i finally took some pics of the car. i've sent them to several people today. if you want to see them, email me at email@example.com.
ref: fire destroyed the old mitchell motor sales building on new year's eve. an original 26 model t was among the treasures lost.
here are the pics of the t
Steve, if you can take the driver's side door off I'll give you a fair price for it. its too bad it burned it looked like it was a nice car
The bumpers and the bumper mounts along with the spare tire Y bracket would be worth saving. I have been trying to get one of the Y brackets (ebay) for a few months, and they usually sell for over $150.00. Let us know if you decide to salvage (sell) any of the parts.
I don't see a car that couldn't be restored here.
Some people Start with less then this. I would Not write this car off.
My pick-up didn't look that good when I started my restoration project!
It can be brought back to life, just takes lots of time & money!
Damaged but repairable. i started with maybe 20% or so of that.
Do you guys think the trunk and top irons can be salvaged because I might be interested in those too
not quite a ton of scrape iron.if it was in my yard i'd get some pieces off, but not worth pulling parts, shipping, etc.
Going by the pictures, I would guess that the engine, manifolds, and a lot of other chassis parts could be saved.
I would say speedster running gear and salvageable body parts.Metal got purty hot.
Problem is that a lot of the sheet parts have lost strength as they have been heated up to the remperatures where that happens.
Agree that power unit may be salvagable.
I don't think it got as hot as this one.
Was restored just waiting for upholstery. Engine rebuilt never run.
Looks like it really cooked. Looks like quite a few salvageable parts. If one were up to the challenge, it could be restored, but it would be more than a few bundles of work.
The 26 is bad enough, but seeing a brass era T cremated like that is super sad.
I have restored several cars from piles worse than either of those.
The '26 roadster got hot enough that the radiator fins burned away leaving the bottom 2/3 of the tubes in place. The top 1/3 of the tubes and top tank also melted away. Most of the steel is probably restoreable (I would bet I could save the windshield posts, not sure about the frame). The bearings may be ruined, and probably the pistons if they are aluminum.
I would consider it if it were within a couple hundred miles of me and the price was reasonable.
I believe the one James E posted pictures of is a '14 runabout? I would love to have it! Note how the aluminum hogshead is gone on it.
Shame. Both of them.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
May be the quality of the vanadium steel would be a little compromised after that sort of heat!!
Ooooohhhh. Poor Lizzie's seen better days...
Slight thread drift....
There were 3 cars burned up in a garage fire in Seaford Del. over the weekend.
I could not find any info on what they were....??
Afraid one or more may have been a T but no confirmation. Any one else hear of this? Info?
I have to agree with some of the comments here, unless Lizzie is melted into a puddle she's restorable only a matter of time and money.
I bought a new car in 89 and while they were getting it ready somebody in the shop dropped a piece of pipe that skinned the side of the car, so while it was in the paint shop getting repaired, they had a fire and totaled my new car a Chevrolet Caprice Classic Broughm, so i took the one they had on display, i had a 72 Ford company car that just burnt up in the parking lot at work never found out why.
Here is the 14 runabout in the garage. Fire dept. said to melt the aluminum it had to get to 1200 plus degrees. As you can see on the previous pictures it did that inside the engine to the pistons. The bottom of the pan was a big slug of aluminum around the flywheel.
The car behind the T was a 1929 Rolls Limo
Then behind that a Cadillac V16 limo with a complete extra engine and tranny.
29 Rolls Limo, Body by Darrin and Hibbard
My goodness that painful. Not much left of those 3.The Rolls was a super looking car. Shame. I once knew a gentleman in New Bern NC that had a Silver Ghost burn. It lost all of it's coachwork (aluminum panels and wood frame) but the chassis was OK and still ran. It was completely restored.
You guys do know that people willingly anneal sheet metal with oxyacetylene when doing panelbeating to make the metal easier to work right? Industriousness, Ingenuity and elbow grease could save the world. i would adopt a car like that if i had the room and money.
did the fire department even put water on that garage fire? My gosh.
Chimney savers for sure.
The fire happened at night and was not seen until it was through the shake roof. There were high winds at the time and it was like a blast furnace with the concrete block walls. They believe it was started by a light ballast.