Paul Heald's 1929 Ford Model A Tudor Sedan
(from Volume 29, Issue 349)

story by owner Paul Heald, photos by Michael B. Kelly


My interest in classic cars and especially hot rods began as a teenager. I had a ‘65 Mustang in High School. All my friends drove Novas, Camaros, Chevelles and ‘57 Chevys. The High School parking lot was virtually a muscle car smorgasbord. I was heavily influenced by music and when ZZ Top’s Eliminator Coupe came out in the 80’s I was hooked on hot rods!

Thinking I could never afford an old school hot rod I turned my attention to something I also loved and could afford, classic trucks! (At least they were affordable then). That eventually lead me to founding and Presiding over the Central Florida Classic Truck Club. I would like to thank all my members for their guidance and friendships, and my wife Venus for supporting my car and truck insanity.

This particular car crossed my path as a youth when my dad’s fishing buddy, Ben Franklin, purchased it. I loved the car and was ecstatic when I was given the opportunity to purchase this car 4 years ago from his son, Kevin Franklin. Ben Franklin was one of the original Old Town Cruisers, and I cruise this car in his memory.

This 1929 Tudor is powered by a 350 small block Chevy with an Edelbrock Intake, 650 CFM carburetor, MSD ignition and coil, hydraulic camshaft with roller rockers, all kept cool with a Walker Radiator. Power is transferred through the automatic transmission to a modular 9 inch rear end housing Richmond 4.10 gears, complimented with 4 wheel disc brakes for stopping power. A Super Bell drop axle and QA1 coil over adjustable rear shocks gives it that just right stance. The interior is kept comfortable thanks to Vintage Air, power windows, tilt steering column and VDO gauges. This combo also features a matching Coca-Cola themed trailer fabricated from the back half of a vintage Harley Davidson servi-car
. CN