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Old Austin: S. Congress Ave. Parts Store & T.O. Brooks’ 1938 Ford Deluxe Coupe

Written by Ken Altes

Brothers T.O. & M.F. Brooks owned this auto parts store on S. Congress Ave. — in the 1930s, it was called ‘San Antonio Highway.’ The Standard 1938 Ford Model 81B was a lot different than the Model 81A Deluxe, including a curvy grille, a more modern dash, instruments, an 85 hp (60 hp for the Standard Model 81B) engine, sliding gear 3 speed transmission, shaft drive and 3/4 inch floating rear axle.bcp-brooks-auto-partsbcp-truman-o-brooks-auto-parts-owner-5001-san-antoion-hwy-version-3

Old Austin: Swearingen-Armstrong Auto Sales, 202 W. 1st St., at Colorado St.

Written by Ken Altes

W.A. Swearingen founded this Ford dealership, later to became Leif Johnson Ford, with Jack Gray, an All American basketball guard at UT, and then UT’s basketball coach (1936-42, 1945-51). Gray changed basketball shooting technique forever by shooting with just one hand, the “push shot.” Multiple window signs say “Ford Leads the Way.” Two pictures show Gray as a player – in 1935, and then as a coach. The first two dealership pictures were taken in 1948, the last one in 1949, showing the classic Ford F1.swearingen-armstrong-auto-sale-colorado-and-202-w-1st-street-1949-aaa      jackgray19342       jackgrayswearingen-armstrong-auto-sale-colorado-and-w-1st-st-1948swearingen-armstrong-auto-sale-colorado-and-202-w-1st-street-1949-aaa-trucks