81-Year-Old Daily Driver? Year-Long Blog Chronicles Life with 1930 Ford Model A

By Zach Gale | October 12, 2011
Think your commute is tough? Try doing it every day in a 40-horsepower 1930 Ford Model A – even in the snow. That's exactly what Jonathan Klinger, who works for Hagerty insurance, has done over the last 365 days. With just a few modifications to the 81-year-old Ford, Klinger used the Model A on his 28-mile roundtrip commute to work in Northern Michigan.
His blog – 365daysofa.com – has served as a good daily reminder of just how cushy cars have become since the ones produced during the early 20th century. As Klinger says on the blog, "not everything a person owns should contain a computer." Surprisingly, the car is not insured by Hagerty since most collector car insurance policies don’t allow for the vehicle to be driven every day.
After just about a year, here are a few takeaways about driving a 1930 Ford from Klinger's blog:
  • "Basically, you can completely ignore them and when you think you aren’t doing any disservice you might find out when it is too late that you’ve caused permanent damage.  When it comes to old cars, if you neglect them they will let you know."
  • "When you discover a problem…ALWAYS start with the simplest solutions first.  Period.  It is very easy to read into an issue and convince yourself the problem is much more severe than it really is."
  • "I can tell you that the world is a much bigger place at 50 MPH than it is at 75 MPH on the freeway.  Many people would jump to the conclusion that driving slower speeds is a waste of time.  I argue that being forced off the interstate and diverted onto back country roads that take you to random small towns with locally owned businesses make for a much more enjoyable trip…despite the added time."
While Klinger says the blog will be periodically updated with photos and significant events, he’ll somewhat reluctantly go back to driving a Ford Explorer and Honda Accord. “[The modern cars] serve their purpose of reliable transportation and are great at what they are intended to do,” Klinger tells us. “But, they are boring and lack any sort of character or personality in my opinion.”

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