If you have the means and skills, here is a source for the plans to build a nice replica Model N. (Vs a speedster maybe.) No affiliation, just passing along the info for anyone interested.
I wonder if the plans suggests the use of a Model T engine & chassis parts?
my next speedster build is going to be a "sweepstakes" replica.
Roger, Here's a link to Lee Thevenet's HCR newsletter on building a Model N. Quite a few Model T parts are used.
Thanks, Gary. It isn't "right" but would be great fun
The link will not open the HCR file on Model N replica.
Darel -- the link may just be overloaded from all of us Model T folks trying to hit it. It started to open and then died on me.
Roger -- The link http://www.earlyfordregistry.com/thevenet/thevenet.html has a Jul 2006 article about Lee Roy Thevenet’s replicas. Note on the dash board plaque it says replica. I was fortunate to be able to help him some with the research for his project. He contacted the Benson Ford Archives as well as taking lots of photos of a real Model N Ford. The body size and look if fairly accurate. But he changed the construction methods for several of the body parts. There are several photos of his replica at:
Lee Roy enjoys his part of the hobby – building replicas and making plans for others to build their replicas. Technically the early parts are available to build a Model N. The problem for most of us is having the extra cash to be able to purchase the parts etc. to build an authentic pre-T. Lee Roy also has a lot of talent he uses to create his replicas. Of course he could also restore a later Model T for around the same expense in time, money, and effort. As I often say, not a right or wrong but what do you enjoy? For Lee Roy he prefers his replicas and enjoys using them in the parades etc. where he lives. His replica is not powered by a Model T engine but they could easily be built to use one. He also did a lot of extra touches to make the rear axle have the full elliptical springs on each side and the truss rod underneath. Also the grease cups etc. He is also a nice person to know like so many folks who like cars.
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I've seen that fella with the replica N in a Christmas parade. I heard from a buddy that it had a fourwheeler engine.
I think you have to be a member to open most of their files and pictures.
I am a member.
Some of the members have built scaled down and full-size copies of curved dash Oldsmobiles, pie wagons, T speedsters, Quadracycles and others.
Many use lawn mower transaxles and small air cooled engines and even small car engines and transmissions. Some run them with electric motors.
Very few have actually built copies of the original engines, although some have.
Other than driving on private property running them in parades is about all you can use them for.
Roger, i have never know or remember any of the members building one with a T engine.
since you can not register them they only need a small engine to run in parades, etc.
The club does not have a forum like the MFTCA but they post everything by email.
There are always posts from club members when I check my email.
The last few days the subject is chain drives.
Many are having trouble with the chains coming off when they decellerate or try to back up.
Some don't seem to understand how a spring loaded tensioner will back down when the load on the chain is going in the wrong direction.
If you sing up with the club you can get their daily email chat and learn things about wood working, wheels, sprockets, small engines, etc. much similar to this website.
I am not interested in building a replica car but I enjoy reading about what they are doing and some times post answers to questions a member might have.
I think if they would all just forget the replicas and restore a real model T and ;license it they would have a few thousand times as much fun and help preserve the history of the antique cars.
Blaspheme! Wadda you mean you have another antique car that isn't a Model T?