Well I don't know if you remember this little green coupe that showed at my door last year. The extremely cold winter put the skids to doing much of the work on it. So once the weather broke I went to town on it. This is what it looked like before...
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After replacing the top wood and some metal here and there, much time was spent correcting some fairly bizarre issues. Such as someone painted the inside of the carb which lead to a carb bowl full of paint peel. The radiator mounts were actually found on the hood latches. The front axle perches were in backwards. The front axle was bent and the wrong year spindles were used. And a few other minor problems that surprised both the owner and myself. Then came a month long debate as to what color the puk green coupe was going to be. In the end it was agreed to the following paint scheme.
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WOW!!!! that is super sharp. I don't think I have ever seen a T painted like that.
Just goes to show how much work some "20 footers" can end up needing to be put right, congratulations on a job well done.
Hi Don...I'm kinda partial to the "Improved" coupes and I find that this restoration looks fabulous !! Well done sir !! You provided the owner exactly what he wanted and corrected the items that were done wrong to make it a "safe" car for the owner to enjoy. Plus, it is very unique. I like the combo of natural wood wheels juxtaposed on a rich looking two tone paint scheme. Excellent paint finish I might add. You should be very proud. W
Thanks for the kind words all. It is amazing that the paint can completely change the character of a car. Another little surprise we had was a jumper wire on the ignition switch. It was put there to make you think the magneto was working. The truth was the mag was dead and the jumper allowed the car to run off the battery while the switch was on magneto. Something to think about when shopping for a Model T.
Looke great Don!
Don, Great to see the finished article. The two tone paint job looks lovely. Glad to know you are in great health as we read on the forum last week in a posting that Don Booth was in a bad way! Fortunately for you it was another Don Booth!
What color was the Coupe originally. Could you tell or was it redone to many times.
John, I saw many colors while stripping. It looked to be a grey/blue at one point but that was only found on a rear fender. I do believe the car was put together from donors. No real evidence to say much else. I'm sure it had been restored a few times over the years. The owner took it for drive today and was quite pleased with the new front end and some engine work. My satisfaction comes from his satisfaction of the two tone. He had a hard time deciding what color to go with and I put in my two bits. The two tone was a gamble but I really like the results. The maroon has many shades depending on the lighting and how close you are to the car. I also decided to paint the entire car black first and then add the maroon with the hope of giving it a deeper richer look...
Some more pictures... This all single stage paint. I still have some work to do on it.
Probably not a correct color scheme if you're a purist, but I gotta agree that previous reincarnation of Channel Green should be labelled "goat vomit green". Sharp looking car now!
Very nice attention to detail Don. I know what you started with, now it is getting to be a great car. I can't wait to see all of your cars displayed at the Old Car Festival this autumn. JD
We need a "Like" button. That's one swell chariot.
I remember the earlier post well.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
Don, all I can say is WOW! Dave
I didn't mind the little coupe in green but it certainly is stellar now!! Beautiful.
Thank you for all the kind words guys. It is that which makes it all worth while. As a not so newbie to the T world now I can tell you it means a lot more than I can express. Thank you!
Don, Good colour combination. Looks a lot better than puke green!
Thanks Kevin, yesterday we discovered the rivets from the steering tube and quadrant were missing on the bottom side and the two top rivets were just sitting in the holes. That explained the excessive play in the steering. So, back to the barn for a solution on that issue. Now it has almost zero play in the wheel and drives really well. What started out to be a top wood repair on this one turned into a complete restore job right down to the frame. You just never know what you are getting into with this hobby.
Car looks amazing! I really like the color with the wheels.
I like the color too. An orange pin stripe just below the beltline would really set it off!
Mike, its funny you said that. I told the owner he was lucky that I couldn't do pin stripping or his car would have some.
You could farm it out.
It really NEEDS that stripe!
I like it, just one question... What happened to the spare tire and carrier?
G R that is where the "almost Done" part comes in...it is on the car now.
Just had to add this to the thread. The three cars restored in three years sitting at the Old Car Festival at The Henry Ford. A unique experience to say the least.
Don, You have turned that little coupe into a work of art. Well done. I can only hope that my 27 coupe turns out as well. Again a beautiful job. Harv.
I like the two-tone body color. It sounds like it is being built to run. Nice job!!!
Beautiful car Don, nice paint job. What brand/type of paint did you use? You said single stage but didn't mention other than that. Just curious.
Don't you use a shaker can Tim?
I prefer all black.
Tim we used PPG Omni single stage on both colors. As mentioned before, I painted the entire car black before the burgandy/maroon went on. I do feel it made a richer color of it. Thx. And Rex, not everybody is from the south border of O I O ....
Tim almost lives in the part of ohio that nobody wanted.......