Next generation speedster project

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Chris Paulsen - McPherson, KS on Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 12:40 am:

My daughter is building a '14 Speedster. We were able to make some progress this summer. My father and I have helped her every bit of the way, but she's been there for every bit of it. She's pressed and reamed bushings, disassembled, cleaned and measured parts. She even did 75% or more of the bead-blasting, priming and painting.



Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Neil Dorey on Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 01:08 am:

WOW!!! looks great so far, love the colour choice for the wires. I tip my hat to her for having what it takes to do the job write, well done.
Nice to see a young person getting into old cars and a model T speedster at that.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Tyrone Thomas - Topeka KS on Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 09:05 am:

Nice. By the time she is done, she can teach at the college.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Greg Whaley, Georgetown Ontario Canada on Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 09:16 am:

Looks great! Love the wheel color.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Rob Heyen on Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 09:21 am:

Great job. Way to go Chris. I'm sure the two of you will build a great car (and memories).


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Ed Baudoux on Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 09:37 am:

Great project! Be careful about taking pictures of your daughter with the car. I have many shots of our daughter as a toddler with the woody wagon, and it keeps me from selling it :-) It's part of the family photo album.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Mike Walker, NW AR on Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 10:29 am:

My guess is that finishing the car and reaching (legal) driving age will occur at about the same time. What a hoot!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Steve Jelf, Parkerfield KS on Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 10:35 am:

She's a lucky kid having Chris and Gary teaching what to do and how to do it. I expect she'll have it done in time to take her driver's test in it.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Chris Paulsen - McPherson, KS on Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 10:42 am:

I'm hoping it will be done before she can legally drive it. Someone will have to put some test miles on it, right?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Val Soupios on Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 11:03 am:

Do you rent her out? She does real nice work and I'll bet she has a lot more energy than I do!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By John Aldrich Orting Wa on Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 11:44 am:

I love seeing kids get involved like she has and actually spend the tedious time to do it right!

She's a keeper!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Ken Kopsky, Lytle TX on Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 12:10 pm:

My daughters are all grown and gone but I can't even get the granddaughters interested when they visit. They're glued to the couch poking at a phone screen most of the time. Now the great grandson may turn out "ok". As soon as he gets over the shock and awe of all the equipment around not being a playground, he really seem interested in mechanical things and tools. And, he's not afraid to get dirty. :-)


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Hap Tucker in Sumter SC on Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 02:18 pm:

Chris,

That is great! I know you are really proud of her.

Respectfully submitted,

Hap l9l5 cut off


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Michael Thomas on Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 04:32 pm:

Looks like she has grown some since I saw her last! Nice project! Mike


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By David Mazza on Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 06:06 pm:

How many leaves did you leave in the rear spring, the gentle re curve is nice.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By David Mazza on Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 06:08 pm:

I should have also asked how many leaves in the front spring also. I getting ready to tackle springs for my speedster this week.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Warren Webb on Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 07:52 pm:

Chris...Is this where the RHD setup is going?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Mike Walker, NW AR on Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 07:58 pm:

A bit of drift -- I've noticed that lots of folks want to build RHD speedsters. Why is that?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By John Memmelaar Jr on Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 09:36 pm:

Looks great ! She's doing a great job !!!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Clayton Swanson on Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 10:01 pm:

looks like a bad idea to me, soon the nice young girl will have lots of greasy young boys hangin around wanting to drive her model t


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Seth from NC on Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 11:09 pm:

Nice! I really like the wheel color. Lucky girl. She's way ahead of the game and doesn't even know it. Those are my favorite Model T tires too! Sears Allstate Safety Treads! Haha, if anyone has some they ever want to sell then let me know. Chris are you the one who bought Mark Chaffin's Gemsa engine?!?

Does she know what she wants it to look like? Body style, color, etc? Speedsters are the best. Keep us updated!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dana A. Crosby in Glendale, Az on Monday, August 25, 2014 - 12:25 am:

If the wheels go missing, check my '26. That color is just T-riffic!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Chris Paulsen - McPherson, KS on Monday, August 25, 2014 - 11:45 am:

Thank you all.
She picked the color for the wheels. I offered pink, purple, whatever and left it up to her. I'm so excited she wants to put a car together I don't care what color it is. My father felt the same way when I was in high school and wanted to put a T together. My car still has a cream chassis and bright green highlights here and there.

Warren-I offered her the RHD parts and at first she said no, but I think she likes the idea of something more different more and more.

Clayton-hopefully she won't fall for the 'running out of gas' trick!

Seth-Don't I wish! No-it wasn't me. I did offer her a 4-valve Rajo I have and she's thinking about it. She's thinking something simple like a Rootlieb-type speedster with fenders just to make it a little more substantial and tourable. I know, I know....plenty of people tour with bare-bones speedsters and racers.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Seth from NC on Monday, August 25, 2014 - 12:03 pm:

LOL "offered her a 4-valve Rajo and she's thinking about it." What is there to think about? If she doesn't want it I can put on my teenage girl act and you can give it to me! LOL

As for the speedster style - whatever she likes is cool. If she likes the classic look of a Rootleib then help her build that. I might mention that fenders really slow you down a lot so she's working with all of the info, but after that, I'm like you: just be stoked she's excited about it.

Show her this green car - I like how they used the stock fenders but tweaked them some to hug the tires a little better. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Ford-Model-T-speedster-1914-Ford-Model-T-Boat-tail-Speed ster-/281420980695?forcerrptr=true&hash=item4185ff61d7&item=281420980695&pt=US_C ars_Trucks#ht_54wt_1362

Not a fan the yellow running gear but the overall speedster concept looks great. Have you showed her pics of Clayton's speedster? I've always like how his looks great with the top up or down. Or have her check out http://www.nwvs.org/members-speedster-gallery/ and pick a top 10, then see if there's some kind of theme and maybe go forward from there.


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