By Vern Parker
Ever since he used to hitch a ride to school
in his cousin's Ford in Belleview, Ill., Wayne Chadderton has nurtured a desire
to have an old Ford of his own.
"However,” he explains, "college and life got
in the way.”
After Chadderton retired in April 2011 and he
settled in Herndon, Va., he set about filling that vacuum in his life with an
With fond childhood memories of his cousin's
Model A Chadderton began searching for a similar car. In September his hunt led
him to a Volo, Ill., facility west of Waukegan that was filled with antique
cars that were for sale.
he discovered a 1932 Ford roadster. "I thought I was going to have to buy it,”
he says. "I got into the roadster but I couldn't get out.” With some
assistance, Chadderton managed to extricate himself from the cozy cockpit.
Thereafter he expanded his search to cars
with more spacious interiors. He looked at a 1939 Ford as well as a 1938
Chevrolet. He remembers spending four or five hours looking at cars with his
wife, Jane, and his son, Bryan.
His perseverance paid off when a 1934 Ford
Deluxe four-door sedan captured their attention. The Vineyard Green Ford was
freshly restored and when Chadderton sat in the mohair driver's seat he
declared, "It's big enough.”
Beneath the hood, ventilated on either side
with 24 louvers, is the 221-cubic-inch, flathead, 90-horsepower V-8. The
speedometer stops at 90 mph.
In the days before air conditioning the five
occupants in the car maintained a comfort level by directing fresh air inside
through the cowl ventilator or by cranking open the one-piece windshield.
Suspended from above the windshield is a single vacuum-operated wiper for the driver's
The 2,599-pound sedan rides on a 112-inch
wheelbase supported on wire wheels. When new this model was base priced by Ford
at $615. The odometer shows 58,000 miles and Chadderton believes it to be
The three Chaddertons went home to think it
over. Actually, they had decided to buy the car before they arrived home. "I
called the next day,” Chadderton recalls. Arrangements were made to transport
Upon arrival the Ford underwent a close
examination. It was equipped with an ash tray, cigar lighter, glove compartment
and two taillights. All eight windows have safety glass and above the rear
window is a shade for privacy.
Chadderton did replace the exhaust system and
the plastic window handles. In a nod to safety he also installed a removable
light bar at the base of the rear window. It contains a third brake light as on
new cars and turn signals.
Attached to the rear of the car is the spare
tire which necessitates a dip in the middle of the rear bumper.
"I've always wanted an old car,” Chadderton
says, "and this one is a fun car.”