Back in 1970 I learned to know this car:
It is red and build in 1963 out of a 1921 running chassis and the front ½ of a 1919 touring. The bed is made new in 1963. That I did not know in 1970 - I was just so fond of that charming little Model T. It belonged to a guy that later should be one of my best buddies within Model Ts even though he was old enough to be my dad.
In 1968 it was used in a danish movie where the main character - a veterainian - drove the car (and the actor actually drove the car!).
Years passed and I got a family and only visited Børge, as his name was, on occasion. Every time i checked that the little red Ford was still there but one day it was gone!!! Børge had been through a divorse and in order to bail out his former wife he have had to sell some of his cars (at some point he had 12 Model Ts - including the other 4 door Model T I have had for 9 years now). He would not tell to whome.
I considered the car as lost - and hoped it would show up at some rally or in a magasine or something.
Well - 20 years lapsed and then this july it appeared in a classified in the Danish Model T club magazine. The owner had died and his son and widow had decided to sell the car. I called a couple of other guys that I knew might be interested, but they all ment if I would have it I should go after it.
OK - tough negociations ended with I got it. Picked it up Saturday August 1st - sunday we had changed the oil, fixed a leaking floaterbowl and mounted a new battery - and it fired right up! Monday I fixed all the broken bulbs and remounted some flashers at the front and tuesday I had it inspected (MOT) and it passed! I then ordered my historical licenseplates and now 6 weeks later I have it back on the streets:
Wonderful story! Nice little truck. Congratulations and thank you Michael Deichmann for sharing the tale and the pictures.
Drive carefully, and enjoy that beauty for many years to come! W2
Bravo Michael !!
Way to go Michael! Congratulations.....
Great story,Thanks for sharing!
Michael, That is a great story of a lost and found. Thank you for sharing it.
Thanks for sharing, how about some more photos of the back,and it looks like the top piece has been added.
It's great to be able to own a car that made a big impression when you were young
Odd that Börge wouldn't tell you where it went.. Well, it's likely it wouldn't have been for sale until now anyway, so it doesn't matter.
Does it sway less in the corners than your top heavier Danish built four door?
A great story, it is nice to see one come back to you that you knew and loved as a youth.
In the video the driver saws away at the steering wheel while driving straight and leaves it straight while turning. Maybe those scenes were filmed with it being towed on a trailer.
Great car with a great history........and the movie clip was pretty good too!.......
I’m glad you were able to purchase the car. I hope it brings back many happy memories for you and makes many more good memories for you also. To many of us the cut off from years ago is still very very special. (For a photo of Blackie, my cut off see my profile photo at: http://www.mtfca.com/cgi-bin/discus/board-profile.cgi?action=view_profile&profile=hap_tucker-users I was younger back then.)
While the Model T clearly was driven in many of the scenes, I believe you are correct that for the close ups when the actor is singing it was on some sort of trailer etc. There is never a cut away to show more of the car – only the top part of the cowl and actors. During those shots the steering wheel appears to do nothing. It probably would have been a lot easier to put the T on a trailer and add the camera and equipment to the trailer than to build a support to mount the camera to the car for making the same scenes. The movie “The Lone Ranger” in addition to building live steam trains for the movie, also used semi-truck trailers with full size props of the trains for some of their shots as shown below (from You-tube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdXTXWpIYgQ see the tractor trailer discussion at the 5:13 mark).
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Minor correction to the "steam" locomotive comment -- they were actually diesel powered but made to look like real steam engines. It could have fooled me ... dah... I guess it did.
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