Last year I dug up keys and other small parts from a Model T while metal detecting in my yard. I did not know they were Model T until members here graciously identified them for me. Some one commented that I ought to keep digging, I might find the rest of the car. Well, tonight I dug up what I believe to be a Model T wood spoke rim! Who knows, maybe the rest is still out there. Its pretty roached but a neat find anyways. Had to dig a big hole for this one!
Me thinks perhaps you might have a little bit too much time on your hands ....
Sounds like a lot of hard work. My back just couldn't dig enough to get it out of the ground.
I found the last eighteen inches of a late T frame sticking out of the dirt in the woods once. Gave it a pull and it wouldn't budge so who knows how much more of it is down there?
This is an actual Model T that was dug up and restored. Here are before and after pictures. Jim Patrick
Jim, I've seen those pictures before. I don't think it was restored, it was replaced! JMHO Dave
I thank that steering column was on e-bay last week .
In 1994 i dug about a 1 1/4 acre pond and the the farmer on the next section had at least 1/8 mile of stone piles he wanted to get rid of'Starting in 1996 he hauled me all those stone and i spread them as far into the pond as my large excavator could reach. To date i have found several little t parts and a steering wheel spider.Bud.
There is a roller skating rink not too far from me that was built on some sloping land in the '30s or '40s, right next to an auto junkyard. They needed some additional fill during construction, so all the Model Ts were simply shoved next door to the construction site and the rink was built atop them. With the advent of in-line skates, the rink's fallen on hard times and gone out of business now, and the unused building's just sitting there, so....
This Faultless Raceabout was dug up out in the Arizona desert many years ago and restored. I drove my truck and trailer to Arizona with a friend and he purchased it from the owner's son about ten years ago.
Resting in the garage when we got there
Left side showing Rajo
Wow Jim someone has a great deal of talent to be able to rebuild that T. I will not complain about my 26 project again. Really cool car and pics.. Tim
I have a few doubts about the right rear fender?
All that's required to restore a car like the one depicted in Jim's post above is finding every single part in mint condition and then simply bolting everything together.
The car in Jim's photo is in Detroit. For a long time it was on display at the Detroit Historical Museum. I remember seeing it many times as a kid. There are definitely parts of the dug-up car that were used... but not too many. The "after" photo was taken in the museum's storage facility, near Historic Fort Wayne, also in Detroit.
Jerry,I remember historic Fort Wayne! 53 1/2 years ago i took a oath there.Is my Uncle Sam still using Fort Wayne?? Bud.
No, Sam moved out, it's safe to return if you wish. (Well, relatively safe anyway....)
Here's the story I located in a 2011 thread. I think David is right. It looks more like the T was replaced instead of restored. They would have been lucky to be able to salvage 5% of the parts as most of it seems too deteriorated to use. Now, had it been buried in the sands of an arid desert such as in Las Vegas, a lot more would have been salvageable. Either way, it is an interesting story and I'm glad a complete Model T was able to be resurrected from it for future generations to admire and marvel over. Jim Patrick