Tomorrow morning I drive to eastern Iowa to say goodby to our Model K. A friend from the Detroit area is buying it, and we'll give it a checkout and pack it up to go. For anyone who saw the earlier thread looking for a hauler, this was part of the "swap" that had many moving pieces.
We found a hauler (turned out to be another old car friend). He is picking up a car that needed to be moved from the east, dropping it and picking up parts tomorrow. Then, our Model K will head toward Michigan. We've put on over 4,000 miles in the three plus years we've been driving it, and I'll miss the car quite a bit (is it too late to change my mind )
Anyway, it's going to a great home and will continue to see a lot of tours and road time.
Dean Yoder stands to the left of the K after piloting it on this years New London to New Brighton tour:
Wow, I never would have guessed that! What did you trade for?
Rob, never thought I would see you part with your "K". Are you going to fill us in on the rest of the story. Sounds like there is a car in the wings to fill the "K's" spot in the shop.
I'm shocked! I never would've guessed you'd let that one slip from your hands. What's Dean going to drive on the NLNB run next year?
All this research to prove the K was a great car - just to get a much bigger price for it?
I'm shocked, too.
Maybe Royce was right all the way along! Rob has sold that poor selling ,poor performing Model K Ford and traded it for a Pierce Arrow?
Rob, I hope this does not spell the end of your Model K interest and research. I have enjoyed learning so much about the K. Are you still going to build a K engine based speedster?
Mike and John, I'm probably as surprised as anyone, however sometimes something just comes along that one just can't pass up.
Eric, I think Dean is planning on driving a new Maxwell part of the way next year on the New London/New Brighton tour.
Ralph and Warwick, I'm afraid I have succumbed to a car that's newer and faster. I'll still have our N and T's, and as I said at the beginning of the thread, will miss our K. It's been a wonderful car and journey. And each of you have been great friends along the way.
Now I'm off to eastern Iowa. Pics to follow,
I am stunned! I do hope you keep in touch here. As long as it is what is best for you, and you are happy with the change, you are doing the right thing! Still?
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
I'm so glad that you purchased you Model K several years ago. If you hadn't you probably would not have had the curiosity to find out more about the K's. And most of us would never have taken the time to do the research to find out what was originally said about the K back in the day. Or to look at the original Ford ledgers to see how the K financed the way for Ford Motor Company to continue to grow so they could produce the Model T. Most of us would only have read or heard what had been printed and reprinted over the past 70 years or so to shape our opinions about the K. And we would have dutifully told others the same things – thinking it must be true since it was printed in so many books. Thank you so much for championing the truth over taking the easy path.
John Maxwell, a Christian leadership author I highly recommend, talks about having to "give up to go up." That can be as simple as giving up an hour of TV so I can spend an hour reading a book to help me improve at work or with my family etc. Or it could be more complex such as giving up your Model K so you can reach your next goal. Your K is much better for its stay with you. And barring some major accident like a meteorite squashing it flat, it will still be around for years to come. After all, we are only stewards. And your K is in much better shape today than when it first showed up to your garage. And we all have a much better appreciation for the Model K's place in automotive history. Great job! And keep us posted on your newer car!
Hap l9l5 cur off
Just because you didn't want to give me a ride in the "K" doesn't mean you had to sell it to keep me out of the car!
Best wishes on you next adventure.
But now I'll hassle you for a ride in the "N"
Rob -- I'm as surprised as everyone else. But I understand that things change and we need to go with the flow. For ten years I had a '15 Touring which I thought I would never sell. It sold new here in Fayetteville and had never left this area. But I did sell it and feel the same kind of remorse you now feel regarding the K. The car is now in eastern Arkansas, and the owner is tired of it already. It looks as if it may be going to England. Life goes on.
I second all the things Hap said about the "big picture" aspect of your tenure with the K. We're all more knowledgeable for your having had the car while you did.
Rob did you buy one of these?
I can't seem to let them go. There are other cars I would like to own, and selling one of ours would have the double advantage of giving me the money to buy something else as well as freeing up garage space to park it. BUT.....I can't let them go.
Rob, I hope you move forward and publish some type of book on the Model K. If you don't, I'm afraid all the research you have done on the K, will fall by the wayside, and all the mis-information will rise back to the surface. All your excellent research and the truth about the Model K will be lost in history.
Hal, I'm like you. If I really like a car, I can't seem to sell it, and I don't. I am always running out of storage. My wife continues to tell me every year, I need another building, while we are storing them, door handle to door handle for the winter
Now I am confused.
Buy a car, rebuild it and love it,and then sell it? Must not have liked it that well after all. If I put that much money and work into something, someone would have to wait for it at my estate sale.That is a car so many of us will never get to touch,ride,or drive,and can forget ever owning 1. I hope the new ride is exceptional for sure.it would have to be to replace the K.
I'm with Hal, My Mom says I make friends with my cars and she reminds me of how upset I was when I joined the Army and 2 months later She and Dad sold the 58 Chevy..... I still miss that car.
