Huge Parts Haul: 1929 Ford Model A 5-Window Coupe

When classic cars come onto the market, some of them appear to be more promising than others. This 1929 Ford Model A 5-Window Coupe looks like it might be an absolutely ripping buy, and I really have to thank Barn Finder Pat L for referring it through to us. It is located in Arcadia, California, and is listed for sale here on Craigslist. The asking price for the Ford has been set at $3,900.

The Coupe has been sitting in a garage for the past 45-years, but it doesn’t appear as though the car is any the worse for the experience. This is a California car, and that climate is always conducive to the preservation of automotive metal. In this case, the Model A is quite well preserved, with no obvious signs of major rust. There are a few minor trim pieces missing, along with the windshield. This may not be the problem that it first appears though. As it stands right now, a solid Model A Coupe project car at this asking price would seem to be a pretty reasonable sort of buy. If the owner was throwing in a shed full of parts, would that sweeten the deal for you? I hope so, because there is a shed full of parts that goes with the car, so the chances are pretty reasonable that you will have everything that you are ever likely to need to get the Coupe up and running again.

When it comes to interior restorations on classic cars, the Model A rates up there with the easiest, but also the most satisfying. This one will require restoration, but at least it is complete. Of course, there will probably be some additional good interior components in that huge parts cache, which might make the job even easier.

The owner doesn’t mention how healthy the 201ci flathead engine in the Ford is, but its general appearance suggests that it may have been the recipient of some TLC at some point in the past. As we’ve seen in the past, these are a pretty robust unit. Given the fact that the storage environment looks quite good, there is a fair chance that the engine might turn freely. It may be able to be fired into life with little effort, but even if a rebuild is on the cards, these little engines aren’t particularly complicated to work on. The transmission would be a 3-speed manual, and it would be interesting to know just what mechanical components are included in the parts collection.

If this Model A 5-Window Coupe was for sale by itself at the asking price, it would represent a pretty reasonable buy as a project car. The fact that it is being offered with a host of spare parts makes it a really attractive proposition. Depending on what parts are included, there is every possibility that you could buy the package, sell any excess parts, and be in a position to recoup at least part of the restoration costs of the vehicle. Regardless of whether the next owner retains the parts or chooses to sell them. this looks like a pretty tempting package to me.


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  1. Jack M.

    This coupe will be sold by the end of the day and be V-8 powered almost as quick.

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    • Rube Goldberg Member

      Needs a Lincoln motor, “when Fords and Lincolns was settin’ the pace”,

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      • Gaspumpchas

        Yea, Rube-
        This story is true I’m here to say
        I was driving that model. A.

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      • stillrunners Stillrunners Member

        Them telephone poles looked like a picket fence….

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  2. ken tilly uk Member

    Where the heck did he find those horrible wheels? I’m no “A” fan but, yuch!

  3. bigdoc

    That would be a great project for a Dad and his Son. Hope mine is reading this.

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  4. Ronald

    I’ve read this comment so many times but I would try to own this if it was not 2500 miles or so to me.

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  5. TimM

    I feel the same way Ronald!! You don’t see model A’s on the east coast that are in this good of shape!!! This car is one I’ve been looking for for years!!! So clean not chopped up!! No rust!! It’s a dream come true that happens to be 2500 miles away!!!

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    • Ronald

      Absolutely, at 63 I’ve never seen a model a this good as a garage find or whatever term you want to use in my area of southern Kentucky. That were all worn out years ago and left to rust down by the thousands here I guess. Old junkyard pictures confirm this. My dad born in 1917 is gone now but talked of buying t models for 10-12 dollars and good running a models for 75 dollars. In the past few days I have seen 2 that were rusty as an old plow for around 6500. Sure hate missing this car but with approximately 2k plus to get it home it was not feasible.

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  6. stillrunners stillrunners Member

    SOLD……or should be by now !

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  7. grant

    Yup. It’s gone. Someone got a great deal.

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  8. solospeedshop Solo Speed Shop Member

    Solo Speed Shop Bought it! And it was a great deal! Tks Guys! Bill

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