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1931 Model A

Posted September 24, 2014 in Community Featured, Boone
Lowell Roney with the 1931 Model A he is restoring for a friend. Photo by Lori Berglund.

Lowell Roney with the 1931 Model A he is restoring for a friend. Photo by Lori Berglund.

Lowell Roney enjoys looking for the story behind a classic automobile.

His 1964 Chevy pickup may look like it just rolled off the assembly line, but underneath it’s a different story.

“I put a Corvette motor in it,” Roney says. “It’s more dependable and I can enjoy it more — and it gets better gas mileage.”

The truck, with its gleaming blue paint and wood bed, sits in one bay of his five-stall garage. At the far end sits another beauty with a great story behind it.

The 1931 Model A sat in storage for 28 years before Roney started restoring it for a friend. The car is actually owned by John Doran, Logansport, who drove it before it was a “classic.”

“This is the car he was driving when he graduated from high school,” Roney explains.

It’s been a few years — make that decades — since Doran’s high school days — but both he and Roney are looking forward to taking it for a spin again.

“That’s the fun part about doing these cars for people,” says Roney. “They’ve owned them forever, and they want to get them fixed up and enjoy them again.”

The Model A underwent a complete restoration.

“It came in all black and the top was ripped off; there wasn’t any interior left,” he explains. “There’s several ways of restoring a car. This one was every nut and bolt.”

Only a few changes were made. Turn signals were added for safety. The wheels, which had been painted yellow, were restored to an original 1931 color called Tacoma Cream.

The body was painted a two-tone color that was original to the 1931 models. The upper portion is painted Elk Point green, complemented by a lighter Kewanee green on the main body of the car.

The Model T, which was discontinued in 1927, was known for its standard black exterior, but the subsequent introduction of the Model A brought more vibrant color schemes — a reflection of the carefree attitude of the Roaring ’20s, with little heed for what was coming next with the Great Depression.

Production of the Model A ended in August 1931 with some five million cars that were loved by Americans then… and now.

“Model A’s are called the ‘Sweetheart of America’ cars,’” notes Roney.

True then, true yet today.

Contact Darren at 953-4822 ext. 304 or to recommend someone for an upcoming issue of “What’s In Your Garage?”

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