Rode up through north Alabama into Tennessee and back today with Bill Robinson - had to get a pic a "Greasy Cove" road.
Eliza, still needs some friction shocks and pan hard bars, haha and eventually a top! But I really like how she's running right now. Quick as greased lightning. Post pics of your speedster(s) along with whatever you're planning to do next.
Still under construction. Will be white and red.
Mine is still under construction. Everyone has seen it till they are probably sick of it, but you asked for it Seth Hope to finish it this fall/winter.
It has an original body and has Disteel wheels.
Rajo 4 valve with Columbo cross drive mag, cast iron dual exhaust, will have a U&J carb or Stromberg
Columbo cross drive mag
Sherman deep sump pan and Rajo oil gauge
This is the leather upholstery material that matches the mahogany steering wheel and dash. It is called "Aged Brandy"
I usually get to start back on my projects the day after Thanksgiving till Chickasha in the spring. All this talk lately about everyone working on their speedsters is getting me ready to go ..
I like it! What's under the hood Hal?
Donnie are you gonna paint yours at all? I've always liked all the cool parts and details yours has.
Seth- Don't brag too much- this 'ol Hack was ahead of you all day! Just kidding- that thing could eat my lunch!
Seth Im trying to leave all the original patina I can. So no paint, only what I have to do to things that need work. I had to paint the firewall and Ill just let it age. It was a chopped up piece of crap but I had to modify it to lower the steering column, so it needed reworked and welded on a lot. The wood has been treated and painted but you will not see any of it. The exception will be the engine. I plan on making it shine like a new silver dollar. Ill keep it looking nice for a year or so and then just let it go. It does not take long for a model T engine to get looking 100 years old if you do not clean it often ..
I always wondered how my car may look with black wheels.
I LIKE IT!
Here's mine. It was built by my grandfather in '71/'72. We did the Santa Clara endurance for the first time in 1973 (car had different body back then.) when I was the riding mechanic at 10 years old.
This photo is at the start of the 2016 Santa Clara endurance run. That is my 16 year old son behind the wheel. He won the youngest driver and rookie of the year awards.
I love speedsters!
Very nice Pic.of Father and Son Tom.
Hi Mike E,
Thanks for the kind words. I am so grateful that my grandpa built that wonderful machine and thrilled that we can still enjoy it.
The worst day can easily be fixed by a ride in a speedster!
I had one of those days yesterday. Here is a shot from a nice "attitude adjustment ride" from yesterday. That is the remnant of the defunct Almaden Air Force base on the tall peak in the background. Otherwise known as Mt. Umunhum. The drive up Hicks Road is a study in shifting between Ford high, Ruxstell low and Ford low.
Here you go, my 1922 Armadillo bodied speedster.
More of a gow-job than a speedster, but here's my project.
What I want it to look like when it's done.
And a few speedy parts on the work bench...
Hello Tom. Did you, yourself train your Son to drive the racer?
I purchased my Speedster because I so love the old cars and to try to bring back my Son from Parental Alienation through my Divorce.He's a car Kid!
He was very co-ordinated and drove tractors, Diesel locomotives.Even did well in a Cessna 172.
He was exceptionally good at parking Trailers with a Tractor.Inate!
You followed my wanted steps that I wished I had with my Son.
I admire you......and your Boy.
This is why I'm lagging to get the Speedster on the road.
Bit of sadness.
My primitive pickup isn't really a speedster, but it's got a lowered steering column and it's faster than most standard T's
My winter project. Too much fun.
Yes, I taught my son how to drive the T about a week before endurance run. He was still on his learner's permit at the time. He got the hang of it after a few days.
Luckily the endurance run route this year was pretty tame. There was not much hill climbing. I would shift the Ruxstell so he could keep his hands on the steering wheel. It was also very easy of me to control the throttle if I thought he was going too fast!
I now face the problem of having three kids and only one speedster. I better get to work and build some speedsters to prevent a war within the family.
My '27 Roadster...
Since retiring 10 years ago, I have been enamored with speedsters. If I had my way I'd have kept them all, however the one who calls herself wife, has had much to say about it. The photos that follow are with the exception of the Model A (wife likes that one)Have come and now gone in pretty much a steady parade through my garage.
They have all been a part of my learning experience and now occupy someone else's driveway.
I refer to mine as a "racer" more than a speedster - still, way too much fun - Zoom-Zoom !
Back in 1955...
I've been saving parts for over 25 years and it's still not "road ready".
Next year I'll be retired and it will be one of things on the top of the "get-er-done" list!
28 Years on the road and the fun hasn't stopped
So many good looking cars. After seeing that fairgrounds race and these speedsters I'm itching to tango. I smoked a Model A a couple years ago but haven't pulled the throttle in anger since then.
