Come on we are only half through the six day road trip, check out the previous days!!
Being hosted in a private collection is always worth the trip!!
Jordan Beller in Romeoville Illinois has been collecting for many years!
You are probably saying so it is just a really organized parts warehouse?
You are looking at a treasure trove of Ford Model A car and AA truck parts, look carefully!
Model A's were built from 1927-1931
Well over 3 million Model A's were built, there is a reason Ford is still strong today!
(Numbers aren't guaranteed to be correct)
"Model-A" Domestic Production Figures 1927 1928 1929 1930 1931 Style Totals Sport Coupe 734 79,099 134,292 69,167 19,700 302,992 Truck 286 63,229 156,433 159,341 103,561 482,850 Commercial Chassis 99 42,612 130,608 56,707 34,959 264,986 Phaeton Standard 221 47,255 49,818 16,479 4,076 117,849 Deluxe - - - 3,946 2,229 6,175 Roadster Standard 269 81,937 191,529 112,901 5,499 392,135 Deluxe - - - 11,318 52,997 64,315 Coupe Standard 629 70,784 178,982 226,027 79,816 556,238 Deluxe - - - 28,937 23,067 52,004 Tudor Standard 1948 208,562 523,922 376,271 148,425 1,259,128 Deluxe - - - - 21,984 21,984 Town Car - 89 913 63 - 1,065 Station Wagon - 5 4,954 3,510 2,848 11,317 Taxicab - 264 4,576 10 - 4,850 Fordor (2-window) Standard - 82,349 146,097 5,279 - 233,725 Deluxe - - - 12,854 3,251 16,105 Business Coupe - 37,343 37,644 - - 74,987 Ford or (3-window) Standard - - 53,941 41,133 18,127 113,201 Town Sedan - - 84,970 104,935 55,469 245,374 Convertible Cabriolet - - 16,421 25,868 11,801 54,090 Victoria - - - 6,306 33,906 40,212 Convertible Sedan - - - - 4,864 4,864 Yearly Totals 4,186 713,528 1,715,100 1,261,053 626,579 4,320,446
You can suddenly make out Model A bodies mixed in there
I could have shot a whole blog on the signage that Dr. Beller collects!
There seems to be no limit to variations when it comes to trucks, remember necessity is the mother of invention as you could not just order from a catalogue back then
A little out of character here is a Model AA street rod bus project
Out of the shop and into the collection!
A Chevy? with 67,000 miles
It is crazy to see a running unrestored Model A with all it's patina in place
Home made pick up
Old phone company repair truck
US Mail although painted for a movie
This truck is graciously stored here for the Model A club and all members help maintain it and can drive it as well
The all original runner I just spoke about is not as impressive as this all original 29,000 mile unrestored Model A
You might notice the engine does not resemble a flathead anymore with some old school speed mods
These are very rare pickups and there are 4 here!
Home built work horse
Now lets wander through the vintage museum of speed equipment, licensed by Chrysler?
overhead cam conversion
This next one reported to be completely useless was carved from a solid block of aluminum with a HEMI theme and borrowed Ardun valve cover!
Some of this stuff is crazy!
Look at this, one mans passion and I love it!
Very rare Mack pick up truck
This, just as it sits here was a daily drive once for Dr. Beller
"Doodle Bug" home made tractors were common, but the detail on this one is crazy!
The engine number back then was the "vin' number and when you replaced the engine you got a new "vin" number tag and it is rare to see one affixed to the vehicle
Tandem rear axle kit included a chassis extension!
Dump body with home made system including a second transmission mounted sideways, shift to reverse it went down, you got the idea!
Junk yard dog
Tow boom went through a differential and tranny from ,you guessed yet?
In typical junkyard fashion, tin roof and replacement glass!
So transfer case sent to power to # added drive axle
A fantastic collection and CARHUNTER was honored to take a tour, now I want a Model A!
Hey this ain't a Ford!
Stay tuned day 4 is exciting I promise!