Yesterday marked a big milestone in the restoration of my brother Jimís 1911 Model T. After 5 years of work he got to drive the car for the first time. Break-in and additional sorting of the car will be required but it ran well yesterday. The car has received a comprehensive nut and bolt restoration with the goal to have a very nice car that will be used for touring. With the exception of paint, powder coating, and some specialized machine work all of the restoration work has been done by me, Jim, our brother Dan, and our father Ray. A couple of brief videos are located on You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oo4S0dRSUy4
Jim purchased the car from the Ford Dealership in Dublin, GA in 2011. Per the build and shipping records the car was delivered new to Dublin in August 1911. We still donít know the full history of the car but it was in Ford dealership for many years. For more background on the car follow this link to a previous post on the MTFCA forum: http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/179374/204111.html
Many photos of the car before and during restoration are posted at this link: http://tinyurl.com/jcdabdl
Car as found
Jim, Dan, and Dad
Awesome car and what a great story. You hardly here of those type of stories here In Georgia. Tim
Looks nice! What's up with the white / black front tires?
Those are temporary tires / wheels we've used to move it around the basement. The new tires are mounted on the new wheels, but we haven't gotten them mounted on the car yet.
Fantastic Job, I love that it was a whole family project and you tackled it all yourself! I really like your photo documentation, great historical info there!
Great job, Dan, but personally I would have left the original patina - they're only original once.
Our first inclination was to try and preserve the car as found but it had way too many problems to even consider preservation for anything other than a static display. We do have preserved cars that we drive and enjoy regularly so we not opposed to the idea of preservation. In the case of this particular 1911 it was it leave it parked (not an option) or fix it.
Thanks Alan. I remember when you purchased the car, and it's good to see the progress you have made. Keep posting!
Looks great. Admired it back in the mid sixties when I lived in Macon, GA. Enjoy.
In that case, great decision Alan! The car is absolutely beautiful and is see the point. It's just that 1911 is my favorite year and I've always wanted to find one in pretty much original condition with leather seats intact so seeing the "before" picture struck a nerve! But I totally understand; my first restoration project was a barn find 1916 Touring in worse shape than your brother's, and I knew there was absolutely no way to preserve it in that condition so I went with a frame off restoration as well.