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Makely Motor: 1925

Makely Motor: 1925

January 1925. Fairfax County, Virginia. "Makely Motor Co., Falls Church." Our second look at this establishment shows a number of Model T Fords in the service garage. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.


Early hardtop

The coupe in the front low on air is a rare sort -- Ford made coupes with a removable pillar in 1918 only, with the pillar stored in a compartment behind the seat. You could lower the windshields all the way back. Few were sold and very few survive. The upended body is a 1923-25 roadster, probably brand new. Ford sold new roadster bodies for $60 in 1923, with upholstery but without a top or windshield.

The floor

looks like the St. Valentines Day Massacre was last week.

Time Machine

What a great picture! Shorpy really is a time machine! It's like you just strolled into this shop to see what was happening. Those tailpipes stored in the rafters look for all the world like a set of headers for a fuel dragster.

How many cars do you see there? I count eight plus what looks like the windshield and steering wheel of a ninth through the windshield of the fourth one from the left. And what the heck is that in front of the fourth car?

[I see eight cars, including the steering wheel in back. "What the heck" looks like an upended coupe body. - Dave]

Oil Spill

From the looks of the floor you would think sawdust and push brooms hadn't been invented yet. And, while I'm at it: From the looks of the car lineup I'd guess the turnaround time for a ring and valve job would be three years.


The two in front appear to have been sitting there for a while, the tires have lost about half their air. Or, did they sometimes run them that low?

My Grandfather

Called them "T-Model" Fords. I wonder how common that usage was.

He often spoke fondly of a trip he and a buddy took across the country to the Grand Canyon in one.

Eat my dust!

I hope repairs include a complimentary car wash.

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