Car Registry 1924 - 1927

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1924 Ford T - Jim Lyons - Six Post Express Pickup

The following 3 photos are an attempt to show the correct green color of Martin-Parry vehicles.

This vehicle was also the feature article in the Model T Times Magazine, January/February 2018 issue.

Soon after the above article came out this vehicle was advertised and sold on eBay.

1924 Ford Model T

1924 Ford Model T with Martin Parry 6-post Express body

Horseless carriage Antique car automobile

You are bidding on a 1924 Model T Ford which is adorned with a Martin Parry 6-Post Express Body. Martin Parry of York, Pennsylvania would purchase the Ford T Chassis (or Chevrolet’s) and mount their different truck bodies and sell them throughout the country through the MP dealer network. They were mostly all wood construction, (except for the iron hardware) and because of this, very few survive today. As far as untouched originals go, this is one of the best surviving examples known to exist. They are rarely found in this condition, and never found with the side curtains still intact. This thing is a jewel.

I’ve had this truck for 3 years and I absolutely love it. It was recently featured in a 6-page spread in the Model T Times, the publication of the Model T Ford International. The only reason I am selling it is because even thought I love Model T’s, I am more of a Brass car guy and I’ve found one that I want to buy. So this will go toward funding that purchase. Ultimately, if it doesn’t sell, I’ll be just as happy to keep it. In any event, here are details about the Truck and what I’ve done to it since I purchased it.

HISTORY: The Truck was purchased new in the fall of 1923 by “A. J. Gibson and Son, Grocer” of Waltham, MA, and used for 30+ years by the store, delivering groceries in the town and nearby community. Sometime in the 50’s, it was handed over to a “J. Shea” which was a painting outfit. Sometime between 1957 and 1960, it was retired and put in storage where it sat until 2015. In the back bed, there are paint splatters from many a gallon that was mixed during that time. On the driver’s side of the truck, you can clearly read the lettering; “A. J. Gibson & Son, Waltham”. On the passenger side, you can see the Gibson lettering, but you can also see the “J. Shea” lettering over top, clearly marking the history of the truck.

Drive Train/Chassis: The engine and transmission are original to the truck and appear to never have been out. The original side pans are still in place. The engine starts and runs fine but it does smoke if it sits there idling for any length of time. It had some stuck valves from sitting but those were replaced. The spark plugs are new and the coils have been rebuilt. The carburetor has been rebuilt and done in a way to preserve the original patina. I replaced the bands and pulled the engine pan cover down and cleaned the gunk out of the engine. I then flushed the engine with kerosene and changed the oil. While doing all that, I also installed an oil screen under the hogshead door. There are NO connecting rod or Main bearing knocks so the lower end sounds good and tight. There are some valve taps which are because the engine still has the original non-adjustable lifters. These are easily replaced with adjustable lifters in a couple of hours on a Saturday. If I were going to keep it, I’d spend a weekend and pull the head, and oil pan cover, and do a quick ring job with the engine sitting in place. That would be the time to replace the lifters as well. The radiator cools fine and I’ve had the engine sit and idle for considerable amounts of time during the hot summer with no issues. The truck climbs these hills of West Virginia with no problem but I have maybe only put about 5 miles on it since it’s been pulled out of storage so some short runs would be required to completely sort it out and build confidence. Nevertheless, it ran well and I would anticipate no major issues.

Tires: The tires and wheels are in good shape. When I got it, it had two old original tires from back in its day still on the truck. The spare is an original Firestone “Oldfield” from the 1920’s which is just incredibly cool. The rear tires are Wards Riversides’ and I installed two used (but excellent) front Universals with tubes on the front.

Differential: The rear axle assembly got replaced at some time in its early history. To look at it, you’d never know it wasn’t the original, except by experienced model T guys who will notice the absence of backing plate ribs. I had no intention of changing the rear since it was part of the trucks history. In any event, before doing any serious touring, I would pull the assembly and make sure the thrust washers are not babbitt metal and replace them if they are. I DID pack the outer axle bearings, replaced the sleeves and install neoprene seals to keep the grease in. I also replaced the brake cam and bushings and brake shoe springs. The brake shoes are the original cast iron shoes.

