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Restoration & Preservation

There is a good argument to be made that the Model A Ford is the best vehicle ever built. We in the Alamo As would not disagree ! They are basically sound in every way. They are handsome, strong, simple and reliable. Unlike most other vehicles built in their era, they contain very little wood. Their almost all steel construction, robust chassis, reliable engines and sturdy transmissions made the A the back bone of the car restoration and preservation hobby long before it was even recognized as such. Young people during the Great Depression onwards could afford to buy them to get to and from school and college. They were easy to maintain and kept going despite, perhaps, a lack of mechanical skills beyond the very basics. This wonderful qualities and affordability is why so many survive today. Some were kept in running condition and garaged every night. Others are found in old barns covered in decades of dust yet, with surprisingly little work, come to life as if only put away last week. Yet others are found outside in the elements. It’s staggering to see some of the before and after pictures. That gleaming show winner could easily have spent decades as a rusted hulk. The Ford Motor Company used such high quality materials in their construction that they can withstand such treatment and still be brought back to sometimes better than showroom condition.

How we often find parts and cars for restoration
Only original Ford Model A parts are acceptable when entering your Model A into a "Fine-point" judging competition, and this is sometimes how you find them. Catalog shopping for reproduction parts is far easier, of course, but a lot less exciting and challenging.
Tom Foster's 1931 coupe being delivered prior to resoration
Ford Model A station wagon for sale at the huge Pre-War swap meet in Chickasha, oklahoma, 2012
Ford Model A panel wagon for sale at the huge Pre-War swap meet in Chickasha, oklahoma, 2012
Ford Model AA waiting to be restored near Kerrville, 2013
Ford Model A waiting to be restored near Kerrville, 2013
Ford Model A waiting to be restored near Kerrville, 2013
Ford Model A waiting to be restored near Kerrville, 2013
Ford Model A for sale at the New Braunfels swap meet, 2014
Ford Model A Fordor for sale in San Antonio, February 2015
Ford Model A Fordor for sale in San Antonio, February 2015
Ford Model A Fordor for sale in San Antonio, February 2015
Ford Model A Fordor for sale in San Antonio, February 2015
Ford Model A Fordor for sale in San Antonio, May 2015
Ford Model A pick-up beinf driven as is in Seguin, February 2016

Below are links to pages of Model A Ford restoration and preservation projects performed by members of the Alamo As.


Bill Todt
1929 Ford Model A


Garry & Eva Huey
1931 Ford Model A


Kermit & Alberta Lochte
1931 Ford Model A


Texas Transportation Museum
1929 Ford Model AA truck


John Blumentritt
1928 Ford Model AA Fire Truck


John Blumentritt
1930 Ford Model A Coupe


Roy Garza


Other Restorations

San Antonio Model A Restoration and Repair Shops

The Model A Ford community in San Antonio is very fortunate to have not one but two dedicated Ford Model A restoration and repair shops. While most owners of a Ford Model A should learn how to do basic maintenance and repairs themselves, having such knowledgeable and experienced men as Jay Pearcy and Ray Williamson available for advice and access to high quality parts in a phenomenal advantage. Both men have undertaken countless repairs and full restorations on behalf of Ford Model A owners from both the San Antonio area and from further afield as well. Click the pictures below to visit separate pages with more information about both of these pillars of the Model A world in South Texas.


James "Jimmy" Taylor
Taylor Made Motors


Jay Pearcy
Restoration Shop


Ray Williamson
Ray's Model A Repairs