HELLO, CAN ANYONE HELP ME IF I WANT TO FIX A MODEL T . I LIVE IN NORTH/WEST NJ. I WOULD LIKE TO MEET/TALK WITH SOMEONE WHO IS KNOWLEDGEABLE IN RESTORATION FOR A MODEL T I MIGHT BE PURCHASING. I ALSO LIVE 10 MINUTES FROM PENNSYLVANIA AS WELL. ANY LOCAL GUYS OR CLUBS WOULD BE GREAT.
Both national clubs have chapters in NJ and PA. Start with these links and see if there's a club near you:
I don't know if any are close to you, but here are some MTFCA & MTFCI chapters in PA & NJ. I would suggest contacting one of them and possibly joining one, or more. Chapters are an excellent source of help, comradery & fun.
Ya, like Steve said...
Thanks Steve And Jerry for the info.
It is greatly appreciated.
Hey Paul, I live in Fredon Township looks like 30 minutes from you. What kind of T are you buying?
I am currently in the process of a full restoration.
You might talk to Mark Conforth in Lafayette. While his principal interest is period hot rods, he also works on brass era cars and has a few of his own, including a gorgeous 1909. He has done some work on my 1912 Buick.
Gil I saw your Buick at Marks shop, what a beautiful car. Its a dark green correct?
Very deep blue, including the chassis, with French gray striping and wheels.
Ora Landis, at Schwalm's Babbitted Bearings in Lancaster, Pa, runs a fantastic shop and could answer any questions you may have.
Hey Doug and Gilbert,
Thanks for the help.
Doug, I am currently looking at a 1923 Doctors Coupe. Looks to be in good condition. Might need new/not bad upholstery, glass replacement and is not currently running. But rust free, good paint all in all looks pretty nice. I have never owned 1 so I am a little nervous.
Paul - check the wood in the body as much as you can - it's full of wood and it's a big job changing it out if any of it is bad. A suicide door body, I suppose? How does the doors fit? Any sagging might be a sign of deteriorating wood.
Ok, Will do.
Helms Antique Auto in Milford, Pa.
Another Dr's Coupe surfaces into the sunlight!
Add 5k to the sales price....
Are the Doctors coupe getting harder to find??
Again, I am new to this. Not sure what to look for. He is asking $7,800. or Best offer.
Thanks for the info.
Thank you Jerry for the info. I will check out.
Now that you're "inside" the Model T world, I'll explain the "inside joke" that Michael was alluding to. The term "Doctor's Coupe" is an often used term by those not realizing that Ford never used that terminology. It's become very popular vernacular on eBay especially. Just "Coupe" is usually sufficient. Don't feel bad about it, nobody was poking fun at you. Of course, if you happen to actually be a doctor then the joke is on us!
Aahh. Got it.
Learning more every day.
Thanks for all your help.
I have seen a photo or 2 of a (Doctors) Haha Coupe with White Tires or White wall Tires.
Were they ever offered on them or just that Owners personnel Preference ?
From original photos it seems most T's during 1916-23 got tires with both sides white and the thread area black from the factory. Unfortunately tires with white sides aren't available in Model T clincher tire sizes currently.
Thanks Roger for the help. I have seen a couple in the past with them and thought they looked nice.
I am currently still looking to buy my 1st Model T so as of right now I do not own one. But soon. I am just looking for someone who might be able to help me in the future,
If there is a club near you, go visit them, even join. Then you can experience a model T without owning one, just in case you figure out it isn't your "cup 'o T" (pun intended!). And, the local club members would be most helpful in your acquisition search, steering you away from "bad deals" and towards "Good Deals" and maybe even the rare, occasional "Steal."
You'll find, in spite of a number of us being "GET OFF MY LAWN, KID!" types, we really are good folks that want to spread the T addiction! (and as you're already found out (Doctor's Coupe), we do like jokes!)
thank you for all the help and info. I am meeting so many great people. learning so much as well.
I am a member of the North Jersey Tinker Ts.
We have a meeting coming up later this month. Message me if you would like some info.
Randy Glowacki, Parsippany, NJ
Thank you for the Tip.
I work 2 jobs so it might be hard. What day is it?
Here is my phone number if you want to talk.
908 303 7291
Paul consider the cost of restoration as well. Unless you plan on doing it all yourself you could find yourself with a $30k T that's worth $10k. Figure out what it needs done to it and what that will cost before you buy it.