I bought the body from "Model T Haven" of Kansas in July 2012. I previously had a 13 engine and frame from an estate sale in Ellsworth, WI.
Buck of "Cast Iron Welding" from Hudson, WI repaired the engine block.
Andy Loso of St. Joseph, MN rebuilt the engine and transmission.
Elizabeth of "Classtique Upholstery" from Ham Lake, MN installed the leather upholstery,
Jake Butler of Red Wing, MN did the painting, using a Mercedes blue copied from Keith Townsend's pictures on the Model T Forum.
Sheri Cameron of Owatonna, MN hopefully will put the top on this winter, and Mark her husband can critique the car for me.
I bought a speedometer from Ross Furstnow at Chickasha, as well as a serial ID tag from a vendor-which is close to my engine number.
I tried to keep my car as close to an original April 1913 as it should be. The frame is correct with Cast Iron mounts in back and extra long body supports in the middle. It has a DB front axel , but I could not find any DB spindles. I have a 2-piece drive shaft to put on this winter. I am missing some hardware for the lights. I have an early KW coil box that is being repaired. I know the wheels are supposed to be painted....if I ever put on white tires I will probably paint them. But for now it looks good with the wood spokes.
I am 61 years old. My nephew and I farm 1300 acres and have 700 cattle, so I can only work on it part time. These Model Ts are like changing brands of combines-it takes a while to understand the settings, understand the problems, and so forth....
Most thanks goes to my good friend Bob Carlson of rural Red Wing, MN who is a good T man. I tell him he was born 100 years too late, or he would be the Bill Gates of his era.
I was the boat pusher and the check writer. Restoring a Model T has been on my bucket list for a long time. The next one will be a lot easier.
Thanks to all who post on The Model T Forum-I've learned a lot and appreciate it.
Looks like you had all of the right specialists helping you with your project. Looks Great! Congratulations!! It should give you many hours of fun driving.
Great job Dan !!... Enjoy.
Good job Dan! I have an old original basket case myself. I may have to call on you for some answers.Unfortunately,someone tried to rewood it long ago and really botched it.I must go back and start from frame up. I hope it can look as good as yours one day.
I think your windshield may be backwards. And, the support rods appear to be too long. I think there were three different lengths of these rods used in '13, depending on the brand, and Rands made two different styles of windshields too. Not finding fault, just trying to help.
Looks great! You're not far from me.
Bruce Bordelon and I are hosting a T-totalers tour of the Mantorville area on August 24th. I hope you can make it!
Nice looking car. I hope it spends more hours on the road than in the barn!!
Man, that is one good lookin' car. Your '13 has some neat things that I wish were continued
through the 1915 model year, like diamond-tufted backrests and acetylene headlamps.
Looks really good. It's always encouraging to see one rise from the ashes. It gives a great sense of accomplishment, saves a car that would be lost otherwise and preserves that piece of history for future generations. You should be very proud of it.
Very nice car. I also have a '13 and support what Larry Smith said (windshield should fold forward and upper portion should be vertical)...shorten the support arms a bit and turn your windshield around before Sherry does the top...Mark will be able to help get it squared away.
We turned the windshield around so it is correct. Thank you to Scott Conger and Larry Smith. The windshield is a Vanguard and the rear wheel is a spare.
The couple in the picture is my son Scott and his girlfriend Sylvia. We had just came from an enjoyable evening drive. Thanks to everyone on the forum.
Great job. I like it when you say "the next one" . You understand the "affliction".
If you have a chance, bring your 13 to one of the short tours at New London during the New London to New Brighton tour (Antique Car Run). Usually there are a few other Ts there and I think we may bring our 13 up for the tour this year.
Congratulations on your restoration,