So…I picked up a tailgater that just wouldn’t leave me alone yesterday…
14 years after inherting it I finally got around to moving my 1928 Model A from it last resting place in Piasa, IL up to my place in Elgin. This car was bought new by my great-uncle Charlie Schaefer. I have the orginial invoice floating around here somewhere. He paid something like $650 for it in late 1928. The engine number is in the 400,000-500,000 block making it an early A.
Now when Charlie passed sometime back in the 80′s – lacking children – he had moved back up to Illinois from his ranch in Texas and left the A to my Uncle Bob. The above shot is the A landing on my mother’s family farm. Uncle Bob’s truck having hauled it up from Texas.
My uncle Bob saw fit to leave it for his nephew – me – when he passed in 1994. I guess he knew I wouldn’t sell it, rat-rod it, part it out, etc. He and I talked about old cars a few times when I was at the farm trying to maintain the 1962 Mercury Comet he had hauled out of my paternal Grandmother’s house in Peoria just a few years before that.
Uncle Bob on the right in this shot. H used to drive the A in parades all the time. I remember riding in it as a kid. We had a blast. There’s a picture of that at my mom’s house that I can probably find and scan this week.
Anyway. It’s home now. Little P reacted just the way I knew he would….he was all about having that car there. It will be a project car for both of us as he grows up. Hopefully I get it done while he’s still in the house (before 18), but if not he’ll have something to work on with his kids.