Front Axle: I rebuilt the front axle assembly right after I got the truck. I replaced the spindle bolts and bushings along with the tie-rod bolts and bushings. I also rebuilt the front axle threads on the passenger side using the Stevens tool. The Front wheel bearings were inspected, packed, and any that were questionable were replaced with good Timkens and are ready for miles of use.

Body:  The wood Martin Parry body is in amazing shape.  None of the boards are rotten and it’s very sturdy.  The original green paint is still there but has darkened to the point where it’s almost black unless you are in the sun.  Traces of the original pin-striping around the windshield and sides of the body are still present which allows anyone who is studying this truck see exactly how it was detailed.  The roof is made of lath and is stained a dark cherry.  The original hardware is all there and so are the decals that came on this truck, including the MP logo on each side panel and the fastener decal on the passenger side door post.  The driver’s seat is an imitation alligator pattern and is in great condition.  I painted up a piece of plywood to span across the entire seat cushion to distribute my body weight so my butt doesn’t blow through the delicate upholstery.  Original gas tank is in great condition and there are tool compartments on each side of the tank.  The roof is covered with a thin canvas material that has a water-proof exterior.  There are a few small rips tears on the top but they are minor.  The side curtains are an incredible part of this truck.  Just to find them still in place is rare and these are serviceable.  The celluloid window material is cracked and gone from most of them, except the rear which is still good.  The side curtains are held in place by leather eyelets and tangs which are really cool. Some are gone but there are enough there to keep the curtains fastened.  They are removable too so they could be replaced if you had some made.

In summary, this in a very rare truck of historical importance and should probably be preserved as it is rather than restored.  But then again, the new owner can do as they please!

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me and I'll answer your questions in detail.  It is being sold with a notarized bill of sale from the Massachusetts DMV.  Good luck!!

 



1924 FORD - Jeffery Hery

Vehicle Year: 1924

Body Style: Sedan Delivery Truck

Chassis Manufacturer:  Ford

Engine Manufacturer:  Ford
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Vehicle Location:  Parkesburg, PA

Name:  Jeffery Hery
About the Vehicle:  No photos available at this time.




 1924 FORD - Jeff Hood

Vehicle Year:  1924

Body Style:  Model 221 Full Top Express

Chassis Manufacturer:  Ford

Engine Manufacturer:  Ford
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Vehicle Location:  Long Beach, CA

Name:  Jeff Hood
About the Vehicle:  My truck is a Model 221 Full Top Express of about 1924 vintage.  The body is original with what is left of the original paint and decals still intact.  I do not plan to paint or restore it.  I have had it for 7-8 years.  I found it on Craigslist, and the guy I bought it from got the body from e-bay.  It was in Placerville, CA.  He had a chassis and enough spare parts to assemble a truck.  He had intended on restoring it but lost interest.  I like it just the way it is.  It is missing the door latches, inner door panels and windows, sun visor, and seat back and cushion, but is otherwise very complete.

1924 FORD - Jeff Hood

 



 1925 Ford - Jim & Nancy Kirk

Vehicle Year:  1925

Body Style:  221 or 223

Chassis Manufacturer:  Ford

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Name:  Jim & Nancy Kirk

About the Vehicle:  This vehicle is a 1925 Ford Model T with a 221 or 223 Martin-Parry body. I found it on eBay Sept. 2013 in West New York. I rebuilt the engine and transmission. The rest of car is original.


1925 Ford - Jim & Nancy Kirk



 1925 Ford - Frank Olsen

Vehicle Year:  1925

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Chassis Manufacturer:  Ford

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Vehicle Location:  Grantsville, UT

Name:  Frank Olsen

About the Vehicle:  Modifications, lengthened, cab, tiger 3-speed on the rear, Chicago 3-speed behind the Ford tranny.  Lots of gears!!!  I got it from the Palouse prairie country in Oregon.  It has the M-P door plates.  A faded but legible logo decals on the seats.
 

