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Old 03-30-2006, 06:55 PM
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Shay Model A?

Does anyone know anything about the Shay Model A replica cars? Were they all fiberglass replicas, or were the first batch made from steel? And if they were made from steel, how can you tell by looking at a body if it was an authentic Model A or a replica body?

Here's a link to an article about the cars:
http://www.geocities.com/shaymodela/history.html

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Old 03-30-2006, 08:44 PM
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I think the shay replica was built by some independent co,, and sold through ford dealerships, I know they had stock MM2 frontends and a V/6 ford motor,, and were fiberglass, not a very good replica in my opinion, but that isn't worth much,, Bill
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Yeah, I did some more reading on them, seems like they had some pretty bad driveability problems...looks like plans were also in the works to make replica 50's cars, but I don't know if any were actually produced. I'd imagine the whole thing was a failure, as I've never seen or heard of one before, though I may be too young to remember them anyway
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Interesting read on the history of the Shay,, Doomed from the get go,, sounds alot like the story of the Tucker,, except the Tucker was a car way ahead of its time, and was killed by politicians and GM,,
I was surprised to see that Speedway motors ,, had anything to do with the Shay,, but that was after it had failed 2 times,,
thanks for the link,,
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There are actually quite a few of the shay Model As around. They pop up for sale regularly. Generally they bring about 1/2 to 2/3 of what a real A would. The ones Ford sold anyways. The earlier ones were real crap and had many of the real A details kind of crudded up. Also I think they all had the 2.3 Pinto engine, I never saw any with the V6 but it might have been available.
Ford had planned to follow the A with a replica 55 T-bird but it fizzled out.
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I think you are right about the v6 thing,, all 4 bangers, I wonder how this guy convinced Ford to back him in this deal??
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