Everyone says these cars didn't have nice paint.. Looks nice we to me. Thanks for another great picture. Tim
I am guessing that the Great Stuff is the shiney paint on the car and in the can which that fellow is holding.
I want to buy an original unrestored coupe like this, anyone got one for sale?
Can't fool me... He's a doctor!
If that is a paint can in his left hand, containing the "Great Stuff" his Model T is painted with, his car is the best advertisement. Rarely have I seen such a nice paint job on a Model T in a period photo. Thanks for posting, Jay. Jim Patrick
There's plenty of period photos showing the finish of the Model Ts. They were spectacular--During the first year.
Jim, I've seen a number of photos of "fresh cars" from their period from Royce and others. They looked fantastic. For whatever reason, we don't give Henry enough credit for how his cars looked like when they rolled out the door. Problem was, the chemistry of the paint was such that it probably didn't stay that nice much more than a year later, especially since I'm sure most of these cars sat outside 24/7 or at best, in a filthy barn when not used. Plus, they didn't have Wizards polish to keep 'em up either! Just a thought.
yep, they were as good as any black finished car even today.
Yeah, and look at the stripe on that '25 coupe! Also, if anyone with a late T is interested in how they routed the headlight loom, that photo clarifies it.
The T's in the photos coming off the assembly line look really nice.
My guess is they would begin to fade and lose the 'shine' in less than 3 years from average use. But most T's were used and not pampered. Not many smooth dustless roads either for the common folks who would buy them.
To say the paint was as good as todays paint is not being realistic. But they were shiny for a while! Now that is true! And the Dr's didn't have time to polish their Coupe's since they were pretty busy!
Perhaps the top photo is of George Simons who in 1910 developed a cleaner and wax for cars. He later sold the company which became Simonize Company
Could be that he's carrying a pale of beer and a cup for the road.
I wish my coupe looked that nice now! Actually, my coupe looks fine enough to me. More than a few minor nicks, scratches, and chips. A fair amount of quick touch up if you look close. But from twenty feet away, still has some shine on its 40 year old repaint.
A few wonderful photos!
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
Wayne. Here's a picture of my '26 coupe taken in 2011. Garage kept and still looks the same. It was painted with Jet Black Imron 36 years ago, in 1980. I sure wish Imron was still available in that formula, but I here it is no longer the same quality paint due to changes in the formula caused by stringent EPA regulations. Pity. Jim Patrick
The car in the first photo is identical to my late Dad's unrestored '23 Canadian coupe. I can't tell what the window lift arrangement is in the photo, but on Dad's car the door windows use the lever and notch arrangement while the rearward windows use the fabric straps.
The great stuff of how the shine was accomplished is the use of rubbing compound, corn starch, and Johnson's floor paste wax.
A pail of pale, stale, ale.
I did a google search on Simmon and Simoniz. Pretty interesting guy and a good description of the company.