This car expert loves old Fords and rebuilds all the classics (photos)

Syracuse.com

By Kenn Peters July 21, 2016

Bridgeport, NY — If you’ve driven east or west on Route 31 through Bridgeport, you’ve passed an auto repair shop with very old cars parked in front. The shop is Chuck Nelson Auto & Truck Restorations, a shop that’s had a car show in its front yard for as long as anyone can remember.

The owner is Chuck Nelson, a guy who is arguably as much of an expert on old Fords as anyone’s going to find.

He’s fixed, repaired, rebuilt, figured out, painted, put back on the road, made look pretty and saved more Fords than he can remember.

Why Fords? “As a kid I was crazy about old Fords. In fact, I had an old Model A when I was 15,” he said. When Nelson was 15 lots of kids his age were wild about Fords, and Chevys and Plymouths, but for the most part they were cars that had V-8 motors, fancy two-tone paint jobs and loud glasspack mufflers.

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Model A Fords

Classic Model A Fords to invade Port Alberni

Members of the Lions Gate Model A Club will take over Port Alberni this week as they have chosen the Alberni Valley and surrounding locales for their 2016 summer tour.

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Seven or eight Model As and will be in town, and a few other members will follow in their modern cars, trip organizer Hugh Hunter said.

Model As were the Ford Motor Company’s second most popular car (behind the Model T), built from 1927–31. The first cars off the lot were built in October 1927 but considered a 1928 model. More than one million Model As were sold in their first year of production, so they are one of the most commonly photographed vehicles from their era.

“It was the second generation mass production of any car,” said Hunter of Powell River, who owns a 1931 Model A.” Read more.

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Model A Ford Day

Alliston Herald – Simcoe.com

June 4, 2016

Model A Ford day raises money for Alliston hospital foundation

New Tecumseth Mayor Rick Milne, Trillium Ford Lincoln general manager Eric Vant Spyker, Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson, and the Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation's Marg Barber. Dozens of Model A Fords rolled into Trillium Ford Lincoln for the annual inspection day, which also supports the Alliston hospital foundation. The event raised $1,550 for the foundation.

New Tecumseth Mayor Rick Milne, Trillium Ford Lincoln general manager Eric Vant Spyker, Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson, and the Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation’s Marg Barber. Dozens of Model A Fords rolled into Trillium Ford Lincoln for the annual inspection day, which also supports the Alliston hospital foundation. The event raised $1,550 for the foundation.

Alliston Herald

Dozens of Model A Fords rolled into Trillium Ford Lincoln for the annual inspection day, which also supports the Alliston hospital foundation.

The event saw 45 vehicles from the 1920s and 1930s owned by members of the Huronia Wire Wheels Club get a pre-summer safety inspection at the Alliston dealership

A charity barbecue hosted by Jack Astor’s Barrie raised money for the Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation to purchase an automated medicine cabinet for the OB/GYN Unit.

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Hayward Exhibit Salutes Model A Ford

EAST BAY TIMES

Hayward exhibit salutes Model A Ford

Staff Report

POSTED: 05/05/2016 09:09:16 AM PDT

A new Hayward exhibit salutes the Model A, one of the best-selling cars in the late 1920s and early 1930s.

Acorn A’s Model A Ford Club of Castro Valley is lending some of its cars to “The Model A Era” exhibit at the Hayward Area Historical Museum of History and Culture. The exhibit opens Saturday and runs through June 19.

The car enthusiast club developed the show.

Three examples of Model A Fords will be displayed, along with interactive exhibits and clothing and jewelry from the era of the popular car. Sales of the Model A, which replaced the Model T, were high until the Great Depression hit.

“Fashions of the Model A Era,” an informal fashion show highlighting the clothing worn then, is planned for May 21. The fashion show starts at 1 p.m. and is included in the price of museum admission.

The museum, at 22380 Foothill Blvd. in Hayward, is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors, and free for historical society members. READ MORE