I gave this youngster his first driving lesson in his freshly restored '26 Tudor yesterday. His entire life he had wanted to own a Model T. Now at 85yrs of age his desire came true. Last September he contacted me and wanted to talk about possibly buying a T. His big concern was not living long enough to see it finished. I told him to find the car he wanted and drop it off. He did. I packed a years worth of restoration into 8 months for this lad. It may be the most gratifying restore job yet. He had a look of a kid with a new bicycle. Although he has more lesson to go his smile told the story. Age puts limits on us physically, but it never limits our desires. Enjoy your new pride and job (ret) Judge Bayne! You've earned every mile of it.
Don, what a wonderful story. The car looks great and the smile on Judge Bayne is priceless. Your a good man Charlie Brown!
So,--- we need to get the gang together and take the "T's" out for a day trip---how does that sound! Joe
Joe, it sounds way overdue ! Thanks for the kind words. The Judge was so thrilled to be chugging down the road, he was actually speechless. To find that kind of joy at his age is priceless, truly priceless...
Nice one Don.
Congrats. Have a great time pops.
This just shows that you are never to old to live your dreams. Great work Don !!! Harv.
Great job! Thank you for being such a wonderful ambassador for our hobby. And more importantly for helping Judge Bayne fulfill a life time dream.
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Just goes to show you're never to old to go after your dreams. Well done!
You do nice work Don! Here come the judge!! Bud.
As Mom always says,"you're never too old, Period!"
There's a place in heaven for you Don! Well done.
I bought a T last year at age 78, and I will be lucky if I get it up and running by age 85.
Great job, thank you for sharing.....
Good things come to those who wait.
Dreams DO come true
Kudos to the judge and another great restoration Don. I enjoy all your progress pictures and especially like the two tone on this Tudor
Don, That's wonderful! Thank you for being such a good ambassador for our Model T hobby.
Ambassador is the right word. _Way to go, Don!
Hey Don. I thought I was old at 66 getting my first model t. You are never too old to fulfill a dream. I still have a lot to learn, but you are never too old to learn either. Great job Don.
Paul Sherman - You somehow remind me of something I heard long ago that I think applies to our hobby and seems to stick with me for some reason,....."sometimes the journey itself "IS" the destination"! Likewise,....it's the whole Model T hobby in itself that's the main goal Paul. And how's come you're not a member of our club,...the Carbon Canyon Model T Ford Club,....???
I could be wrong but, lest we forget how fortunate we are. This hobby or lifestyle is unique in many ways. It opens doors to friends we'd never have met otherwise. It allows us to humbly ask the dumbest and toughest questions. It allows us to help someone we will never meet and feel a sense of satisfaction from it. It also is a place to argue and spew facts as we know them. But its most important function is knowing that somewhere out there someone has your back. Just thoughts as to how important this forum has become for me. God bless America !! oh, and thanks for all the nice comments they are deeply appreciated.
Don, thats a great looking car. Nice work and a great story. If i live to be 85 i hope i still enjoy this hobby. I am new to model T s after years of Model A s but the old car hobby brings a smile to all of our faces. Tim
Another A convert--careful, your A friends may want to have you committed! I know mine can't figure out my affliction!
David, I know I heard it last fall during the Model A Club of Chattanooga,Tn fall cruise. I told a friend I was gonna buy another model T and he said you can't drive a Model T on the road because they are so slow but on the cruise we had guys in A Models that barley could run 30mph and fell back 1/2 mile in the base of the mountains. I haven't said anything yet but my 27 roadster cruises easy at 42 on GPS. They won't believe me...
Reminds me of the old joke about the "longest word in the English language". "Smiles", there is a mile between the two "s"s.
Don B, You ARE one of the best!
Drive carefully, and do enjoy as you go! W2
Great work, Don!
And, we are reminded 'Heartwarming Humanity' still exists!!
Congrats to you both.
The car looks great Don! Nice to finally get some spring weather and get outside. You made that one come together in a hurry, looks like a lot of hours of work in April to get it done. As others have said, a big Thanks for all the pictures that you post, not only on this car, but all those secret techniques you are using! JD
Harold, I do belong to the Carbon Canyon Club (joined last year) but I have just forgotten to send in my dues for this year. I am on it today.
