Does anyone know someone that works in the area on restoring? I have all parts except Wood kit and the metal needs allot. The base frame is great and the engine cranks Good trans. I have allot of extra parts bought through the years! Wife says get it out of the driveway. I want to move it and get it restored!
if you hire a pro to restore your car, including the installation of the wood kit, and repairing the metal that needs a lot of work, expect to pay at the very least 250 hours at $90 in labor alone. Now add mechanicals, paint, upholstery, tires, and so on, and you'll have to ask yourself if you are comfortable on spending more on a restoration of a car than it will be worth afterward.
Unless your car is a very early or very rare car, has incredible sentimental value, or you are able to do at least a chunk of the work needed, you are better off selling that car and investing the money in a Model T that suits your personal needs best.
Good advice Bernard.
If one does not want to, does not have the time, inclination, motivation, funds or simply does not have the mechanical ability and cannot do it yourself, there are plenty of restored, ready to drive model T's out there for sale that can be had for a fraction of the cost of what it would take to restore Jeffrey's project from scratch.
The joy and challenge of this hobby is to see how much and how inexpensively one can do it yourself and it is a great learning experience. Even then, it can get expensive. I know. I restored my 1926 coupe, myself, which I bought complete, but in terrible shape in 1970 for $600.00, as a 16-18 year old high school student on a shoestring budget from 1970-1972 and it took all my spare time and every cent I made bagging groceries at the local supermarket for $1.65/hr., but it kept me busy and out of trouble and taught me perseverence, discipline and determination in reaching my goal of one day owning a Model T, which was my dream from the age of 9, when I first read several articles on the Model T in my July 1963 issue of "Popular Science" magazine.
I still have that July 1963 Popular Science issue and the car and it means alot more knowing that I did it all myself, not to mention the fact, I know every bolt and nut and part intimately since I disassembled, restored and held each one in my hand. My 1926 coupe is not rare and, as in most restoration projects, what I have invested in time and money exceeds its' value, but everytime I look at it, I fall more and more in love with it, so to me, it is priceless and not for sale at any price.
Jim!! Thanks That looks very close to my car except the front window (Two parts swings out) and without the rust! I have a lot of parts.. do you think its better to peace it out at this point?
Pics tomorrow! Let me know!
Like most members here, I prefer not to see complete, restorable Model T's pieced out. It would be much more prefer to this group if you could sell it to someone who wants a good project to restore themselves for the fun (and not profit) of it. Post some pictures and let us have a look. We might be able to offer an idea on the price you should ask. Someone here might be interested. Jim Patrick