The car: 1931 Model A Ford closed-cab pickup
The owner: Mike Thurber, Atwater.
1. What are the key features of your vehicle? The fact that it is a daily driver pickup and just bursting with 83 years of history.
2. What did you have to do to get it in its present state? I tore this truck apart back in 2000 and did a complete ground-up restoration, adding a Borg Warner overdrive (transmission) and a 12-volt electrical system.
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3. What else do you want to do to it? I’d like to repaint it and add some padding to the seats along with putting on the new tires I have for it. I might even add a few modern things like a GPS unit and stereo.
4. How did you acquire your vehicle? I bought it in Oakdale when I went up there to buy another truck, but it had sold, so I bought this one from the same guy.
5. Why did you pick that particular vehicle and what do you find appealing about it? I bought it because I wanted a old truck to hot rod and use as a daily driver for work being a property manager.
6. What started your love affair with cars? The fact that I was fascinated by how cars kept running after all the abuse I gave them and the freedom they gave me.
7. What advice would you give others about starting such a project? Find a vehicle that you really like and get ready to spend one heck of a lot of time and money on it.
8. Do you have any other collector vehicles or project cars? Yes. I have my Shelby Cobra, a 1928 Ford coupe and a 1935 Hudson humpback sedan that is almost finished.
9. What’s your favorite memory about this ride? After finishing the truck I joined a local Model A Ford club and they treated me like a family member. That was something I never had growing up in foster homes.