“Lizzie” from Nan P.

My blue Model A Ford Phaeton, was bought new in 1928 by Alden and Carrie Hall of Damariscotta Mills, Maine. Carrie was my father’s cousin. She was a school teacher and Alden a farmer. They married late in life and named their first car Lizzie, driving her year round in Maine for about 18 years.

By 1946 Lizzie was getting pretty dilapidated. Carrie and Alden decided it might be nice to have a closed car for a change! My dad, Frank Hale Gardner, from Newton, MA was an old car buff who had always loved Lizzie as a boy. He offered to take Lizzie off Carrie’s hands and buy her a closed Ford replacement.

My dad and my mom worked together to restore Lizzie between 1948 and 1952. In 1953 after Lizzie was restored my Dad contracted polio. He lost the use of his legs, and therefore couldn’t drive for a while. He had several cars in his collection then besides Lizzie: a 1912 Stanley Steamer and a 1910 Knox. Dad loved to restore cars to as close to their original condition as possible. The Knox, a beautiful 7 passenger touring car, now resides at the Heritage Museum in Sandwich, MA.

As my dad recovered from polio with the inspiration of FDR and a lot of physical therapy, he had hand controls fitted to his cars and was able to drive them again. This was great for us kids since we could not go walking, play running games, or do camping with dad. Instead we would clamber into one of the cars and go motoring, stopping for a picnic or an ice cream cone along the way. We also went to antique car rallies, rode in parades, and my favorite – got all robed up in the jump seats for a “frostbite run” on a late fall day in New England.

After Alden died, and Carrie was too old to live all alone in her house in Maine, she moved in with us for several years before she passed away. What a treat it was for her to ride in Lizzie again during those years. I learned to drive Lizzie when I was 16. And, a dozen years later, she was the get-away car at our wedding in 1977. Later on she sat in a barn in VT for a number of years before my dad died. A few years later my mom offered to pass her along to me. I have enjoyed her here in PA since 2011.

Unfortunately neither my husband nor I are mechanics! So we have leaned heavily on JD’s Auto Repair to do an extensive mechanical overhaul—including adding safety features such as seat belts, running lights, and turn signals. I love motoring, so even though these features are not original to the car, they are important when taking grandchildren for a ride! We get a thumbs-up from drivers of sports cars, motorcycles, and other old cars. Lots of fun and good memories!

Nan P,


Just wanted to let you know that I spoke with Hertz and they will be stopping at the shop to pick up the rental today.
Thanks again for everything. You were truly a pleasure to work with and the car looks beautiful. I even noticed that you took care of some small things that have been bothering me like the hard water damage on the trunk lid…much appreciated.
You guys really understand what it means to provide excellent customer service and that does not go unnoticed. I plan to mention your shop to everyone in my network who happens to ask for a recommendation.

Enjoy the rest of your week.



Jake S,

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Mark Veneziale

Mark V.,


I have to thank you for the excellent dyno tuning on my Roush 427R. The original tune really woke it up as the printout showed. This last update was fantastic! Throttle response was immediate, the blower kicks in sooner, and best of all highway mileage has increased. At 65 through Maryland this week I got 35 mpg! Northeast extension nets 27-29 mpg depending on how heavy my right foot is that day.

All in all, a terrific job. You and your crew have been outstanding


Tom C.

Tom C.,