The engine number is 499,394 which was completed on about October 8 of 1928. The driver's side of the front of the gas tank was stamped 10-13 so that is about the right date to go with this engine. The serial number of the engine in this chassis does match the serial number stamped on the frame. The body serial number stamped on the front body sill cross member is CHI 9978.
I believe this indicates that this was the 9978 th Tudor Sedan body assembled in the Chicago Ford assembly plant. Please correct me if this information is not correct.
E very year there seems to be more and more interest in finding Model T, Model A and early V8 Fords that still have their original engines in them. I would estimate that around one in 10 early Fords like this actually still have their original engines that came from the factory still in them. That is because it was much less expensive to swap an engine from a wreck than it was to rebuild an engine when these cars were in use. The entire body sub-frame as well as some of the floor panels, the cowl and the windshield assembly are still on this car.The engine still turns over but I have not tried to make it run yet. One of these photos shows how little wear is on either the clutch or brake pedal. That indicates that this chassis may have seen very little use for some reason unknown to me at this time. The left front and left rear wheels turn but both wheels on the right side of this car appear to have stuck brake drums. The car still has the original 7 tooth steering car that is correct for this vintage of Model A but the steering wheel is of 1930 or 1931 vintage. None of the wheels on this car are the correct 21 style but I have about 20 of them that the new owner of this car can pick through to choose 5 that they like.
If I get time in the future, I may remove the 4 wheels shown in these photos and install the correct wheels. Some worthless piece of crap recently decided that they deserved the headlamp shells and windshield wiper more that I did so they took them from this chassis. Unfortunately they are no longer part of this listing.I hope they tripped and fell during the getaway gashing their leg on one of the rusty headlamp shells. I hope they then suffered from blood poisoning before they had their leg amputated and soon thereafter died.
Since this happened, I have relocated this chassis about 220 miles from where I live so that it does not suffer any more vandalism. The second to last photo of this listing shows how nice the clutch and brake pedals are.
The lack of wear on them may indicate that this car has seen relatively little use. This car has the later single plate clutch as it should rather than the troublesome earlier multiple disc clutch.
That earlier clutch design was phased out around the middle of 1928 which would be several months before this car was built. The frame including the front and rear cross members is in very good condition except for the left front frame horn which was broken a long time ago and poorly repaired. You can see that frame horn in detail in the last photo of this listing. I cut off the ends of the headlamp bar which was welded to the frame horns when I removed the body from this chassis some time ago. The body cowl and excellent Tudor sedan sub-frame is included with this chassis unless the new owner does not want it.I may be able to deliver this car in a 4 state area if that helps you. Thanks for checking out this rather scarce and unusual Model A Ford "survivor" or restoration project. The item "1928 Ford Model A Chassis, Numbers Matching Engine Turns Over 1929 1930 1931" is in sale since Saturday, April 05, 2014. This item is in the category "eBay Motors\Parts & Accessories\Vintage Car & Truck Parts\Other Parts". The seller is "toysanyone" and is located in Bozeman, Montana.
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