eing an international-level pro racing driver isn’t half bad, as far as jobs go. Not just because it entails being paid to race, but also because it can involve traveling abroad, which sets the stage for the kinds of magical moments we rarely experience as adults. One such experience can be falling in love—not necessarily with a person, but sometimes an object; an artifact that can take you back to some of the most precious seconds of your life. And after racing Rally Argentina in 1993, one rally driver did just that after stumbling across a 1929 Ford Model A he couldn’t leave behind.
According to a post on Facebook page Apex Automotor, the unnamed driver had the Model A shipped to Finland, suggesting the car’s owner to be the only Finn to enter the rally, four-time WRC champion Juha Kankkunen. Kankkunen’s car or not, they sent the Ford to a Ferrari and vintage car specialist shop Makela Auto Tuning, which stripped the Ford down to its frame before performing a comprehensive restoration and partial modernization.
Before beginning the removal of the rest of the rivets, I found that the left A pillar windscreen moulding that we originally thought would be difficult to remove proved to be easier than expected, so no need to remove the header rail
Now it was time to tackle all of the rivets on the left A pillar windlace retainer with the Dremel tool
After masking everything as best possible it took around two hours to grind off the heads off the rivets and then driving out the remains out with a centre punch. This enabled the removal of the retainer and the remains of the original windlace.
I’m a proud member of the Secrets of Speed Society and always enjoy the Secrets Vintage Speed & Sport Magazine, I’m proud to say that I’ve had a small contribution published regarding the clutch pedal modification that has been made to my 1929 Model A Ford Sport Coupe.
Simon and I came up with the modification to overcome the dropped foot. It’s simple but effective and I hope it can help others?
If you have an interest in vintage speed and particularly four banger Fords I can highly recommend the SOSS, visit them here and sign up.
As a have a 1929 Model A Sport Coupe this article peaked my interest 🙂
Almost everyone knows of the Model A Ford. Along with its predecessor, the Model T, the two are probably the most famous of the many cars Ford has produced. More than 15 million Model Ts were built between 1909 and 1927, without a lot of changes. Henry Ford was known as a stubborn man; credit is given to his son, Edsel, for getting Henry to recognize the need to upgrade the product, and the Model A was born.
I’ve been gradually cleaning and painting the underside a little at a time, and considering the area of the USA that the car came from it’s pretty amazing at 89 years of age. Henry used some pretty good steel back in 1929!