It was a sad day last year when one of our founding chapter members had to reluctantly give up (sell) his T. Loren Dausey (shown with his wife, Muriel) just thought his 83 years were telling him it was time!
Well, once bitten by the Model T bug, it isn't that easy to "walk away" from them...
So here are Loren and Muriel with their "new" Model T!!! Pretty sweet if you ask me. Eighty-four years young, and still "hitting on all four!!!" Congratulations Loren and Muriel!!! And, by the way, he just finished rebuilding the rear end with a little help from another club member, Doug Holmgren.
Thanks, Joe. Great story.
It is a great story. I for one asked myself if I had T blood in me and then suddenly realized it was a rhetorical question!
There is no cure. I was bitten by a relatives '19 Touring over 50 years ago (still in the family by the way) and have gone through 3 T's over the years. Got rid of the last one a few years back over some bad street driving experiences and went to a "modern" 40 year old Ford. Guess what. If I manage to sell it I'll probably get another T. Wifey knows it too. She told me so.
I think my friend Buster White was 92 when we lost him last year. In recent years he had lost most of his hearing and his vision got so bad that he did a lot of his work by feel, with his boys helping on the stuff that required seeing details. The last time I stopped to see him he was restoring a '26 roadster he had bought for something to do. That's the way. Don't quit.
As hard as that is to do I give the man enormous credit for knowing when to hang it up.
If he needs a T "LIFT" now and then I'm sure he has friends who will gladly give him a fix.......
A little "off thread", but related. Some years ago, a fellow I knew was dying of cancer (much too young). The cancer had destroyed his strength, so for several years, members of the local club he belonged to took turns driving his car so he could ride on tours IN HIS car. He lived much longer than the doctors thought he would, doing what he loved till the end.
It has always amazed me how many people in this hobby stay very active and rather healthy well into their 80s and 90s.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
At first, I thought that picture was at the T's to Olar festival in Olar, SC. The show cars back up to the rail road just like that.
I have a kind of sad story along these lines. There is an elderly gentleman who attends the Olar show every year with his unrestored TT which belonged to the SC Highway Dept. This year, he brought it, but could not get in and out of it. He had someone else drive it from his trailer onto the show field with him riding along standing on the running board. He told me it had not run since last year's show. Over the years, he and I have become friends, although I only see him once a year. We sit and talk at the show and just enjoy each other's company. We have other similar interests; old farm machinery, tractors, hit and miss engines. He told my wife that this was the last year. He wouldn't be bringing it next year. I was very sad to hear this. I went over and asked him about it. I offered to come up and help him get it ready for the show next year. He said it wasn't getting it ready that was the problem. He is still able to work on it and I think enjoys that, but is just not able to get in and out of it. I don't know how to help him in that regard. I gave him my card and hope that he calls. He has two brothers that also bring cars to this show, so hopefully he will still come, even if he doesn't bring the truck.
Hal the story of my last T is eerily similar to yours. The old timer had placed 4 red bricks on the floor and a cinder block after them. It was his staircase up onto the T's running board. Once in the seat he stuck his cane into the side wall ahead of the door and pushed himself over to the steering wheel. Of course he became 20 years old again once we were on the road.