Am new to the forums, thought I would share a project that I'm beginning.
My father collected many T parts over the years including a 27 Touring which we have owned since the 1980's. Over the past few years he was slowly building up a speedster and when he was diagnosed with cancer last year I decided I wanted to continue to build it. In the weeks before he died he gave me some lessons on driving the T and am now hooked!
I'd love to finish the speedster at some point, but building a body for it and getting it running right is beyond my abilities for the moment. Instead I've decided to keep the coupe and use some of the parts off the speedster.
The coupe body he bought in 1978 from a shop in NSW who had imported it from the USA. Dad had a habit of never throwing anything away, I found the invoice from the shop which shows that he paid $1500 for it which was probably a decent amount of money back then.
The body seems to be complete and has very little rust in it, except for the deck lid and the rear deck panel which look like they were sourced from somewhere different to the rest of the body.
I have a spare chassis, engine, transmission, ruckstell and heap of other parts.
Before I can really start work on it the shed still needs cleaning out. 10 trailer loads have gone already, probably another 10 still to go. The parts buying has already started though, I now have a set of wire wheels thanks to Allan Bennett who I notice is a member here.
I know it would be smarter buying a complete car and I may never finish it, but I'm going to start regardless.
It was great to see you and your Mum at the Barossa Rally. I knew of your Dads Coupe project but did not know of the speedster. It looks interesting, particularly those twin SU carbs! There are at least 3 restored Coupes very close to your Mums place located in Warragul. They will be a good reference point for you as you work away at the project. Between all us Gippslanders we will be keen to help you wherever we can. Send me an email and we can get together.
Regards Warwick Landy.
Dave, welcome to the forum...looks like quite a jigsaw puzzle of a Coupe body you have. Something I don't see in the pile are the sub-frame cross pieces & floor pans.
They look like this:
There are a lot of folks on this forum that have rebuilt 26/27 Coupe bodies so there is a plethora of experience here to help. I have a few more pics during the body build process that may be helpful if you get to a point of being stuck. Good luck and happy restoring.
Thanks for the offer of help Warwick, am definitely going to need it
Have looked through my photos and can't see any of the sub frame cross pieces. I have a pair of the sills which I think are the right ones and I have 2 deck floors with the hump.
They may be hiding in the shed somewhere because I know I overlooked a few parts and later realised they were for the coupe after doing some research.
Hi Dave. Great project and it looks like you have a pretty good start. I might be able to help you with 1 or 2 sub frame cross members if you can't find them. I'm in Melbourne.
So I've had some more time poking around in the shed and I've found some cross members attached to the 2 deck floors
The front 2 are still missing.
I've been cataloging the parts I have and 1 of the blocks has me a bit confused. It seems to be missing an engine number?
It has no Made in Canada like all the other blocks and no Ford script. Only marks I can see are the number 34 to the left of the water outlet and the date I presume cast into the block.
Dave, you do have a wonderful start to a T project, and with Warwick and crew's help, a great source of knowledge.
The block you show was cast on December 17, 1917 so it would most likely be a 1918 model, getting towards the end of the pre generator cars. The lack of engine number is a bonus in a way, as it could be numbered to match a project like yours, but on an earlier car.
Good luck with your efforts.
Allan from down under.
The 1926/27 engine is most likely the one included in your speedster project. Maybe you could 'detune' the speedster motor and transfer it over to the Tudor project. It will require a 26/27 block which is very different to the 1917 version pictured. Send me an email and perhaps we3 can meet up to help you decide a direction for your project. also we can visit the local with 26' Coupes that can help you out.
The speedster project has a lot you won't be able to use if you're going strictly 26-27. Some is non-T and some is earlier than 1926, like the engine and transmission.