I just got my latest issue of the Horseless Carriage Gazette and there is an excellent article by Gary Hoonsbeen on a very nice original 1911 Ford touring. I don't think i can post the pictures without permission but there are some interesting features on this car. On the underneath side of the floor boards, there are the words "Simplex Mfg Co, Kansas City U.S.A." Also, there some very unusual straps that rivet to the bottom of the gas tank and run to the tank to frame bolts. These are in addition to the regular soldered and riveted tank mounting straps. This car appears to be a pretty low mileage original car.
Very neat article-want more pics!!!
Does it include pictures of the "barn"?
Isn't is a cool car?
I spoke with Michael the other day and he will check out the E&J acetylene generator mounting bracket bolts.
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It may be a recent barn find, however with that natural steering wheel, it must of come out of the barn once before!
Would there be a link to the story?
It sounds like it may be the 1911 Touring that Gary bought from a farmer in northern Wisconsin in 1974. Bruce McCalley featured it in his "Big Black Book" on pages 103 to 107. It was also a feature article in the Vintage Ford magazine, Volume 10 Number 3. Or, did Gary Hoonsbeen find another 1911 Touring?
All I know is I liked that article but wanted about 5,000 more photos of that car.
Gary wrote the article about a fellow HCCA, TCRG member's recent auction purchase. The car has found a good home. Mike was the steward of my '14 Touring for many years. He and his brother Pat took good care of it. They each take a keen interest in learning the history of individual cars and provided me with some nice documentation for my car shortly after I purchased it from a mutual friend.