I don't want to pick apart someone's car, but it is for sale, and I'm sure anyone considering it would appreciate knowing what's right and what's incorrect. I appreciate the learning exercise...so thoughts on this one?
I like the car, but why is there a filing cabinet on the running board next to the generator?
Also, the tool box at the rear looks suspiciously like the factory installed one on my 1955 Cat D4 dozer, and its almost the same shade as the crawler's horribly sun-faded "Caterpillar Yellow"!
Still, a scarce and desirable car.
Looked at it too. At $34K it needs to be looked at carefully in person. BUT...YELLOW? Took care of it for me. Not in the mood to spend $ on a paint job & no mention of engine & rear end condition. Wasnt this car on the market a coupla years ago?
That would be a fun driver. Appears to have late engine. Battery Box on running board. Not sure about tool box but looks to be running board type common for Ts mounted on rear. Interesting .
Agree with Tim, look very carefully and pay close attention to details. The coil box is the only thing obviously wrong in the few pictures provided.
I looked at this car a year ago. The differential was incorrect and the engine block number stamping area didn't look right to me. It has a two piece timer and the brass headlights are E&J 666.
But you need a better expert than me to pass final judgement. And I couldn't get past the color either.
I have a '13 runabout that was painted a lighter shade of yellow with green fenders and running gear! What makes people do those things?
Because they can ? They'd probably admit it if they're tone-deaf, but everyone is a "color expert" even if they're color blind !
Over the years colors have been picked by spouses who allowed us to spend time on the cars. Like alternators and disc brakes some leeway is taken. At least this car survived. It gives us a chance to share our knowledge here.
Nice to see it.
A mid 50's "restoration".....
"At least this car survived", there is a large probability that this car did not exist before 1970.
This is like throwing away a Christmas gift because you don't like the wrapping paper.
That could very well be Layden. It is still fun to look at.
I mentioned Spouses earlier. Let's not forget it is Valentine's Day with something for her.
No matter how creepy.
Did you see the 1910 model T just below in the Craigslist.
Time capsule ? That's a car to my taste.
I'm sure the guy who painted it originally loved it, some still might. I plan to paint my speedster a rich dark blue/purple, seriously I kid you not purple. I'm sure painting maybe the fenders, accents on wheels would make a world of difference and could be done on a tight budget.
I think that some of the unusual color choices may reflect a persons " school colors "...we have a TT truck locally that is owned by CSU ...it is sh#t muckel green and yellow ...always an optimist ...gene french
Jeff, May be for preservation , not restoration
The engine is not 1911 it's later as can be seen because of the engine number located above the water outlet, and the rear is later as you can see the ribbed backing plate on the rear in one photo of the back of the car which wasn't used until 1916. You can't see the pumpkin, but it certainly is not a 6 or 12 rivet rear. Even if the body is original, without its original Torpedo engine number the car could never be 100% identified as an original torpedo. Maybe the owner has old paperwork with the original number which would be almost as good as having the original engine itself, but I doubt it because this car looks like something someone put together.