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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Maine Barn Find #2: Ford Model A Town Sedan

The second barn find last Saturday was this stunningly original 1930 Ford Model A Town Sedan. Of course it wasn't really a find since this car had never really been lost: it belonged to Burr O'Connor's
great-grandfather, and has been in the family, apparently, since the beginning of time. Only it got parked in the family barn in Blue Hill, Maine about thirty years ago and has been there ever since. Until last Saturday, when we rolled it out so that Gene Drake, the Old Ford-whiz of Downeast Maine, could look it over.

The carburetor was in pieces on the floor on the passenger's side, so no start was attempted, but Gene found the machine in very good shape all around. Looks as though he will flatbed the A up to his shop in Bucksport this summer, clean the car up, and get it running.
               I would say it is in very good/mostly-original condition, though it has been repainted. It looks like the interior was restored, reasonably well, sometime in the Seventies. Engine original and Gene thought he'd be able to get it started and running without difficulty.
           What a handsome car! Even the rubber looks to be in good shape. And that is vintage 1982 air in those tires.

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