Model "A" Monday: Thanks AMC For The Relay Failure

This weekend, after my Comanche decided it had driven enough, the necessity for this olelongrooffan to “hoof it” to find some grub turned up a pleasant surprise. That’s correct my fellow Hoons, I was walking down to a previously seen Chinese food joint and from the sidewalk on Tamiami Trail, I spotted a

bunch of cool old Model “A”s in the parking lot of a neighboring motel and thought I would share some images of them with you.

It has been said that a picture, or in modern day terms, an image is worth a thousand words so here are twenty thousand or so.

I tried to capture a little something different in each image of these Model “A”s which were visiting Sarasota from the MickeyMouseLand area.

There was one “oddball” and I think it’s a 34 Ford, but could be corrected, four door ragtop. It was my favorite.

Some of the images are a bit cloudy but chalk that up to the twilight condions and the influence of the Skye to that. Yeah it’s the twilight.

All of these cars were in pristine condition and not a trailer or tow rig was in sight.

I spoke to a couple as they, and another “A”, were heading out and he mentioned they were in town for fun for the weekend from Orlando.

They visited the Sarasota Classic Car Musuem and were just having fun with their toys.

I visited that same museum during a 7 hour long trip to Naples a while back.

As always, I stopped at every car related sighting as well as every unusual thing this olelongrooffan could see.

In the midst of all these “A”s, that blogpost can be found here.

As a kid, my Dad, along with thejeepjunkie and this olelongrooffan, was in the process of restoring a tudor hardtop 1932 Model “A” when he decided to become TheGentlemanFarmer and traded that tudor for a Black Angus bull to service the herd out on Haven Lee Farm.

Up to the day he died, he always lamented that decision saying, as all we Hoons have done or will eventually do, “Why did I ever sell that car?”

I thought of him alot as I was checking out these beauties.

And as has been previously commented here in the Hooniverse, these cars will, most likely, end up in a museum as the bulk of the fans of them are passing along to another section of the Hooniverse.

But in the meantime, it was sure awesome to sight these antiques out in the wild.

And I don’t know why but it sure amazes this olelongrooffan how I continually stumble upon interesting, at least to me, things to share with my fellow Hoons.

And if you think this olelongrooffan is BSing my fellow Hoons about the road worthiness of

of these, check out the tire wear on the “A” in the image of the light bar mounted horn.

I hope all ya’ll don’t mind me sharing stuff like this cuz I enjoy finding and enjoying shit like this alot.

And one final observation. When was the last time you saw a hood ornament on a modern vehicle that was this cool?

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  1. RichardKopf Avatar

    That four-door rag-top is absolutely beautiful. Thanks for sharing these!

  2. Maxichamp Avatar

    Those license plates remind of the joke: Yo' mama is so old, her phone number is "4".

  3. Gary Avatar

    Great pics, thanks for taking the time to shoot these and the others you have posted.
    Just for clarification, you state that you and your Dad were "restoring a tudor hardtop 1932 Model “A”. The last Model A was built in 1931; the 1932 was not a Model A.
    I think the Convertible Sedan is a 1935.
    I know how much effort it takes to shoot these images, then download from the camera, and then upload to the site. Keep up the good work.
    And yes, I too am an Old Longroof Fan.

    1. longrooffan Avatar

      Gary: Thanks for the comment…I've always thought Dad's Model A was a 32 but I am easily corrected, this olelongrooffan was 6 or so at the time. I will get with my older brothers about the correct year of that but they were busy in the mid-late 60's with other things overseas…as far as the mid 30's Ford, a 35 is most likely correct but I still love it…and finally, Old Longroof Fan, thanks for taking a moment to comment. Do you hang at Hemmings also?

  4. facelvega Avatar

    I told this story here once a long time ago, but it's worth it again now. My guru mechanic here in Brooklyn complains about the engineering and build quality of every car I have ever mentioned to him. I once asked him what cars he would say were beautifully built, if any. He thought seriously for a minute, then in a definitive tone said something like, "Model A. Compared to the Model A, every car since then is a piece of crap."

  5. NothingHappens Avatar
    Dude is driving a Model A for a year.

    1. vwminispeedster Avatar

      365 days of A. That makes more sense than what my brain first read, 365 day sofa. I've been working entirely too hard and need sleep.

  6. CptSevere Avatar

    I helped a guy driving a Model A change his tire here last weekend, he needed a 3/4 inch socket. No problem. He changed the tire, no big deal at all. His buddies driving Model T's didn't even laugh at him. Seriously, this happened.

  7. muthalovin Avatar

    I really dig those green wires. All those rides are awesome.

  8. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
    Peter Tanshanomi

    Apostrophe Abuse!

    1. RichardKopf Avatar

      Interesting website, but where's the offending apostrophe here?
      Disclaimer: I didn't look hard.

  9. Rust-MyEnemy Avatar

    The name Tamiami Trail still rings in my head from '98.
    Also, on my bedroom wall is a bill-poster for Mcinerny Ford, of 5700 E Colonial Drive, advertising their "Immediate And Total Authorized Early Closeout".
    I assume it's the only copy of said poster left in the UK, if not the world.

  10. Tom Lee Avatar
    Tom Lee

    Long roof,
    I thought it was a 1930 model A, somewhere I have a picture of it and will get it to you so you can post it here for clarification.
    your older and wise brother