Car Registry 1928 - 1930

 

 

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1928 Chevrolet - Brian Meek

Vehicle Year: 1928

Body Style: Chevrolet National AB. The National AB was Chevys designation for the chassis with a 107" wheel base, this was also used for their 1/2 ton truck.
Chassis Manufacturer: Chevrolet

Engine Manufacturer: Chevrolet - Built in Jamesville, Wisconsin
Engine Year: 1928
Engine Number:

Vehicle Location: Black River Falls, Wisconsin

Name: Brian Meek


About the Vehicle: Purchased new by a Chicago family for use at their cabin in far northern Wis. it was stored in a shed every year at the end of summer, last used in 1941. After WWII the family returned but had a new car, it sat until 2003 when a snowstorm caused the shed to collapse. An elderly neighbor lady , who had ridden in the Chevy as a youngster, rescued the "wood suburban ". After years of storage in her garage she decided to part with it. She even had a picture of the original owners wife at the wheel. After 76 years its back on the road again.

I was glad to be able to use the original bows for the roof. I was also able to straighten the metal tracks for the side curtains and luckily all the shade brackets were still there. I have only installed one as I'm having trouble finding the old wooden roller style shades. I was also lucky to get some 90 year old oak from a barn and sacrificed antique dresser drawers that matched the side panels. Feel free to post my email, as I was refinishing the passenger door I wondered what caused the dark oval spot in the wood, I knew something had been there to block the uv rays,on your web site I see the Parry-Martin logo that looks exactly like what was missing.

Note from Ben Purkey: I asked Brian what the purpose of the "ladder" attached to the ceiling? I have something very similar, and never knew what it was for, or where it went on the vehicle.
Brian's reply: The "ladder" contraption was an early overhead storage, the lady I bought the car from said as a youngster she and her friends kept their bonnets and gloves up there as the floors were always covered with dust. The hat rack was something I wanted to retain as it was special for the previous owner.
Note from Ben Purkey: I now believe that this item must have been either a standard item, or an option that could be purchased as I have the identical item that came with my 1928 Station Wagon.
 

 

1928 Chevrolet - Brian Meek

1928 FORD - Ben Purkey

Vehicle Year: 1928

Body Style: #218 Park Body

Chassis Manufacturer: Ford

Engine Manufacturer: Ford
Engine Year: ????
Engine Number:  RF2056 (Apparently rebuilt by Richmond Ford)

Vehicle Location:  BCS, Mexico

Name:  Ben Purkey


About the Vehicle:  This 1928 Model A Ford Chassis with a Martin-Parry #218 Park Body has a date of 10-10-28 stamped on the firewall. It is one of only 2 Model A's like this that I know to exist.  I bought it on eBay in November, 2010.  I worked on it for two years redoing the wood work while a Mexican friend did the body work.  It was completely disassembled, cleaned, painted, repaired, and reassembled during that time as well.  I took it to it's first car show May, 2012.  The engine was rebuilt the summer of 2014.  It is still a work in progress, as I am sure, many antique vehicles are.

In 2014 I took it to the MAFCA National Meet in Puyallup, WA, where it won a silver award in the Restorers Class.  A year later I took it to the MAFCA Regional Meet in Walla Walla, WA, where it again won a silver award in the Restorers Class.  I drive it way too much to ever compete in Fine Point Judging. 

 

 Restoring the Martin-Parry Woody.  Fortunately, there was a good original piece on one side or the other to use as a pattern.  The only part that I did not have a pattern for was the tail gate.  That part was duplicated from drawings made by friend Bruce Newcomb from the vehicle listed below.

In February 1965 this vehicle was the Hemmings Motor News feature car of the month.

This vehicle was part of an estate that was put up for auction in January, 2008 in Pennsylvania.  It was advertised as a "1929 Ford Model A Woody Wagon".  It sold at auction for $6,050.  I am positive that this is the same vehicle.  I have in my possession that unique windshield!  I wonder what story that windshield could tell?

These are the photos that were part of the advertisement when I bought the vehicle in 2010.

