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.

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




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




1928 Tow Truck - Owner wishes to remain anonymous

Vehicle Year:  1928

Body Style:  Tow Truck

Chassis Manufacturer:  Ford

Engine Manufacturer:  Ford
Engine Year:
Engine Number:

Vehicle Location:  Massachuttes

Name:
About the Vehicle:  This tow truck has a Manley Wrecking Crane.
Web Master's Comment:  The Manley Wrecking Crane was manufactured by the Manley Mfg. Co., York, PA.  York PA is where M-P had a manufacturing plant.  This truck probably had the tow crane installed on it when it was new from the factory.

1928 Tow Truck - 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 - 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.





 1934 FORD A - Keith Ernst - Martin-Parry?

Vehicle Year:  1934

Body Style:  Pickup

Chassis Manufacturer:  Ford

Engine Manufacturer:  Ford
Engine Year:
Engine Number:

Vehicle Location:  Orwigsburg, PA

Name:  Keith Ernst

About the Vehicle:  I recently also purchased a 1934 Ford with what I believe has a Martin Parry canopy express cab and body.  From what I read, General Motors had bought out MP in 1930 and shuttered most of the York plant at that time, although a portion of the plant continued to operate into the late 1930's.  My question is then, I guess it would be possible to have a Ford with one of their cabs and body installed after the GM takeover.  Thanks, Keith Ernst

1934 FORD A - Keith Ernst - Martin-Parry?