First Trip to the USA to see anything Model T related

Topics Last Day Last Week Tree View    Getting Started Formatting Troubleshooting Program Credits    New Messages Keyword Search Contact Moderators Edit Profile Administration
Model T Ford Forum: Forum 2016: First Trip to the USA to see anything Model T related
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Kevin Weeds on Saturday, July 16, 2016 - 08:53 pm:

I'm looking for any advice on what & where to see it.
I'm flying from New Zealand to Vegas for a week on Tuesday, New York until the end of the month then about 3 weeks touring south to Kentucky, up to Detroit and back to New York with any detours that look interesting.
I would also love to meet any members, view any club runs etc.
All suggestions (Both model t and first time to the USA advice) will be appreciated.
My travelling email address for any PM is "modelt@post.com"


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Fred Dimock, Newfields NH, USA on Saturday, July 16, 2016 - 09:03 pm:

It would help if people knew the dates


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Howard D. Dennis Byron, Georgia on Saturday, July 16, 2016 - 09:23 pm:

I have not been in decades but I would NOT miss Greenfield Village & the Henry Ford museum if I had the chance.

Howard Dennis


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Marv Konrad (Green Bay Area) on Saturday, July 16, 2016 - 09:29 pm:

-Hi, Kevin-
Glad to hear the 'time has arrived!' Have an enjoyable trip and visit. Did you discover anything about the car rental? Do have a great time!! PM, if you wish....
Marv


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Norman T. Kling on Saturday, July 16, 2016 - 09:42 pm:

The Las Vegas T club meets every Saturday morning and drives to some location for breakfast. Look at the club roster at the home page of the forum and call to find out where they will be while you are in Vegas. They are a very friendly bunch. At this time of year it is very hot there and they have their breakfast very early.
Norm


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Royce in Dallas TX on Saturday, July 16, 2016 - 10:25 pm:

Kevin,

In KY you need to try to meet the NOKIN T club members. Start with a visit to Ron's Machine shop and museum in Shandon Ohio just west of Cincinnati.
http://www.ronsmachineshop.net/Home.html


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Steve Jelf, Parkerfield KS on Saturday, July 16, 2016 - 11:35 pm:

Kentucky to Detroit: I would go by way of Richmond, IN, for a visit to the Model T Museum.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By George n Los Angeles CA on Sunday, July 17, 2016 - 02:29 am:

And then , if you are going anywhere near Kansas, you need to stop and get a "Jelfie"


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Kevin Weeds on Sunday, July 17, 2016 - 03:04 am:

Fred cant give any exact dates after NY as it will depend, Vega this Tues for a week. Leave NY 31st driving down, around and up to Detroit, hopefully catch up with a guy in Buffalo NY who restored my 27 Coupe and document some history and get some pics to file with the car for the next 100 yrs. After that, Niagara Falls then back to NY by Aug 23rd.
Howard I sure will be doing those, that's the reason Detroit is on the agenda.
Norman that sounds perfect, I hope I can track a contact number.
Royce that sounds ideal, I should be able to fit that in on the way to Richmond.
Steve, yes that was also on the agenda, thanks.
George, I agree that would be a great stop over, I feel like I kinda know Steve in some way from reading all his posts.
Marv - I haven't confirmed a rental yet, I can't get my NZ Ins company to cover me if I decide to rent a RV or buy a cheap car.

Thanks so much Guys, some great ideas.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Andria Myers----------Long Beach, CA on Sunday, July 17, 2016 - 05:13 am:

Kevin - I'll be back in Vegas but not until the 27th. I'll send you a PM/email with Las Vegas club members Gary Cooper & Harold Mann's phone #'s for contact and the breakfast meeting place 8:00 am Saturdays. Great guys with great shops to visit and they go to the Saturday breakfasts. Someone will likely have room for you to ride with them in a T. The breakfast meeting place also happens to be right across the street from the "Counting Cars" shop and they have tours. When you return from breakfast look for the kid sitting on a folding chair in a driveway to a warehouse across from the alley.

