This photo was just printed in our local paper. Caption says the boys were having fun in their $25 "Model T Touring car" in 1946 on a farm east of Carney, Michigan. Interesting custom body work!
Chopped off center door?
Rare 2-door Model T phaeton.
A cut off 1923 Center door sedan.
Wonder if i should make one like that? It would be unique.
That's the one they should call a "Tourabout". A cross between a Touring and a Runabout.
A lot of closed cars met this fate after the tops leaked. As many as I have seen in Michigan, I wonder how many more were cut off in warmer states?
I am "Phaeton Stupid".
What's a phaeton body look like?
John, What was called a Touring in the Model T era was called a phaeton in the Model A/V8 era. It's like runabout/roadster
i was at a gas station in my A one time and an old farmer was looking over my car. he told me they used to buy them for 10 bucks or so, and cut the roof off so you could fill the inside with hay and drive it out to the cows. he said they were really happy when they got a touring or phaeton so no work to chop off the top
Got it. Thanks!
That's why they were called the universal car, and we have so many parts still out there.
A few years back a gentleman whom I gave a 'T' ride told me that he and his buddies did that after they rolled the car. It was also a 23. He said it was a real draw for the girls!
Lots of reasons for doing that. In the '70s, I saw a Ford Gran Torino Convertible. I knew they never made them and asked the owner about it. He said he was going to scrap the car in a week so, he cut the roof off with a torch just so he could have some fun with it. It started raining at that very moment and he took off in a panic.
I'd've thought he took off in a Torino...