DENVER — “We’ll get this done by the end of summer.”
That was what Dan Haegert’s neighbor Bob told him one summer afternoon in 1976 in Lansing, Mich., when Mr. Haegert decided it was time to restore his father’s 1931 Ford Model A to its original luster.
The summer of ’76 would prove an optimistic deadline. Thirty years later, the work was finally done.
And neighbor Bob, well, he dropped off the project before summer’s end, said Dr. Stan Haegert, Dan’s son. Dr. Haegert, a family physician, inherited the vehicle from his father, now 87, in the early 2000s. They were reminiscing recently at the assisted-living home in Colorado where Mr. Haegert resides, about a 20-minute…