There's also several car shows around town in various days of the week. One I sometimes go to is on Sunday mornings 7am to about 10am at the corner of Cheyenne & Jones


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Susan Yaeger on Sunday, July 17, 2016 - 08:51 am:

Hi Kevin! Be sure to add a stop at the Model T Museum in Richmond, Indiana! If you are in Kentucky headed to Michigan we are right on the way. I'm sure you will enjoy the visit! We have had many New Zealand Model T enthusiasts who love to see the MTFCAs museum. Let me know if you need any information, directions, etc. Hope to see you!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Joe Fedullo, Milford MI on Sunday, July 17, 2016 - 09:35 am:

Piquette plant


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Thomas Mullin on Sunday, July 17, 2016 - 02:38 pm:

In Detroit, Be sure to Visit the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant (461 Piquette Avenue, Detroit. Hours Wednesday thru Sunday, 10:00 to 4:00).

Nearby is the Detroit Historical Museum on Woodward at Kirby.

Not far away in Dearborn is The Henry Ford (Museum and Greenfield Village. There is a terrific presentation on Laura Ingalls Wilder at the Scotch Settlement School many days.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Norman Bolz on Sunday, July 17, 2016 - 02:53 pm:

If you are going to be in Buffalo I hope you are
going to come to Detroit through Canada and not
down and around and up to Detroit. Much shorter.
If you have a rental car. Make sure you can take
it through Canada. And, they are serious about
their speed limits (in Kilometers/hr.) If you take
this route, I would suggest seeing Niagara falls, at
least from the Canadian side. Easier to park and a
better view overall.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Kevin Weeds on Sunday, July 17, 2016 - 07:24 pm:

Andria that sound perfect, thanks.
Susan I sure will stop in, look forward to it.
Joe - That's a must, Ta
Thomas - The Piquette Ave and Henry Ford plants were top of my list and will look into the Historical museum at Kirby, Ta.
Norman - good info thanks.
Thanks Guys


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Hal Schedler, Sacramento on Sunday, July 17, 2016 - 07:38 pm:

http://www.pioneervillage.org


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Hal Schedler, Sacramento on Sunday, July 17, 2016 - 07:44 pm:

Here's another interesting one. At the of the "trail" they have a Model T stuck in the "mud" (actually concrete).

http://archway.org


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Marshall V. Daut on Monday, July 18, 2016 - 02:02 am:

If you will be in the Midwest states of southeastern Iowa or northwestern Illinois, you simply MUST see Craig Beek's brass Model T museum in Moline, Illinois (the Quad Cities). To get a sneak peek at what's in his museum, open this link:
http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/257047/328389.html?1355799133
Craig has added a couple nice cars since this thread. You'll need to contact him ahead of time and set up an appointment to see the cars. He's very amenable and always willing to open up for visits. It is NOT a regular hours museum open to the public! Private appointment only.
Marshall


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Kevin Weeds on Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 10:20 pm:

Hal & Marshall - Thanks guys, brilliant I'll check these out.
Well I've been in Vegas for a few days know and its great. American people are terrific!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Kevin Weeds on Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 04:14 pm:

What a great morning, picked up on the strip near my hotel by the Vegas T club and went for a drive across town for breakfast then dropped off back near the hotel...perfect!








Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Ron Patterson-Nicholasville, Kentucky on Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 06:55 pm:

I always use this guide for seeing Ford related sights in the Detroit area. It was complied by David Lewis the preeminent Ford historian.
12


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Kevin Weeds on Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 12:09 am:

That's great Ron, thanks. Any chance of a bit clearer blow up of the index wording?
I'll use this when there.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Kevin Weeds on Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 12:08 am:

Didn't expect this when we went out for a meal the other night...and its a permanent fixture been there for years outside under the entrance! They also had a model A on the other wall.
.
.
.
.
.
.






.
.
.
.
Royce I took your advice we are staying in a bed and breakfast in Shandon and off to Ron's tomorrow morning (thanks for the tip).

