Working on a friends Armadillo speedster.
He just bought it to fix up and resale. It should be at Barrett Jackson next week in Az.
Thought I'd let the forum know just in case there is interest.....
How much does your friend hope to make by "flipping" the car?
What's an Armadillo speedster?
I just finished watching the re-run of B-J last Jan. in Scottsdale. Franklin fans will be pleased to know the top price was $2.65 Mill for a Tucker.
Search last year's Forum for info on the Armadillo.
I have no idea. I hope enough to pay me!
Thanks Ralph, I'll take a look.
Hey Bob, You can look too! Did you go on the New Years Day run at Roy?
I drove our old rusty Tudor New Years.
There were over 100 people and about 65 cars.
Oldest car was Mike's '15 on up to a '72 Buick.
Nice 40 mile drive thru the countryside and a pizza feed after.
Had a great time.
Any chance on getting a photo of the car for sale!
An Armadillo Speedster trying to avoid the traffic at Barrett-Jackson .....
To add to the history of the Armadillo speedster, Mr. william Brainard from Oregon made approximately 9 to 16 bodies in the mid 1980's. I spoke to Mr. Brainard last year and he told me how he made them. There were ads placed in the Vintage Ford Magazine at that time. I purchased one last year and the serial number is 3. The serial number is found etched on the bottom of the gas cap. Also, Mr. Brainard said that all the screws on the body are lined up except for one screw. He purposely had one screw out of line with the others, because no one is perfect. If anyone owns of these speedsters, look for your serial number. It would be interesting to see how many were made, and possibly post a picture.
Looked at the gas cap today, it is #5.
That makes sense 'cause when the speedster was bought it had a big Number 5 painted on the sides.
Without knowing to look at the gas cap for a number the "Flying Armadillo" was repainted and Number 2 was stenciled on the sides.
Thanks for the info!
Change it to 5-2
Hi Guys ...haven't been on in a while ... I was in the Philippines till before christmas where I found a 1922 4 seater which I will post pictures of in the future along with it's story . Ken , Is yours the one from Tennessee I almost went and bought ? I just went and looked at my cap... there was previous corrosion but I believe that mine says #2, and Mine and the one from Tennessee were poster children for the adds....Mine red and with the megaphone exhaust out the side and the drum headlights ( which I took off but kept: still need to restore the headlights).
Here's the other add and Tennessee car :
The one in the add has the aluminum firewall over the wood : the Tennessee one does not have the aluminum...different cars I believe.
Dan, I did purchase that car in Tennessee in February 2012.The engine had a knock. After bringing it home, took body off of frame and restored the chasie, had two new wheels made by Stutzman in Ohio, He did a perfect job. I had two other wheels. Four new tires. tubes. Had the windshield frame chromed and new glass.Had the engine/transmission rebuilt,etc. Runs like a top. It did not have a full hood. So after getting a used low hood, found it would not fit the car. After much measuring,found out that the car had a high radiator and the body was mounted 1-1/4" to far back. So bought a new low radiator and found a nice radiator shell, moved the body up and now the hood fits great. On Saturday, the weather got nice and had it out for a 15 mile spin. I love driving this car. Mr. Brainard sent me some original photos of a few of the first cars that were built. The frame on mine has been lowered. For now, I do not plan on painting the car. I like the original paint on the hood and without fenders the paint on the body gets chipped by the stones the tires is throwing back along the body. I am just going to have fun with it. Ken
I was hoping you would post here with an update. The car is looking good!
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
Hi Ken, Hi Wayne and everyone else...
Thanks for the complements Wayne... It continues to evolve but I dont want to go overboard on accessories . I do think I am going to make a smaller and lower rack, black not chrome, to mount a running board tool box on the rear, removable of coarse. I did find a dash mount "heat indicator" with the sensor which is in the 1926 western auto ford catalog, and it works , so as soon as I feel like it it will go on the dash and get hooked up. I'll post some pics . I left when it was 70 degrees in Santa Cruz and came back from 89 degree weather to the current cold spell so i have been lazy to work outside on the car.....
Selling on Wednesday the 16th I believe:
Lot Number: 322
Auction: SCOTTSDALE 2013
Sale Type: NO RESERVE
Model: MODEL T
Exterior Color: RED
Interior Color: BLACK
Transmission: 2-SPEED MANUAL
1922 Model T boat tail speedster, restored condition 4 cylinder Model T motor with manual transmission, brass radiator and firewall, and wood spoke wheels. All steel body originally produced in Salem, Oregon. The unique body style was called the Armadillo due to its shape. This would make a great addition to any collection or a great parade car. **SOLD ON BILL OF SALE ONLY**
two more :
I see you must have made it to the Barrett Jackson auction.
That is the production #5 speedster I started this thread about.
Ralph didn't know about the #5 being under the gas cap when he had it painted with #2 and Flying Armadillo.
The pics are off the Barrett Jackson web page ... neat car , but i see it will need electrical / headlights to be street legal.
I saw the Armadillo speedster at Barrett Jackson's yesterday. I looked it over real good and all I could tell my sister about it was that I wanted to own it. All it would have taken was some money and a few days to stick around. I looked it over pretty good and it's definitely in need of some wiring but I'd be darn if I'd let that stop me. It was just time and money. But then isn't that always the two commodities we never have enough of. I was able to catch a glimpse of this.
That's right it's the yellow submarine.
The 1924 Armadillo speedster sold at Barrett-Jackson today for $25,300.
Please don't take any offense Ken but $25,300 ?????!!!!!????? Seriously ???? Not bad for a $1700 kit !!! So what does that make mine being #2 with a Ruxtell and Rocky Mountains worth ? No offense to whoever bought it , but what did PT Barnum say ???? I think the economy must be recovering ....
I thought that it might go for $6,000-$8,000. I too was surprised at that price. There must have been two serious bidders that wanted that car. I doubt if any other one will ever get that high. Ken
When you think that the folks in Salinas let the 1914 go for $5000 and this was $23,500 ...wow! Now remember , I own one , so this is no dis to the car , builder, buyer or Ken..... I guess if only 16 were made it makes it unique , and if I had to have it , and had the budget , I would buy it .
oops! sorry Ken , I meant Floyd....
Hey Dan that's OK. I have no interest in the speedster....was just helping a friend.
How did you find the sale price? I didn't see it on the TV and BJ doesn't list it on their website that I've seen.
I do know it sold for that price though.....
Go to the list of cars on their web site and then click on the Lot number to bring up the details.
So Floyd, was this a rebuild or a kit that was never put together before ? Ken , if you haven't seen this , take a look.
I'm not sure, I only saw the speedster in the shape it is in now. My friend who took it to BJ did tell me when he bought it it was non-running and had a #5 on the side which we later learned (from Ken) was also it's production number.