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Model T Ford Forum: Forum 2013: Look what I found!
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Allan Richard Bennett on Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 05:55 am:

I got a lead on a T at last weekend's Bendigo swapmeet, and had to see for myself. We had to demolish a fence to get the shed doors to open, and there she was. It was last run in the 1960s and driven into the shed and locked up. That didn't deter the mongrel who stole the radiator and coilbox sometime. Otherwise it is remarkably complete. Because the roof leaked, much of the timberwork has to be replaced, which will mean a total re-build. But I have its twin to refer to, so it should be a relatively easy restoration.

The shed from which it emerged.



The rear end as it first saw light of day


As it finally appeared

This is what it should look like


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Allan Richard Bennett on Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 06:02 am:

Sorry about the lack of detail about the car. I was so excited that the photos worked, I forgot to finish my post. The car is a 1924 Tarrant special tourer. Tarrants were Ford Agents/distributors in Melbourne, Victoria. They built their own bodies, but their specials with full leather upholstery and lots of other features were built by Holden's Motor Bodies in Adelaide, South Australia. Holdens became part of General Motors in the late 20s.

Hope you like it.

Allan from down under.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Royce in Dallas TX on Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 06:13 am:

Nice one Allan! I see the gas tank below the rear seat. Did these cars have a Stewart vacuum fuel pump on the firewall?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Hap Tucker in Sumter SC on Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 06:29 am:

Allan,

Congratulations on your new Ford! Thank you also for adding the additional details about who produced the body etc. I still believe Ford could have easily expanded his market by offering the USA Model Ts in similar varieties that were done in Australia. In Australia, at various times you could purchase the standard Model T, an upgraded T with nickel plated items a different body or even the Canadian body painted differently etc, or a really deluxe bodied Model T. Many of the car manufactures do that today with an entry level, mid-level and top of the line. Many of the Australian bodies are really nice looking.

Again, congratulations. And as you rewood the body please take lots of photos and notes just incase someone finds another one out there.

Respectfully submitted,

Hap l9l5 cut off


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Allan Richard Bennett on Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 06:54 am:

Royce, the gas tank is at the rear, and a Stewart Vacuum tank is mounted on the firewall to draw fuel from the tank. My wife likes the arrangement!

The tank is the standard T item, suspended from the spare tyre carrier, using the usual straps. The filler is soldered into the rear and carries a non vented cap. The vent is incorporated in the plug on the standard filler hole.

Just for interest.

Allan from down under.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By David Chantrell - Adelaide, Australia on Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 07:20 am:

Fantastic stuff Allan. Congratulations, it will make a nice twin as you mention!! How good is that?!! 2 Holden bodied Fords!!!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Mike Walker, NW AR on Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 08:02 am:

I'm glad someone threw a blanket over the car to protect it! :-) Nice find, Allan. Congratulations.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Bob Gruber- Spanaway, Wash. on Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 08:13 am:

Nice find!
Those are very good looking bodies.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By john kuehn on Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 09:01 am:

Now this car is a 'real' barn find! Not a car that was restored 20-30 years ago and found in a barn.

My opinion of course but it shows that they are still out there.

It will make a nice restoration.
Good luck.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Colin Mavins on Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 09:22 am:

Allan is the steering wheel very high or is it just the picture it looks to be mid windshield on both cars


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Wayne Sheldon, Grass Valley, CA on Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 03:20 pm:

Wonderful! Another of those great looking Australian tourings getting back to the road. Thank you for sharing your find with us.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Allan Richard Bennett on Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 03:30 pm:

Well spotted Colin. The steering column is in the usual position, at the usual angle. Because the lines of the body design have been lowered to give a more pleasing look to the car, so too is the seating position, another reason to re-locate the fuel tank to the rear.

I find myself driving by looking around the wheel on the right, rather than through the wheel. It does make it relatively easy to get in and out of the car on the drivers side.

Allan from down under.


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