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For more than 30 years, an old Model A Ford sat on the corner in front of Ranch Acres Car Care at 30th and South Harvard. It was like a welcome sign. A familiar neighborhood landmark. Last February, in a bizarre hit and run accident that damaged six vehicles and at least one structure, the old Ford was all-but-totaled. The News On 6's Rick Wells reports a beautiful restoration job on the antique car is almost complete.

Wayne Beene of Coweta has been restoring Ranch Acres old Model A.

"At first they wanted it just fixed up," said Wayne Beene.

But, to do that he'd have to take it apart, so why not restore it. He had his work cut out for him. The car was a mess.

"These here are called frame horns. They were just folded around," said Wayne Beene.

The Model A was sitting in its regular spot on its usual corner at 30th and Harvard when an out of control driver knocked over a fire hydrant and smacked into the car. They had to use a scoop loader to move it.

Last summer the car was brought to Wayne's shop in Coweta.

"I started on it in August and I've worked many, many hours," said Wayne Beene.

The motor mounts were all broken, the transmission was cracked, and the frame was bent.

There was a lot of body work and painting to do, but working on those old Model A's is a labor of love.

"I don't like to drive em. Just like to build em," said Wayne Beene.

He's been building and rebuilding the old Fords since the early 60s when he and his son did their first one.

He says he still has some sanding to do on the deck lid.

Once the paint job is finished, Wayne says he'll put the car back together. It should be back on the corner at 30th and Harvard, in front of Ranch Acres Car Care in about a month.

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