My 1924 Touring is being painted white soon because will be a wedding car.
Now that color is settled I need to decide on wheels before replacing my cracked tires. 21" wheels seem like an option, but I'm a newbie and have never even ridden in another Model T before.
The goal is to only perform bolt-on modifications that can be easily reversed someday if it doesn't attract enough brides.
I would greatly appreciate pictures and sources of attractive wheels that can easily mount the stock hubs or spindles. The goal is to attract women, without breaking the car or budget.
This looks like the goal
I think your future resale value will go down if you paint it white. White wheels would be OK, but not a white body.
If you want stock wheels, stick with wood.
I will keep the wooden wheels in storage but this black car is already green, and there's not much market for black wedding cars. Women want white and I can always repaint for resale later... Much later. This car should earn $500 a week until then during the warm months.
How about stripping the wooden spokes to bare wood then varnishing the daylights out of them? More vintage-y looking that way and maybe even more appealing as a wedding car.
Pure newbie advice here, but:
if the original finish has already been covered with a non-original color
painting over the existing color will not hurt the value
you want it white so you can make it functional for you,
I say paint it WHITE!
You are not destroying anything historical and you are not hurting the value of the car.
Also keep the spoke wheels, but paint them,
I would do the body white, white wheels, and white tires. That will be sure to attract the brides.
Then make some different colored seat covers which are quick and easy to change. Women love choices, especially when it comes to color.
Do you want the WHITE seat cover, or the PINK, or maybe the TAUPE?
Everything WHITE, then a choice in color for the seat covers.
This is an outstanding color combo!
??? A WHITE Model T ??? That's just plumb WRONG !!!
For the special purpose, I like the idea of all white with white tires too - I think it's great you have a "market" for a Model T wedding car. Young folks should have a connection to tradition and the past on their wedding day.
Have done lots of family weddings including my daughter. My son drove the car. But.. its Green. When she got engaged I was about to paint it black and she said no, please don't it wouldn't be the same. She grew up with this car and wanted it to stay green.
All white for a wedding car sounds fine to me. That would include wheels and tires. Lucas Classic Tire sells all-white Wards Riversides. Those are clinchers, but no law says you have to use "correct" wheels.
Dip it all in white, the gals will love it....
Make darn sure your insurance carrier will insure your Model T for "commercial use". Most of our classic and antique policies will not cover vehicles used for "hire". Any mishap while using your car for commercial use as a wedding car without the proper coverage could cost you a whole lot more than the car itself.
Kevin is right about the insurance. -It's very important. -That's your first consideration before spending any money on bridal mods to your car.
Yes, bride like white, but even a white car needs a little trim. -If you go with white spokes and white tires, the car will look like you dipped it. -Varnished wooden spokes look very classy.
What the two above have said. If it was that easy and simple would thousand's of us either be doing it of have done it?? Bud.
The OP is in the wedding/limo rental business. I would assume he has his insurance covered.
Yes, we will be adding it to our commercial fleet insurance.
Here is a pic of some of our current fleet, including stretch limos, party buses, SUVs, and Town Cars. I wish we got a discount for using only Ford products, but the savings cones from reliability.
What does the TN DOT say about a Model T for hire carrying people?? Bud.
TN permits anything insurable. In fact, Nashville is full of hearses with the roofs cut off and golf carts zipping between downtown traffic, etc.
Chris, why paint it at all...it's already divorce green!
JMHO= It's your car, make the way you want it, we aren't here long enough to worry about the next guy, therefore most of these cars have already out lived us.
Thank You for all input ideas towards this wheel and tire question. Ha
I'm definitely going to experiment with white paint and let the market demand guide me.
I don't think the bride and groom will care what color the car is, so why paint it a color that isn't original in the first place?
Time will tell
Show me a Model T earning $500 every weekend.
There was a TT in Iron Jawed Angels used as a paddywagon. The producers had it for 5 months and paid a little over $5000 to the owner. It was green...
But, if I were you, your car would be WHITE!
Enjoy your car and paint it white. You might consider some pinstriping to break up the color and add some flair.
I would not recommend purchasing any all white tires from Lucas or the other vendors unless you intend to replace them every six months. The white tires turn brown. Stay with all black tires and white spokes.
Just my two cents...
Best of luck,