My Grandfather, Ralph Simmons, was a Model T fanatic. I am 52, he passed last year at the ripe ole age of 95 years. Grandpa was always wrenching on a Model T and the last T he restored was a '27 Tudor. He sold it to a fella from Arizona in the late 1970's... I think around 1977.
I know this is totally a shot in the dark but I would really like to find my grandfathers '27 Tudor.
Any ideas on how I could find it?
You've taken a good first step by posting on this forum. If you're lucky, the fellow your grandfather sold the car to is still active in the hobby and reads this forum. Good luck!
Maybe if you could get someone from the Arizona DMV to do some kind of a computer search, your grandfather could be located as the seller, and the VIN # (engine #) established, and records might then show who the buyer was.
I remember that Grandpa sold the Tudor and the guy drove away with it on a trailer. Then my grandparents found a problem with the cashiers check and jumped in their '77 Oldsmobile Omega and chased down the buyer.
Any and all help will be sincerely appreciated.
Trouble with a cashier's check? The buyer wasn't Nigerian, was he?
John's question is like one that a person asked a few years ago - except for the bounced check. - on this forum.
It allowed me to connect with the grandson of the man that was the original owner of our model T
He visited us and got to drive his Grandfathers T
I might be overly sentimental but it makes me happy to know the vehicle can bring a connection to someone's roots
It certainly brings back memories of the times I worked on it with my dad
And the desire of my heart is that one of my granddaughters have the same feeling about the car!
You can put a stop payment on a cashiers check, I have. We bought a 61 VW single cab out of Cali and sent a cashiers check. Further communication, the seller decided he wasn't going to include the engine. He had the check but I stopped payment at my bank.
Just a thought, if you have any PICTURES of the Model T you could post some her. They need to be sized down to (200kb?) this would help
Pictures.... here ya go!
Do you know where it was made?
Here are the photos:
Do you know where it was made....
My Grandfather lived in Ludlow Falls, Ohio. I was amazed at the time that somebody from Arizona would drive all the way to Ohio.... but that was back in the late '70's and I was a young long haired punk at the time :-)
John good luck on your quest. I found my dad's 1915 T roadster 25 years after he sold it and was able to buy it. I got a name an found the owner in the MTFCA membership directory. Your state motor vehicle department might be able to do a title search by name which might help find out who it was sold to. Do you have any pictures with the license plate number? Good luck!
John - I notice that one picture shows a visor and the other one doesn't. Do you know if the visor was on the car when it was sold?
Considering that this car is a rather common '27 Tudor, are there any marks or other identifying things about the car that can help identify it? Do you know the engine and / or frame number?
Thanks for all the support!
Yes, it had the sun visor when it was sold. I don't know the engine / frame number. I do know my Uncle did the upholstery and it was a gray color with stripes.
The paint was kind of semi-gloss because my grandfathers brother painted it and didn't know what he was doing when he painted it in high humidity Ohio summer weather. That's the only thing my grandfather regretted about his restoration of the tudor, the non-shiny paint.