CC Outtake: 1928 Ford Model A – It Is Snowy Out, Eh

Canadians are well known for our cold, snowy winters, and the for adding the word ‘eh’ at the end of statements and questions. This Ford Model A (or Model Eh) owner appears to be a little more hardy than the average Canadian as his car is out in the snow without even side curtains. The A is unlikely to have a heater either as they were rare accessories. Additionally there is a Canadian twist to how these Model A were put together.

Canadian built Model A have a few minor differences compared to their American counterparts including the use of Robertson screws in the interior. First patented and popularized in Canada by P.L. Robertson, the square socket headed screws are easy to use even with one unsteady hand. Henry Ford had experimented with Robertson screws with the Model T and found they saved a significant amount of time in the assembly process. However Robertson refused to allow his design to be licensed for others to produce which lead the Ford in US to drop the design in favor of a Phillips head screw. As a result the Robertson design did not find widespread acceptance in the United States but proved popular in Canada. Everything inside the Canadian production Model As is held together with square headed Robertson screws.

This colorful Model A likely drives just fine in the snow with its narrow tires and generous ground clearance. Given the lack of comforts and minimal weather protection, the driver might have to be a bit hardier than most. Sounds pretty Canadian to me, eh.