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. 




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 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.




 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.




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




 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