I have a pre 1923 turtle deck for sale. I can send more pictures. asking $350. Located near KC. THANKS
If it were in 250 miles of me, I’d dang sure buy it. Would cost too much to get it here...:o(
How Mike I will buy please send me info to pay if still for sale
Mike, Your turtle deck is 1917-1922. Its a really nice looking turtle deck for the price. You shouldn’t have any trouble selling it locally within a couple weeks time!
I believe the flat handles were used on 1919-22 Fords. That looks like a nice turtle, and it's a good price for it.
1917-1922 according to Bruce M’s encyclopedia:
If u can find a box for it I think UPS ill take it as an oversize package. Costs more though. Ck with them.
I just realized there is a "kick out" in the front panel that I would assume would be for a battery. I would guess this would have came off of a 1919-1922. I hope this helps. Thanks
Guys, Is this a roadster or coupe turtle deck? How do you tell the difference?
Randy -- It's from a Roadster (Runabout). The Coupe turtles were very different.
Adam -- We had a discussion here about these turtles a year or two ago. Everyone agreed that the change to the flat handles must have occurred at the same time as the addition of the battery notch in the front panel. No one here had ever seen one without the other. Prior to that, I thought Bruce was correct as you noted. But since then, I believe all the others whose experience was the same as mine, not having seen a turtle with only one or the other of those features. I haven't seen all of those turtles, of course, but there were a lot of pairs of eyes involved in that discussion.
It's too bad Bruce isn't still around to ask about this. We all owe him a great debt of gratitude for his work, but there are a few things he didn't get right. God bless him.
I had one just as nice off a 23-25 and what I believe you have is an early "take off". Somebody bought a roadster and quickly removed the turtle deck and hung it somewhere to convert the car into a truck. They show up sometimes and the turtle deck was probably only on the car for a few days/ weeks/ or months. That is a really nice piece and it would be interesting to know how you found it.
Somebody removed it and stored it in a good environment where it wouldn't get wet or dented up, probably spent decades hanging on a nail somewhere. Mine was high on the wall of a barn.
I bought this out of an estate where it was Literally hanging on nails in a garage. I purchased several things that day that I have been able to use, but this serves no purpose for me. Just trying to find a good home for it. thanks for the additional info.
Mike S. -- I have sent you a PM through the MTFCA system. If it's not in your email inbox, check your trash folder. Sometimes these messages go there. Thanks.
It is sold. THANKS
RE Randys question. Coup trunks were built as part of the body and can not readily be removed like the runabout.
I am glad this was posted,I have a "turtle" and was wondering what year it was and such.Now that I have saw this I will check it tomorrow and see what I have had hanging around for 10 years!