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SL exhibit lays rubber with Ford's horsepower history

Monday, April 7, 2003

Things have come full circle at the dark brick building on West 5th Street in Storm Lake.

Originally the home to a Model T dealership, and now the community historical museum, the building is buzzing as it is once again being turned into a Ford edifice.

To coincide with the centennial anniversary of Henry Ford's famous Model T, the museum's annual exhibit will feature an ambitious salute to Ford's role in history.

At the moment, a genuine 1911 Model T is being painted at Pete's Body Shop, and will be moved inside the museum to anchor the display.

The car was restored by Storm Lake's dean of antique auto hobbyists, John Dvergsten. With some careful measuring, the museum stalwarts figure it can just clear the back doors, and be rolled into the front exhibit hall with one door removed and not an inch to spare.

The volunteers have been scrambling this week to begin the display, thanks to many items donated or loaned from area residents. There are many toys and promotional models of Fords dating from the earliest examples to the hot rod era.

There is memorabilia not only from the days of the Model T and A, but from the time of the '60s Mustangs and '50s T-birds.

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