by Lisa Tome
If money can buy happiness, Walter Funk's "new" car has already paid for itself.
Funk collected two trophies at his first car show with his new ride and is thrilled.
Over the summer, Funk, of Rising Sun, bought a 1929 Ford Model A Tudor Sedan. He paid $5,000 for the car which cost $500 when it was built between the years of 1927-1932.
He's the third owner of this car, which has less than 75,000 on the odometer. He bought it from a private owner, the family member of one of his coworkers.
"I like cars. And I really like old cars," said Funk.
In the late 1970s he owned a Model T Ford which he kept for a decade. "I had a 1962 Chevy when I graduated from high school. I wish I still had that. But hindsight is 20/20," said Funk.
The Model A is in the process of getting a major overhaul. But Funk decided to take it to a car show at the Community Fire Company of Rising Sun. He collected a trophy for one of the top appearing vehicles. He also took home a second award for the Kid's Favorite of the show. He was both surprised and proud.
"People love it. It's already worth (what I paid) to me," said Funk. He also plans to drive the car in parades if he's not driving fire company apparatus. "It will be out and about in town and people can see it," he said.
The overhaul will come converting the car's original six volt operating system to a 12 volt system. That will allow him to driver farther. When he first got the car it also needed work. The motor was frozen and the starter didn't work. "It runs like a top now. But the battery is dead," laughed Funk. He has a great deal of experience with cars. He used to own the former Mobil station in Rising Sun which is now Star Gas.
"The air conditioning on this is that the front window opens up. It will run 50 or 55 (miles per hour)," said Funk.