I do dig Steve Nelson's car.
Single seat racer is something I hope to have one day.
The photos donít do Steve Nelsonís car justice Ė it is an impeccable build for style, fit, finish and performance.
I have a little bit of fun with this old ford. Sometimes I chase Steve Nelson but I haven't caught him yet.
Clayton and I have been friends for along time. He and I built my speedster for my dad, but unfortunately he passed away before he saw it done. We finished her and have driven it quite a bit. Now we are refining it a ilittle more so it is less troublesome. Seems she like to stay in the garage more then be on the road!
Just before we broke the crankshaft on our trip to Bonneville Speedway for Speedweek.
My ultimate vehicle would be a copy of the Formula Racers from the 1940"s.
How great is that!
It's also ingrained in my mind due to the game MONOPOLY. I always chose that racer.
Here's a pic.
I like them all!!!!!
Thank you for sharing.
Except for Mike's second pic....
At 60, that just wouldn't work.
Rob, I agree. Except on the Speedo. I still have mine from when I was a L.A. Parks and Rec. lifeguard in the early '70's. I find it works great inside my trunks when I take the grandkids to the beach. Still have the guard suit also... but that's over the top.
I remember one of the other guards had a tiny 3 cyl Honda car... it was one of the latest things, imagine a Honda with more than 2 wheels!
From the national tour in Albuquerque.
2nd time is a charm!!!
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Rob, is this you style?
2225 No. Dollar Special. (Our address is 2225 No. Dollar Rd.)
Assembled entirely from donated parts - hence, No. Dollar Special.
Let's keep it going.
@ Derek Keifer.
I like your Rod. Very raw.
I love the fenderless roadsters, alas my wife tells me that you can have too many model T's.
Mine's a little crude, but hopefully I'll get there!! All these great speedsters give me ideas on how to improve mine. Keep 'em rolling!
Andy I hate to break it to you man, but, your wife is lying. You can't actually have too many Model T's. Lol
Mark Chaffin's 1911 Speedster with homemade body
ABC Speedster Body
Ok, I'll jump in. Got it this far and took a break, maybe next summer,
With my Dad on the Kentucky Speedster Tour in June
My 1910 with HAL overhead and 1915, both being used on the filming of "The Son", here in Austin.
Alas, I sold my speedster and I miss it. Must start another.
Seth, did you come up to Minnesota and buy your speedster body from me?
Jeff I don't have any ID marks but I'm pretty confident mine is a Faultless "Hoosier" body. My great-great-grandfather bought the T new in '14 and gave it to his grandson (my granddad) in the early 30's. My grandfather and great grandfather turned it into a speedster then so she's had this body for most of her life.
Hand Made 1919 Paco Speedster Body
God it is good to see some nice looking speedster out there. I hope Tim Williams doesn't mind me posting pics of T-bone his 26 bare bone speedster
Paint it Orange and call it the Bell X-1!
mike Esik- I don't have the car anymore. I sold the body and am currently finishing up another body for someone else
Here one that I built
Hello Andy Suciu.
You obviously are a Crafts-Man.
Have you done any aircraft parts?
Not a speedster, but a go fast
Looks like something Chuck Yeager drove back in the 40's.
Here's my second speedster build.
Question for the first poster Seth. What are those carburetors off of?
Hey Colin - I sent you an email. My carbs are Zenith S4BFs and they were an original aftermarket Model T carb. They came with a special offset manifold that moved them towards the rear of the engine in order to clear the generator (or high tension mag in my case).
Here's an older picture of my engine before I swapped to the Rajo head. You can see "Zenith" on the intake.
Mine isn't a speedster but was built for fun so it is a funster, a Sea King bodied bowtail funster. It started out as a boat that my nephew gave me that I didn't need and a pile of parts and stuff. The running gear is 1927 with a Muncie over/under aux trans, duel exhaust and a side draft L4. The fishing equip was my father and grand father's, the seat came out of my brothers bus, the hood is part of the bottom of the boat and held down with a level wind reel, the steering wheel a friend said that I needed it and gave it to me and the anchor is the only Chevy part on it(a broken crankshaft). We have a blast with this car, the passenger is required to wear a life preserver for safety
Here is mine 1914 speedster completed in 2014
current project 1919 Mercury body replica, lowered frame, suicide front end, Nearl Jern Chev head conversion with model A crank. Body will get hand formed metal skin
This is my 1916
I do about 2k miles a year in it and enter it in to anything I can, hill climbs, sprints, races and rallies.
So to be true to the era, what makes the difference between a Speedster, ...and some other term such as a Gow Job or a Hot Rod??
