MON­TANA A

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MON­TANA A: Three pe­cu­liar­i­ties pulled us into this rough-’n’-ready Model A: a Mon­tana plate, the pas­sen­ger­side patch panel, and a se­verely set-back Chrysler 440 Six Pack. Luck­ily for Mike Sims, his legs are short enough to make a drive from Mis­soula bear­able. In 1974, he paid $75 for the ’30 body and $200 for a sal­vage en­gine and Torqueflite from a flipped, pan­caked ’70 Charger. The ’28 frame was free, plucked amongst junk cars stacked against a He­lena river bank as “rip wrap.” AT&T’S orig­i­nal own­er­ship of the ser­vice coupe ex­plained the large open­ing for a pull-out tool tray (and in­te­rior traces of At&t-green paint).

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