I purchased a 1926 Model T coupe and I am looking to find a good reputable restorer to restore my car.
I took it to a guy in Blueridge Ga "Rusty Rhodes, Rusty Old Iron" and he has had it for over three years and has not completed it.
Please help a New Guy Out!!!
Jerry: I have a 1913 T Roadster and a 1930 Model A Phaeton. Bentley's is a professional restoration facility and specializes in Model A's but will also restore Model T's. I do know his A restorations are show quality. Bentley's is in Maysville Georgia, not too far outside of Gwinnett County. You can contact the owner - Ben Bentley at 678-407-1947. His restoration facility recently worked on my phaeton and did outstanding work. Bentley's is a full service facility.
I did mine myself... in 13 months... and that included replacing new spokes in the wheel.
Jerry: PM sent, check your email. Dan
I used to run a restoration shop. I would be worried if it were my car, and I would make certain to get all of my parts back! Some of our projects took that length of time, but they were far more complex cars than a model T and we were always in communications with the owner; they usually came by once a month to see how it was looking. One of them (a '36 trunkback convertible sedan) came in with nearly no floor, that part alone too a good deal of time to get right!
Robert, his name is Benny Bohanan and here is his email:
Benny is the owner. I think he is in a wheelchair but he has guys that do some very good work. Very reputable.
Make sure you have an ambulance standing by when you get the restoration cost quote...
Interesting, they have a story about a one-family Model A "Delux" coupe they restored, but put in a synchronized transmission "So the grand-kids can drive it" and changed it to a rumble seat.
IMHO, they've never driven a Model A; they are easy to shift, and there are so few trunk lid coupes left as trunks that they're rare now. Shame to have modified a one-family car that still has it's original number-matching engine--again, IMHO. But then I insisted on painting my two-owner A in it's original colors.
I heartily agree with you about the Model A conversions. The Model A is certainly easy to shift, and I am confident that the grandchildren could be taught the technique (double-clutch into 3rd)in a few minutes. By changing it to synchromesh, they are erasing part of the character of an antique car.
As for the rumble seat, it's not quite as cute as it would seem. There's no place to put your feet, and the original trunk can be very useful.
1929 tudor Model A
"..... they are erasing part of the character of an antique car."
Yep, just like adding a water pump or distributor to a T. But "Character" is not important to many folks anymore.
You are so right! My car came from the factory with a rumble seat (Sport Coupe), but for a number of years my wife had an unrestored Deluxe Coupe, and I LOVED that trunk; easy to load (except for getting around the spare tire, and LOTS of room in there. Sadly, we sold the coupe--and I don't remember why now! We called it the Rambling Wreck, I'm certain you could have taken a cross-country trek in it, it was so reliable, but it was definitely unrestored. I had a guy riding with me once, and he mentioned all the rattles. I told him, well the wood parts are starting to rot, and reached up and tapped one of the ones around the back window, and part of it fell off! That was a great car, lots of fun--it would bug some of the nicely restored cars' owners when I could go right up the hill on a hot summer day, while they would be sidelined with overheating radiators.
Rambling Wreck with a stop sign in the bumper. Can't believe how young my wife (in front of the pickup) looks! This must have been around 1979
Dan: You are absolutely correct. I knew that his last name was Bohanon, but must have been having "one of those moments." The older I get, the more I have them. I do know that Benny does great work. The work he did on my phaeton was outstanding. I am about to restore my 13 Roadster for the third time and will have Benny do some of the work on it. Thank you for the correction on Benny's name. My bad.
Rusty Rhodes has painted 3 of my cars, in the past two and a half years, with no issues at all. Excellent work, reasonably priced. But I didn't change my color twice while he was painting mine either. I know of a 26 coupe that's been there for about a year or so not sure if it's yours, but the owner of this one has changed his mind on the color twice so far, and is a non paying customer for the changes requested, everything went fine for me he told me what he needed up front and then the balance when the car(s) was picked up. He kept my 31 A for 9 months, stripped it to the bare metal which takes a lot of time so in Rusty's defense I also told him I was in no hurry. With that said still not a huge deal at 9-10 months for me. I meet all his requests up front, and he delivered me a great looking car each time as promised.... I feel there's more to the story than him just not working on your car, Rusty has always treated me right and I know a lot of people that knows him that speaks very highly of him and his work. There's no doubt he'll make things right for you, if approached in the right way.