I was surprised this morning by a call from a friend telling me to look in our local paper. Yesterday upon leaving the local hardware with some supplies to complete a few projects I found myself answering questions about Rusty for a young feller. He did mention he worked for The Union and after the normal questions you always get he put his hardware purchases down and shot some photos with his phone.
I frequent that store so the clerks automatically get out the dog treats for my Border Collie whenever they see Rusty pull into the parking lot. In fact since I've been driving Rusty in our small town for about 20 years he is well known and has been in the paper before.
So today I saw the following filler, I assume it was a slow news day: Click here to see the article on my "daily driver".
That's too cool. He got some nice pics!
Have you fixed that clocked rear driver's wheel that you've done too many burnouts with? ;-)
Your Rusty is a very cool pickup and thank you sharing. :-)
Duey, the fix was to start looking for a reasonably priced replacement wheel or spokes. I'm waiting for swap meets and am keeping an eye on the wheel. It doesn't, however, keep me from driving.
Very cool and great photos
I love the vintage look!
This is like putting poison in the children's drinking water ! Think of all
the evil thoughts you are putting in the minds of all those who see this
mess going down the road, causing lifetimes wasted chasing rusty junk !
There oughta be a law !
So... I was working on my gyroplane this morning and the phone rings. Mike is on the line, I don't know Mike. He saw my car in the paper and wants to come by and take a ride.
So I just got back from visiting with him. He learned model T driving faster than anyone I've taught so far.
He had lots of stories from his father about having a big right arm from cranking and from arm breaking. He is in his late 70's and had never ridden in a model T. He had a great time and now wants to get a gyroplane, he has thousands of hours in the air. I am a failure however, he wants a '32 Ford not a T!
He did give me a copy of the print article which I haven't seen since I no longer subscribe to the Union.
Terry, my friend-
I don't care if was a slow news day or not. It is a nice write up and nice photos.
: ^ )
Terry remember the day you got Rusty from uncle Bill
I share this next time I'm there visit
$5.00 FIVE DOLLARS, IS THAT FOR JUST ONE CUP OF TEA OR DO YOU GET REFILLS????? Nice story thanks for sharing.
Oh, I forgot, I have a rotocraft also, Benson style. Not to many folks have been in one of those either. :0
I've had mine in a few newspapers. It's always kind of neat. Make sure you save a couple of copies and take a pic of the article to save.
Is that the original paint job?
Is that the original paint job?
My old man built what he referred to as "the whirligig" after he came home
from Korea. It was crashed and rebuilt in many "improved" configurations when I
was still small, but basically used a car engine (Hudson six) and a vertical shaft
with a rotor on top, and a small chair attached. I wish I had paid closer attention
to the details when I was little, but he was finally grounded by local law enforcement
for setting fires everywhere he flew from the flaming exhaust (he burned whale
blubber) that was fanned by the prop wash. I was about 6 the last time he flew
it and it just sat in a shed until one day it was just gone. My brother Bingo got
a ride on it once, but I never did.
I L-O-V-E IT!!! do really use it as a daily driver? i'm a newby and hope to use my car for local errands ,as well as club events, yet am some times discouraged by being told they are so fragile....its not road ready yet, I have never had a ride in one either, at 59 yrs old, looking forward to new experiences with my new toy. can't imagine trying this without the knowledge and support of this forum, and the MTFCA and my local chapter, the Tarheel T's....thank you all for all you do to advance the hobby. sign me, proud caretaker of a 1919 centerdoor sedan
Model T's are not fragile! Never have been. No they don't have airbags and crumple zones but if it runs decent and you have roads that don't require 50+ MPH there is no good reason that you can't drive it. Do your routine maintenance and check the safety stuff and drive it anywhere you feel comfortable.
I hate interstates and heavy traffic but almost anything else is fair game in either my speedster or stock 26 coupe.
Only qualifier is that you may want to check your insurance policy as some companies restrict usage. Some folks claim any drive is either a test drive, car show or some variation of a club event but I prefer to not push that too far. YMMV
I say every ride is a test drive. I figure that if it makes it home on its own it is a successful test drive. Some test drives are to the store and others are just for fun
Yes, Terry drives Rusty most anytime he has to run into town or to the local pizzaria--unless it's really raining. And YES, that's pretty much the original paint, you can see LAFD on the doors and if you look very closely at the radiator shell, FIRE on the top front. He also has a bumper sticker on the back, "This Vehicle is not Abandoned" When I first met Terry (my in-laws lived just up the street from his office), I put a card in his windshield, " We buy Scrap! Call 1-800 junk it."
Yes, he probably was legitimately getting something at the hardware store that day.
I must admit that "daily driver" is a slight overstatement... now that I am retired from what I used to do every day there are occasional days that my home projects keep me home all day and Rusty misses a day. That trip to the hardware store brought home a pine board which I used to make a cope large enough to use to cast a new Subaru bell housing for the gyroplane yesterday after Mike's T lesson. Today I spent the whole day machining the casting... so no Rusty driving today!
A real good reason to live in a small town is so you can drive your T when you need to drive. I feel that if you have to drive why not enjoy it, drive the T. Drive sensibly and all those folks who wave will be using all of their fingers!