What is a Model T "Threaton" Convertible

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By David Kriegel on Friday, October 18, 2013 - 07:21 am:

This car is on EBAY. Historically, did some after marketers make different Model T's? such as Ford did with the Model A bodies?

This is listed as a THREATON convertible

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Ford-Model-T-Threaton-Convertible-Threaton-Convertible-o nlinemotorsports-com-4-dr-Gasoline-4-Cyl-/330996096426?forcerrptr=true&hash=item 4d10e79daa&item=330996096426&pt=US_Cars_Trucks


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Roger Karlsson, southern Sweden on Friday, October 18, 2013 - 07:56 am:

Looks like an ordinary '26/27 Touring to me :-)
Engine #13,191,XXX indicates february 1926, but I'm not sure if headlamp bars were added at that time?
It's unlikely it will attract a buyer at that price ($20,000)


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Jim Eubanks, Powell, TN on Friday, October 18, 2013 - 08:02 am:

Its also a touringroadster! Looks like the seller is a typical DA that somehow was meaning to say phaeton.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Erich Bruckner, Vancouver, WA on Friday, October 18, 2013 - 08:27 am:

I have one if you still need to spend more money after buying that one......


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Rob Heyen - Nebraska on Friday, October 18, 2013 - 08:46 am:

I suspect it is the ultra rare, long missing, Model TH (Threaton) Ford prototype. :-)

Or, someone meant "Phaeton" and somehow came up with "Threaton".


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Derek Kiefer - Mantorville, MN on Friday, October 18, 2013 - 10:41 am:

From the cars in the background, I'd guess selling Model T's is not their forte.

There's some neat stuff in that garage. :-)


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Ed Baudoux on Friday, October 18, 2013 - 10:44 am:

You guys are all incorrect. This car belonged to Beavis's Grandad.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Richard Eagle Ida Fls on Friday, October 18, 2013 - 12:23 pm:

Maybe they meant "Three Ton". You can haul an awful lot in a "T". :0)
Looks like paint over rust on the steering spider.
Rich


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By john kuehn on Friday, October 18, 2013 - 01:48 pm:

It looks to me they used a can of spray paint to paint the rusty steering wheel. I guess they decided to give the steering gear box a couple of shots also.
14,000 maybe.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Adam Doleshal on Friday, October 18, 2013 - 02:32 pm:

Looks like a dealer or broker... If they get $19K for that touring, then all our cars are probably worth twice what we think they are!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Kohnke Rebabbitting on Friday, October 18, 2013 - 02:33 pm:

All that is there is a Dead Pig with a new hide.

The Top is way over hung in the back!

Looks like the car was Doctored up just for Resale!

You would have to start over.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Harold Schwendeman - Sumner,WA on Friday, October 18, 2013 - 02:40 pm:

Looks like somebody mounted a front bumper on the back. Pretty good protection I guess; only problem (besides that it's wrong) is that it looks like a front bumper mounted on the back!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Wayne Sheldon, Grass Valley, CA on Friday, October 18, 2013 - 03:59 pm:

The upholstery is done all wrong. The top is done badly. Spray can over pits or rust in lots of places. The wiring is atrocious. A "Kragen Auto Special" horn may be forgivable, but just adds to the "don't really like it" factor.
It may actually be a decent, enjoyable and presentable model T to drive and have fun with (I can point out a lot of things on any of my cars that are not as they should be).
I would say it is worth about $7000. Typical dealer selling antique automobiles. Most of them cannot help themselves from proving how ignorant they are by hyping trash.
Drive (and buy) carefully, and enjoy, W2


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Kohnke Rebabbitting on Friday, October 18, 2013 - 04:02 pm:

I agree Wayne, Herm.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Steve Jelf, Parkerfield KS on Friday, October 18, 2013 - 04:29 pm:

Almost twenty grand?!? I don't think so. OMG, those seats! It may be OK mechanically, but somebody's got to be kidding with those Phillips screws and all that plastic wiring.

Threaton: Buy this car or we'll kick your @$$.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By David Kriegel on Friday, October 18, 2013 - 05:01 pm:

OK I just had to send this message to the seller of this rare THREATON Model T to see what his/her response is

"Purchase Timeframe: within an undecided time frame
Interested in Financing: No"
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I collect Model T's and do not have a Threaton Model in my collection, Was this an after market body maker? Where did they do business? Elkhart ? How many were made? Dave Kriegel


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dennis Seth - Ohio on Friday, October 18, 2013 - 07:03 pm:

Perhaps he has a lisp


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Tony Bowker on Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 01:44 pm:

The seller claims to be in Clovis, California.
Still 100% overpriced.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Harold Schwendeman - Sumner,WA on Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 01:48 pm:

Dennis - Wouldn't that be a lithp?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Steve Jelf, Parkerfield KS on Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 02:02 pm:

All I want for Chrithmath ith a Threaton?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Richard Eagle Ida Fls on Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 02:15 pm:

Somehow it is more fun to go back to this add and knit-pick than to go out in the garage and do something constructive.

