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1931 Ford Model a Speedster restored

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Posted: Sunday, June 22, 2014 6:38 pm

SARASOTA, Fla.- She goes flying around the track with a top speed of 70 miles per hour which may not seem like much, but consider that this car is a 1931 Ford Model a Speedster rebuilt by Rick Sanders.

“It’s basically an old Ford, an old Ford running gear, Ford four cylinder engine, the old stock engine with a few little upgrades on it," said Sanders.

Saunders found the car in a barn in Venice. Earlier in its life it had been raced, but not in quite some time.

"The car was originally in an auction up in Zephyrhills, several people owned it from that auction but no one had gotten it up to shape and running and so I knew that I had to stay on it. A lot of late nights, just a lot went into it a lot of forethought," said Sanders.

Sanders got very creative with rebuilding the car and made his seats out of his own jeans.

“A friend of mine was throwing out an old refrigerator that was made out of stainless steel so I took my plasma cutter and I made a stainless steel firewall rather than the original wood one that was in the car."

1931 Ford Model

This race car recently got a chance to get out and show what she’s made for at the Sports Car Vintage Racing Association at the Indy 500.

"Driving this at 70-75 mph all your concentration is right on, you don't think about anything else but that car."

Cruising around you quickly realize why Rick where’s a hat. All in all, this car is fast and it is fun but for Rick Sanders there’s more to it than just that.

"The important thing is to keep the history alive and show how automobiles were back in the day and how they were used in racing."

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