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By Vern Parker

The question of what to do with four cars located in Florida that should be in Michigan is how Dave Guy became the owner of a 1930 Model A Ford two-door sedan.

"I grew up with Model A Fords in South Bend, Indiana,” Dave Guy says. That was, he explains, because his father, Jim, always had one or more of the Model A Fords being worked on in his garage.

About the time Guy started elementary school the family – and the Fords – moved to Fremont, Mich. That is where, under his father’s tutelage, Guy learned all the intricacies of Model A Fords.

About six years ago Guy’s father was living in Florida when he acquired a 1930 Model A Ford DeLuxe two-door sedan to add to his growing collection. In 2008 Guy’s father moved back to Michigan when a problem arose. "What to do with four cars.”

The 1930 sedan was consigned to a broker in Atlanta who had no luck in selling the car.
Guy’s father then told his son that if he went to get the car he could have it at the most reasonable of prices – FREE.

Because the price was right Guy enlisted the help of a friend and borrowed a car hauler trailer, drove to Atlanta, secured the 2,375-pound car on the trailer and made the two-day trip home.

Once safely back in Grand Rapids, Mich., the car, on a 103.5-inch wheelbase was rolled off the trailer on 19-inch wire wheels on 4.75x19-inch tires. Guy knew that his father had already gone through the car mechanically so all he had to contend with were the cosmetic aspects of the old Ford.

Initially the Model A Fords had 200.5-cubic-inch four-cylinder engines that developed 40 horsepower. In 1932 a more powerful "B” engine with a high compression head and an updraft carburetor was offered that produced 50 horsepower. That more powerful engine currently resides under the hood of Guy’s car.

"I wanted a good, clean driver,” Guy says as he began to restore his car. "I started at the front and worked my way back,” he says. He painted the hood in his garage and admits the louvers in the hood were problematic.

When new a Ford like Guy’s sold for $495. A total of 425,124 cars like his were produced in 1930. Safety glass was new then but Ford installed the new glass in all their cars. "If it hadn’t had safety glass,” Guy says, "I would have replaced all the glass.”

Guy took his time and once the hood was painted he tackled all four fenders. Since his car was a DeLuxe model it was equipped with not only a pair of cowl lights but also a pair of tail/brake lights.

The bottom of the windshield can be pushed open to allow fresh air to enter the cabin. Some of that air is diverted toward the ankles of the front seat occupants.

Guy polished all the brightwork on his car including the two bumperettes on either side of the rear-mounted spare tire. A luggage rack folds down to the rear of the spare tire to support a steamer trunk.

After 2.5 years Guy tackled the fabric insert in the top of his car. He determined that a professional would be the best the best person to handle the task. At the same time he had the basic body painted.

With the exterior done the interior was the only part left to complete the restoration.

Inside the car Guy found a pair of Chevrolet Camaro bucket seats mounted on home-made wooden brackets that were riddled with dry rot. Guy located a restoration company contractor who was able to correct the problem and install the proper seats.

After the wood was replaced and the body repainted black, a vermillion red dual pinstripe was applied to match the powder coated wheels.

The new two-tone gray upholstery blends nicely with the black painted dashboard. A casual observer must look carefully to see that the top rail of the dashboard is not black but actually a dark red.

In an effort to keep up with modern cars Guy has installed a six-volt alternator to replace his generator.

Guy declared the restoration of his Model A Ford complete in April 2012.

"I have all kinds of fun with it,” he says. "Whenever I take it out, it makes my day.”


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