End of the Line ’29

War­ren Her­reid’s Model A is the Last De­pot Hack in Chatham


War­ren Her­reid’s ’29 Ford Model A

In the Roar­ing Twen­ties, Chatham, Mas­sachusetts, on Cape Cod, was a pop­u­lar sum­mer re­sort area for well-heeled va­ca­tion­ers from the North­east. Af­ter ar­riv­ing by train from New York City, Boston, and other lo­ca­tions, trav­el­ers would be met at the de­pot and shut­tled to their up­scale ho­tels and lodges in spa­cious sta­tion wag­ons or de­pot hacks. To­day, the area is still a des­ti­na­tion, but the train stopped run­ning there 80 years ago and there are no vin­tage de­pot hacks op­er­at­ing on the streets of town any­more—ex­cept for one.

War­ren Her­reid spends most of the year in Min­netrista, Min­nesota, but in the sum­mer he heads to Chatham. He wanted a street rod to drive when he’s there and his ’29 Ford Model A de­pot hack is the per­fect choice.

He told us that he wanted a ’28 or ’29 Ford be­cause he likes the dis­tinct cowl and grille. He knew that find­ing an orig­i­nal ver­sion would be vir­tu­ally im­pos­si­ble, and not re­ally nec­es­sary since he in­tended the car to be mod­i­fied to his pref­er­ences. In­stead he pur­chased a ’29 Tu­dor sedan from In­di­ana to serve as the raw ma­te­rial for his project. The only parts used from that car were the wind­shield frame and the cowl with the VIN.

Ac­cord­ing to builder Jeff

Schwartz at Schwartz Per­for­mance in Wood­stock, Illi­nois, the orig­i­nal Model A de­pot hacks con­sisted of coach­built bod­ies fab­ri­cated on a fac­tory chas­sis. That’s es­sen­tially how he scratch-built War­ren’s car, ex­cept that the chas­sis is cus­tom fab­ri­cated as well.

Start­ing with that orig­i­nal cowl, Schwartz de­ter­mined the right seat po­si­tions for War­ren and his pas­sen­gers, then built the floor­pans ac­cord­ingly. The fram­erails were cus­tom built ac­cord­ingly to match. The chas­sis is es­sen­tially the same Schwartz Per­for­mance G-Ma­chine sys­tem de­signed for high-per­for­mance street ma­chine ap­pli­ca­tions. It fea­tures Schwartz sway bars and RideTech sin­gle-ad­justable coilovers in the front and rear, up­per and lower front A-arms, and a Maval power steer­ing rack. The rear tri-link setup lo­cates the Moser full-float­ing 9-inch rear with 4.11 gears and a De­troit True­trac dif­fer­en­tial. Up­graded brak­ing con­sists of Wil­wood four-caliper 12-inch disc brakes with a Raybestos mas­ter cylin­der and booster.

At 120 inches, the wheel­base is a lot longer than the 103.5 stock wheel­base, re­quir­ing scratch­built run­ning boards and splash aprons— with re­pro­duc­tion front fend­ers and truck rear fend­ers. MAC’s An­tique Auto Parts was the source for the grille and steel hood, head­lights and LED tail­lights, out­side mir­rors, front and rear bumpers, and door han­dles. The en­tire rest of the body is com­pletely cus­tom, con­structed us­ing a vin­tage de­pot hack pho­to­graph as a ref­er­ence. Dave Martin at New Old Wood in Brus­sels, Wis­con­sin, con­structed the wood body from maple and ma­hogany. Black can­vas cov­ers the top and vi­sor. Like all of War­ren’s ve­hi­cles, the Model A is painted black, sprayed with PPG

prod­ucts at Schwartz Per­for­mance.

War­ren said that his de­pot hack was meant to look vin­tage with­out hot rod styling. That’s the rea­son­ing be­hind the skinny tires and wire wheels. The tires are Ex­cel­sior Ra­di­als from Coker Tire, mea­sur­ing 6.00R20 and rolling on 20x5.5 painted Day­ton wire wheels. Knock­off caps fin­ish the look.

Black in­te­ri­ors are an­other com­mon char­ac­ter­is­tic of War­ren’s rides, and Shane Cassin at Cassin Cus­tomiz­ing in Wood­stock has up­hol­stered a few of them. The de­pot hack fea­tures more than the usual amount of seats, and Cassin covered the front and rear benches and mid­dle buck­ets in black dis­tressed leather. The view for­ward is clean and sim­ple—a ’32 dash with a VHX-1016 el­lip­ti­cal ana­log gauge clus­ter from Dakota Dig­i­tal mounted in the cen­ter. The Flam­ing River steer­ing col­umn sup­ports a Model A wheel. The horn but­ton op­er­ates an old-timey “ahooga” horn.

War­ren likes pow­er­ing his var­i­ous Ford ve­hi­cles with Ford en­gines and con­tin­ued the trend with the wagon. He con­sid­ered a Coy­ote en­gine (like the ones in his ’52 Cus­tom­line and ’52 F-1), but with lim­ited space be­tween the hood sides of the Model A he opted for a ’15 pushrod Ford Boss 302 with alu­minum heads. Ma­chin­ing was done at Coil Rac­ing En­gines and came back to Jeff Schwartz for as­sem­bly. Di­a­mond pis­tons with

To­tal Seal rings top the Ea­gle rods and crank. A Hol­ley HP EFI sys­tem and K&N air cleaner top a Schwartz cus­tom man­i­fold, with spark de­liv­ered from an MSD ig­ni­tion sys­tem and Tay­lor wires. Schwartz built the head­ers and ex­haust pipes, corked with four SLP Loud­mouth II stain­less muf­flers. A Spal fan, Be Cool ra­di­a­tor, and Edel­brock wa­ter pump keep cool wa­ter run­ning through the 302. Schwartz has worked with Ad­van­tage Trans­mis­sion on sev­eral projects and the woodie’s Lokarshifted 4R70W was built there as well.

The ’29 Model A de­pot hack made its pub­lic de­but at the Min­nesota Street Rod As­so­ci­a­tion’s Back To

The 50’s show in 2017, fol­lowed by a suc­cess­ful ap­pear­ance at the Heart­land Na­tion­als in Des Moines. Now that he’s had some fun with the wagon at street rod shows, War­ren is plan­ning to keep it for sum­mer­time trips to the beach, gro­cery store, din­ner, or wher­ever he feels like driv­ing it.

For the dig­i­tal ex­pe­ri­ence: https://bit.ly/2K8Vr1f

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