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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Tony Howard on Monday, May 16, 2016 - 02:14 am:

Digging through my "stuff", most of which was collected from outback Queensland off sheep and cattle stations(ranches for our USA brethren) found this gem of a fix for a broken main leaf.. nice tight rivets still


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Wayne Sheldon, Grass Valley, CA on Monday, May 16, 2016 - 04:14 am:

You do what you have to do, and hope it holds together long enough to get you where you are hoping to go to.
I think bits like that are so neat, I display them on the shop or barn wall.
I love that stuff! Thank you for sharing it.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Constantine on Monday, May 16, 2016 - 06:58 am:

Hmmm, from Queensland you say? It could be from this famous Aussie overlander's T?:



And no, it's not overlander Francis Birtles. The journey done in this car must rank in the top ten Model T trips of all time. Yes, big words but true. He and his companion were very very lucky to survive the brutal Outback conditions. He wrote a book about his journey (now a collector's item) and tried to get money from Henry but to no avail.

Just like Francis Birtles this guy is also a fascinating character. He was in the WW1 Royal Naval Armoured Car Division in Russia (which had some Ts; see my recent post about this) to help the Czar; but he got caught up in history and taken POW in Kursk during the Russian revolution.

Due to injuries from a WW1 gas attack, I believe he was offered pension and ticket to Australia.

Does anyone know who I'm talking about? I would guess Peter Kable or Ray Green do and may even have met him in the 60s or 70s...Peter, Ray?

Some of the many many Aussie lurkers on this forum can add more info. Come on lurkers, step up to the plate.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Constantine on Monday, May 16, 2016 - 07:18 am:



Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Jim Rose on Monday, May 16, 2016 - 07:37 am:

I knew an old blacksmith who said that he forge welded lots of springs until someone told him it was impossible to do so.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Tony Howard on Monday, May 16, 2016 - 08:21 am:

Constantine.. to my undying shame , I can't put a name to the gent in the photos... I know I should know but its just not gelling .
Wayne...It will be joining with other oddities I have found, such as this wacky wheel, in the "T Room" as the grand kids call it.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Andrew Benoit on Monday, May 16, 2016 - 08:42 am:

Constantine, looks like Michael Terry. A lot of interesting photos here:

http://www.nla.gov.au/apps/cdview/?pi=nla.pic-vn3121004&chunk=1&x=21&y=1

http://www.nla.gov.au/apps/cdview/?pi=nla.pic-vn6248164

http://www.nla.gov.au/apps/cdview/?pi=nla.pic-vn6248504

http://www.nla.gov.au/apps/cdview/?pi=nla.pic-vn6248519

http://www.nla.gov.au/apps/cdview/?pi=nla.pic-vn6248556

http://www.nla.gov.au/apps/cdview/?pi=nla.pic-vn6248525


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Tony Howard on Monday, May 16, 2016 - 04:56 pm:

Thanks for those references Andrew. The second photo of Constantine's showing the car in front of a small tree with Open Downs Country in the background is typical of Mckinlay country as indicated in your link. Capable of producing the best beef in the world , given a good season or two.
Mckinlays current claim to fame for the tourist trade is that the Pub was used in the Crocodile Dundee films as "The Downfall Creek Hotel". Not a lot else at Mckinlay after the pub!!
Would surely have been an epic trip in 1923.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Constantine on Friday, May 20, 2016 - 07:51 am:

Andrew, yes it's Michael Terry; well done.

Few people know about him, even in Australia. I have a book that talks about his journey from Qld to the NT; what wonderful madness, great reading.

Amazing guy with an amazing life, and a true believer. Many guys here talk about how good Ts are but at the same time are too scared to drive their cars 100 miles to a club picnic. This guy was using a T as a weapon of war in Russia during brutal WW1.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dane Hawley Near Melbourne Australia on Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 05:24 am:

As I started reading your post, Constantine, I immediately though of Michael Terry. I read his book, loaned to me over 50 years ago, and have wanted to re-read it ever since without success.
IIRC the car was a fairly modified 1913 model, so it was ten years old when he did the trip.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Constantine on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 03:21 am:

Hey Dane, no surprise that a true old car believer like you would know of Micheal Terry. The VIC State Library might have a copy of his book, although you wouldn't be able to borrow it. Otherwise, the book is available at collector bookshops for 100+ USD.


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