Where are all the speedster parts? Does anyone know of a good site or a listing of vendors with speedster parts for sale, either new or original? Your help will be appreciated.
There are some excellent sites about speedsters see the Northwest Vintage Speedsters site at: http://www.nwvs.org/ Also the SOSS has some very interesting information at: http://www.secretsofspeed.com/ The SOSS magazine has a "for sale section" where speed equipment for Ts sometimes is advertised. Equipment for the 1928-34 four cylinder Fords is more commonly listed there the last time I look a few years ago. F.A.S. T. is a Model A Chapter -- but they also have T parts advertised at: http://www.hotforhotfours.com/havewant.html .
You can build a simple speedster for less money than any other type of T. There was an article about the "Low Bucks" speedster a while back. If you keep the chassis relatively stock -- it doesn't cost nearly as much as if you start going for all the speed equipment accessories. The old saying, "Speed cost money -- how fast do you want to go?" is really true. And the same is true for the body -- a simple plywood body can be built using plans from the 1920 or you save up money and hunt carefully and purchase a Mercury or other early speedster body when it occasionally comes up for sale.
Rootlieb produces a nice speedster kit -- available from them or many of the vendors. See their website at: http://www.rootlieb.com/ and click on speedsters. You can also do the 1911 Torpedo Roadster version -- but it is considerably more cost than their speedster version. There are several other bodies that are being offered -- so let folks know if you are interested in a body, plans, or chassis parts.
Lang's has several pages of speedster related items -- you can view their 2003 version catalog on line. The following link takes you to their page with several speedster related items see: http://catalogs.google.com/catalogs?id=p4pWLUHCojYC&pg=PA99&dq=speedster&ie=ISO- 8859-1 . On other pages they have wire wheels, fenders, the Rootlieb kit etc. Note -- you can request their current catalog for free and it has the current prices.
You can get some great ideas at: http://www.geocities.com/modelttom2000/home.html or you can order a fully completed speedster from him. You should also look at John's site at: http://jrsmotorsports.net/index2.html where you can also get great ideas as well as order a finished speedster.
Sacramento Vintage Ford offers the normal T parts as well as "hot rod parts" some of which can be adapted to use on a speedster see: http://www.vintageford.com/sect_main.cfm?Line=main
T-bay (you know - ebay.com) also has items and the e-bay store: http://stores.ebay.com/Antique-T-Motor-Sports-llc has some neat speedster items.
And if you haven't already purchased some of the books about speedsters and how to build them -- the vendors and others have them for sale. I hope that gets you started and I'm sure others will have some sites that are their favorites they will want to share.
Hap Tucker 1915 Model T Touring cut off and made into a pickup truck and 1907 Model S Runabout, Sumter SC