tire irons, jack, pliers, screwdriver, tire pump, grease gun, combination spark plug wrench and head bolt wrench and Instruction book which all fit into Snap Pouch.

As for price, the new Model A Tudor Sedan sold for $495.00 with the Fordor bringing $570.00 F.O.B. Detroit. For $385.00 you could get a Roadster and $395.00 would get you a beautiful Phaeton. At $495.00, the new Ford Coupe was nice but for $550.00 the Sport Coupe with a standard Rumble Seat was a hot seller.
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You might want to tell just a little history about the car itself as to just where it was assmebled.

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Thanks, the engine # is A 739, yes a three digit number!!!!!! thanks Bruce
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Great car Bruce congratulation...
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Mike V.FLorida,
Did the "A" come originally with an Oil Gauge and where was it located?
Thanks for your time
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Old 02-01-2011, 04:21 PM   #7
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Mike V.FLorida,
Did the "A" come originally with an Oil Gauge and where was it located?
Thanks for your time
Joe Grobleski
The "oil gauge" cited in early ads and promotions was (and is) the dipstick.
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Thanks for the info John.
I have never heard it called that.
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