Is there a frame number on this year?  We could not find one.


1925 Ford - Frank Olsen

Below are the original decals that are located on the ends of the seat.



 1925 Ford - Ron Wiley

Vehicle Year:  1925

Body Style:  420C 1-Ton Stake Bed, Vestibule Cab, Roller Doors

Chassis Manufacturer:  Ford

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Vehicle Location:  Freehold, NJ

Name:  Ron Wiley

About the Vehicle:  I am restoring a 1925 Ford Model TT 1-Ton Stake Bed with a Martin-Parry #420C Vestibule Cab with Roller Doors.  I have lots of photos and information to share.  I am looking for help in acquiring the door handles and door locks for the roller doors.

1925 Ford - Ron Wiley




 1925 Chevrolet - Walt Paulson

Vehicle Year:  1925

Body Style:  Pickup

Chassis Manufacturer:  Chevrolet

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Engine Year:  1928?
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Vehicle Location:  Freehold, NJ

Name:  Walt Paulson

About the Vehicle: Well, you’ve all wondered what treasure would be in
the garage of the “little-old-lady” next door! Our 1925 Chevrolet 1⁄2 Ton Pickup story, by Walt Paulsen.

In early September, 2004, my wife, Audrey, was conversing with our neighbor, Erma Bedilion, in Ocean Shores, WA. Erma mentioned she should get rid of some stuff from her garage; as they were talking, Erma opened the door and Audrey spied this old pickup and asked if it was for sale. Erma had thoughts of listing it with a famous on-line auction and taking her chances with a decent selling price.

On September 19th negotiated and purchased a 1925 Chevrolet 1⁄2 Ton pickup with a Martin-Parry body.

The Martin-Parry Corp. was a “free-lance” manufacturer producing commercial bodies
for Ford, Chevrolet, Dodge and Whippet until being purchased by GM in April, 1930.

Ours is Model 222A Cab Top Light Express Body. The 1925 Chevy has a ‘28 four-cylinder motor, ’28 wheels, modern seat upholstery and the roof has been replaced; otherwise it is all stock original.

We brought it home and stored it in a heated garage for three years. In the spring, 2008, we began to fix it up and get it running.

To date, the fuel tank has been cleaned, fuel lines replaced, a front wheel bearing replaced, a new inner tube, rebuilt the vacuum fuel pump and replenished all fluids. Originally painted Martin-Parry
Pekin Green, I plan to restore those colors. We will show in selected parades and car shows in the area.

Truck History, from Erma Bedilion: She and her late husband, Doc, operated Doc’s Auto Upholstery Shop at 6th  & Wycoff in Bremerton, WA from 1961-1978. The ’25 was found in a wheat field near Wenatchee, WA and was restored by a garage near Tacoma, probably in 1962. It was their “advertising piece” making deliveries around Bremerton and was kept inside at
night.

They participated in many parades in Bremerton and, after retirement, in Ocean Shores. One year, the motor wasn’t running so Doc pulled the ’25 in a parade with a company truck. A bride and groom were in the back, tin cans and all, with a sign “Next year we’ll get a motor”. Doc was born in 1925; when asked about body dents in the pickup, he remarked: “Well, we both have a few dents and they won’t be repaired”.


1925 Chevrolet - Walt Paulson




 1925 Chevrolet - Richard Wahrendorff

Vehicle Year:  1925

Body Style:  166B  Pickup

Chassis Manufacturer:  Chevrolet

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Engine Year:  1925
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Vehicle Location:  Ulster Park, NY

Name:   Richard Wahrendorff

About the Vehicle:  During the restoration I managed to save most of the cab wood. I had to replace two of the window frames and the two side panels under the back side windows. Right now the cab sits in the basement as I restore it. In the spring, I will move it out and put it back onto the frame. This truck is a pleasure to restore. If there is anything I can contribute please let me know. I’m trying to be as accurate as I can in bringing this truck back to original. So far, I’ve seen very few with original wood.

