Many years ago at least 20 or 25 years ago I was on a MTFCA National Tour. I believe it was in South Dakota. I think the tour was centered in Dead Wood. One day took us to a deserted mine. It was about about 10 or 15 miles from the paved Road. What I remember most, was driving over rocks almost as big as Foot balls. Today I would never take one of my Ts over that bad of roads. There was a restored K with us that I believe was driven by Cecil Church. I remember a bunch of us T drivers talking about being amazed that anyone would drive that nice of a car over those rocks. Anyway the K climbed over the rocks to the mine and back out with no problem. It was a very strong good running, good looking car.
What a good story. What makes it better for me is, that's the K we have now. After Mr. Church's sale, a gentleman west of Chicago bought the K, and I eventually bought it from him. In fact, it was a year ago this week we bought it.
Don Mates (Ohio), another K owner told me that before Cecil had the car it was part of a collection on the east coast but I don't know anything more about the "lineage" of the car.
You are the second person who knew of our K when Cecil toured with it.
Thank you for the information. I hope to "show it off" on many more tours.
Happy New Year,
I too remember that tour. The year was 1982. It was a joint tour between the MTFCI and MTFCA
Hey Dave, Jerome, either of you guys got any pics from that tour of Rob's (Cecil's) K going up that road?
I was on a tour, I think it was Deadwood, where Cecil Church had a tire flown in from Coker's in Tennessee. I wonder if, driving on that rocky road, was the reason for the tire failure.
Only picture in the Sept 1982 issue of T Times, is this one of that Model K.
I will look in some of my old albums. Of coarse back then I didn't have a digital camera or computer. I do remember how rough the road was. In fact I think some of the T had to come out on trouble trucks
I checked with the wife who is the keeper of our old photos and she said that we do not have any photos of that tour.
That's it. Back then it was red, and didn't have the aprons or leather fender shields (front).
I have a pic I'll find tomorrow that came with the car, I think it is Cecil Church with the car.
This K was on the New London to New Brighton tour in the 90s. I think it was at Ford's 100 th celebration too.
Thanks for checking Dave and thanks for the pic Dan!
Rob, I love that color you've put on the car. Just as a matter of curiosity, what was (if known) the original color of your K?
The only color reference I could find said "Royal Blue". We did some mixing and came up with this. I couldn't' find any original color on the car as we prepped, so painted the fenders, chassis, etc. when we were finally ready to paint the body, we pulled off the seat backs, and there (just like on our N) was the original primer, and on the seat back the original painter had painted the number 35 in big brush strokes, and, of course it was red .
So, too late, but the car really was originally red. And it wasn't the maroon our N had (same place, under original leather) was, it was a bright red (somewhat faded, but not much, it was always behid the seat cushions.
Next year you can change it to red. Nebraska red that is.
Just remember the cops always look for the fast red cars.
the color you ended up with looks great. ANd I think it safe to say that you could have painted it any color and the WOW factor of having such a great "K" Ford would not be diminished one iota.