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“The Model A has a pretty basic mechanical system, great for someone who enjoys tinkering on a car,” says Jamison. “You don’t need much more than a screwdriver and a couple of wrenches to fix it.”

Modern cars, on the other hand, are so complicated that kids no longer grow up learning to take a car apart and put it back together, notes Jamison.

Model A owners in their 20s and 30s are increasingly uncommon because there aren’t many people in that age group with mechanical skills to keep them running.

Lamb, 69, and Jamison, 64, are both pros at Model A maintenance. Jamison started out with a car originally purchased new in 1931 and driven by his great-grandfather.

After Jamison took the wheel in his teens, he bought the car from his family and proceeded to put a lot of work into it, including enhancements to the engine and transmission to make the car safer to operate at highway speeds.

Lamb actually built his out of a Model A carcass he found in a North Dakota field in 1979. He spent four years putting it back together, and he’s been working on it ever since.

“I throw away all my receipts,” he says, laughing. “It’s too depressing to know what it’s cost me all told.”


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