Our department was on a barn fire today. This poor 21 roadster did not make it.
Dallas, that's awful to see. Any word on the cause?
We were a mutual aid department so I have no info on cause. Earlier this week my niehbor lost his barn to fire. Wet hay! He also lost his antique John deer,Alis, and saw mill he built with all his tools in the workshop. He did save his 51 chevy farm truch and an Oliver tractor.
That's terrible. Tim
OMG...so so sad.
Jeez, that sure tugs at the hearts of Model T lovers. I feel very sad for the folks that lost their home and possessions. I also feel very sad that a special car like the T was lost. It is not as if you can go down to the local Ford dealership and buy a new one. I'm going out to hug my TT
Dallas,sorry to hear it and was there more than one T??In the first picture was there a alum chain fall on that trolley? Once when i was burying barns and such a fire had melted a alum semi trailer into a puddle about 12' dia and 3" thick!! Bud.
Wow, that was one HOT fire. Decades ago I knew a couple that lost their '30 A Fordor sedan in a garage fire caused by their new truck. It got so hot it even turned the rustless steel shell into plain steel, I still have the shell; even sagged the frame, the fire was so hot.
Gale we were able to save the house. Melted the siding and shingles but house is ok.
Bud not another complete car but I seen motors and lots of parts. I talked with the owner and he said it was original paint car with no rust. Ran and drove good.
Are you a volunteer? If so, thanks for giving back to your community and good work on saving the house!
Ouch! What a loss
I see the loss, but I also see a project...sure it was nice once, and it can be again I'd think...it'll probably take more hard work than the fellow who owns is willing to put into it I suppose (you might get a bargain there)...but if the frame is straight or even if it's not as long as the engine is tact, I'd rebuild...just me, I never like to say anything "is a total loss", when most of it is still there.
Evan, I have been a volunteer fireman for 32 years. Started when I was 16 and a jr in high school. I dont know any other life style. My wife and son and his wife is also on department. We also run medic runs also.
Terrible loss. Is nobody going to comment on the top picture? The fireman standing directly under that charred overhead beam is in exactly the wrong place. The Chief needs to see that picture and have a few words with his men.
What a terrible loss, and not just the T. Dallas - thanks for being one of the brave souls who runs towards a disaster, not away.
This picture is one of my worst fears. I've heard some people say it's just stuff but to me if my T burned it would be like loosing part of the family. It's been part of my family for over 65 years.
James, I agree. Yes, it's just "stuff", but back in the 70's I lost my first sailboat due to fire, from being hit by lightning. They did "restore" it, but frankly it was never the same, you never really recover from something like that. Just pray it never happens to ourselves!
I'm in the planning stage for a shop I'm putting in the back of my property.
This reaffirms that I need to plan for a sprinkler system.
I totally agree with Martin.
No matter how badly a car is damaged, in the hands of the right person, it can always be brought back with enough effort and determination... and money, of course! Unfortunately, the latter is usually what determines what happens to a car like this. It's much cheaper to replace it. Now if it was a long-lost Bugatti Royale...
Cars can always be repaired and brought back, but lives cannot. Thank goodness no one was hurt in that fire!
I also see a project there. If someone is willing to restore the car, then he should name it Phoenix
With that much heat i think everything would be junk? Back in the old days when everyone had a couple of tractors,trucks,and cars parked in a barn the saying was if the tires were burned off it was junk! Bud.
The frame on this one is sagged to the floor in the middle. Thats why front is pointing up.
Dallas ,the photos are all too familiar. I lost my two cars and my F150 in April. It is tough. Hang in there! So very terribly sorry.
I bought a T pickup that went through a barn fire thinking some thing might be salvageable. The aluminium pistons were in a puddle in the bottom of the pan and the brass had melted out of the front spindles. The only thing I could salvage was the title!
I don't know, but I see fenders, a radiator shell and hood...I think if the shell is as in tact as it looks to be that it, the radiator and the hood may have sheltered the engine enough to keep it from turning into slag...I'd at least give it a shot...frames are easy and fairly inexpensive to come by...motors not so much, but still available. I hate to bury any T as a hopeless cause, not when I see so much there that looks to be in some sort of reasonable shape.
You can always junk it later, but at least give a good hard look through first...the car deserves that much at least.
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Dallas, Thank you for your update. I am relieved these folks didn't lose their home. My youngest son is an EMT and firefighter. I can't tell you how proud I am of him, and how hard he works to mitigate the damage. We had multiple devastating fires in Lake County these past two years, and my son fought long and hard on every one. I applaud you and your family for your dedication to helping others.