Made door panels with map pockets today.
If you want to get REALLY incorrect, mount a GPS on the dash ! (insert puking icon here)
I use the GPS on my phone while I'm in the T all the time. There's even a great spot by the windshield that holds my phone well.
Burger do you drive your T cross country several times a yr, Dean has more miles under him in a T then anyone I know
I wish i needed a map holder!..being a new owner/driver the furthest i have ventured has been about 5 miles from my house, plus the 340 times going around the block
GPS is all ready there. I use it to document my travels.
I have Most of my travels documented on GPG track logs, downloaded to my computer. Some times the GPS fail some times I mess up the down load.
Part of the time I did not have a GPS.
John, if the trips around the block have become predictably reliable, it's time to venture further afield. Whether to use a map or a GPS is left to your discretion.
This is my newest E-addition
I like to use maps, but I was puzzled about getting the right local ones wherever I happen to be. Then I realized I can go to the local McDonalds and use their free wi-fi to download whatever maps I want and store them as PDF's on a laptop. I had to convert these to JPEG's and shrink them for the forum, but you get the idea.
Gilbert, you are probably right. The combination of being a new driver and driving a car that sat for many years has been resolved in my mind. I am now very comfortable driving my T on the road, a big step for me in about the last Month. The combination of learning how to properly drive a T and all the things i had done to it to make it roadworthy makes you reluctant to just get in and expect no problems. Out of all the things i did, it seems i was most fearful of the new tires and tubes i had just installed since many here were having trouble at that time, but they have not been a problem and that is one less thing to worry about.
This is the URL for my spot Gen 3 track.
the track is only displayed for 7 days so there are none to be seen now. I will be heading north Sunday
Well, I'll be ... ! I made the icon reference thinking of kids who can't read a map and rely on i-everything just to survive !
OK, let's talk long distance T-tripping. I love the idea and want to drive the wheels off mine when completed.
Talk to me. I WANT to get lost, so maps aren't my biggest concern. But learned ideas about how to build a T to be a great distance traveler are of much interest. (insert smiley icon here)
The DeLorme Gazetteers are terrific map books for backwater exploring.
Some of the state highway departments have excellent maps online. The KDOT maps of Kansas counties are excellent. Oklahoma's are lame. Surprisingly, I didn't find any Colorado maps online worth 2¢. You just have to see what's available from the state where you're going. Some are great and some are stinkers.
I agree that the Delorme maps are very good. I like that they show elevations.
My pockets are sized for DeLORME Gazetteers.
I have them for 49 States.
If you want to get lost just follow the GPS. If you don't like the way she is sending you go the way you want. The Bi##h in the box will recalculate many times. You see some very interesting places doing that.
PS I also like to have AAA Maps for the aria .
The DeLorme maps vary in detail from state to state. Some, like Washington, often show even remote "scratches in the dirt" that most maps won't. Seen some great forgotten places just studying those maps.
i see your maps are perfect north-south-east-west grids.
In the central and western states, the land was surveyed in mile sections (a square mile is called a section, and a quarter of a square mile is called a unit) If you look at the second map Steve posted, you can see that many of the sections are divided into 1/4 sections, this was the standard size of a homestead (160 acres) Wit pivot irrigation, the satellite photos are showing more round fields than square ones though.
Maps and GPS or mapquest are not very accurate here. Our road is a private drive which extends past one house before you get to ours. The private drive is at the end of a named road easement which intersects with another named road easement. People are often coming down our drive looking for the house across the canyon.
Unfortunately, when I invite people who have not been here, I tell them exactly how to get here, they disregard my instructions and look us up on GPS and then can't find us!
Given the many places across the United States where you've driven your Model T over the years, I'm surprised you need any maps at all to find your way! You've already been THERE!!!
Marshall, also in Iowa
Burger, as a side note, you can make the smiley icon by typing a : followed by a ) - the forum software converts it to this when it previews or posts the message:
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Just came back from the dentist yesterday.
I use maps, because they are big and I can see where I'm going, where I've been and alternate routes between the two on the same map.
I also use GPS, because I like to see what roads are near or coming up and how fast I'm going, how long we were driving and how far we went.
And that is an LED dome light, one for the front seat and one for the back seat. The clock is from my grandfathers 1928 Kissel.
They are convenient.
Oh my gosh MIke,.....next it'll be an e-timer!
Geeez: I can't believe the stink that has been raised about the e-timer. The guy has a good idea and he made it work, give him credit for that. I figure use it if you like it, don't if you don't and leave it at that.
Mike,....agreed! I'm not too much for "electronics" in Model "T's myself, however, I can sure see how the e-timer could be a great solution for a strong running engine but with a bad magneto! In fact, I have just that situation on one of my "T's.
Now then, a bit more "back on track" on this thread,.....I really like your "custom" door panels. Designed for carrying something as bulky and cumbersome as an atlas, but very "period correct" looking as far as color and materials. Nice work,......harold
Thank you Harold.
i like real maps. when you pay attention, they tell you alot that the modern gps and mapquest dont tell. those are usefull tools, but a map can show you the surrounding area for many reasons, like got trouble?, need a bigger city for your favorite food? where else can i cross this river? etc, i guess its an inherited as all the members of my family have a road atlas nearby at all times
I have no intention of keeping my T perfectly "stock". Rivet counters and numbers-matching nerds are a real turn off. I like "period correct" with a greater emphasis on "barn fresh" over "factory fresh". I want my truck to look at if you hit your head and came to, only to discover it was 1939 and an old farm truck was rolling by. No one cared if it was OEM perfect. They just wanted it to get a job done ! Isn't that half the charm of a Model T ?
I have a really cool old mystery light fixture that will get reworked into a delicate semaphore turn indicator using an LED light source, as nothing else is that small to fit. It will work, look very period correct, and oh yeah ... it will work !
I think there is enough room in this hobby to do your own thing without having to resort to name calling other people for having a "purist view". Just my 2 cents.