History of a Real Australian Morton & Brett R Fronty Ford Part 1

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Mark Herdman on Thursday, December 01, 2011 - 04:24 am:

The Fronty started life as a 1914 Tarrant Touring Car, body built in Melboune Australia. The owner being Hector Jenkins





Hector rebodied his car into a 1920 era Roadster. Note he used the same Tarrant Fenders, The circular air vents. Close examination of the original photos show the pre 17 front hubs and tapered leaf front spring. also some windshield parts are used on the new body.



The person sitting on the running board is 'King Billy", a famous Aboriginal Tribal elder


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Mark Herdman on Thursday, December 01, 2011 - 04:31 am:

Hector got a bit adventurous and removed some of the parts of the car and started building it inot a speedster, fitting an over head conversion, most likely a Rajo going by the exhaust pipe comming out of the side of the hood on the left hand side

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Here is a picture of Hecor showing off his OHV conversion outside the local Ford Dealer in 1926



Hector crashed the car on some cross country trip



note the exhaust still comming out of the hood on left hand side of car.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Mark Herdman on Thursday, December 01, 2011 - 04:43 am:





Hector's same roadster-speedster now with the Registration Number Plate 50863 in both these photos


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Mark Herdman on Thursday, December 01, 2011 - 04:49 am:

Hector was elected by the miners of Lightning Ridge to attend the 1925-26 Wimberly Word Exhibition in London to display and show off the famous local Black Opals

Here are some photos of his very impressive dispaly. Note the photos of the 1920c Roadster in some of the huge photos on the wall





Hector and his wife Elsie


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Mark Herdman on Thursday, December 01, 2011 - 04:59 am:

Hector did well at the exhibition that lasted approx 12 months and on the way home , he went to Indyanapolis and met Arthur Chevrolet and purchased a complete left hand drive DO Fronty race car from Arthur Chevrolet and secured the sole Australian Distributorship for Fronty Speed Equipment. he also purchased a Moroton & Brett 1 & 1/2 seat Angle iron framed racing body and parts to build his own car into an R Fronty racer.

Here is a realy rare photo of Hector in the DO fronty on Indy track in 1926 with Arthur Chevrolet standing beside the car. Most likely a mis-print and should read 117mph.



Hector set up his Fronty office at the Saunders Chambers, 247 Elizabeth St Sydney


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Mark Herdman on Thursday, December 01, 2011 - 05:05 am:

Hector printed his own catalogues in Australian Pounds



In the mean time he stated to build his own roadster into a Morton & Brett Fronty



The above photo shows Hector with the completed race car at lightning ridge in 1927. Car has firezone logo on tail


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Mark Herdman on Thursday, December 01, 2011 - 05:24 am:

Here is a photo of the car outside the Maroubra Post Office in Sydney. Hector picking up his mail on the way to his home at Maroubra. This is the suburb where Australia's most famous race track was built. A 5/6 mile concret banked track. Hector raced at least one of his 3 Frontys on that track. Maroubra was open for practise most days and the R Fronty was developed on that track. Hector lived less than a mile from the track and used Peter White's garage in Anzac Avenue to do repairs and fine tuning.



Hecotor had 3 fronty cars, the DO Fronty, The MRF (Morris Rajo Ford) that he later fitted an SR Fronty Head to and his R Fronty. He hired Arthur Barnes, Peter White, Ted King to drive them and occasionally raced himself.

Here is a photo of all 3 cars at the camp site come workshop at Penrith Speedway. note the Fronty banner saying the Australian track record and dirt track championship of NSW was held by Fronty Fords. Peter White's personal SR Fronty had the record at Maroubra at 101.3MPH average speed for a lap. Hector's DO fronty had the dirt track record at Penrith speedway.



The R Fronty on left, then DO then SR. Hector second from left. Tall man possibly Ted King


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By David Chantrell - Adelaide, Australia on Thursday, December 01, 2011 - 05:26 am:

Top stuff Mark...very envious. This Crow Eater can't wait to see it one day in real life...Dave C.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Mark Herdman on Thursday, December 01, 2011 - 05:30 am:

Here is some photos of Maroubra track never seen before anywhere and a picture of Peter White the day he averaged 101.3 mph for a lap.






Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Mark Herdman on Thursday, December 01, 2011 - 05:35 am:

The following photos are of the R Fronty racing at Penrith speedway 1928, a letter of prize money and an uncashed cheque for prize money (must have bounced), the later, both for the R Fronty.






Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Mark Herdman on Thursday, December 01, 2011 - 05:53 am:

Hector had fenders on the car and removed them, the lights etc for racing.

Hector sold quite a few Fronty heads in Australia. He was based in Sydney. Melbourne had the Rajo agency and Brisbane had the Roof agency.

Maroubra closed to serious racing due mainly to investigations into the death of 5 competitors and a number of accidents.

The depression did the rest and Hector closed up shop. He kept his DO and SR frontys till the mid / late 30's and sold the R Fronty to Jack Henderson in approx 1932. He removed the Dayton Dental Drives early in the piece and fitted House 30 x 3 1/2 wires then fited 1927 wires before sell it.

He contuied to sell his stock of Fronty equipment via Peter White's garage on anzac Ave Sydney, or sold the lot to Peter who then sold them off though the 30's

In 1932 Hector sold the R Fronty to Jack Henderson of Gunnandaddy Sheep Station on the Queensland side of the New South Wales Border. Jack drove the car from Sydney to Gunnandaddy in 2 days. His siter spent a week in bead after the trip, from a sore \back after riding all the way. The car onlt hadd a 3 inch cushion on the floor, the same as in the catalogue.

Jack was the envy of all the local rev heads back then and when he went off to war in 1940 odd, many tried to buy it. Jack gave the car to his son Binty Henderson.





Binty eventually sold the car after Jack's death to Geoff Goodman. Jeff raced the car in 1955 at Mt Druitt Sydney.




Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Mark Herdman on Thursday, December 01, 2011 - 06:06 am:





Geoff used a towing frame he made, to bring the car home to Sydney. Here are a couple of photos used initially to restore the car. Note the same rego number as on the 1920 Roadster-speedster of Hector Jenkins as in original photos.

Geoff Goodman sold the car to Dick Burnes in approx 1956 and dick sold it ot Bruce Millwain. Bruce had an accident on the way to Bathurst Car Races in approx 1958. His mate had used the water bottle and put it in front of Bruce and it jammed between the aero wing on the dash and in thesteering wheel. Geoff lost control on a corner and cleaned up 6 guide posts on the side of the road, braking off the front wheel.

Bruce was off work for 18 monts and sold off a lot of his cars including hte R Fronty.

The car went to an unknown owner in St Ives in sydney whom wrecked the car.

John Drury bought the whole engine with side drive and the front shocksbsorbers, front fenders and mounting brackets from the car. He build one car up with these parts and the ramis of Hectors Sr Fronty and Do Frontys (both cars were scraped and axles, body parts made into midget race cars in the late 40's)


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Mark Herdman on Thursday, December 01, 2011 - 06:21 am:

The Body ended up sitting on the back of a truck in Grafton. The Hollyoakes ended up with the Aluminium Hood. John Rider ended up with the frame. Colin Wade ended up with the engine and married it up in an original Sydney 3/4 race car fronm 1933 Granville days

Here is a photo fo that 1933 3/4 racer with new tail and the R Fronty Engine and the original Aluminuim hood cut down to fit the car.



I bought the car above from Colin Wade in 1993. Col located the original Morton & Brett Body for me in Sydney.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Mark Herdman on Thursday, December 01, 2011 - 06:23 am:







In 1999 and traded parts for the original frame, rear radius rods, handbrake, rear end tie down straps, front fenders, brackets and lights at Conabarabran NSW. The original front lowering bracket I located in South Australia


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Mark Herdman on Thursday, December 01, 2011 - 06:31 am:

Here is the frame found in the dirt at a good freind's Farm at Coonabrabran. The short front radius rods and close together runnuing Board Bracket holes and second front cross member lind up exactly with my 1954 photos. Couldn't beliee I found it.



Here is the add for the Morton & Brett Body



See the R Fronty restoration story.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By "Hap" Harold Tucker on Thursday, December 01, 2011 - 06:56 am:

Current history - restoration is continued at: http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/179374/250300.html?1322739581

Respectfully submitted,

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