Found this car in Wisconsin 2 years ago. The body was off and it sat in a barn. The chassis had been converted to a Form-a-truck in World War 2. I put it all back together with original body, engine, frame, transmission, rear end, running boards, and front fenders and etc. Found the lights, rear fender, and misc. hear and there.
Andy Loso rebuilt the engine and drive-line. Stan Howe did the carburetor, R.V. Anderson did the coils, runs pretty good but has just a few issues that need to be worked on. Right or wrong, I am not going to restore the body. I also have the original "Foredoors". I have the "13" for my restored car. I plan to bring it to Farmington, MN for a Model T club reunion on June 11, if I can get out of a couple high school graduation parties.
Dan in Minnesota.
Glad you're not going to restore it. Barn finds and preservation cars hard to find and this one certainly has great patina and a great look.
Very nice. Will we see it in Paynesville at the "Early Ford and Others Tour prior to New London to New Brighton?
Fantastic car. Our 1912 slab side touring is #131315 and is originally from MN.
Mike only 34 numbers apart .This car is from Wisc.but only 60 miles Twin Cities.Same carload as yours I bet.Rob I am pretty Sure I will make to the pre touring,I had a lot of fun two years ago
Mike your 12 is beautiful.If I ever get To Houston,I would like to see it.
Our car was restored in the early 1950s by Frank Kelly in Minneapolis. Who knows, maybe he got the car in Wisconsin? Neat that two cars of the same body style from roughly the same production day are still around.
Dan – great looking car! And it was great that the body was saved and not just tossed out into the back 40 when they made the chassis into a tractor.
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What is the significance of the number above the serial number? Looks like 5 18 24.
Is that a casting date on a replacement block? Never seen it in that position before.
Or, is it 5 18 12 and what I think is "4" is actually the imprint of from the screw of the mold tag?
That is the way they did casting dates in part of 1912. I've seen others that are late in the year that are in the usual place. My '13 roadster has a block that must have been at the bottom of the pile, because the casting date is as the above photo, but the casing date is not legible. The engine number has not been altered.
Great car!!! As long as it's safe, don't touch it!!!
Dan, it's great to see you have your 1912 all assembled back to original. I look forward to seeing it up at Farmington!
As a side note, I want to thank you Dan, for selling me the truck conversion parts that were on your touring. Wish I could say I've made as much progress on your "leftovers". I've got most all the stuff collected that I needed to assemble the truck conversion correctly as a pre-1915 brass era vehicle but I still need to find a few things like a correct dash and windshield. I would like to find old used stuff but may have to use some reproduction parts. I was going to try and leave it as a "work clothes" truck, much like you have done with your car, but that may not work out, I may have to go to a full restoration. By the way, after a lot of research, I found that it is an I-O-W-A 1-Ton truck conversion built in Ottumwa, Iowa.
Below is a photo of what Dan's car looked like when he got it.
Below are photos of the I-O-W-A conversion pieces.
The story of this car is,about 1940 a young farm boy from Plum City Wisc.bought the 1912.When United States entered the war he was drafted.During the war his farm family decided they had a better use for sons car.Bought an I O W A truck conversion That Roger Byrne has now. Son survived the war but no interest in the car. anymore. So I just put it back together again as Henry Ford and As they God intended.Eric I think 1912 had three different locations of casting dates.the one above serial number is most difficult to read.