1925 Chevrolet - Richard Wahrendorff




 1925 Chevrolet - Marshal West

Vehicle Year:  1925

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Chassis Manufacturer:  Chevrolet

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Engine Year:  1925
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Vehicle Location:  Petaluma, CA

Name:  Marshal West

About the Vehicle:  This is a 1925 Chevrolet (running gear), & body by Martin-Parry.  It has all the original parts, the roller doors, the split windshield, and the wood spokes.

The truck is actually owned by the city of Petaluma, and maintained under the auspices of the Petaluma museum.  There were side curtains at one time, but are long gone and we have never thought about bring those back, as we don't drive it in bad weather anyway.
I am the principal driver and mechanic of the vehicle, and have done much of the maintenance over the past 15 years.  It is kept in a climate controlled and secure airplane hangar for security.

The vehicle was purchased new in 1925 here in Petaluma, from a dealer long gone.  The farmer who was the first owner used it to transport eggs from his farm to an egg company in town.  Some years later, it was sold to a gas station in town that used it as a parts chaser, then later was sold to the city and became a static display at the Maritime museum in San Francisco where it was shown on the deck of the car ferry "Eureka".  Later, it was returned to Petaluma where, under the Museum's watch, was put back in running condition with a new core for the radiator and wiring harness. 

I have driven the truck in many city parades and other venues; I am the chief driver, as I am the only person familiar with the workings.
Marshall West

1925 Chevrolet - Marshal West





1925 Maxwell - Jerry & Judy Click

This article is reprinted with permission. It appeared in the September/October 2019 issue of Vintage Truck magazine. You may visit the magazine’s website at www.VintageTruckMagazine.com.

                                                                                                                                                    Note: The above article is continued on page 49.




 1926 Ford TT - Keith Ernst

Vehicle Year:  1926

Body Style:  Ford TT w/M-P 1 ton panel body

Chassis Manufacturer:  Ford

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Name:  Keith Ernst

About the Vehicle:  This vehicle was purchased from Dick Hate.  Dick tells us, " This was my Dad's truck which he and I hauled from a barn near New Hope, PA in about 1956.  The truck had been bought new by Jose' Garcia and he had used it on his vegetable farm near New Hope until he retired.   The truck has an optional M-P tailgate arrangement.  I stored it for Dad in a carriage house near Newtown, PA 'til about 1974 when I moved it to our farm where it resided in several out buildings until I could no longer keep the building roofs leak free; I then kicked the wagons of a historical group out of our barn and placed the TT on the barn floor.  If placed there at the outset, it would have been in superb original condition when I sold it to Keith.  I was forced to start down-sizing a few years ago and sought a good home.  Keith and I crossed paths accidentally and he invited me to his truck museum.  So, Dad's TT now has a new and better home than I can now provide.

I should note it wasn't easy to part with Dad's Model TT which he knew I'd do my best to preserve.  I'd hoped to keep it original and just refurbish it mechanically.  But, since my storage facilities were inadequate to prevent deterioration, it's in a better place now with Keith."

1926 Ford TT - Keith Ernst

 1926 Ford - Steven Lang

Vehicle Year:  1926

Body Style:  De Luxe Depot and Country Club Body with Winter Enclosure  No. 230

Chassis Manufacturer:  Ford

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Name:  Steven Lang

About the Vehicle:  This is a 1926 Model T Ford chassis with a Martin-Parry Body.  Martin-Parry sold the body as a "De Luxe Depot and Country Club Body with Winter Enclosure", their Body No. 230.  It also has the "Fancy Spanish Tan" interior option instead of black, overhead hat rack, and saddle pouches on inside of doors as described in their catalog.


This car was restored by Robert Weis of Dublin NH.  Robert unfortunately passed away a few years ago.  He kept a some of the original wood including the header board over the windshield with the original sticker, but we are still unsure of how much he had to replace when restoring the car in the 80's. It looks to be all complete with the correct rear fenders supplied with the body. It does have a homemade rear tail light bar with a spare tire holder underneath the body.


