Early Days of my Model A – Part 1 Buying & Shipping

Back in November 2013 I purchased a 1929 Model A Ford Sport Coupe and for some reason all of the posts in my blog up until January 2014 appear to have vanished. So let’s fill in the blanks

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Here’s the original advert from Joe’s Old Cars in Chittenango, New York. Joe sent me a lot of pictures, we swapped emails and spoke on the phone on a number of occasions, eventually reaching a deal and arranging to wire the money. Joe was a pleasure to deal with throughout. Joes’s website is here

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I arranged shipping with the ever patient Kevin Hill at Hill Shipping. I say patient because I’d had a few near misses and was worried that I was wasting Kevin’s time with quotes. He was however most professional and really took the stress out of the whole exercise, arranging a door to door service from Chittenango to Reading. As part of the service Kevin arranged all the import and customs charges, which can be a minefield if you don’t know the ropes. Kevin even featured the car in his advert in Classic American Magazine

We tracked the car on it’s journey across the pond – it actually arrived earlier than expected and I had to dash out of work to get home and clear the garage! The car arrived in a huge Kent Vale car transporter with a beautiful Brass Era Buick as a travelling companion. I asked if I could have the Buick instead but you can imagine the response. Kevin the driver couldn’t have been more helpful after a long day and helped us push the car into the garage for it’s first night in Reading.

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