We’ve lost count of how many car stories we’ve printed that have mentioned the Early Ford Store as the source for some hard-to-find part or another. Once you’ve been to the store, you’ll see why, as it is literally stacked floor to ceiling with a remarkable assortment of original, N.O.S., and reproduction Ford parts. The car-part inventory spans model years from 1928 to 1959; truck parts run all the way up to 1972.
“We have everything but upholstery,” Mike says. He estimates there are 8,500 reproduction parts listed on the company’s website (earlyfordstore.com) and some 10,000 stocked in the store. Those numbers don’t include the vintage parts. “We have storages full of used parts all over.”
The building that houses the store couldn’t be more apt: Built in 1910, the San Dimas Garage became the town’s first Ford agency in the 1920s. It was later home to two Ford dealerships, Bill Knapp Ford and Liberty Ford, before the Mcgraths moved in nearly 20 years ago.
The business caters to restorers and hot rodders alike. Not far away from stock fenders, grilles, and window frames hung in the rafters is a cabinet topped with a row of very rare Thickstun intake manifolds, capped at one end by an Italmeccanica flathead supercharger. The blower dates to the time before the Supercharger Company of Turin bought the tooling and put its S.CO.T. name on it.
“We are always buying and selling hard-to-find 1928-1959 original parts,” Mike says. “And we buy beat-up ’32 roadsters, too.”