This car was owned by Lang's Old Car Parts and stored in their show room in Baldwinville, MA


I tried to take some photos of how it was built and some of the special brackets.  If you have any questions please let me know.


Thank you.

 Steve


1926 Ford - Steven Lang




 1926 Ford - Tim Morsher

Vehicle Year:  1926

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Chassis Manufacturer:  Ford

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Vehicle Location:  Norwalk, Ohio

Name:  Tim & Connie Morsher

About the Vehicle: 

     Having a couple of different Martin-Parry bodied model T Fords already, I had been looking for an original station wagon for a long time.   I had pretty much given up, and was resolved to making an authentic copy.   Using detailed photos from the old sales catalogs, and copying metal parts on my other vehicles , I was slowly getting there.   One evening, checking out the HCCA classifieds, I noticed a good looking M-P country club station wagon available in Maine.  I started a conversation with the owner, and after he shared some pics, we discussed a possible purchase.  I was more interested in just the body itself, as I already had a nice chassis to use.  We all have only so much room.   In discussions, although he was willing to sell just the body ( he makes and sells new wood bodies for model Ts , and could certainly use another chassis)  he said the car only needed a battery and would run and drive.  He’d even provide a new one.  Based on that info, we made a deal that included delivery to our home in northern Ohio.  Money was sent off, and I patiently waited delivery. I was really busy caring for my father at the time, who had Alzheimer’s.  He was an hour away and I would spend two days at a time with him, and then my sibs would tag team. It actually was a wonderful time, and very precious.
       Many months passed, and one day it came to me, where is my new T?  Some many calls later, and having to light a new fire under the guy, he finally made a trip down with my new purchase.  I was leaving that day to care for dad, so we rolled it off the trailer , into the warehouse, and off he and I went.  Me to dad, and he to fishing with his son in Lake Erie.
     Some months later I had a free day, very rare that summer.  I told wifey I’m off to spend the day with my new girl.  I never got the new battery from the guy, but no big deal there.  I had bought a new battery and was going to spend the day starting her up. I went out in the warehouse, lifted the hood, and started checking out our new flivver.  Hmmmm.  No terminal on top of the starter motor.  Well, that wasn’t good. I pulled a good starter motor off the shelf, and as I’m starting to wrench on the old girl, I notice a freeze crack all along the engine block.  Ouch, that doesn’t look good.  Further investigation showed me the bottom of the radiator was split wide open.  Got to blame these both on those nasty Maine winters.  Oh well, I lick my wounds a bit and decide to spend the rest of my free day, and really crawl over the car thoroughly.  Nice, shiny black paint underneath. Great solid wheels, it appears either a very low mileage vehicle, or a very nicely restored low mileage vehicle.  I think maybe a combination of the two.  I did determine she was the chassis to this body from day one.  Every little bracket, the special rear fenders, the special splash shields. When thinking back how I originally desired just the body, I was feeling a bit better about my purchase.

     One bizarre thing I noticed , the headlights had lamp cord running to them and had 110v bulbs inside.  The beautiful original wood body was getting a bit rickety, and from the looks of the varnish peeling, and the paint starting to chalk, I then speculated that the old girl was someone’s lawn ornament for a period of time.  There was a spot in the bed where something had expired, perhaps a tomcat or similar.  There was a bad spot on the roof and a couple other small bad spots, but she was the real deal, an original M-P deluxe country club station wagon.  As you can see from the pictures, every stick of lumber was removed, scraped, sanded, repaired, varnished, and then reassembled. Every single piece ( and there is a lot) of iron work, screws, bolts, nuts etc were sandblasted and then powder coated.  The seats, badly weathered from her previous outside yard duty were rebuilt and recovered.  A fresh engine from our local rebuilder, ”Engine” Joe Bell was installed, along with a new radiator, battery, NOS Ruckstell rear axle, many precious accessories I’ve gathered over a lifetime, a new set of Firestone tires (USA made) purchased from a friend who had squirreled them away.  New safety glass. A beautiful set of side curtains using all NOS period fasteners I’ve gathered for years. I think my favorite item is a great Taxi meter from the 1920s,  installed up front. A nickel per minute. I’m thinking possible a retirement part time job for me.  Still to come is the addition to the front of the roof, a light up Jitney sign.

