I have just imported a 1926 Fordor with the VIN # being 13171630 , I live in Queensland Australia and would love to track the ownership of my T as then I can have a story to tell at shows and rallys.
Can any one help to get me started .
It might help if you can tell us the name of the person you got it from and where they live. Someone may know the car and help. Just a thought. Hope you can find the information.
I can start you off with the date if you don't already have it. Friday, February 5, 1926.
Thanks Bob and Steve ,
It Came from a deceased estate I believe the only extra info I have is the rego plate California 4RBJ841
So far so good I now have a birthday to celebrate on Friday the Fifth of Feb
Take two on sending photo of the Fordor 26
If anyone recognises my Fordor I would love to know its history .
Phillip, nice buy, very smart looking car.
Phillip, Congratulations on your new Fordor! Mine also came from California but was changed to RHD by a former owner. They are a great car. Is yours standard or fitted with a 2 speed diff or any accessories? I ahve since added a Warford gearbox and a Z head to mine to help make it a better car for Touring in.
Phillip, forgot to add you should contact the Queensland Model T owners group if you have not done so already. They are a great group of people and have lots of Model T knowledge. they have regular rallies and events to take your new T on.http://carclubs.shannons.com.au/modeltownersqld/
Already a member thanks for youe response love your T , Mine was registered last week and working on the steering should be good this week.
Just a little drift here: has a T ever been set up with dual controls? The most difficult part would probably be dual pedals.
Nice cars, btw.
I've seen pictures of a duel control T which was used for driving instruction in Japan. I have no idea where that was but could have been a Ford Owner and Dealer magazine.
Maybe someone knows of it.
Being from California is bad news for tracing ownership. Their DMV doesn't keep old records. Any info will have to come from former owners or somebody who recognizes the car.
Go to: https://www.dmv.ca.gov/online/vrr.htm
If you can find the area (North, central or southern) California and find someone on here that has a good working connection with Cal DMV
and could get the name of the licence plate last owner you could see if you can find any living family members. If they are found it is possible to get names of anyone that might have worked with him on the car and has information on its history. This is a long shot, but if someone on here in Calif.would or could help something might turn up. From the numbers on the licence plate I don't think it was issued that far back.
Hope this might help and you can find at least some of its history. Good luck.
on the car.
Nice looking car! I do not recognize it from my half of Califunny, however I have not seen near half of the Ts in it.
I think Bob McD's suggestion is the best. Although if it was sold through a broker, they can sometimes be closed like clams about seller's information. It could help to ask them. The T community in Califunny is generally very active and well known to other T people. Almost any name or information of the past owner would help.
Looks like a great car to drive a lot and enjoy. W2
If you purchased the car, the title should have been provided and been part of the transaction.
If you bought the car directly from an estate, then the executor of the estate (also known as the personal representative) would have handled the transaction. The executor will be able to tell you the name of the deceased owner. The executor should also be able to provide you with the names and contact info of the owner's survivors so you ask them if they know the history of the car.
Even if the car title was transferred from the deceased's individual ownership to the estate, the title should have the name of the deceased owner on it. Although the car was owned by an estate, typically, car titles are not transferred into the estate if the plan is to sell the car when the assets of the estate are being sold/liquidated. The executor simply signs off on the title and provides a certified copy of the death certificate and a letter of testamentary to the purchaser so the purchaser can transfer the title at the DMV.
You should at least be able to get the name of the deceased from the executor. If the executor refuses to provide names of any survivors, than you can typically look up the deceased's obituary online and see if it lists any survivors and proceed from there.