Im a retired 62 yr old that is trying to revive my late fathers 17 T runabout. It's fairly complete, I got it running but barely. I didn't attempt to drive it yet...too much to fix, but it runs! are there any local T owners here in the northland? I need a good source for parts. any recommendations? I know I need a rebuilt carb. (the early NH I think). I need wiring for sure, and either another gas tank or a way to fix and/or line the inside of this one. I have no clue how to drive it, but am researching the basic pedal usage. Yes, I'm a
rookie as green as can be. My mother asked that I give her a ride at least once before she passes, so I'm full steam ahead. This T was dads passion. So much so, that an image of it is on his headstone. Any discussion, recommendations, etc. will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Welcome to the forum but I'm still new myself. I live in New Orleans, so it cannot be anywhere anything called north. The search feature on here will keep you reading for hours, if not days.
I know there is a group near Eau Claire. Maybe someone lives up your way and can help out.
Here are some Wisconsin clubs. I'll let you do the research on where these towns are.
Here are some parts and services:
Mitch Taylor will show you how to drive: http://www.fordmodelt.net/
'Kevin' in Danbury, or some of 'da Yoopers' might be closer? (Lance is up in NW Wisconsin.) His neighboring 'Apostle Islands' are worth visiting!
Sorry that I can't help you with any 'hands on' Lance but I just want to welcome you to the Model T brotherhood and recognize and express admiration for your honoring of your dad.
Lance, I would also like to welcome you to the Model T Hobby.
Our club, The Dairyland Tin Lizzies covers mostly south eastern Wisc. We have members from Manitowoc on the north to Lake Mills on the west, us in Kenosha, and even a member or two in far northern Illinois. We also have 2 members in Rhinelander who don't mind driving to our events in the Fond du Lac, Sheboygan and West Bend area.
I suggest that you check out our web site
Dairylandtinlizzies.com for more information.
We would welcome you as a member.
Lance, Welcome to the "affliction". There are no Model T clubs all that close to our part of the jackpines. I belong to the T-totallers club out of MN. There's also the Great Northern club out of St. Cloud, and the MN Valley club among others. There are several Model T owners around here who are T-Totallers. PM me and I can fill you in on resources and folks down here who can help (including me).
Would you show us a couple pictures Lance? We LOVE pictures. :-)
Any idea how far your 17 has traveled during its life?
I'm in West Central MN and my 18 T Runabout was probably assembled in Milwaukee and spent much of its life in WI. Oconomowoc, to Jefferson then it moved to New Ulm, MN until it found me last year.
My 18 and I would like to see pics of your 17. :-)
These guys really know the model T!
Lance, you may want to put an ad in the local newspaper about your needs. Also may want to put up notices at local gas stations. Years ago, about maybe 30, I bought a 28' Model "A" Roadster PU in Ashland. NOS box, tail gate, rear fenders and runningboards from a "big shot" at American Can Corp. Lived in the goveners mansion built in late 1800's and was a big time collector of antique cars. They are around your home town, don't give up, put some ads out in Ashland. Would like to know if you get responses, GOOD LUCK !!!
Our club is located I central Wisconsin. We have members from Wausau down to Princeton. Most of the meetings are held at my place near Nekoosa.
We are the Central Wisconsin Ts. The meetings are normally the third Wed. of the month but the July meeting will be on the 26th. Where are you located?