    On the floor is a brass Bombay bell, with a very local story. At the turn of the last century , our city had a small trolley that looped from one end of town to the other end. It was affectionately called the DINKY. Some many years ago, a local antique dealer had this bell , originally mounted on the Dinky, displayed in a local antique mall uptown.  It was marked NOT FOR SALE.    It took me about 10 years, but I finally was able to buy it, and now it’s mounted on DINKY II.
    The old girl still needs her paint freshened up a bit, and other small chores, but she runs and drives beautifully now.  Looking back, I feel a bit faint at all the work I ended up doing on her, but she is probably my favorite old car in the stable, having been a T lover since childhood.  One of my very best memories and keepsakes is a picture of my dad, standing proudly next to her.  We did a 1948 Buick station wagon together back in the 1990s.  Betsy was my dads mistress, and she lives here with us now.
     Still hanging in the rafters of the warehouse is that good start on a Martin-Parry station wagon.  I have lots of metal work with it, and if someone wants to go down that path, get in touch with me.


Tim Morsher, 285 1/2 East Main St., Norwalk, Ohio, 44857

Tim's Dad & The Brass Bombay Bell before installing in Tim's 1926 T.

1926 Ford - Tim Morsher




 1926 Ford - Bruce Newcomb

Vehicle Year:  1926

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Chassis Manufacturer:  Ford

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Vehicle Location:  Berkley, Massachusetts

Name:  Bruce Newcomb

About the Vehicle:  I bought it in 1977 from a local Massachusetts used car dealer and spent 1 1/2 years "restoring" it.  It was in good original condition when I bought it.  The wood was in excellent condition, sheet metal the same.  The engine and drive train were in good condition.  The frame off restoration was very easy.  The first time I took it to a antique car event a gentleman approached me and said, " this looks like the "T" that Dr. Berry from Bridgewater, MA owned at one time". Sure enough, when I bought it there was a spare tire in the back with the name Berry marked in yellow chalk.  The gentleman told me that Dr. Berry owned a boys camp in Maine and that the "T" was used in the summer months to transport the boys and their baggage from the local railroad station to and from the camp.  Given its limited use, I guess that is the reason it was in such good shape when I bought it. 

1926 Ford - Bruce Newcomb


 1926 FORD - Bron Prokuski


Vehicle Year:  1926

Body Style:  1925 Type C with Roller Doors

Chassis Manufacturer:  Ford car chassis

Engine Manufacturer:  Ford
Engine Year: 1926
Engine Number: 13109861

Vehicle Location:  Hertford, North Carolina, (Albemarle Plantation)

Name: Bron Prokuski

About the Vehicle:  My vehicle is the West Hurley NY Fire Department Support Delivery. The front-end, chassis, front fenders, hood are 1924, with a 1926 engine and rear end. Rear fenders are 1914 with the cab being the 1925 Type C with roller doors. The basic cab is either No. 20A or No. 431 modified with the Roller Doors with the Drop Sash windows and the patented Double Action Door Locks, as well as No. 79 Drop Sash at Seat Side, No. 30 Cab Back Filler Panel, and No.599 Two Section Cushions.  It also has the original MP door sill plates and rear deck gate MP plates. I purchased it in April 2018 and completed my restoration May 20, 2020. When purchased from a neighbor on Albemarle Plantation it had been completely disassembled for 55 years and had moved in pieces from Rhinebeck NY to Albemarle Plantation with four household moves in between. All wood had to be replaced as well as many missing Ford parts. Fortunately good patterns were there.


1926 FORD - Bron Prokuski