It seems like since the pandemic started, everybody with a pack of adult diapers and a fast car is trying to break the Cannonball record. Whether or not that’s a good thing or a bad thing is debatable, but it’s gotten kind of stale. As someone (or multiple someones) once said, the thing about the interstate system is that it allows you to get from coast to coast without seeing a single bit of America in between.Enter Ryan Thibeault, of Strafford, New Hampshire, better known to the internet as Tebo Barn for his gorgeously restored farmhouse and barn which is brimming with vintage Fords (with an emphasis on Model T’s and Model A’s). Ryan, who is a good six decades younger than the 1929 Model A that he’s piloting, is a mechanical engineer who appreciates the antiquated-but-still-effectual machinery Ford turned out in the first half of the 20th century.Probably the most ubiquitous surviving early Ford is a 1929 Tudor, thanks to more than a half million having rolled out of Ford factories. Likewise, with more than four million mechanically similar Model A’s produced, even with almost 90 years of attrition, parts and knowledge are widespread no matter where you are in the United States. That makes it a great choice for Ryan’s trip.
New Hampshire to San Berdoo and back in a 1929 Ford Model A is the antidote to endless Cannonball runs – David Conwill @Hemmings
‹ Decades before CVTs, a couple of Georges in Chicago built something similar with the Marble-Swift – Daniel Strohl @Hemmings
An eight-door Checker Aerobus could be ideal or disastrous for social distancing, your choice – Daniel Strohl @Hemmings ›