Started on this in April. Everything is era correct parts or made by me.
That looks really spiffy, Mark. You've been a busy guy!
wow! looks good! what did you use for paint? how did you prep the wood? Also what did you use to make the side bar on the passenger seat?
Are you going to the San Diego Speedster Run? Hurry, starts tomorrow!
Your car looks very good.
Mark - Very nice! I that a '26 - '27 cowl, or is the cowl one of the parts that you "made"? Very nice either way! Is there a windshield in it's "future" or will you settle for goggles?
This reminds me of something I have often wondered about; are those monocule (sp?) windshields actually effective as a wind break for the driver, or are they just purely decorative? What do you think? Again, very nice, and I think a fenderless speedster with running boards gives the car a nice visual "balance" but without much compromise in weight or "aerodynamics",.......harold
Okay Mark - One more question,....what are those seats? They are so nicely proportioned that I really didn't notice them until a second look. They do have a slightly "modern" look to them, but they still look "right" on your speedster. Nice!
The seats look like bentley seats! http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-seJkyH4D3wY/Tb2EgVZ4ugI/AAAAAAAAAus/MTm8V8IqhH4/s320/1 926+Bentley.jpg
Mark, looks great, enjoy......
Great looking speedsters and you did fantastic to build one that nice in 6 months or so. Your profile tells me this is your first posting – so welcome to the forum! But your speedster looks like you know more about cars than just 6 months of starting from scratch. Nice looking car! If this is your first Model T, please be sure to check out the list of safety items on the thread at: http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/411944/483517.html about half way down the post. The Model T is a faithful servant but it has some known issues that the driver needs to be aware of and to take proper precautions about. It has saved me a lot of time and money to read about those issues rather than discover them all by self-inflected research. And for a few of the items, I won’t drive a couple of our Ts until I can inspect and if needed correct some items that could be life threatening. Also if you are new with Ts don’t forget to check out the local chapters. They are a great way to meet other folks with Ts. The chapters are listed at: http://www.mtfca.com/clubpages/chapters.htm and http://www.modelt.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5&Itemid=15 generally the chapter closest to you works fine – but sometimes you will find a couple about the same distance in which case you participate in both.
Welcome to forum and if you are new to Ts – welcome to the hobby!
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Did you order those seats from from a lady who calls herself Stitch Bitch? No joke..I bought some for one of my rides and they look very much alike.
Oh! And very nice job on the car...Paint looks great...Im a sucker for red.
So,....Mark,.....Is Nathan right about the seats? Bentley? Does not seem likely really. If not, please tell us from whence they came,......harold
First off thanks for all the nice comments. Yes this is my first Model T. I should say "our", I had a lot of help from my dad who did a lot of work during the day when I was at work.
All of the wood parts are primed with a oil based sealer similar to "kilz", Rustoleum brand is what I used but there are others. Two coats brushed on then sanded smooth. The paint is a brand called "Magnet Paints" I have used them for years and have had really good luck. I do all of my own painting basically "out in the drive way" I get a stray from the bug once in a while, I think I do pretty OK.
The color is New Holland red. Yes, a farm machinery color, which is where I got most of my mechanical ability. My dad and I have restored probably 10 antique tractors over the years.
The chassis is a 1926 including the cowl which was a total disaster. I filled and fixed to make it ok, not great, so no perfect parts were destroyed in the making of this project. My dad would not let me and neither would I tear apart a good restorable car. The cowl was lowered by spacing the mounts under each other with a 2' spacer. Which gives the top of the hood line a straight line appearance. The hood by the way (should I say it) is a chevy. Sorry, it was cheap and I kind of liked the formed body line along the bottom edge.
The seats are from "stitch bitch" off of Ebay. I was going to make my own but couldn't for the price she sells them for. They are basically the only new part on this car everything else is old and re-purposed or made by hand. The sidebar is a passenger side seat grab bar of of an old Harley Davidson golf cart.
I'll try to get some more close up pics on here of some of the small details.
Top picture with cameraman's shadow removed:
Mark - Thanks so much for the further explanation ref. you and your Dad's building (and building ethics) of your speedster. I really like they way you guys have built it, and I was pretty sure about the '26 cowl. That sure does make for a nice speedster and pretty well takes care of the spacing, proportions, etc. of the slanted floorboards. Thanks for the great photos, and I'm sure looking forward to the future "detail photos" you mentioned. If it's not a lot of trouble, could you make sure at least one of those "detail photos" includes the "spacer blocks" and method you used to lower the cowl, because to me, that whole cowl set-up has the perfect proportions for a speedster. And the seats are perfect! Thanks again,.....harold
Do not make any apologies for what you have built. I am impressed. It looks great and I hope you have as much fun with it as I do with mine.
My speedster is painted GM red. Please don't let anyone know that.
TRUE GM paints won't adhere to other makes. You got sold a bill of goods.
Who is this 'stitch bitch' that makes the car seats? I might have need of her services.
Attached are a few more detail pics. I hope the one with my cowl lowering spacers is viewable, didn't notice it was blurry until I posted this.
If your interested in the seats go to Ebay, type in "bomber seats" her stuff will pop up. I think she is from Wisconsin or Minnesota.
Thanks again and enjoy.
Looks like you originally had wooden forms under the seats and changed them to metal. Nice way to install storage. And the battery hidden up front under the dash by the motor is a plus. Would not have thought of that. You definitely think outside of the box.
From one speedster nut to another, absolutely love your speedster! I did the same thing with mine lots of hand built parts. No restoreable cars harmed.
Dave, look a little closer, the seat risers are wood. Only the doors are steel. Every piece of wood on this was painted with the wood sealer as stated before and sanded smooth with a standard palm sander. Very easy, did not take hours upon hours of work. I was very impressed and will never be intimidated to use wood as a exterior part ever again.
Any chance you plan on bringing your Speedster to the reunion next summer in Nebraska?
I am hoping to be there again.
I kind of doubt it but I may make it to the Model T homecoming in Indiana.
Mark - It's true, what they say about "a picture is worth a thousand words". The "fuzzy" one of the cowl lowering spacers is just fine Mark, and the picture makes it quite easy to understand the cowl set-up. Again, I really like your speedster Mark, and I like how it's so "era correct" as you explained, and as your pictures so nicely illustrate. Yes, even the "fuzzy" one! Thanks again,......harold
Mark - I forgot to say one other thing, for what it's worth,....your speedster clearly demonstrates that no drastic "lowering procedures" are really necessary to make an "era correct" speedster look really good!
There is certainly something to be said for cars that are only moderately lowered. I think they make the car look like their bigger counterparts such as an essex speedster or overland
The only real lowering my car has is the fact it is a 26 chassis, which is only 1 to 2 inches lower than the other years chassis. The rest is just an illusion on how I mounted the cowl and body on the frame. I did not build it to be a speed demon, I built it to be a driver and more or less a vehicle to get in and play with. Engine and drive train are as Henry intended. It drives 35 to 40 really easy and that is plenty fast enough for the standard braking system. The bugs hurt a lot less at that speed anyways. I'm not saying I won't upgrade in the future, my initial goal was to get it road worthy and have a little fun. I put 50 miles on it this weekend and had a smile on my face the whole time.
I drove mine to the State capitol so I could drive around the stadium during the game. Picked up a rider as you can see. Drove him a couple blocks and picked up another. Lots of fun. The badgers play at Camp Randall Stadium, which was the site of an old civil war POW camp.
I had to drive 80 miles to get there. Was a bit chilly at 730AM when I left and had to drive through the fog and low spots in farmland country.