Some of you longer term members of the forum may remember me.
Due to being unwell and having a major loss of interest & motivation, I've been absent from these pages for quite a while.
However, just yesterday I started back driving again and co-incidentally there was a big parade through town, so my wife and I took one of our cars (not our T though) and had an enjoyable day out. This all indicates that both my health and motivation are back in earnest.
So, please consider that I'm giving you all fair warning to expect dumb questions and silly answers from me in the future. (Nothing's changed really)
Welcome back, Rob! It's good to hear that you're doing better, are driving again and enjoying your old cars too.
BTW, What car did you have out today? Just wondering.
I recall Rob. welcome back. I just got off a 8month lazy spell. Not the forum, just fixing the car in the numerous heat waves that we've had in SoCal. Cooling off and T's in the road again,better then ever. Now on with my list of TLC's
Thanks for the welcome back gents.
Keith, it was a 1955 Australian built, English Ford Zephyr 6.
There is one of those setting on a farm near here. I dunno how it ever got to Montana. Can't imagine it was sold new here. I think it is a 57. I has a "Ford Look" to it.
Hi Stan, the first pic is of my "55 Zephyr.
the others are of the MkII and MkIII.
MkI's first appeared in 1951 and the MkII's in 1956. For English cars they are all pretty attractive things.
Like that Zodiac ragtop!
Today I had my T at a local show and a young fellow was there with a '61 Holden ute. I saw them in Oz back in the day, but I'd never seen one in NJ.
I’m sorry to hear you were ill but I’m glad to hear you are doing better. It is hard for any of us to be motivated very much when we are not feeling well.
I would guess the cropped photo on your web page is a Bugatti – but please let us know if it is or if it is some other car with a similar looking rear wheel and rear body. If that is your 1915 speedster project -- it is looking really good!
We’re glad you’re doing better and that you are back!
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I'm really chuffed that you answered my post. Right after I sorted out my profile when I re-joined, the very first thing I did was to check to see if you were still posting here. I'm please you are because like so many others, I have benefited greatly from your informative and entertaining posts. Yes, it is a Type 35B Bugatti. I'd happily trade all my cars, T's included, to own one of those.
Gilbert, I'm impressed that a 61 Holden Ute made it to the States. I guess everythings collectible but I'd prefer a Ford Australian built MkII Zephyr ute
Thanks for the kind words. There are so many folks that contribute so much to the forum and I'm glad I'm able to learn from what folks share.
I'm also glad I was able to brighten up your day a little. A lot of us on the forum have not had the opportunity to meet one another but we still can be and often are a real encouragement to each other.
For those who do not remember Rob, he has a beautiful Australian Steenbohms body on a 1921 Canadian supplied chassis. Steenbohms was a body/coach builder for the NSW Ford agents, 'Davies & Fehon'. The restored car is shown on the cover of one of the national Model T magazines (if I was more organized I would be able to say which one). Below is a before photo followed by the photo from his profile page:
And it isn't Rob's car. Instead it belongs to his wife and Rob is the mechanic. It has had only 3 owners and all of them were ladies. But that is story I'll let Rob tell.
Again welcome back!
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Thanks heaps for the kind words.
For anyone interested......
In about 1962, the original lady owner, a spinster who ran a 2,000 acre wheat and sheep property all by herself, gave the car to my mother, on the condition that she never sold it to a man, which tells me a LOT about her. So in 1990, when my father died, my mother wanted to get rid of all his stuff, including the remains of the T. With me being of the wrong gender, my wife became the third lady owner. We restored the car in time for me to honor a promise I had made to my daughter that I would drive her to the church in it on her wedding day. On its very first outing, I did just that. It was a BIG day for both my daughter and I because it was the first time I had ever driven a T. Scary stuff.....for both of us.
Welcome home Rob. I've been gone for awhile for the same sort of reason. I didn't realize how much chronic illness can affect a person. I'm through most of it now and feeling much better. I was able to go on a cruise with the local Model T club yesterday. It was only my third this year. I did the second tour driving with a tube coming out of my ribs and draining some kind of bloody "stuff" into a bag. I'd been under the weather for months and one day a friend came into the house and found me unresponsive, very feverish and he said the house smelled like vomit. Doc said it was a good thing I made it to the emergency room that day. I guess he was of the opinion the tube and drainage bag was better then a body bag. But now I'm 40 pounds lighter, on the mend and wishing summer was just starting instead of ending. At any rate Welcome Back!
I should extend that 'welcome back' message to you too by the sound of things. I'm pleased your back on deck.
Welcome back! Both of you.
Yep, what Wayne said!! Dave
Thank you. I have to admit I never really left, I was trying to keep up by lurking once in a while. While I was ill I wasn't in the best frame of mind to try to be part of a forum. I kept up with high school friends and some of my family on Facebook but that was it.
I never gave up on my Model T's and was able to do some work on my tudor sedan. The speedster provided some enjoyable moments. There's nothing that compares to a warm summer day and an open car on a back country road. It has a healing power that medicine can't duplicate.
I was able to make it down to the New London to New Brighton run and walked among the cars in Kingston. It's a little tough going into public with a bag of bloody body fluids hanging on your side but I enjoy seeing those beautiful old cars and really didn't want to miss them.I caught a glimpse of our friend Rob Heyen but only a glimpse. He was in and out of Kingston so fast I wouldn't have been able to catch him if I tried.
I was most impressed with Lance Sorenson. He had quite a struggle with his health this summer and still made it to a couple tours and to Kingston for the New London to New Brighton run. When I saw him at Kingston he was pretty winded and was just getting in the car to head for home. I was able to catch up with him a few weeks later. We've got a lot of dedicated members in our Model T Club but Lance has to be one of the most dedicated. Even through his health issues he was able to put on a tour around his home town of Hector MN. I wish I had half his strength.
I thought one of the best threads on the forum this summer was Steve Jelf's story of an auction he attended. He posted a photo of a couple Model Ts that he mentioned went to Minnesota to be sold for parts. I immediately knew Mike up in Shevlin would be bringing them home and I watched ebay with all the excitement of a 4 year old on Christmas Eve night. One of them was a tudor with an interior that was in the condition I've wanted for my tudor. Not overly worn or dirty but still showing some age. When I saw that tudor body come on ebay I jumped on it and put in a bid that immediately took me over the reserve. And then I sat back and watched for days while I remained the highest bidder. But as luck would have it I wasn't able to jump on the last few minutes of the auction and some one else threw in a bid just a few dollars higher than mine and my interior went away. I know I could have put in a much greater bid up front and got the body and the interior but there has to be a point where there's too much of a chance of diminishing returns and my bid was as much as I could afford. So my tudor still doesn't have an interior. But I'll continue to watch. Us old guys seem to develop a certain amount of patience. And patience is a virtue.
Winter will be settling in here in just a few weeks and some of us are getting ready to put our Ts to bed. I've already tucked the Touring and the Speedster away. The Sedan will be the last to go in. And I'm thinking I might keep it somewhat available for a Christmas Day run into town.