Rob, I know how you feel. I sold my 09 to a friend in AK and had sellers remorse. It's not the first time I also sold my 67 Corvette with a 427 all original and I'll never have one like that again. Well life goes on and needs change but you lose something every time you let one go. I'll tell you that the next car didn't have that same meaning for me, buying and selling kind of numbs you, well it did me anyway. Good luck with your next car and enjoy it as much as you have the Model K. I know I'm much more informed about it's place in history. Thanks Steve
Who wouldn't have traded a K for this? Congrats!
These things are always a shock because the transaction usually must occur very suddenly. I've done this kind of thing many times. There will be remorse, perhaps profoundly so but, that is often what must happen to acquire something really exciting. I have also found it is possible to get somewhat bored with something when you study it to death, when you reach a point when there is little left to learn (not saying that happened here). I'm glad to have seen that K in person twice and even got to hand crank it. Thanks Rob. Looking forward to hearing about your next car.
I would have guesses that the only thing that would make Rob sell his K was being able to buy a B.
All of us are shocked, but we all wish you well. Please do not stop your super interesting
Information of the K. If you stop, we will all be the poorer. We all look forward to your next endeavor.
Rob,I sure hope we will all get to see you at the Old Car Festival in Sept!! I feel so lucky i got a ride and saw the power that big six had! Like Hap said,so many only know what was printed in Tin Lizzie by Stern! What ever you bring we all want to see you at the OCF!!!!!!!!!!!! Bud.
I was thinking along the same lines as you; a B or a T built in '08. Those are the only other cars that I've heard Rob pine over. But, he squelched us both when he stated "newer and faster." I can't think of an interesting old Ford that meets both of those criteria, unless he got a Newer K Roadster.
I'm looking forward to the big reveal.
Rob - This certainly is a big surprise! Like many others, I thought you'd never part with your K. I appreciate that your research on the K has virtually changed history, or at least how it was reported. I certainly hope that you do a book on it.
Royce - That picture is a good one. Talk about the last laugh.....I'm sure it even made Rob grin.
We're all on pins and needles awaiting the "big reveal" as Eric said. Inquiring minds need to know....
But rob, what will you and Royce argue about now?
Sorry to hear this. I know you have spent a great deal of time and energy on this project and the results show. But if you are at peace with the decision then all is good. I for one fall in love with my projects to much to pass them on but I can certainly understand when something comes along that you have to have and if the opportunity presents itself you have to jump and take it or regret it for a long time. (have similar thing happening about a car myself right now)
Life is about choices and all we can do is make the ones that are that we feel are the best for us at the time.
Glad it is going to a good home and I hope the new owner loves it and runs it. These cars are meant to be driven. That's the best way to preserve Henry's creations for future generations.
Can't wait to see what new stead will be in the Heyen barn.
Steve that was a facetious question.
Hmmm..... Rob and I both know of a NLNB eligible 4-cyl Maxwell that's avaiable. It's newer than a Ford K, but I'm not sure it's faster. I know Dean's not gonna be able to drive my little Maxwell on the NLNB tour. There's only one man in the world with the ability to wrestle that steering wheel away form my wife. I'll sure Dean and Rob take it for spin on the pre-tours, but on Saturday, I'm hoping that she lets me drive at least half of the big run.
Part of the passion of what we do includes the misgivings and second thoughts which accompany making the right decision; doing the right thing. -Car guys in that position console themselves by saying things like, “Well… the way the market is today, it was time,” or, “We found the car a good home.” -Sometimes, the tough choice is one made out of being an astute collector and other times, personal or family circumstances are such that a man has to do what man has to do.
There are a handful of automobile enthusiasts who leave a mark on the world having nothing to do with planting the gas and popping the clutch, and your peers recognize a genuine historian. -Your experience has exploded long-established myths and, to a significant degree, set the record straight.
Whether author Frank Deford was the first to say, “The proof of the pudding is in the eating,” may be controvertible, but there’s no disputing the proverb’s very simple logic. -By the same token, Packard shrugged and said, “Ask the man who owns one.” -We’ve been able to do just that.
I hope that whatever car you end up with, you will share it with us, the way you did with the K. I truly enjoyed your posts regarding the K, and the research that you did. See you at the OCF. -Ed
Count me among the many that are shocked.
Newer & faster ??
Say it isn't so. I certainly enjoyed seeing all the pictures and hearing about the K. Not a car we often get to know about.
Thank you for all the kind thoughts and comments. We've finished the test drives and are about to load. Meanwhile our "new" car is about two hours away.
Dan, the new owner:
Dan is an early Ford guy who has owned a Model S and early Ts in addition to other early cars. I've known him for years and am glad his wife and he will tour with the K for years to come.
Thanks again guys,
I hope you don't mind that I'm sharing the photo of your new car with the rest of the group.
Not at all. How did I do?
It's done, heading to the hotel. I'll start another thread later,
I cannot believe Rob is leading you all astray. He is such a tease.
You love it, you fuzzy badger....
I should try to get a week off and drive down there ASAP. Too bad we do not play Nebraska at their home. It would be worth the trip.
I saw your new car in the other thread.
You done did good!