Then Richmond in the afternoon, thanks guys.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Mark Osterman on Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 07:09 am:

Since you are going to Buffalo and and Niagara Falls area you are welcome to visit here in Rochester New York. I work at the largest museum specific to photography and would love to give you the behind the scenes tour. ....I do drive my 1919 speedster to work nearly every day. :-)

Google George Eastman Museum for more information


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Tom Miller, mostly in Dearborn on Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 07:41 am:

Kevin,

Check out Luke Dahlinger's Google Map overlay. There are many Dearborn area Ford sites listed including the hole in my backyard that Thomas Edison advised Mr. Ford to drill.

https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?ll=42.358159%2C-83.200745&spn=0.001954%2C0. 004823&hl=en&t=h&msa=0&source=embed&ie=UTF8&mid=1t_nId42beKzwy_RMmllUIZ9bphg


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Jim Kelsey on Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 11:01 am:

Las Vegas is a waste of time, in my opinion. I played there four weeks when I was on the road: three at Sam's Town and once at the Bellagio. There are a lot of interesting life forms that show up after 11:00 PM. Once you've seen one casino, you've seen them all. If I was vacationing in the Southwest comma I would skip Vegas and see the Mojave Desert, as well as the Grand Canyon. There is a house made out of beer bottles in the Mojave Desert that is well worth seeing. And as long as you're in Nevada, you can see the car museum in Reno.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Jerry VanOoteghem - SE Michigan on Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 11:24 am:

The only time I've ever been to Las Vegas was for the purpose of driving through it. (With the exception of visiting the Imperial Palace car collection, which no longer exists sadly)


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Robert L. Rogers on Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 12:22 pm:

Per Hal Schedler, I "second" Pioneer Village. Easily spend the day there.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dan Holman on Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 12:31 pm:

Speedy Bill's Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska. Not open daily, so check for hours.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Glen Chaffin on Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 12:32 pm:

Kevin, You and everyone else are always welcome to stop by our store, shop and museum. Nothing but Model T here. But let me know if your coming so I will be here to meet you.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Steve Jelf, Parkerfield KS on Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 01:12 pm:

I third Pioneer Village. Well worth a day. If you happen to pass this way, do drop in for a Model T drive in the country.

If I remember correctly, there's more than one bottle house.


This is the one in Calico.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calico,_San_Bernardino_County,_California


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Gary Blake, Kansas City on Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 05:49 pm:

George n in Los Angeles

Jelfie?

Wouldn't that be a Geezie?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By George n LakeOzark,Missourah on Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 09:46 pm:

Gary n KC. That would work also.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Kevin Weeds on Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 11:22 pm:

Mark I've had a look at that and will see how time allows, it looks interesting.
Tom that overlay is great, it show the same as Ron posted on here but a bit clearer, Thanks.
Steve I would love to call in but I'm running out of time....But I might come back another day and you'll be on the list.

Royce you were right that was a really interesting stop. Ron showed me through his museum then BJ through the workshop, I saw and learnt a lot...fantastic!

Thanks Guys


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By David Dewey, N. California on Friday, August 12, 2016 - 01:57 pm:

How about some more pics of your trip? Sound like you're having a great time! Glad your Vegas stop didn't sour you on us Yanks!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Kevin Weeds on Saturday, August 13, 2016 - 12:25 am:

Just the Opposite Dave, the Vegas T club were brilliant but so was everybody else. In fact we haven't met a single person since we have been here that wasn't polite, friendly and helpful. That's Vegas, New York etc. It's been a fantastic trip.

Found a car museum in Kentucky had a couple of T's, this one was modified a bit
.



.
.
.
.
And found an old garage set up on Highway 66, had a nice Model T fire engine. A smaller unit that could be used as a driver as it wasn't real bulky or heavy.
.
.
.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By David Dewey, N. California on Saturday, August 13, 2016 - 01:06 am:

Kevin,
Everyone knows "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!" But it does look like you had a great time!
I was tongue in cheek, just in case it wasn't obvious! Glad you have time to "chase around a bit" while you're here!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By John Warren on Sunday, August 14, 2016 - 10:45 am:

Kevin, It was wonderful that you guys went to breakfast with us here in Las Vegas, Nevada. We all enjoyed sharing stories with you. Hope you continue to have a great vacation. The Southern Nevada Model T Club was honored to have you come along.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By John Warren on Sunday, August 14, 2016 - 10:50 am:

Andria, it was probably because of you that Kevin made the run with us Thanks


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Kevin Weeds on Sunday, August 14, 2016 - 10:08 pm:

Thanks Warren, it was the highlight of our Vegas stop.
Yes it was due to Andria that we made it.
Thanks to all and say Hi to everybody next Sat morning.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Kevin Weeds on Sunday, August 14, 2016 - 10:39 pm:

Today was a stunner guys. This morning we went to the Henry Ford museum, great place wow!

