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Classic Used Oil Generators: 1928 Ford Model A Special Coupe
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By Vern Parker

Kevin Shields hasn't always lived in Florida. There was a time in 1968 when he resided just east of Washington, D.C. In Cheverly, Maryland.

It was there that the teenager bought a Model A Ford which was old even then. However, the age of the car did not deter the high school student.

Life progressed and soon the old Ford was replaced with a newer vehicle. His first car might have been gone but it was definitely not forgotten as well as all the good times in it that he remembered.

More than 40 years had passed when one evening in January 2012 Shields was at his computer seeing what he could see. Much to his surprise he saw for sale a 1928 Ford Model A Special Coupe with a vinyl covered top. Shields reports that only 500 such models were manufactured.

The Dawn Gray five-window coupe with Straw colored pin striping had been recently restored by the owner in Columbus, Nebraska. The pictures of the car were impressive so Shields took a chance and purchased the car sight unseen.

That was a decision that he has not regretted. When the car arrived on the back of a truck at his home in Florida he couldn't have been happier.

Inside the cabin of the car the single bench seat is upholstered in brown mohair. Only the driver's side of the windshield has a wiper. The windshield can be tilted open from the bottom for additional ventilation.

Both doors have side pockets for extra storage.

Centrally located on the dashboard is a hooded light to illuminate the speedometer below. An ammeter is to the right of the light while the ignition is to the left. The gasoline gauge is at the top.

The gasoline tank is directly in front of the dashboard, almost in the laps of the occupants. It is filled through the filler cap atop the cowl in front of the windshield.

With the ignition switched on the floor starter button can be stepped upon to activate the six-volt, positive ground starter.

The driver sits behind the red rubber, four-spoke steering wheel. To the left of the horn button at the hub of the steering wheel is the spark advance lever. At the right is the throttle control lever. The headlights, with fluted lenses, have their own controls near the horn button.

Once the 40 horsepower, four-cylinder, engine is running smoothly the driver has only to engage the floor-mounted gear shift lever into either the single reverse gear or one of the three forward gears to get the car rolling on its 4.50x21-inch, 30-spoke, wire spoke wheels.

The back bumper is actually split into the two end parts of the full bumper in order to accommodate the rear mounted spare tire.

Shields says that he was thrilled to learn that his restored Ford had many damaged or worn out parts replaced such as:

* New aprons.

* New fenders.

* New radiator.

* New engine hood.

* New running boards.

Each side of the engine hood is ventilated by 19 vertical louvers.

Behind the radiator is a two-blade fan mounted in a shroud to keep cool air flowing through the engine compartment.

Shields says that his side-draft, single-barrel, Zenith carburetor has routinely performed without any flaws.

Beside the rear view mirror mounted above the windshield Shields has an outside mirror on the left side in order to help navigate through modern day traffic.


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