Let's start the year with seeing pictures of mostly original un-restored Model Ts
Here is my Grandfathers 16 coupelet prior to my acquisition of it. Some parts have been changed during it almost 100 year lifespan but otherwise as it rolled off the assembly line. Luckily gpa had most correct year parts stored with it.
I'm working hard to get it roadworthy by summer of 2015.
This was my Grandfather's Canadian '13 in 1929. Second photo shows it in 1959. The car was never restored . He bought it in 1957. A coat of black shoe polish preserved what was left of the original paint and my Grandparents won 1st prize at the Canadian National Exhibition's old car show for best original car in 1959!. Sadly, he sold it in 1984. I wasn't old enough at the time to convince him to keep it. When it left Grandad's barn, in 1984, it still had 1959 Ontario licence plates on it. I only ever saw it run once. I know where the car is located, and it remains un-restored to this day. I would seriously think of trading my '15 for this car if the owner was up to considering it
My grandfather was always led to believe this car was a late '12 or early '13. I'm not sure why, but there are things about this car that look different from other '13's I've looked at. From what I can remember, this car had an all brass windshield, all the lights were all brass, not brass and black combinations. It also never had a carbide generator, and was never drilled on the running boards for one. It had a Prestolite tank just behind the front seat section. Oddly enough, it also had two speedometers on the dash. One not being hooked up. Note the Hassler shocks, and the HCCA badges on the firewall. I also re-call that the I.D. tag said it was built in Walkerville, Ontario. now a part of Windsor,Ontario.
Photo of my relatives accepting award in 1959 for most original car.
Steve, where were those pictures taken? Is that Model T Haven?
Yes, it is. Those are about as unrestored as you can get.
This is our 22 touring. This was the day I dragged it out of a basement were it had been sitting. we are the 3rd owners.
My 1925 had not run since 56 had it running the same day we brought it home on the trailer
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An ambitious adventure coming home in 2012. My this summer project. Harv
This is truck No.1
Still wears it's 1947 plates from the last time it was licensed. With some fresh wires, tires, etc. it
This is Truck No.2
I suspect this truck was never allowed to really go to seed and has been kept in decent repair since
new. It is far from a "restored" truck, but rather a nicely maintained original.
My Uncle LaVar Peterson started restoration of this 1925 roadster when he decided he had enough shiny restored Model T's, so he just put it together and ever since says it was his and everyone else's favorite. Uncle LaVar moved into a retirement home and has given all of his cars to his five children. It was a surprise to me when he turned the title of Ole Rusty over to me. I have enjoyed many days helping him with his projects over the years.
This is a picture of Uncle LaVar with me at the Bakersfield Swap meet in 2012. He helped me to find this 15 touring in Boise. Told me that I could take this one or keep looking for one already restored, it would cost me about $10,000 either way (1991 dollars). I decided to take that one. It was far too gone to just get running and leave original. 15 years later with his help and advice, this is the result. No apologies for it being restored vs. original!
The first picture is as driven home 1960,she was a daily driver until WW2. She was parked until 1950, and from that point she was kept as a collector vehicle have some mechanical work done. Dad and Mom brought her home in 1960. She still has her original seats, wheels, drive train, rad,the body was all good just paint. Now she's getting re-restored because we have worn her out.
Barney, as found, with "rare" visible cord tires! From "out of the Barn" somewhere in Nevada. After very little maintenance & clean up, she/he ran!
Now with new shoes but missing radiator (been boiled out & cleaned), but nothing else done yet--unfortunately, the body wood is rotten, so I'll have to re-do that before we drive her/him around!
This was my early 1927 Model T Fordor when I bought it. Matching numbers and no known modifications.
1925 Depot Hack after setting near Corpus Christi for 30 plus years
3 years later
Our ,25, as found.
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This was my 1917 when brought home.
As bought drivers side small.tif (162.2 k)
Is there an "after" pic, Tony?
This is my '26 ,( Australian, Geelong Plant Body No A1020) just tidying it up to drive it.. still has the 1952 registration sticker on the windscreen.
Oh Yeah... and STEVE JELF.. You win. Unbelievable!!!
I thought it was a 13 that used to lose the back seat because of a weakness and Ford recalled it and installed a bracket to keep the back seat on. Looks like the 17 had a similar problem!
Is that a cat or a dog you use for a chock?
There sure are a lot of 26 tourings around.
@ Norman Kling... that's Henry, the 7 inch high dog... he thinks he's a Great Dane .. loves going for a ride in anything with wheels.
I had the before shot earlier, here is the after. BTW it is now in England!
My first, 1914 T.
My 24'Coupe and 25'Touring, unrestored and staying that way. I feel like they have much more character in that condition.
1926 Tudor sedan , brush painted at some point but not restored (yet)
Here is what my 1916 T looked like when I found it in an old barn in Northwest Ohio, where it had sat for almost 40 years.
It may not be an unrestored original, but it does have plenty of patina...
These were captured from a digitized 8 mm film but this is what my 1919 looked like when my dad picked it up in 55.
That is the car halfway onto the truck
This is the former owner and his grand daughter.
And me at the back waving.