The local V8 club has partnered with the Wheels O' Time Museum http://wheelsotime.org/ here in Peoria, Il. to build a reproduction Ford dealership and restoration area. We have been helping out at the new part of the museum since it opened this spring. As part of the exhibits, three cars are featured, and the feature cars change each month. Today, I had the privilege of 'welcoming' the 'Silver Sreak'. This is an original 1926 touring car that a group of girls from the Bradford, Il. area toured the country with in the late 1930's and early 1940's (for more info on the girls and their travels, see http://gypsycoeds.com/). The girls and their car met Henry Ford on his birthday, and the car has been shown to HF3.
I had a chance to take a good look at the car as we were putting it into place for exhibit.
It's motor number was stamped on January 5, 1926, and the motor number matches the title. We did not bother to remove the floorboards to check for numbers on the frame.
It is equipped with 30 x 3 1/2 demountable clinchers on all four corners. The current owners have a number of early photos of the car which clearly show these rims were on the car in the 1930's.
It has all of the appropriate early 1926 'parts' including headlights, fan adjuster, rear crossmember, and (weld repaired) windshield stancions.
If you are in the Central Illinois area, feel free to visit the museum and this unique time capsule.
And a Model A front spring! Thanks for posting an update. At different times a friend, Bill Smith and I have worked on the car before it went back east so I have had a chance to drive it. Not a bad runner for an old gal!
Yes, the front spring needs to be replaced, along with a broken leaf in the rear spring.
I forgot to add earlier that the rear axle has the 'later' pipe plug for fluid level checking AND a nickel plated brass shell that apparently was on the car back in the '30's
Here's an earlier thread where the Gypsy Coeds travels were discussed: http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/331880/359474.html?1367759520
My first T was a '26 touring with 30X3 1/2 wheels. The interesting thing about the car was, everything else was deluxe!
I have some shots of Bill working on this car, will post later.
I want to giver a shout out to the Space City T's of Houston and specifically Stan Hoekstra for recalling that one of the Gypsy Coeds, Zola Dailey Shepherd, who lived in Houston for much of her adult life, came and spoke about her trip at a Space City T's meeting and was interviewed. Zola was on the 1941 & 1942 trips. Her interview by Stan was included in their August 1998 Newsletter talks about the 1941 trip. Hopefully this link will take you to the newsletter. http://gypsycoeds.com/home-2/the-trips/1941-trip/1941-trip-interview-with-zola-d ailey-shepherd-by-stan-hoekstra-space-city-ts-houston-texas-in-in-1998/