Attached are a couple of photos made at our daughter Brittany’s wedding last month. In the first one, she is pictured with our 5 year old grandson Josh at the wheel of our 1913 T. In the picture, you’ll notice that Josh has both spark and gas levers fully advanced, so it is going to be a wild ride! I taught Brittany to drive the T two years ago and she has driven it on three HCCA tours since. She loves to drive the T and wanted it to be a part of her and Cody’s special day.
How special!! Best wishes to the new bride and groom. And the couple looking on from the porch also look very happy about the occasion.
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Very cool. Tim
Those are my parents and the ones who got our family into the antique car hobby about 60 years ago. They were very pleased with Brittany learning to drive the Model T!
Glad to hear & see that Otis' '13 is regularly being driven ! Glad it went to a deserving T owner ! And, congratulations DaD !
I am very familiar with your 1913 model t. As a teenager I worked with Otis on Saturdays learning the ins and outs of the model t. One of the projects was your 1913. This car was restored before he did the 1913 roadster.
Not only did I learn to buff and clean parts but he was teacher enough to teach and show me many of his secrets to restoring nearly perfect model t's.
I learned to pour babbit, grind valves how to time a t with piston travel. Many many tricks to make them run smooth and effortless.
I learned his sheet metal tricks as he made all of his own fenders, hoods and splash aprons. I polished the brass on your car. I sanded the primer and the final paint. I sanded your wheels and their spokes until my fingers were raw.
I would think I had done a good job of sanding, then he would come over and feel the wood , shake his head not yet!
He was not very out going or friendly but for some odd reason he took a liking to me. I would ride the bus across Seattle to West Seattle and spend the day working. His wife Blossom would make lunch and then back to work. I started at 8 and worked until 5pm. Then a 1 hour bus ride back to the other side of town. This went on for 9 months fall thru early summer. I did not get paid, my father told me it was enough to be taught by the master.
Finally the car was ready for the touring season. If I remember correctly that was 1957 or 1958. My family and Otis and Blossom and several other t' families, drove from Seattle to California for a HCCA tour. Yes we drove down and back and on the tour. Those days no one trailered. Lots of miles and no problems.
The next year in 1959 we all drove back to California with Otis taking his freshly restored 1913 roadster.
I will never forget his mentoring and his patience with me a brash teenager. To this day I still use his tricks and secrets to do my restorations, quite fondly I might add.
While the pictures of the very nice T are good i think the best part is if you look at the people it captures the joy for the ages!!!! Bud.
I appreciate your involvement in and your comments about the restoration of our T. Otis Clinton was a craftsman and I’m amazed at how well the restoration has stood up over the last 60 years. I have always been curious about why he chose red for the color since he seemed to be a “purist” for the most part. The trip that you referred to was in 1957 and covered 4,200 miles, to California via Montana – all without a trailer or backup vehicle! It was to attend the 10th Annual Western Caravan Tour sponsored by the HCCA.
You are right – the joy of that special day comes across well in all of the photos!