A History of Lang's Old Car Parts
Lang's Old Car Parts was born through the strength of a family and their passion
for the Model T Ford. Throughout their lives Herb and Nancy Lang were active Model
T enthusiasts. In his lifetime Herb held various club positions as well as being
instrumental in starting local “swap meets”. Since Herb's passing Nancy still attends
shows and club meetings. It seems only natural their only son Donald inherit their
passion at a young age. Don would build his first Model T Speedster by the age of
16 and simply keep on going.
During his college years Don met Patty Slack. Their marriage would soon turn a school
teacher and a registered nurse raising two sons of their own into “Lang's Old Car
Parts”. Selling used car parts out of their car at swap meets would evolve into
locating people reproducing parts for the Model T as well as finding people who
could create those in demand.
Don and Patty's oldest son Jim clearly remembers coming home from school to count
cotter pins, screws, etc to put sets together. Now married to Ashley he has incorporated
the family's love for the Model T with modern technology at a fast and furious pace.
Since graduating college last year Jim has created and maintains software that is
instrumental in releasing Lang's online shopping in 2008. Their youngest son, just
days old, attended his first car show in Stowe, VT. Having built his own Speedster
before graduating high school, it hasn't taken Steve long to know his calling. He's
a full time student of the Model T Ford. Steve is instrumental in keeping stock
levels, quality control, and offering customers technical assistance. If he doesn't
have a ready answer Steve is always eager to find it.
The Lang family has grown extensively through the years. Though no blood relation
the first employees worked from the Lang home and soon became family. That same
atmosphere has carried over to the shop located in Winchendon, Mass. Customer's
of 'not so long ago' would remember the early years being assisted by the colorful
way of Tom Moore, the patience and knowledge of Sherm Wetherbee, and the diligence
of Geoff Borenstein. Still working part time Tom is surrounded by hobbyist now employed
by Lang's. Not every employee is hired for their knowledge of the T. Over the years
the company has been blessed to find people who love to get to know each and everyone
of you over the phone, people who care to pack and ship each package carefully and
economically. Of course some have been known to get “T bitten” once employed!
Though less than a dozen employees work daily in the shop, thousands of Model T
enthusiasts are served regularly. In a business where vendors are mostly born of
hobbyists, it is a constant joint effort to provide quality parts correct for each
year and model.
In a business where employees share a passion with the client, the Model T has taken
a small town in Massachusetts around the world. With this in mind Lang's Old Car
Parts would like to welcome you to thumb through our catalog, visit us on line,
or give us a call. We welcome each of you to join us not only as a valued customer,
but as part of the family.