1929 Ford Model A Tudor Sedan - SOLD
     
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The doors close with precision and the smooth, wave-free bodywork shows the work of guys who cared about what they were doing.

We call this neat little 1929 Ford Tudor sedan "Grumpy" for reasons that will become obvious in a moment. What isn't so obvious is that the car is anything but grumpy in actual operation. It's a high-quality recent build that offers the best-running dual-quad engine we've ever experienced, easy road manners, and a really comfortable ride, all in addition to its traditional fenderless hi-boy look. This is the kind of rod that you can turn the key and head out for a cross-country trip with no responsibilities beyond making sure the fuel gauge doesn't read "empty." For an 85-year-old car with extensive modifications, that's really rather remarkable.

Contrasting with the in-your-face hi-boy look, the subtle silver paint works well on the formal tudor sedan body style. It's real Henry Ford steel, not a fiberglass body, and has a solid feeling that you just don't get from the artificial stuff. The doors close with precision and the smooth, wave-free bodywork shows the work of guys who cared about what they were doing. The finish is two-stage urethane, so it'll look this good practically forever and if you look closely, you'll see subtle ghost flames on its flanks in silver paint that's only just a shade lighter than the bodywork. A steel Rootleib hood is the only non-Ford body panel, and it's easy to remove if you like the hardcore look, so it works either way because the engine has been detailed for show. The smooth radiator shell has been painted to match the body, as has the frame, so the monochromatic look probably won't go out of style like so many other rods you see. Other cool details include the original Model A door handles, a windshield visor, and neat little push bars out back that are probably more for style than function. Traditional pinstriping by Chip Judd traces the body moldings and highlights a '29 on the quarter panels, and of course the aforementioned Grumpy artwork on the back. '39 Ford taillights, King Bee headlights, and a chrome spreader bar are other traditional pieces that look right at home on this cool sedan.

The interior is also expertly finished in two-tone purple and tan, and quite honestly, the combination works really well in the silver sedan. Tweed inserts are both comfortable and grippy and the custom low-back buckets are designed for all-day road trips. The car has been channeled three inches down over the frame, but it's easy to get comfortable behind the wheel, especially taller drivers, thanks to long travel in the seat tracks and a tilt steering column. There's also a full back seat, making this a legitimate 4-seater, and it'll carry plenty of gear on long trips. Model As had their gas tanks in the cowl, so the original dash was smoothed and rebuilt in steel, then fitted with an oak instrument panel full of Ford Motorsports gauges that have white faces and a cool retro look. There's also a big tachometer mounted to the driver's left on a custom "Grumpy" stanchion, and the windshield molding is decorated with more custom pinstripes. An AM/FM/cassette stereo provides reasonable entertainment, but quite honestly you'll probably never listen to it, as the song of the burly V8 is all the entertainment you'll need. It also includes a 12-volt power point for GPS and phone, a vintage spoon-style accelerator, and lots of sound deadening materials working behind the scenes to keep it quiet and cool inside. Overall, the level of fit and finish on the inside of this car is extremely impressive.

Pull that hood and you'll find a stout 350 cubic inch ZZ4 crate engine with aluminum heads, and in the lightweight tudor sedan, performance is extremely entertaining. Obviously the car was built to run without its hood, because everything from the air cleaners to the oil pan is polished, painted, or chrome plated for a high-impact look. Up top, a pair of Edelbrock 4-barrel carbs on a matching intake provide an exotic look that's actually very functional. The heavy-breathing induction system is totally dialed-in, so Grumpy starts and runs without acting, well, grumpy, and if you're easy on the throttle, it happily cruises around on two barrels so fuel economy is acceptable. There's a definite stop in the throttle pedal's action; push through that and all eight barrels open up with the most spine-tingling BA-WAAAA! soundtrack and Grumpy lunges forward with more than 300 horses showing up and ready to rock. The block was painted to match the purple accents throughout the car, and liberal use of ceramic coatings give things like the water pump and block-hugger headers a show-quality look. Braided stainless lines feed the dual quads and the rest of the wiring and plumbing was neatly stashed out of sight, which is no easy feat when you don't have a hood or fenders to hide behind.

A 700R4 4-speed automatic overdrive transmission makes Grumpy a breeze to drive, and with a shift kit inside, the shifts are firm enough to be noticed and at full throttle, that small block will bark the tires on the 1-2 shift. Out back, a Ford 8-inch rear end with 3.73 gears inside makes Grumpy feel agile and quick around town, but thanks to that overdrive transmission, it doesn't get tiresome on the highway. The custom-fabricated stainless steel exhaust system is a work of art, with beautiful TIG welds throughout and a set of mellow-sounding mufflers and twin angle-cut tips that jut out from under the bodywork in back. The frame is a brand new Brookville Roadster piece that's been boxed in the important parts and painted to match the bodywork. A traditional Super Bell chrome I-beam axle with boinger shocks and a transverse leaf spring doesn't break any new ground, but it does work rather well. In back, there are coil-overs and trailing arms holding up the axle. Front brakes are super cool Super Bell discs cleverly disguised to look like vintage finned drums, so Grumpy really nails the retro look, and, of course, everything has been chrome plated or painted for show. With about 6400 miles on the build, it still looks quite fresh underneath, although there are a few minor signs of use, most of which could be erased with an afternoon of detailing. Traditional big-n-little Pete Paulson steelies with trim rings and hubcaps give it that familiar hi-boy look and it wears 195/60/15 front and 255/60/15 rear blackwall radials.

Grumpy is awfully easy to like, with careful assembly and a great look. It's fun to imagine this little box on wheels hammering along at speeds Henry Ford never could have imagined, and it'll do it effortlessly all day long. The right combination of parts makes it easy to drive and the look will never seem dated. So if you're looking for a reasonably-priced steel rod that gets everything right, maybe Grumpy is the right choice for you.

Vehicle: 1929 Ford Model A Tudor Sedan
Price: SOLD
Stock Number: 111103
Mileage: 6356
VIN: A946884
Engine: 350 cubic inch V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Gear Ratio: 3.25
Wheelbase: 103.5 inches
Wheels: 15-inch steel wheels with hubcaps
Tires: Front: 195/60/15, Rear: 255/60/15
Exterior Color: Silver
Interior Color: Tan and purple vinyl and cloth
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