I would like to alert the user base that my 1914 Model T Touring was stolen from the lane by the Desoto Bend Inn & Suites in Missouri Valley Iowa early Saturday August 31st 2014. The tow vehicle was found in Omaha Nebraska around 52nd and Underwood. The trailer with my 1914 in it is still missing. The VIN of the model T is 420779. The front de-mountable wheels are unique as the are 3 by 3 de-mountables tread pattern on front is no skid. Please keep an eye out this has very special meaning to my family. My father in law bought it in 64 my wife was raised with it. We used it in our wedding and received it as our wedding present and we used it in my daughters wedding. It may or may not still be in the Omaha area. Please notify the authorities with any information you may have to help in its recovery.
If I had a trailer, Id pony up the money for a gps locator. This mystery would be solved by now. A smartphone would pinpoint the exact location of the trailer after its stolen. You could send the authorities, or if you are in the mood for some exercise, show up with a shotgun and a shovel. If you do not have one on your trailer, you are risking loss.
Ed, that's a great idea. IF I ever get my own trailer, I'm gonna invest in that. David, if I'd be lucky enough to come across it and the perpetrators believe me they'd wish they hadn't.
I'll be on the lookout here in northern Illinois for you.
Ron the Coilman
Scumbags. And if I type any more than that, Chris might give me a time out as my rant would be expletive-filled.
Ron that's a pretty cool little deal there!
The thieves probably were after the trailer, not the T. When they find the T inside the trailer they'll probably stash the T in a storage bay somewhere and then try to figure out what if anything to do with it.
Everyone, keep an eye out on T-bay and Craigslist for this T!
Call the local paper and have them print up a story around the T. The more exposure, the better chance it will be found.
I will be on the lookout in eastern Nebraska and pass the word!
Put it up on the aaca facebook page, the hershey region aaca facebook page, its already on the model t facebook club page, and the aaca museum facebook page. Hopefully enough people will see this and find that car! Hopefully facebook is good for something!
will keep an eye out. Sorry to hear.
You might want to alert Canadian Border Services. It won't help things if the car leaves America.
Sorry about your loss.
I hope the some bitch meets a painful end and you get everything back without damage
I will keep a look out here in Northern MS and Memphis
Make sure law enforcement enters license and serial numbers in their databases. Never know when a simple traffic stop and computer check gets results.
That trailer is a little different and should be easy to spot.
I will keep a look out here in Texas.
I've posted the info in all the other sites I visit. Someone somewhere knows or saw something. Hope it turns up soon.
Doing the same as Greg.
Crime is primarily a stupid people's occupation. We'll hope these scumbags follow the tradition of getting into a vehicle and doing some bonehead thing to attract the attention of police.
' The Tile ' has a 100 foot range ...
Better Advice ...
Don't be a Mark for a Thief
Always ask if the hotel/motel has on site parking before you commit to staying there.
Always ask if there have been any vehicle thefts or break ins at that property within the last year.
ALWAYS stay at a hotel that has parking on the premises for your tow vehicle and trailer.
Get a room with a view of your rig.
Disable your rig to prevent someone from driving away with it - it is easier to drive off than steal the contents of a trailer where it sits.
What tow vehicle was stolen in Omaha NE that was reported about the time this was found? License plate is hidden by trailer when towing. Just saying.
Good news the location of the totaled out tow vehicle allowed us to concentrate our search. We found the trailer with Model T still inside. The Omaha Police processed the vehicles (trailer and Model T) and released them to their rightful owners. Both vehicles are back in their proper garages.
Yes Jim prevention should be number one.
And a GPS enable cell phone being wired into the trailer light and brake battery would have been just the ticket to make this recover less painful.
Thankyou all for your concern, suggestions and being on the lookout in case it made it out of our area.
The classifieds say the vehicle and trailer have been recovered!
Great news David! Glad you found it!
Great news David. So it sounds like the whole rig was stolen and then the trailer was separated from the tow vehicle.
For the education of others, can you explain how your trailer was secured to your tow vehicle? Did you have a lock on the hitch? Did you have a lock through the reciever pin?
Glad you got your trailer and "T" back....tow vehicles are a lot easier to replace than our beloved T's for sure!
Stealing someone's Model T - even if by accident when taking a trailer - should be a capital offence punishable by hanging but --- I'll stop before I get someone upset.
I dunno Fred, even us left leaning folks can think a person needs a good beating afore the constabulary is called in. I'd rather enjoy seeing them rot a bit in jail.
Congratulations on getting the car back! Nice to see a happy ending.
Congratulations, David, on getting your car back, especially because of its Family connections. You are very fortunate. These things usually don't turn out so well. We all love a happy ending!
Now if I could only attach one of those Tile thingys to my thought process......
Great news! Give your T a Hug for us all!
Glad to hear you got your trailer and Model T back. Sorry to hear your tow vehicle was totaled. Sounds like all that remains is for the insurance company to pay off and the thief to be apprehended and punished. -Unfortunately, our jails are overcrowded to the point where lesser offenders are being set free and I'm thinking we should take a lesson from Singapore, where convicted thieves are methodically beaten by a martial arts expert armed with a half-inch x four-foot length of water-soaked bamboo. -Inexpensive, extremely effective and viscerally satisfying to the victim of the crime.
Beating the cane out of the thieves works for me Bob.
The punishment should be more than hanging. He should have to crank with the right hand with the spark advanced and the car in gear which will run him over after he breaks his arm. Then when the engine is boiling he should use the other hand to remove the radiator cap while he looks down right over it as the steam burns his face.
He won't need to be hanged, because the above punishment should be a good deterant to the crime of stealing a Model T.
They used to hang people that stole horses.
The Model T replaced the horse so it makes sense that hanging is justified in this case!
I don't care if it is ten prisoners to an eight by eight cell. MOST! Nearly if not all people that commit any sort of significant theft or fraud are doing so BY THEIR CHOICE!
A couple months ago, near Sacramento, a "lesser offender" murdered an innocent family several hours after his early release. One of the few days I happened to watch the news. I get too angry with what I see and rarely watch the news.
If this country doesn't change its directions, politically, and soon, where we will wind up is going to be very predictable. And NOT very nice.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
Lesser criminals become greater criminals if they don't get what they deserve initially and what they deserve is a lesson that they will never forget. If that does not deter them from a life of crime then they need to be removed from society permanently and I am not talking about life in prison at the tax payers expense!