Preserve or Restore?

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Model T Ford Forum: Forum 2013: Preserve or Restore?
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Chris Bamford, Edmonton AB on Sunday, December 15, 2013 - 03:44 pm:

Steve Jelf's recent post on wooden wheel restoration has inspired me to seek the group's collective wisdom on how best to proceed with my latest project...

I stumbled on this all original Model T near the former railway division point of Kelton, Utah. I believe it is a 1926/27 but vandals stole the coil box so I can't be sure.

There are some other parts missing as well I'm undecided as to should I just clean it up a bit, make it safe and enjoy it as is, perhaps build it into a speedster, or just go all out with a full concours restoration.

Thoughts?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Steve Jelf, Parkerfield KS on Sunday, December 15, 2013 - 03:49 pm:

A little Bondo and a coat of Krylon and you're good to go.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Chuck Hoffman - Gold Country of Calif. on Sunday, December 15, 2013 - 04:46 pm:

I'd leave it as is. Nice patina...


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dick Lodge - St Louis MO on Sunday, December 15, 2013 - 04:58 pm:

Side note: Once a car person, always a car person, I guess. Before I saw the name of the poster, I spotted the Dodge and knew it was from Chris...


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By david greenlees on Sunday, December 15, 2013 - 05:34 pm:

It will buff right out.....


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Robert L. Rampton on Sunday, December 15, 2013 - 05:48 pm:

Holy cow. This is a blast from the past image that I did not expect to see today. I know because I was there, and it has brought back some very good memories. October 2008, Longest Auto Race Centennial tour, 90 miles west of Odgen, UT at the ghostown of Kelton along the trace of the Transcontinental RR, also the route through Utah of the New York-Paris race. My car is the Suzuki on the right. Had a blast those couple of days.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Erich Bruckner, Vancouver, WA on Sunday, December 15, 2013 - 05:57 pm:

Proceed with utmost caution as, unless I'm wrong, that looks like one of the rare late bootleg units from the East Dakota plant that made Canadian cars on United States soil. They were sent down in parts protected by large amounts of whiskey barrels (note the bullet holes). Long story, but that may prove to be a unique T worth a considerable sum. Don't do anything to ruin the illusive yet invaluable authenticity factor.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Erich Bruckner, Vancouver, WA on Sunday, December 15, 2013 - 06:00 pm:

Obviously, before any work could be started, there would have to be an environmental impact study done to be sure the T was not being utilized as a home by any small animals of an endangered nature.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Erich Bruckner, Vancouver, WA on Sunday, December 15, 2013 - 06:15 pm:

On the plus side, I happen to know Steve Jelf has a real sharp looking wheel you need for this resto project.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Danial - Veneta OR US Earth Solar System on Sunday, December 15, 2013 - 06:34 pm:

But the question remains, gentlemen - did it run when parked?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Fred Dimock, Newfields NH, USA on Sunday, December 15, 2013 - 07:03 pm:

Don't try to register it in Massachusetts!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Donnie Brown on Sunday, December 15, 2013 - 07:29 pm:

If you have any problem with registration. I can help you. That is plenty enough to register in Arkansas. But please remember to keep three receipts for something you used in the restoration. And please do not over restore it if you decide to go the restoration route. These truly original cars are getting harder to find. It may even qualify for the preservation class.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Mike Penserini on Sunday, December 15, 2013 - 08:32 pm:

Come on guys, don't you know a Chevy when you see it ?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By charles kenneth gibbard. on Sunday, December 15, 2013 - 10:05 pm:

Sorry guys its rolls canardly.
I am very surprised to see that much
corrosion .They were painted with
moified bitumen.Good luck with the
restoration.
kenny.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Bob Trevan - Australia on Sunday, December 15, 2013 - 10:19 pm:

Check about for any other of it's remains ---FORD often have extended warrantee on know faulty parts.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Karl Gilchrist on Sunday, December 15, 2013 - 10:48 pm:

Gosh I think that's great Aunt Ethel's car !


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Bob McDaniel(Indiana Trucks)Star City In on Monday, December 16, 2013 - 12:24 am:

Looks like it was put together from parts of other cars. It may have had a water pump that leaked so bad it rusted the rest of the parts away. I think you should put it on ebay as a rat rod and ask $75,000 for it.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dennis Henrichs on Monday, December 16, 2013 - 12:54 am:

Danial,

It ran until somebody shot it and put it out of it's misery. Now it's a 20 Horseless carriage.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Ken Findlay on Monday, December 16, 2013 - 02:24 am:

That's my car. It was stolen on tour last year. Runs great...
Ken


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Danial - Veneta OR US Earth Solar System on Monday, December 16, 2013 - 02:36 am:

Dennis - Ha!

(and did that other guy really use "canardly" in a sentence?)


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Roger Byrne - Racine, MN on Monday, December 16, 2013 - 10:29 am:


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Peter Taylor on Thursday, December 19, 2013 - 12:53 pm:

Am I missing something? All I see are fenders...


I guess you gotta' start somewhere :-)


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