Hurry up you don't want to miss out on this one:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/1926-1927-FORD-MODEL-T-Coupe-Tudor-Rat-Rod-GAS-TANK-DOOR -Bullet-Holes-Original-/271239488243?pt=Vintage_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash =item3f272222f3&vxp=mtr
I like stuff like that to use as wall hanger art.
Original? That car must have been parked on Miller Road during the strike.
It is hard to find a gas tank door of that caliber any more. :0)
Tell him "he's dreaming"! :-)
(Quote from the Aussie movie "The Castle").
It's shot out from the inside. There must have been a small person inside the tank packing heat.
My '26 T coupe was either used for target practice in and earlier life or was used as a rum runner during prohibition, for when I bought it, it had two bullet holes going in the passenger side behind the door and one coming out the other side behind the driver's door. Judging by the size of the holes, I would guess they were 45 cal. Of course during the restoration in the early 70's I closed the holes with the splayed steel around the bullet hole, then sealed them with bondo, but you can still see where they were from the inside of the trunk. If only Miss Daisy could talk and tell me of her checkered past... Jim Patrick
I know the headlamps on my boat-tail have a story behind them. I can only speculate about it. They began life as a typical pair of model T headlamps from the late '10s or early '20s. But someone, many years ago, had done a very nice job of bending the lamp posts to a cute "goose-neck" which lowered the lamps and moved them forward a bit. This being a common touch for speedsters in the '10s and '20s, when I found the pair at a swap meet, I had to have them for one of my speedsters. One of the lamps was in very nice, solid, condition. It was very straight and round. The other one? Not so good. It had obviously hit something round and vertical. It was probably a tree or telephone pole. The rim and reflector were gone. The shell was sort of egg shaped, with a round depression in the top rim area and a similar but much deeper round impression at the bottom of the bucket. The beautiful "goose-neck" had been pushed back so far that the lamp was looking up at almost 45 degrees. Then there were two bullet holes in the lamp. Three if you count one bullet went in by the rim and out by the bulb socket.
You can pretty much picture it in your mind. It is 1922. A country boy takes his fancy fast ride out to the corners. Has a few drinks, no prohibition here yet! He leaves, a little fast, slides on the dirt road and nails the telephone pole. He gets out of the car, looks at the bent front axle and his beautiful "goose-neck" headlamp he had made now bent and smashed. Pulls out his revolver and fires two shots into it as he would have a horse!
I don't know how or why the two lamps stayed together so long. Someone must have believed they were more than mated and needed to be preserved together. I think they belong on my boat-tail.
It was one of my best repairs ever. I carefully figured odd ways to block and press the round depressions forward, slowly and cold. They pushed out, almost perfectly. The amazing thing to me, was that as I got the deep dents pushed back out where they belonged, the bucket became almost perfectly round again.
The difficult part of fixing it was heating and bending the goose-neck back to match the undamaged one.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
i would buy one like that. Maybe not for that much though.
In Idaho it is great sport to target practice at old cars. I had 34 bullet holes to close up on the only door I could find for my Tudor.
Those parts may be coming an Art form.
Just when you think you've seen it all. And 4 watchers yet!
Another prime target here in the midwest are windmills, this one stands in the pasture behind my house.
Why weld up the holes? If you could find an entire car worth of panels with holes in them you could drive it just like that. Let the wind whistle a tune through the new ventilation and people would line up to take pictures of your car.
I have bought several parts from Mr. Chopp. All have been very nice quality. I can't explain why he'd even list this.