This afternoon a forum member picked us up and gave us a personal tour of Detroit and showed us everything model T related, Henry Fords history really, what a fantastic afternoon. looked at several locations, got the history and even stopped at some and had a walk around. Old relic sites of where it started and each step as Henry moved on and up.....Brilliant.
Thanks again Tony


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Tony Barchock Plymouth, Mi on Monday, August 15, 2016 - 07:56 am:

That Tony guy is a total nerd!

Hope ya guys enjoy the rest of your trip and have safe travels back home!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Kevin Weeds on Monday, August 15, 2016 - 06:55 pm:

Anybody guess what caused this?
.
.
.
.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Keith Gumbinger, Kenosha, WI on Monday, August 15, 2016 - 08:37 pm:

That looks like the place in Greenfield Village where the passengers get in the Model T's to go for their ride around the village.

Keith


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Kevin Weeds on Monday, August 15, 2016 - 08:56 pm:

Correct, I guess the ridges are to shake the drips off before pulling out again.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Kevin Weeds on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - 09:31 am:

That total nerd guy just gave us a personal tour around the Piquette plant this morning, great! The world needs more nerds like you Tony lol.
And I got "The Brick" back.
Thanks again


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Tony Barchock Plymouth, Mi on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - 09:36 am:

LOL

glad ya had fun and the brick back, be safe going home!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Susan Yaeger on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - 09:37 am:

Hi Kevin! Sounds like you are having a fabulous trip! We hope the Model T Museum is still on your agenda.

Please know that we can adjust our schedule to be here outside our normal hours of 10am to 5pm. We are glad to be here earlier or later just let us know.

Address is 309 N 8th Street, Richmond, IN. 47374

Hope to see you soon!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Kevin Weeds on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - 08:44 pm:

Too late Susan we have already been through your museum about a week ago I guess, signed the book & took some pics. I've seen more model T examples, enthusiasts, workshops, locations and history etc than anybody could wish for. This trip has been an amazing experience mainly due to forum members and their guidance.
What a great bunch..


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Tony Barchock Plymouth, Mi on Friday, August 19, 2016 - 08:09 am:

We need more photos of your adventures good sir!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Kevin Weeds on Friday, August 19, 2016 - 09:37 am:

Well yesterday I found the perfect ice cream cart in Canada.....
.
.
.

.
.
.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Susan Yaeger on Friday, August 19, 2016 - 11:10 am:

Hi Kevin! As Tony said, we would all love to see more photos of your trip. I feel so badly that I missed you when you were in Richmond. Looks like you were here on the 11th and I had some meetings that day. I hope that Brenda gave you a good tour and that she showed you the Ts in the Annex and the vintage garage project.

We've so enjoyed hearing about your travels. Best wishes for safe travels home and we hope you will be back again some time!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Kevin Weeds on Friday, August 19, 2016 - 09:13 pm:

Thanks Susan, not sure if or when but I can't wait to get back, what a great country!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Kevin Weeds on Saturday, August 20, 2016 - 09:21 pm:

This morning was stopped off at Macs in Lockport, met a lovely couple considering buying one of the model T's on display there. Took a cruise on the Erie canal boat through a lock etc, that was great.
Then this afternoon we called in to see a previous owner of my 27 Coupe near Buffalo NY who completed the body restoration in the 90's. Was great to catch up and get some history of the car and see the barn it was restored in etc. When I get home I'll make up a folder with the known history including photos that can live with the car for the next 100 yrs maybe.


Add a Message


This is a private posting area. Only registered users and moderators may post messages here.
Username:  
Password:

Topics Last Day Last Week Tree View    Getting Started Formatting Troubleshooting Program Credits    New Messages Keyword Search Contact Moderators Edit Profile Administration