I posted a few times about my '23 Touring that was bought new by my great-grandparents. There has been a lot of water under the bridge since then which brings me to today.
The car is finally back in my garage after keeping it in storage for the past 8 years. I applied for a title so hopefully that works out. The car was semi-restored in the late 70's but there is rust on the body just under the doors but I see a patch panel is available so I need to look into that. Plenty of other small repairs, naturally, on a 90+ y/o car.
I'm in the Portland, Oregon area and will probably be checking in with the local T club again for advice. Excited to get started on this thing!
Welcome back, Jim. Good luck in dealing with the DMV.
Does the rust go through the sheet metal? If not, surface rust can be removed and the sheet metal sealed from both inside and outside to prevent the rust from spreading. Patch panels can be welded in if necessary, but it is a much bigger job and I would recommend it be done by an experienced body shop. Welding can warp and or burn through the sheetmetal if not done properly.
Welcome. Or Welcome back.
The Rose City Model T Club meets on the first Thursday of the month at 7:30 at the Tigard Senior Center, 8815 O'Mara St in Tigard.
Here is a link to the website:
I hope to meet you soon.
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My T was restored in the Mid 50's and put in a barn in 64. We got it out a few years ago and all I did to the slightly rusty surfaces was wipe it down with MMO to protect it from further rust.
I wipe it down a few times each year and spray the underside. I don't have much metal but it protects what I have.
I have won a trophy in every car show I enter so it can't be all that bad!
I tried to find a good picture but this is all I could come up with
If the rust isn't seriously bad, small rust-through is sometimes better repaired with epoxy. This provided it is not structurally important or a restored-to-perfection show car. Surface rust is best cleaned, chemically treated, and painted over.
What Fred D does is also fine for non-structurally-serious rust. Automatic transmission fluid contains rust inhibitors and works well for that also.
I recall reading some of your posts before. I hope all is going well with you.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
Thanks for all the good wishes.
The rust - well, I can see daylight through some pin holes and I can actually flex the panel where it joins near the back door on the passenger side. The drivers side isn't as bad but is not far behind. I know a guy locally that could deal with this work so I need to talk to him and see what he thinks.
If I can get away with it for awhile, I would rather preserve than restore. Restoration is a slippery slope that I don't want to tackle but I will need to see how bad other things are underneath the metal - rotten wood, etc.