The weatherman was predicting clear skies today in the Puget Sound, so I decided to take the car to work today. It was 32 degrees and dark when I left the house at 6:40 am. I feel really blessed to have a closed car with a manifold heater. I tell you - the good Lord knew what kind of car I should have. The car ran like a champ, down and back up the hill into the Puyallup valley. I enjoy teaching the kids, but driving the Model T was the best part of the day
Good on ya, Jim.
Nice work Jim! A closed car in the PNW is great for year round follies.
My wife would love for me to get a manifold heater.
Jim - Sorry I missed you today; I had a manifold heater on my first car back in the late '50's. A '28 Model A Ford coupe and I remember that the manifold heater (Otwell) worked pretty good. I used to drive MY Ford to school too, only I was a "student", not a teacher! Now that I think about it, I didn't drive the Model A to school very often because I lived close enough to school to walk. However, I do remember something pretty silly now that I think about it. On a cold winter morning, I used to warm the car up for a little while before I drove the 6 blocks or so to school and drive around the school a couple times, partly to enjoy the benefit of the manifold heater, and partly because it was just an excuse to drive my car around the school area and be "cool"! (No pun intended)!
Same here in Portland Or. Took my Nellybell into the shop today, only about 5 miles each way. Came home in the dark. Glad I have all those bad accessories, you know brake lights, turn signals! I had to light a match to see if the head lights were working! Time to check the grounds and polish the reflectors.
Man, who gets up and away that early. Even my kids aren't out of bed yet and they are in high school. Bus comes at 7:20. I get up after they leave.
I don't even think there is enuf light here in Wisconsin that early to see my car, much less get it started.
I'm with ya there Mark. I've got the bad accessories too - brake lights, turn signals, Rocky brakes - I view them more as safety items. I feel that it gives me more freedom to drive in today's traffic.
Dave: My school starts at 7:40; I start jazz band at the ugly hour of 6:45. Today was a non-jazz band day, though. It generally takes me a half hour to make the 12 mile jaunt to work.
Harold - sorry I missed ya, too; then again, it was short notice on my part. We'll have to hook up before Christmas.
dI would love to drive my Sizzy to work, but never feel like I should due to it being out in a big lot for 13 hours where anything could happen. I fear things would go missing. Sure like taking her on trips to the store, etc on my days off though.
I would love to drive my Lizzy to work, but never feel like I should due to it being out in a big lot for 13 hours where anything could happen. I fear things would go missing. Sure like taking her on trips to the store, etc on my days off though.
Oooops, my mouse is getting worn out, misbehaving.
I've done it several times. The morning traffic around Copenhagen is sufficient tight so that the speed on the highway is not an issue. Even a 1922 Model T can follow the modern cars :-)
Actually - this was what started my project to get pictures of the entry to every IBM sites in (western) Europe with one of my cars.
Here it is caugth en route at the Ring III Highway by another colleague passing by:
and here it is in front of the danish IBM HQ:
and here in front of the downtown Copenhagen office:
(I have some times made arrangement with the guard/receptionists that they reserve a parking spot for me just next to the extrance where they can keep an eye on it.)
I drive my coupe to work about once a month. I take back roads and always pull over to let traffic go by. About 40 miles round trip. Fellow employees love it. Rick
That is one of the neatest looking Ts that there is!!!!
I may just ask the security dept what they think. I still don't know how I would feel about her being out there. I have driven her in for meetings but even then I am happy to see the motometer and bud vase are still present. Security can't be everywhere.
Michael, very cool. Always love to see action photos of Ts driving.
Jim K & Harold S
When I purchested the 21 T for my Snowmobile pruject the licence plate was 63 with a 67 tab. and in the front wind shield was a Woodro Wilson High School parking pass # 952. This was a student shop project of that time in Tacoma Wa.
I know what you mean. There are certain stores that I take the Model T to and other ones I avoid, just due to the clientele that shops there.
We have cameras all around my school, including the parking lot where I park. My classroom is right next to the lot, so I can keep an eye on it throughout the day. It's pretty secluded, as the lot is small and fenced off; still, kids do walk through the lot on their way home. What I've noticed is kids taking pictures of it with their cell phones.
Michael: That's one of the most interesting T's I've seen. Is that a custom body style?
Bob: That's pretty neat. Mike Conrad, another local that's my age, used to drive his Model T to school every day.
Hello Jim K. and Bob M. - As long as you brought up Mike Conrad Jim, I thought I'd put a little note in here for Mike's benefit:
You see, I know for a fact that Mike Conrad is a "lurker" on this forum. He's one of the "spark plugs" of our club (Carbon Canyon Model T Club) and I often tease him about the fact that a year or so ago, Mike told me that he enjoys the forum and would soon be making contributions on the forum from time to time, due to some sort of computer "upgrade" at that time. He has a beautiful '15 roadster that he (literally) drives the liv'n daylights out of, and I'll just be that now that you mentioned that he used to drive his Model T to school Bob, he could probably tell some great Model T related stories regarding his long and "colorful" history with Model T Fords.
Alright Mike, we know you're out there; it's about time you stopped "lurking" and started "contributing"!
We took my ol' rusty '24 tudor to the local park this AM about 6:30 for our daily 2 mile or so walk. About 10 miles.
People were kinda looking funny at us.
I have those repop chrome reflectors and they seem to me to work very well.
I drive at night often.
I have brake lights and turn sigs.
Mike Conrad drives at night and in rain always with the top down!
He's tougher than I.
@Dave Huson and others: Thank you for the nice words for my T.
Yes, it is a Danish build 4 door body. After all I have been able to dig up of the cars history, it wasmost likely assembled at the newly established assembly plant in Copenhagen 1921 or 22 (Current title says it is a 1922, but it may not be the right one). Later - probably in 1925 - it was changed to this closed 4 door body by the local body workshop in the little township its owner lived in (Kettinge). Here is the plaque found on the dashboard:
Here it is in Warwick in mid England when I took it over there to participate in the annual general assembly in the Ford Y & C Register (I also have a Model C of German origin aka. Ford Eifel):
The family and I just got back from a ten mile trip to Lowes to get some paint. My wife has had this goal since October to repaint every room in the house. This includes taking everything down from the walls, filling in holes, seaming cracks, etc. She needed to make a paint run and wanted me to go along. I had just got back from running errands in our modern car and didn't feel like going out again. She asked, "If we take your Model T, will you go?" That was all the bribery it took - after all, it was too nice a day to not drive it.