Our local Kingsford High School has been donated a Model T running gear, about a 1923, with a homemade wood truck body. We are looking for a touring car body to complete a Flivver mascot. Kingsford is where the Iron Mountain wood body plant was located. The sports team mascot is a 1909 Model T. We can not afford something like that, but would like to build something close. This will be displayed in the high school. We are in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and would be looking for something in the Midwest.
Your team mascot is actually a 1911 Model T, not 1909.
Reproduction 1911 bodies are available if you want top go that route. They will fit on any Model T chassis:
A more cost effective approach would be to do some creative sheet metal work on a "black era" touring car. with a generous supply of gold rattle-can paint. It sounds like a great joint effort project for the auto shop, metal shop, woodshop, and Home Economics classes.
There are a number of visual differences from a 1911 to 1923 Model T. To me, the flat fenders and the brass radiator and hood are the most obvious. While these items are available as reproduction, you could probably find some rough original fenders that would work. Flat rear fenders were used up to 1914 and flat front fenders and the brass radiator and small hoods were used up to 1916.
I hope you can find a body nearby!
And please keep us posted.
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The pictures shown above are of our Dairyland Tin Lizzies when we visited Kingsford on a club tour several years ago. The lower picture is Dan Schultz in his '26 Tudor.
I really like their team name!
Keith T, What is the side visual difference between the 09, 10, and 11 ? Guy