Besides the projects to rebuild three model T's by last month, today it was suggested by my wife and the grandkids that I should by one of those little mini T's like the Shriners drive.
So, what's a good source to look for them?
Thanks for the help.
They show up on E-bay from time to time. or google search "model t go cart" Not cheap, and unrestored or partially restored are harder to find. Make sure the wheels are good, they are real expensive if you have to replace them.
Makes a great trainer. Little kids will spend hours in them at family events. Something for a younger girl or boy to drive in a parade ahead of you. I got mine at a auction for 450 bucks. Not a real nice but a runner. Just keep the kids out in a big empty field and watch them go!
I got lucky. Spotted one in a friend's garage 15 years ago. Asked him then, to let me know if it ever came up for sale. A couple years ago he called and he was tired of tripping over it.
I would regularly check Craigslist.
Those go karts show up all in the time on my local Craigslist when I search "Model T."
As I recall $900.00 seems like a pretty good price for one of the little cars. I think I've usually seen them around the $1000.00 +/- range.
I saw one for sale last week at the Vintage Motor Bike show in Portland, Indiana for $1500 and it needed a little work.
About 5 years ago one went on eBay for TEN THOUSAND dollars!
But then about 15 years ago an ignition key for a T went for $250.
Look at the Akron-Canton Ohio Craigslist, under autos July 29 , pretty nice one listed for $1400.00.
I guess it is in Shelby Ohio, but sort of near Akron.
I cant post a link from this PC sorry.
There was one at the Long Beach swap.. I'm surprised nobody posted a pic. My hands are no longer steady enough for my camera.
Joe, where are you located? Anywhere near a Shrine Center?
Dick Joe is in K. City area
A cane or walking stick makes for a good way to steady a camera on Ralph. That, combined with most cameras ability to eliminates jitter, should allow you to still take great photos. Don't give up.
Joe, you might try contacting these folks just to chat about where you might find one. There are three e-mail addresses shown:
Bought one new for my kids about 20 years ago from Sharp Mini-Cars, Kansas City, KS. 913-780-2885 or 1-800-310-2590 or fax913-780-2923.
No idea if they still make these or service them. At the time I bought ours they'd switched to a vertical shaft B&S engine w/electric start and a fwd./ neut. / rev. shifted tranny where the lever was under the seat.
Older versions had two levers on the side and a horizontal shaft motor. Sharp was servicing & supplying parts for this older type at the time also.
My oldest boy and I traveled down to pick it up. He was 7 at the time. He turned 26 today.
I would like to thank everyone that helped with information on this question. I meant to thank you guys earlier, but it seems that grandkids and their friends keep coming out of the woodwork.
It's like that sign I saw at the flea market: "Yes," the mother says over the phone, "I child proofed my house, but they still keep getting in!"
Kidding aside I will miss them when school starts.
To Dick Lodge, I live in Independence, Mo. straight across from you and John Danuser. And to Mr. Mortensen I will try the numbers above.
Again, thanks for the help.
Here is a mini-T owners forum, they might help locating one for you.
Up to 12 mph? That's almost as fast as a real Model T!
The older ones are pretty neat, with mini-front axles and spindles.
Also braking is probably better than a non-RM fitted real T.
I have one that i would be willing to sell --
contact me firstname.lastname@example.org
This UK company sells pedal cars: