Classic Auto Mall
6180 Morgantown Road
1929 Ford Model A Cabriolet
Handkerchiefs are believed to date back to China circa 1000 B.C. where they were used as head coverings to ward off the sun's harsh rays. In Roman times, the drop of a handkerchief signaled the start of a chariot race. In the Middle Ages, a knight would don his lady's handkerchief for good fortune in battle. Handkerchiefs varied in design from plain to exquisite. In the 18th century, handkerchiefs became signifiers of wealth, and King Louis XVI is said to have prohibited by law that anyone carry a handkerchief larger than his own. Hankies were often treasured possessions, and were also brought to street races, where just like the Romans that came before them, used the hanky to signify the start of a drag race on the old lakebed of the LA area.
For consignment a modified 29 Ford Cabriolet come hot rod. An open cowl hood, suicide hinged doors, curvaceous founders that are attached by the running board in the center, and a removable convertible top we are ready for the hanky drop.
White paint for this all steel with the exception of the rear fenders car, and plenty of it all shiny and bright and in very nice condition. Not to be outdone, the chrome window surround, headlight bezels, thin mirrors, and blingy drilled wheels all utilize the polished surfaces nicely. Pristine straight running boards are present complete with aluminum step plate. Bringing up the rear, we see an ample trunk now holding the battery and side curtains for chilly weather driving. I love the design detail of the thin flush mounted taillights with chromed bezels and hand laid pinstriping. Up front another interesting detail is chrome bar mounted headlights which highlight the white painted grille surround and more hand done striping. The cowl sides have been removed to allow the world to gawk and stare at the potent mill driving this rod. A blue canvas convertible top which is easily removable adds another look to this rodder. 15-inch American Racing wheels are on all 4 corners and are wrapped by 215/65SR15 rubber in front and fat 275/60R15 rubber in the rear.
Opening the suicide hinged square doors, we see smooth blue tweed door panels with nary a hint of chrome, (it's a cabriolet folks, no roll up windows here). The interior features a black faux leather, (vinyl), bench which is nicely padded and in good condition with only a few wrinkles. A white metal dash stretches from door to door and houses symmetrical oval insets with Classic Instruments gauges which descend in size as they get to the doors. A late model tilt steering column replaces the original, and a black knobbed shift lever along with a chrome parking brake level rise from the blue carpeted floor.
Sitting snugly between the steel front fenders is a blue blocked, polished Edelbrock valve covered 302ci V8. A Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetor sits atop and a shiny scoop style air cleaner finished off the mill. On the back is a C4 3-speed automatic, and a Ford 9" rear axle.
Looking underneath and you are greeted with a sea of white and black steel. Floor pans, body hangers, frame and suspension as well as the pumpkin dance a tuxedo duet with the floors being white and all else black. The underside of the running boards present in a red oxide finish and look just as good as the rest. An independent Mustang II front suspension with coil springs is up front and leaf springs are for the rear, and front disc brakes and rear drum brakes are seen. Finally, a Flowmaster exhaust winds its way rearward from the headers on the 302ci mill.
With the majority of these hot rods one needs a shoehorn and combination lock with 2 pages of instructions to get into them. This one is easy in and easy out, starts right up and sounds awesome! It handled well, stopped on a dime, and had nice acceleration as well as a comfortable cruise. It was a bit too chilly to take the top off, but we did enjoy our drive sans side curtains and the car ran overall great.
A project worth doing is well is a project well done, and this is a nice example of a buttoned up 95% all Henry steel Ford cabriolet rod. Ergonomically all sorted out, and a nice driver, it can be shown too with ease and most likely will score high. If white turns your screws, then there is plenty to go around on this one!
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