Owner: Hunter Bloch
1931 Ford Model ‘A’ 5-window coupe
When your Mustang is in the shop, what are you supposed to do? Go with the next best thing, a Model A Ford. Hunter’s car will be showcased at the July 12th membership meeting. Come check out this beautiful piece of American history.
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Model A bio
By: Hunter Bloch
Here’s a little information about my 1931 Ford Model ‘A’ 5-window coupe, with rumble-seat.
The 1931 ‘A’ was the final year of the Ford Model ‘As’ (1928-1931). In 1932 Ford produced the Model ‘B’ and then introduced the flathead V8; and the rest is history.
I got my 31 about 10 years ago from an older gentleman in Woodland Hills who had the car for about 30 years. He had parked the car in his garage for about 10 years, where it sat, up on blocks and not running. His wife told him to get it out of the garage and he posted on Craigslist where I found it.
I changed the color from a very faded (with rust) green and black to the combination I have now, burgundy and black with yellow wheels. To improve on its reliability, I replace the updraft carburetor with a downdraft Weber carburetor, newer distributor, added an electric fuel pump and changed the system from 6 volts to 12 volts.
My car has mechanical brakes. When I hit the brakes, I say a prayer. It still has the unsynchronized transmission which means a lot of double clutching. I have friends who have lawn mowers with more power than the 40 HP motor I have!
The fuel tank is located between the fire wall and dash panel. I added the electric fuel pump to the system because the system was gravity feed system. If I were to drive up a steep hill the engine could stop getting fuel. Back in the day, if you had to go up steep hill, you sometimes had to back up the hill.
It took me about a year to restore the 31. The nice thing about the Model ‘A’ is it is easy to take apart; however, there is a lot of wood in the car, so sometimes it’s a problem when the holes get bigger than the screws.
This is the car I take to car shows in the area. I don’t drive it on the freeway very often, so I only go to car shows within a 15 mile radius. On the freeway I can reach speeds of around 50mph, if I’m lucky with a nice tail wind.
In 1931, a gas gauge, electric starter, speedometer and dash light were standard equipment. Rear-view mirror was an option. For $15 you could get bumpers, too. The Model ‘A’ was the first car to have safety glass in the windshield.
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