Some more photos of the condition when I bought it.

 Restoring the Martin-Parry Woody.  Fortunately, there was a good original piece on one side or the other to use as a pattern.  The only part that I did not have a pattern for was the tail gate.  That part was duplicated from drawings made by friend Bruce Newcomb from the vehicle listed below.

The first car show.

1928 Model A Ford - Owner Wishes to Remain Anonymous

 

Vehicle Year:  1928

 

Body Style:  #218 Park Body

Chassis Manufacturer:  Ford

Engine Manufacturer:  Ford
Engine Year:
Engine Number:

Vehicle Location:  Massachuttes

Name:
About the Vehicle:

 

Web Master Comment:  Finding this vehicle was a big help in restoring my M-P 218 Park Body

 

 

1928 Model A Ford - Owner Wishes to Remain Anonymous

1929 FORD AA - Bud Valerius

Vehicle Year:  1929

 

Body Style:  535-A  Martin-Parry Imperial Canopy Top Express Body

Chassis Manufacturer:  Ford

Engine Manufacturer:  Ford
Engine Year:
Engine Number:

Vehicle Location: 

Name:  Bud Valerius
About the Vehicle:  I have both doors with the glass & Window Regulators

 

 

1929 FORD AA - Bud Valerius

 1929 Ford A - Jim Beard

 

Vehicle Year:  1929

 

Body Style:  535-A  Martin-Parry Imperial Canopy Top Express Body ???

Chassis Manufacturer:  Ford

Engine Manufacturer:  Ford
Engine Year:
Engine Number:

Vehicle Location:  Oglesby, IL

Name:  Jim Beard

About the Vehicle: 

 

 

This is a very rare 1929 Model A Huckster Pickup with body by Martin & Parry out of York, PA. This truck is in great condition with an older restoration that still looks very good. You can tell it was a good solid truck before the restoration, I have a picture of it in its original condition. It is mechanically sound, starts right up and goes down the road nicely. Since it has a roomier cab, 6’+ tall people can fit in it unlike the regular ford produced cabs. The wood on this truck is in superb condition as is the paint, it is very glossy with just a few chips here and there. This 1929 Ford was primarily used in parades and driven to car shows after being restored and has been owned by the same family since the late 1950’s, always stored in a dry temperature-controlled garage. The dark blue and black color combo with the light blue side stripe really gives this Huckster that iconic & classic look. It also has the rare “D” shaped side windows found in very few of these that were produced.

 

Web Master's Note:  Apparently the "D" shaped side window was a feature exclusively to the 1929 year.  I find no mention of it in the 1928 Dealer's Catalog.  I do not have a 1929 Dealer's Catalog, but I wish I did, or at least get a copy of one!

Comment 2 by Webmaster:  The owner of this vehicle has put it up for sale.  It is for sale at this time on Ebay at link:  https://www.ebay.com/itm/293751494813?ul_noapp=true

 

Also the owner has 107 photos and 1 video available for viewing at:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/71673757@N03/albums/72157713497431982  I have selected only a few of these photos on this website at this time.

Comment 3 by Webmaster:  I have listed this Body Style:  as a 535-A  Martin-Parry Imperial Canopy Top Express Body based on that listing by Bud Valerius above.  The 1928 Dealers Catalog list something similar as a Model 505-A Imperial Canopy Top Express Body.

 

1929 Ford A - Jim Beard

The above photo and article is from Reminisce Magazine, Page 42 of the April/May 2009 Issue.  Courtesy of Reminisce, reprinted with permission.

 

 

 

 

 1929 FORD A - Sunny Ormsby

Vehicle Year:  1929

 

Body Style:  500A Martin-Parry Imperial Panel Truck

Chassis Manufacturer:  Ford

Engine Manufacturer:  Ford
Engine Year:
Engine Number:

Vehicle Location:  Tehachapi, CA

Name:  Sunny Ormsby

 

About the Vehicle:  A work in progress.

This makes all the hard work of restoration worth it!  (BIG GRIN!)

 
 
 
 
 
 

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