Ahhhh,.....good for you! A great club and great bunch of folks. Regular monthly breakfast meeting 10:00a.m. this coming Saturday at Wilkeson Eagles,....hope you can make it,.....harold
Don,awhile back on a national tour there was a 92 year old guy. We followed him on rainy day, he drove that T straight as an arrow. I think he also drove to the meet. Great job on his car like all the ones you post
Thank you Dan, JD and everyone. I just think its neat to see that old age doesn't mean life is over. Just means you enjoy making life slower...
Model As tend to pick up a vibration at around 45 to 50 mph, and many owners won't "drive through" that vibration, as it smooths out just above the 50. It's frustrating to drive in a group stuck right at that vibration speed--it's hard on the car and really annoys the modern drivers too! (but in today's world, 55 would bother them anyway)
I used to drive this car (the one in the middle), looks like a wreck (we called it "The Rambling Wreck") but I would take it across country with no hesitations. Kinda wish I still had it, but it went away in a financial crunch many many years ago. (That's my wife standing in front of the pickup, so you can tell this was a LOOOONG time ago!)
Today the wishes of a lifetime came true. The Tudor arrived home safely and in one piece. This bucket list item is fulfilled for this 85 year old youngster. Never give up on your dreams, never lose hope. Patience will persevere. The ole car and the ole Judge have come full circle.
Good on ya Don! Get any snow? Bud.
Well done Don. Great story; someone should do a write it up for the club magazine and elsewhere.
Any photos of the car before restoration started?
Bud, we got some flurries...not much of a warm up this year ~~!!
Constantine, yes, I started this thread last October when he dropped the car off.
Thanks for asking..
What most of you don't know about Don, is that he said farewell to his 93 year old Mother yesterday. I did not know her, but I have come to know two of her "products", the Booth Boys, of which there are four. Through them, and her memorial service, I learned what a nurturing soul she is, and how important the Story is. Everything, and everyone, has a story. And they all mattered to her. One of the neighborhood boys flew from L.A. to Michigan for her service. Don is doing a fine job of honoring the people who raised him.
That is one beautiful Model T. I hope he really enjoys it.
Don, our sympathies to you and your families.
Linda & David Dewey
My condolences for your family's loss.
Good on you for getting Judge Bayne's T ready so quickly.
Being able to get in and out of a T, and drive it is pretty amazing for an 85 year old.
Why did Judge Bayne wait so long to buy a T?
I'm sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family will be in our thoughts an prayers.
Thank you so much for sharing the story and reminding us to " Never give up on your dreams, never lose hope. Patience will persevere. "
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Great story on the Tudor...outstanding work all the way...
Thank you all for your kind words. The loss was softened by her two wishes. She wanted to go in her own home and she wanted to go in her sleep. The good Lord granted both. She was in no pain and was still able to get around. We couldn't be more grateful. I just have to say what a wonderful group of people this forum brings together. All of you have been supportive in every way possible. It reaffirms that good people DO exist in this crazy and sometimes cruel world. God Bless You All ...
My condolences to you and your family Don.
Constantine, the Judge had collected automotive items and farm items his entire life. He had always wanted a model T. The big thing was his wife delivered their first born in a Model A. She made it very clear that the ride to the hospital wasn't fun for her. The roads were gravel and dirt and in her condition caused her some unforgettable discomfort. Apparently she never wanted to be tossed around to the point of bearing a child again. So needless to say, the ole Judge had some persuading to do.. almost 60 years worth...
Don, so sorry for your loss. My mother passed away much the same way, in her house, but watching TV. Still as sharp as she ever was. Our condolences. Dave
My mom is 93, dad turned 94 yesterday. Physically they're in "pretty good shape for the shape they're in" as my dad has always said, though memories are getting weak. They came from hearty stock like your mother.
My condolences go out to you Don.
What a sweet Tudor! It's right at home at the Judge's place. Perfect. My toys (beloved machines) keep me going some days and I'm 33 years younger than the Judge! :-)
Don, sorry about you losing your mom but what a good way to go. No struggles. :-)
Ed, thanks for the heads up.