Brent: These cars has been called different names in different regions and at different times. The agreement nowadays is usually to call the period looking 1910 and '20's style Model T's (and a few Model A's) without original bodies for speedsters.
A Gow Job is a stripped down T or A roadster with a four cylinder engine done in an early 1930's style with the original body remaining but without fenders (There have never been as many and most were built at the west coast, think Multi Aldrich and Clayton Paddison.)
A Hot rod also has the original body but it's built in a 1940's or later style with a pre '48 body, mostly with a V8 engine.
This is my offering
Robb - What a fantastic picture! That's about as much "ACTION" as anybody could get out of a still picture! Not only the speedster itself, but the driver too! He has the look of experience, confidence in his machine, and determination to get all out of it that he can! Every speedster "enthusiast" needs a framed copy of that picture on the wall,.....in the house if "mama" will allow, or in the shop/garage for sure! Love it! .....harold
Charles - To be fair, I really like the photo you posted too! Two completely different kinds of "technology" but not all that many years apart, right?
For that matter, lots of good photos on this fun thread,......harold
Robb - Recently, there was another great speedster photo posted someplace here on the forum, but I can't find it now. It was very similar to yours as far as speedster action on a dirt track with same basic coloring, dust, etc, and it showed several speedsters following the lead car, but kind of fading from view in the background due to dust. What a great pair those two pictures would make, the one I just described and the one you just posted. Okay,....I'll quit "babbling" now,......harold
Lol Harold, I'm pretty sure that picture Robb posted and the one you're talking about are probably only a few seconds or at most a few laps apart at the same event.
Is it this picture? Cause, that's Robb right there.
Yup! That's it! Wouldn't those two pictures make great pair for any speedster fan? Thanks Seth,......harold
Why do I suddenly hear "The Ghost riders in the Sky" song playing in my head?
Restored my Mom's speedster over 10 years ago and am starting a new build. A little different so Im not sure if it "is" a speedster. I can post some drawings of my new build soon and while you wait heres the one my Mom and Dad built in the 80's and I restored a while back.
That did it guys. You've made my wife mad. She knows or at least suspected I've been gathering parts to build one for a while. Was looking for a drop tank to build a single seater but I found a large flat top pontoon for the body. Then I found a stromberg OF. Then I went to the OCF and she liked the speedsters. Now she has no idea after seeing these piks what she's in store for this winter. Thanks for the inspiration. I'll show y'all picks. Be done by spring. Now we need a dirt track in Tennessee or close by. California is maybe to far ( MAYBE)
I don't own a speedster, and I have never had the pleasure of meeting Clayton Paddison. So I hope he won't mind if I repost a photo of his car that he has posted in another thread. To me this photo has everything, and is one of my favorite photos on this site.
Oops picture didn't work. Richard we just bought land in TN near Jackson (nearest large town). Im working on something new but here is the last speedster I restored (Mom and Dad built it when I was a baby), hopefully she will be passed down to me one day.
I don't mind at all Wayne!
Here is another I shot recently for my "Race Of Gentleman" Promo card...and the card itself.
These photos give validity to the phrase; "most fun you can have with your clothes on"!
You certainly have a good eye for photography.
Mine and a friend's
Not mine. Spotted at a local car show. was posted here a while back in an attempt to find out if it was a kit or home made.
New phone. First time attempting pictures.
New phone. First time attempting pictures.
Where's the Indian with the supercharger?
Nice to see a thread pull some of the less-posting folks out of the shadows. Nice machines guys!
Steve M, could you please provide details on the frame beneath the red car?
Loving all the speedsters. That's fine Chris Becker I don't mind pics of T-bone posted.
Tom, It is an Essex frame, Chysler front axle, Franklin steering gear. Did not want a cookie cutter speedster. Lots of work, but I have what I wanted.Steve
That wood bodied car was for sale at Hershey. Only $47,000.00 Must be some rare wood...
Wonderful speedsters gentlemen! Wow!
I got a ways to go. ;-)
But I think that's what it was...for a time.
;-) I shouldn't have posted this but I just couldn't help myself.
I've been lookin' for a frame for a long time, for a long term "Twin Four" project of another brand name.
To weld up into a frame, I guess........ (shrugs shoulders)...
Dewy, this where I started, I see that someone has cut the fender mounts off the same as my frame That is how I figured that it must have been some sort of a speedster or race car. It looks that you have some extra suspension stuff going on too. I gathered up what I could find here then started finding what I was missing.
Too darned cool John!
You're correct about cutting things off. :-)
Yup, I got those "don't remember the name of those shock absorbers blues" all this month. :-/
Long (single as opposed to the twin variety) arms and springs. Too pooped to put up.
Purchased this yesterday.