Model return to glory at Corey Lawson Memorial Car Show
YEARS in restoration, Kevin Egan's 1930 Ford Model A makes a comeback tomorrow.
The tudor two-door has been in Kevin's garage since 1981, but a head-on accident in New Zealand with a Toyota LandCruiser saw the classic virtually written-off.
After a lot of hard work, it will be revealed at tomorrow's Corey Lawson Memorial Car Show at Tewantin.
Moving to Australia in 1988, Kevin brought the body with him and over the past five years has been returning the Ford to its former glory at his Mooloolaba home.
"I have rebuilt it all,” the auto electrician said, who works away at the Middlemount mine near Emerald.
"I have modified it a bit. I have put an early Ford V8 in it, changed the wheels and changed it around a bit.
"Although it still looks original, the body is stock standard.”
With the crash a direct head-on, the collision destroyed the front and bent the chassis.
Through hunting around he managed to find replacement parts, get a new chassis and also upgraded to a V8 from the factory four-cylinder engine.
Originally green with black fenders, the paintwork has been changed to a Ford burgundy, and the interior is cream leather.
"It's much more enjoyable and rewarding to drive now. It goes a lot better,” Kevin said.
"I wanted something to cruise around in, not to go fast in, just to cruise. I still have all the original running gear.”
The Model A was produced from 1927 to 1931 and replaced the Model T - hailed as the first truly 'affordable' vehicle.
Kevin paid tribute to Craig Fischer of Vintage Metalworks at Yandina for his stellar job on helping to restore the old Ford.
The Model A will be among some precious metal tomorrow's show.
An annual event, the show is organised by Mick Lawson as a tribute to his son, Corey, who died from Leukaemia at age 15.
Kevin works with Mick, and after years of promising he'd enter the show, tomorrow he'll be true to his word.
Car entries are $10 with 13 trophies up for grabs with a range of Bowden's Own premium car care products to be won. All proceeds from the event assist the Children's Hospital Foundation. Entry is $5 per adult, under 12 free.