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I soon will be closing the deal on this 1930 Ford Model A Murray Body Four Door Sedan. I am curious as to the background of the Murray Bodied cars. How many were produced with the Murray Body? What else can you guys tell me about these cars?

This is the First Ford Model A that I will own and am really excited to add it to the collection. I am paying $3500 for it, what do you think about the price? The car hasn't run for about 8 years, but before that was driven in parades. They said that the odometer reads only 2000 miles, but I am sure either it has rolled over or hopefully those are how many miles that are on the engine since rebuild. I will know more when I get the car home.

Thanks for all the Info and Enjoy the Pictures!

From Denton, Nebraska.

Andrew Kean

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Andrew

The car looks great, and so is the price.

Being a Model A, it will be running and driving in no time. I had a 1929 for a number of years. It was great fun. I wish I still had it sometimes.

I can see that the car is a little tatty, but you could run it just the way it is. The "lived-in" look brings lots of interest and no fear of car park scratches!!

Good luck with it

Adam..

PS, what size are those wheels and tyres?

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  • 3 weeks later...

Andrew,

Your Murray is from the earlier part of 1930. The instrument panel was the same as the 28-29 Fords. The front fenders with the short splash apron spot welded to the front fenders was another feature of the earlier models. My Murray Town sedan is from March of 1930 and has the same features as yours. These bodies were wood framed with sheet metal skins nailed to the wood. The doors are also wood framed. The wood bodied cars have a very solid sound when the doors are closed. The wood can be an issue if it has deteriorated particularly around the top insert as this lead to leaks and more deterioration. I can see by the lack of wear on your clutch and brake pedals and the condition of the interior that your car is not a high miler. The carpet snaps on the rear carpet are another sign that this is a nice original. You will love this car. The Murray bodies were my favorite with the arched windows. If You have any questions let me know. I have owned mine since 1963.

Aside from having the same cars we share one more thing-----

Terry Kean:eek:

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I realize I’m about 9 years late in climbing into this discussion, but I only stumbled upon the Q&A chain this afternoon. I acquired a 1930 Murray Body TS several years ago from a Master Model A restorer from Maine who’d restored over 50 A’s during his life.  The only gripe I’ve had (and still battling) is engine overheating due to poor cooling. Haven’t run the car since last fall, but have conducted a plethora of tests, checks, measurements, flushes, inspections, etc.  Keeping fingers crossed.

I came across this AACA link while researching info about my Murray TS. The data I found (multiple reliable sources confirmed, all had same numbers) was:

1930 Total Production for Town Sedans (both Murray and Briggs) was 104,913 built in 32 different locations in the US. Two other US Ford factories did not produce Town Sedans in 1930. There were another 12,476 built in 13 overseas factories located in England, Europe and South America(which apparently never entered the US market.) Total 1930 Model A domestic production (all body styles) in the US was 1,267,013 (foreign production in 1930 for overseas markets brought the world-wide total up to 1,415,329.) These #’s do not include production at the Ford Walkerville Plant, which I am still researching (not sure why the production #’s for Canadian Ford Corporation were kept separate, unless it was a totally unique entity incorporated unto itself and not a Ford subsidiary.) Also the production numbers I located did not differentiate Murray versus Briggs production totals, they were all lumped together as 155C and 155D Town Sedans. 
 

The Walkerville, Ontario factory produced 5,125 Model A Town Sedans in 1930, and 70,233 total Model A’s (all body styles) that year.
 

Canadian Production

 

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 Ford Walkerville, Ontario plant


In 1904, the Walkerville Wagon Company signed a contract with Henry Ford to establish a branch factory in Canada. The Canadian company was given the sole rights in the British Empire and became the second largest automobile producer in the world from 1918 to 1923. The Model T was introduced in 1909 and continued in production until 1927. Unlike the American Model T, the Canadian Model T was available in blue.

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For $3500 you can't go wrong. Sure the car needs some TLC, but you can do it as you go or blow it apart and do a complete body off restoration. If it was me, I would get it running, make it safe and have fun with it for a while. The stock tire size for a 1930 Model A is 4.75'' by 19". Some of the major suppliers for Model A part's are Bratton's, Bert's and Mac's and all offer great catalogs that can be very helpful in your restoration. Good luck!

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