Looks like the same store front in both photo's and it must have been the local Ford dealership from the signage on the windows and the sign on the corner of the building. Jim
I bet the front wheels got harder and harder to turn as they loaded up with heavy gumbo......
I wonder if that amount of mud congesting half the radiator was enough to make it boil? Depends on the outside temperature, I guess?
Interesting Ford script under the windshield.
Erich, I don't think that is gumbo, looks like ice to me! Brrrrr! Dave
Nice '10 Tourabout photos!
Looks like he took the Ford logo off the radiator core and attached it to the windshield riser board
Ken in Texas
My God what a slobbed up mess! At least he kept the cowl lights covered. Jim..you're up late...high wind keeping you awake? LOL...hit 52 mph here overnight.
Considering the runabout top, it may have been a runabout accessorized with a Tourabout rear seat?
You should've seen the car BEFORE they fixed up the roads!
No wonder spokes wear out and snap.
I don't like driving my old cars in the rain, much less the mud up to the axles. Roads were not much back in those days. Tim
It looks more like ice and slush than mud. That's why I moved from Akron Ohio to the South as soon as I graduated. Believe me that radiator will not boil over. MG
Great photos! Thanks for posting!!!
Those photos were taken in front of my Grandfather's garage in Franklin Pa.
This 1917 photo must have been taken about the time he moved to a new building a block away.
Great photos and story!
I agree with you that it could easily have been a Roadster that had a second front seat installed so it was now configured like a tourabout. I think that would have been more likely than a tourabout that was purchased and fitted with a roadster top. But we may never know how it got that configuration. Note on pages 57 & 58 of Bruce's book "Model T Ford" he shows photos of a similarly configured T.
Note with the "billed" front fenders it is most likely after serial #2500 or so. On May 29, 1909 they shipped #4000 (ref page 482), and #8,100 was shipped Jul 31, 1909 (Page 484) so "IF" it was a roadster converted to a tourabout it may have been a 1909 or a 1910 model. And after Jun 23, 1909 I did not see any more colors listed except for Green in Bruce's listing. There may have been some as he was only recording approximately every 100 serial number with some others thrown in if they had a good comment etc. At this point I'm leaning towards late 1909 but again, we may never know for sure.
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I just can't imagine having two mother-in-laws sitting behind me... !!!
Wayne - Might be tolerable as long as they were somebody else's mother-in-laws, huh?
Here is mine:
It is originally a Runabout June 1909
Robbie, is your car a wide track? From the picture, the fenders look wider than the standard fenders and the lower edge curves inward to meet the edge of the running broad.
It is a wide track.
I wandered if anyone would notice.
I bet they are still trying to thaw out the old bat who was on the back seat....AND with the ice buildup on that radiator it must have had 100 proof circulating in that engine.....Ahhh the good old days!
Having just come from sitting behind a horse or two in an open wagon or sleigh, folk were a lot tougher then than they are now.
Like to have the 3 pieces of glass out of Dales photo on the old ford dealer in my garage doors that say Ford Motor Cars!! Really cool.... Tim