For those interested
Fantomworks on Velocity channel is restoring a 1917 Overland, not a model t but has wood frame and wood wheels
Watched this last night. Anybody besides me shocked at the quality of the restoration he did? Paint not rubbed out " Because they didn't shine back then"?? wood steering wheel multi-colored because of all the wood putty in the rotten wood. Horrible upholstery with puckers and visible nails and tacks and no hide-em welting. Don't worry about smoking motor, "they all did that back then"!
I also saw the show. -Without a doubt, Fantomworks brought the car back from the dead, probably at more cost than the car's restored worth—but that sort of thing isn't unusual among eccentric, high-end collectors. -Hey, it's only money, right?
I was surprised that they went to the trouble of creating a replacement wheel for one which was rotted beyond redemption instead of just having Mr. Stutzman make up a full set for what might have been less cost.
Overland were not a bargain-basement brand, so they'd have used pretty good paint. -Of course cars were shiny back then—that was very much in style—but perhaps this Fantomworks' client wanted the aged look of patina, and "... because they didn't shine back then" was just an extemporaneous comment that the show's producer decided to keep in. -Still, on a frame-off, nuts & bolts restoration with brand new upholstery, it would have made more sense to go with a "non-patina" paint finish. -Ah, but it's so easy for a know-nothing newbie like me to be a Monday morning, armchair-quarterback!
During the summer months, when viewing choices amount to reruns and reality TV (and what the heck is "Pawn Stars" doing on The History Channel???), I'm more inclined to watch non-bickering, non-backbiting, old-car restoration shows like "Wheeler-Dealers," "Chasing Classic Cars," and "What's My Car Worth?". -If only The Velocity Channel had a Brass-Era car program!