A huge thank you to everyone who has help me along the past couple of years..
As you can see, i'm getting closer...
Pretty much just the top, brake light, painting floor boards and a few odd and ends left...
then registration and driving!
You make me jealous, what a nice looking car. You spent a lot of time on that one.
You've come a long way baby!
Nice! Big difference from your 'Before' photo under your profile.
Very nice! Thanks for showing.
WOW! What a beautiful Model T you have
Michael, I think you should be very proud !!
What a Beauty !!
Sure looks good, I hope your not afraid to get out and drive it now? Get some kids or a dog and put in some fun miles.
You guys have been wonderful. Had no idea what I was getting into when I started. I've had so many ah-ha moments doing this project.
The best part has been the involvement of my 12 and 14 year old sons. Yesterday the 13 year old was under the car and let me know he had dirt on his hands from the hogs head. How many 13 year olds know what a hogs head is? How fun.
And - yes. I plan to drive it - all over the place :-)
Great job! I know you will be enjoying the warmer weather, when it returns.
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Looks great! Don't hog it. Get it off the road (big parking lot or other private property) and let the boys drive it too.
Steve - they've already been driving the chassis up and down the neighborhood! I'm trying to talk my oldest into taking his driving license test in it. Almost convinced......
Great looking T
You have spent enough time admiring your work.
Now that you have experience it is time to begin your next T project!
What is it going to be?
Fred - Cant wait to start the next one! Nothing on the horizon yet, but I'm a- lookin. .
It looks Great! Not they way I remember it at all, seems like the last time I saw it, it was sitting under an open shed all dirty old saggy top, tires flat dull faded paint...
Just think all that work and now you get to reverse the process, it's a lot more fun getting them dirty, oily,and nasty than it is cleaning them up. you'll find that out real soon.
Be safe and happy T'ing...
No dents, no waves. Beautiful! What a great job!
Looks great! Now it's time to enjoy driving your T.
I wish I had had comments like you ARE getting back in my days from T'ers. At shows or in the clubs it was always "nice car but this is wrong and that is wrong..." as many of my cars in the early 60's had the wrong engine in them or the wrong body but I was 15-18 and starting out without any help form T or A guys then. Dad was into hunting, fishing, and playin pool. He was good at all three and knew how to change his own oil. I GOT more help from the stock car and hot rod guys then I did from the antiquers as a young kid and early adult. But I WANTED an original when I wanted a T or an A!!! I actually rode in the hot rods of guys who had them in 1958- 60 and at speed! Kind of scared me a lot. I did ride in cut down A's and T's at 80 mph and at 40 mph and they would jump the curbs on the passenger side of the car just to scare us or me.(two kids in the passengers seat) usually a bench. But the antiques did fine, to me! Lots of antiquers had nose-in-the-air syndrome sickness. The hot rodders did not. Funny, when I raced at the drags back in the day, 1961 to 69, I could shoe one of my cars down the strip in 14 and 15 seconds, at first, then finally reaching the 10's and 11's but I could never ride with any of them! Many rode with me on the streets but I didn't show off nor drink. So people actually liked to RIDE with me around town at night. Going to college and building my own cars helped I think in those people's choices.
It took YEARS to learn what was correct and what was not for the car's year in T's and A's! Back then you had to attend the shows, talk to people whom you did not know and ask only one or two questions so you did not upset anyone and attend the judges meetings to learn what to look for. That was what helped me in the long run. But it took years!!! I remember buying the books and LIVING in them! Those Wonderful Old Automobiles and then when From Here to Obscurity came out I loved that book! Finally some answers!!!
Of course, Michael, you have one BIG advantage... this forum!!!! Photos (that you can download and GREATLY enlarge) to see what IS. People in the know. I did not have that in the day. Teachers made at best 5 or $6,000.00 annually so you could not buy much GOOD stuff. And, in fact, it was unobtainium even BACK then! Where I come from.
Buying or building a new home for the family always came first ahead of old cars. Then kids seem to come along from those cold winters!!! So, if you were gonna have it you had to make it work! I was never into speedsters nor trucks or hacks (they don't appeal to me) (sorry guys) so you learn to do it!!! Pure and simple.
Sweet! WTG man! How cool would it be if you could talk your son into taking his test in it? I wonder if the DMV would let him do that?
THAT....... >>> And - yes. I plan to drive it - all over the place :-)
Michael Yes--please convince your son to take his test in the T. There was a memo on the Forum by a Dad whose daughter had taken her test in his Model T!!
My son was not able to take his driving test in the Speedster, but he was able to drive it at that years MTFCI tour. He received the Jimmy Walker award for doing so, and I think he is just as happy. I had him practice in the parking lot across the street from the hotel for about 15 minutes - first time he ever drove the car. Then he thought he was driving back to the hotel, and I said 'No. You have 25 miles to drive on todays tour', and away we went.
He drove it on other days of the tour as well.
Just a thought I know it is not orig. but I stained my floorboards. Give it a thought, you can always paint it.
Gosh!! She is jealous you have got to be proud of your work and the way she turn out. Time show her off and do so weddings....
Yes - tanks so much. I didn't post to get the accolades, but to just say thank you to all who have helped. This is a "forum" car.
A special thanks to Dan Hatch who put the engine back together after I stripped it down to the block. He poured new Babbitt, and talked me into new cam and skat crank. The engine has new sleeves and new correct pistons, also new valve sleeves and valves. Should be better than it was when it came out of the factory nearly a hundred years ago.
I blasted the frame and the sprayed por15. It have correct shackles again and although the body is later than a correct 16, I've tried my best to keep it close.
Waiting for warmer weather to put the top on and finish the trim.
Still need a horn and a place for the license plate.
Michael i left out some of what i wanted to say guess that's what i get for trying to do two things at one time! What i meant to say is she is gorgeous! I'm jealous you got to be proud of the hard work and time you put into the Restoration and the way she turned out! Now the fun begin time to start showing her off and maybe doing some weddings..
thanks Robert! just looking forward to picking the boys up from school in her