Just wondering how well finished my 15 brass roadster paint looked like in 15...I have been told I could buff it to a higher shine etc...I'm thinking more of a rattle can look would be closer to the original paint job...I don't want it to look like a 2016 paint job. I like to give rides and let people sit in it for pictures etc...nothing a rattle can can't fix. Any better would take the fun out of owning it if I couldn't share with others
Here's your answer. Better put away the rattle can and get out the buffer.
Greg... Not so fast. Look at these factory photo's. The reflection in the paint looks very deep. They had much more shine than many folks believe.
I wonder if the 26-27 models were shinny like the 15 pictured above. I hardly ever see a T at a show in this area. The books are all black and white so it's hard tell without seeing a original car. Tim
Here are some more.
wow I had no idea...was that the norm!
The other side of that coin however is that the shine didn't last long.
This is how it looks now
giving Mom a ride to her 90th birthday party
There are more original period 1915 photos here than anywhere else on the internet. Click here:
Royce.. The photo of the touring car rolled upside down in the ditch is interesting. If it is all original, it shows that the 12 rivet rear axle assembly was used as late as the point where the carriage bolt started to appear in the side of the body. My car has the 12 rivet also, but no carriage bolt. It also has 1914 rear quarter panels. The bead does not follow the fender curve beyond horizontal... it is correct for a 14 fender. In any event, those photo's show some great details.
Greg, I'd say your car looks great!
I think it depends on what comes out of your rattle can.
The 12 rivet rear ends were likely used through the end of february 1915. Perhaps later at branch assembly plants.
Notice the color of the wheels on the Center Door, it's much different that of the rest of the body. Hard to say for sure but they could be red.
The wheels do look different, but so do the headlight rims. Almost certainly not red, which looks black on orthographic film of the Model T era. If they're anything other than black, it was done by a dealer and not the factory.
wow ! whatever your'e doing keep doing it . that is a beautiful car.
Greg I agree with Michael...nothing wrong with that finish, at least not in the picture. I realize often they don't look quite as nice "up close and personal" as in a picture, but I suspect yours does. If it aint broke, don't fix it!