We're meeting informally for an Early Ford Registry "pre" pre-tour at Paynesville, MN, in advance of the New London to New Brighton (Antique Car Run) tour. Some of us will begin arriving Thu. evening, Aug 6th. On the following Monday we'll transition to the The Antique Car Run tour in New London.
All Model Ts and brass cars are welcome at our EFR gathering, and the Antique Car Run pre-tours accept pre 1916 cars. The Antique Car Run pre-tours run Tuesday through Friday, Aug 9th through the 12th. I hope we see many forum members there.
Below is a six minute video, with period photos and music for the first minute and a half, then pics of early Fords and other cars over the last several summers:
Enjoyed it, thank you.
Thanks Rob. I also enjoyed the trip down memory lane. Had no idea there were so many Model K s still out there. Some'r red and some'r blue..
Gary and George,
There will be three K on these tours, two tourings and our roadster. Colors of surviving K I'm aware of are red, white and blue. Originally K could be ordered in "any color or combination of colors, according to Ford advertising.
Rob, So how many running "K",s are there? And how many complete cars? And maybe piles of parts? Thanks, Scott
I believe 23 or 24 complete cars, and 5 engines still exist (that we know of). 2 to 2.5 percent seems like a good percentage to have survived. I've read that about a 1 percent survival rate for early cars is normal. I suppose it varies widely.
There are five "running" Model K that I' aware of, although I think many of the 23/24 would be runnable if they were liberated from their museums. I'm happy to be responsible for getting two of the three that tour back on the road, our roadster and touring car now residing in Michigan. The real work has been done by Dean Yoder, who brought both cars "back to life."
Other MTFCA forum contributors have also helped, including Stan Howe (two carbs) and Mike Bender (boring, pistons and valves), Russ Furstnow (speedometer), and probably a few people I'm forgetting at this moment.
Of course, you (Scott) have helped me understand the strengths of the Ford planetary transmission.
What year are you planning to hit Paynesville on Thursday August 6th? If you're actually coming on Thursday August 4th of this year, I might be able to join you for a tour on Friday.
I have to work on Saturday and Sunday in order to have the rest of the week off for the NLNB tours. If you guys are touring around Paynesville on Friday, I'd probably drive my '14 over. Paynesville is only about 50 miles from my place.
A most excellent video. I really enjoyed it. Rob, I didn't know you could sing so well!
Yes, Thu the 4th.
I know of at least four cars that should be in by Thu evening. I expect Friday to be the first day of forays into the countryside. Hope to see you then.
That wouldn't be good (me singing).
After a couple of beers you should sing fine. It mellows the vocal cords.
The audience better be having beers too. Deadens the ear drums......
I can tell this is going to be a good Minnesota trip.
While we're talking about the north country, a quiz. This photo was taken on a cold Iowa day when our Model K arrived at Dean's farm.
Which guy is Canadian, eh?
Rob,It seem's strange to see you in anything but a K or 6 40 Bud.
So Rob, ...... from your initial post do I understand my '14 Ford runabout would be welcome on the NLNB tour ? This time of year it's 106 degrees here in south Texas so we're going on a cruise to Glacier Bay next week. MN next year would be a better idea.
We still have three T and an N, in addition to the 6-40. However, most of my time is spent with the K anymore.
Yes, the pre-tours are open to brass cars (pre-16). The 120 mile run on Saturday is limited to 1908 and earlier 4 cylinder (and up ) and 1915 and earlier 1 and 2 cylinder cars. Steam, electrics and motorcycles up to 1915 are allowed on the big run (Saturday) too.