I noticed the key fob says Lake Park Fla. Also the three photos below the tool roll are the same except the middle one is not in color. Wonder why they did that?

O.K. Out to work.

Rich


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By mike peterson on Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 05:08 pm:

super nice bunch of model T guys here !!!!!!!!!!!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Wayne Sheldon, Grass Valley, CA on Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 07:05 pm:

While I agree with Richard E and Mike P to a great extent about this, anyone that claims any level of expertise by identifying themselves as the following;
"Online Motorsports, your Midwest Leader of Special Interest and Classic Cars" and then continues with a description like this "is again, proud to present an extremely well maintained and preserved 1926 Ford Model-T Touring Car. This historic Ford 4 door convertible touring car is presented in Henry Ford's favorite color of Raven Black with Black Top and Black Vinyl Seating for 5. This 1926 Model T Touring car has been completely gone thru and " for a marginally and amateurishly restored car like that deserves to be roasted royally.

Now that I have finished my tea, I need to get back out to work. Too much to do today.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Mark Strange on Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 07:14 pm:

From the looks of their listing, Online Motorsports is probably a consignment house. The real owner is paying them good money to store the car for him/her and list it for sale internationally.

There are several similar establishments in most major cities.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Jerry VanOoteghem on Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 11:23 pm:

When this car was listed some months ago I asked the seller what he meant by Threaton. All I got back was a very sarcastic response, basically telling me that I don't know anything about Model T's and I shouldn't be bidding. I congratulated him on his excellent salesmanship.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Terry Woods, Katy, Texas on Sunday, October 20, 2013 - 01:01 am:

Get a load of the Ford tools in his tool roll and that must be the only surviving original prototype Ahooga horn to be used on a Model T. That was an idea of Edsel's that Henry dismissed.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Colin Mavins on Sunday, October 20, 2013 - 11:14 am:

I would just like to point out the the car your trashing was a MTFCA car and the owner is reading this?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dave Hjortnaes, Men Falls, WI on Sunday, October 20, 2013 - 11:31 am:

Colin

That may be true, but we also owe it to others on this site, maybe newbies, to be aware of what is out there. False advertising is not accepted here. I think every member on this forum wants to be honest and truthful to each other.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Royce in Dallas TX on Sunday, October 20, 2013 - 01:03 pm:

Looks like a good complete car. I like the rear bumper. Wiring looks like a fire extinguisher needs to be carried on board at all times. Upholstery is good enough to keep the seat springs from tearing your pants.

I would say if it runs great, and is perfect mechanically it might be a $8500 car. Not trashing the car, it looks like a great project.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By John Semprez-Templeton, CA on Sunday, October 20, 2013 - 01:27 pm:

I agree with Dave. The MTFCA forum is here to help and support our hobby. When you see a $7K car (maybe) wrapped in $13K of hype and deceit, is it not our duty to call foul? If the owner IS viewing this post then all I can say is SHAME on you.

This club also represents the men and women who have spent countless hours restoring and documenting the Model T Ford in an honest and selfless way.

Using MTFCA membership as a way to legitimize and misrepresent a poorly presented Model T for purely greedy purposes, is not and should never become the role of this forum. IMHO


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Mike Walker, NW AR on Sunday, October 20, 2013 - 03:33 pm:

"If the owner IS viewing this post then all I can say is SHAME on you.'

As was mentioned above, it may not be the owner who is acting as the seller here. If it's a used car dealer, anyone probably should take anything he says with a grain of salt. If he's exaggerating a bit, he's just trying to serve the owner's interest. Besides, a dealer of newer cars probably doesn't know anything about Model T's.

My brother-in-law was a car dealer most of his life, until he retired recently. If he hadn't been family, we probably wouldn't have had anything to do with each other. :-)


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Fred Dimock, Newfields NH, USA on Monday, October 21, 2013 - 07:52 pm:

I believe that it is imperative for us to keep integrity in the hobby
If the experts here don't do it no one else will


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Royce in Dallas TX on Monday, October 21, 2013 - 08:47 pm:

I sent the owners a message stating what I stated above. They replied that it was much nicer than a project and was easily worth several times my $8500 estimate.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By mike peterson on Monday, October 21, 2013 - 10:10 pm:

experts?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dick Fischer on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 12:31 am:

I think the reason Royce gave the car such high marks was because it comes complete with a water pump.

Dick


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Fred Dimock, Newfields NH, USA on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 04:07 am:

Yes MIKE --Experts :-)

Figure out the word by it's parts.

Ex-- as in former or used to be -

pert - a shortened version of spurt - like multiple small drips flying thru the air -


That means the experts are former drips - or they used to be all wet

Now you can just say that they are dried up :-)


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By mike peterson on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 07:13 am:

LOL, I like parts.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By David Kriegel on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 08:08 am:

Well Royce, at least they responded to your message. They never got back to me on mine sent Oct 18th as follows "I collect Model T's and do not have a Threaton Model in my collection, Was this an after market body maker? Where did they do business? Elkhart ? How many were made? Dave Kriegel"


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