I've been working on this restoration of a Canadian 1911 rhd T for the last 3 years and the time had come to see if it would go. My son Dan came over and we were determined to go for a ride today. All the correct original running gear has been rebuilt. I did change the 6 rivet rear end to a ruckstall as I'll be touring this car quite a bit. The engine was too stiff to crank start, we (Dan) tried! After a short 10 ft pull behind my truck it fired right up. Sounded good! I let it run for 10 minutes stopped in the middle of the road. I love living in the country... After, it moved well in low but didn't have high or much brakes! Adjusted the clutch and that solved the high problem. Both low and reverse needed adjusting as well as did the carb linkage. After that it went down the road just like a T should. the only problem left is the driver, me! Those darn controls are backwards on a right hand drive. I keep forgetting. Still lots of little things to do. Working on restoring an original Metzgar Automatic windshield for it. I'm sure the last time it was polished was probably in 1912!!
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Handsome! '11s are my favorites. Good luck with it!
Beautiful, Fine job wish you a lot of great driving hours.
Beautiful car, it will turn heads wherever you go and bring smiles ear to ear. Good job. Joe
Beautiful!! Love a brass T with proper wire wheels. Looks elegant.
Absolutely gorgeous! I want one!
Awesome car! Just curious, how much faster is the ruckstall than the original rear end?
Nice job. The upholstery and top look first rate!
Are you running original Heinze coils and Heinze coil box?
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A beauty! But I have to go off-topic and ask about the black coupe n the background.
Beautiful car, lots of hard work there.
It's a lovely car, Ken. Congratulations on your first drive.
Thanks for all the compliments guys.
Keith. It has an original Heinze coil box with the correct early coils. RV rebuilt the coils and they work great. I've been running another set that RV rebuilt a couple of years ago in my Tourabout. I've never had an issue with them. We are lucky to have guys like RV around to keep us on the road with original parts.
Jason. Ruckstalls are an under drive only so you don't get any increased speed. They are great for going up hills which we have a lot of here in Vancouver. All 3 of my running T's have Ruckstalls. I can't live without them anymore!
Jem. The black coupe in the background is my 1934 Dodge rumble seat coupe. It's an original car with 88000 miles on it, sold new in Vancouver. Sometimes I just need to go faster... the Dodge does the trick. I've got the mate to it in my shop as well, a 34 Dodge rumble seat roadster. It's waiting for a restoration sometime soon if I can ever find the time.
Just to clarify on Jasons question, speed can be increased depending on the crown wheel and pinion ratio's, I have 2 ruckstalls and when I got them they had ratio's of 3:1, about 55/60mph on a good flat road and windless day. Do I recommend, no, unless you have a nice light speedster.