Saturday, July 29, 2017 was spent with friends at the Eliot Tractor & Engine Show. On the way home I stopped at Paul's house and he allowed me to take his 1915 Model T speedster out of a drive. We had a great time and when I was behind the wheel, I felt like Barney Oldfield. Thank you, Paul for sharing your very fine automobile!!!!
Bugs in your teeth and sand in your eyes.
You must have been in heaven.
And now another speedster convert . . .
Boy you New Hampshire Guys sure are friendly .....
Fred, you and Chadwick are 1,000 percent correct!!!!
Freighter Jim, New Hampshire is a wonderful place for Model T'ers.
If you thought that was fun you should try something like this on a good dirt road . . .
It just gets more addictive.
Chadwick, looking good, can you post more information and photos?
Seth and I did about 120 miles with our Rajo speedsters, this past Sunday, in the hills, hollows and creek beds of Giles County and adjacent counties in Tennessee and Alabama.
In the county's northwest quadrant we were escorted by the smokeys who must've been called about UFOs visiting the proximity.
Indeed, it's addicting.
David, great looking vehicle, can you post more information and photos.
My mom and dad built the car and formed the body back in the early 80's. My mom still owns and drives the car and hopefully it will be passed down to me some day. Currently it is running a rajo, bosch front plate, model B carb, vw pump, and stock T crank. Running gear includes a ruckstell axle with 3:1 gears on a shortened 82? inch wheelbase with about a 10 inch engine setback. There are all kinds of "goodies" the more you look at the car. About 10 years ago I worked to tear the body off and give her a fresh coat of paint.
Thank you Chadwick, hopefully it will be yours when the time is right.
Warren, here's a page detailing the car's info;
David, very impressive Thank you for sharing. I have driven I-65 many a time, you live in some great country there. Best of luck and drive it, don't hide it.
David - I really like the look of this speedster, and there's one feature that is not mentioned anywhere, but actually, quite obvious. And that is the very unusual approach in leaving the drive shaft and housing stock length, rather than the usual practice of shortening one foot to enable installation of the Warford in stock 100 inch wheelbase Model T chassis. I'm wondering how the extra foot of wheelbase evicts handling,....???
Darn auto-correct! I know I typed "effects",....NOT evicts!
Oops! In reading more carefully, the "specs" listed DOES mention shortening torque tube! Not only did I miss that, but somehow, the wheelbase does look longer than stock. Well, anyway, I've always wondered what would happen if, when installing a Warford, the frame was lengthened instead of shortening the drive shaft & torque tube. (???)
Thanks guys. I bought the racer thinking I'd put a roadster body on the frame, but instead deferred to its legacy, and am only modifying it as a speedster/racer, and only slightly over time.
Warren, you're right -- we're in great T tour country. In the 19th Century, this area enjoyed a very large agrarian population; there are abundant old settler trails and country roads. Jack Daniels is to the northeast, the Cumberland Plateau to the east, Amish and Mennonites to the northwest.
This past weekend "Seth in Alabama" and I toured Giles County, TN with parts of Lincoln, Marshall and Lawrence Counties, as well as a smidge of Limestone County, AL in our speedsters;
https://www.google.com/maps/dir/26885+gatlin+drive/35.2243379,-86.8871275/35.097 3986,-87.2450217/35.0526917,-87.1597332/26885+Gatlin+Dr,+Ardmore,+ALfirstname.lastname@example.org,-87.3940393,10z/data=!4m62!4m61!1m20!1m1!1s0x886259e7cbe480cd:0xf54b d6d0a13aff5e!2m2!1d-86.839896!2d34.9879176!3m4!1m2!1d-86.8261908!2d35.0180372!3s 0x88625735ff2eb01f:0x21c3e58f25c317d!3m4!1m2!1d-86.8265903!2d35.0603965!3s0x8862 56ce7c4b86f1:0xfe8c736ef1556d33!3m4!1m2!1d-86.8252683!2d35.1545511!3s0x886254a13 89e4fa9:0x500d1484d10c9d02!1m15!3m4!1m2!1d-86.9077307!2d35.3386737!3s0x886307f6c b38ff49:0xb15fe8b5821a0e3d!3m4!1m2!1d-87.014888!2d35.3548019!3s0x88630f7d6e54829 d:0xe0d22923dee6ee8f!3m4!1m2!1d-87.0526798!2d35.3317319!3s0x8863053646c28da1:0xb c6c8d4e3e37224f!1m0!1m15!3m4!1m2!1d-87.1278844!2d35.0323391!3s0x8862e5dcfb0dee95 :0xe0a261a9feb13969!3m4!1m2!1d-87.0513622!2d35.040762!3s0x8862fada6d2c330f:0x736 0449a0c9a136a!3m4!1m2!1d-86.9943745!2d35.0110652!3s0x8862fa05f4b6d335:0xa8af483c 8b755ecc!1m5!1m1!1s0x886259e7cbe480cd:0xf54bd6d0a13aff5e!2m2!1d-86.839896!2d34.9 879176!3e0
Regrettably the threat won't post the 118-mile route through the hills, hollows and creek beds. Hopefully there will be a tour planned for the area soon.
David & Harold, thanks gain for those updates on your speedster. Yesterday I finally got up off my a?? and got my 1917 Canopy Express Delivery down off the jack stands and running (see post "Those LeBlanc Bros.). The problem was I was installing a Ruckstell in it and now I have to figure out where to put my feet, as there is no room between the emergency brake, three peddles and Ruckstell shift, any ideas would be greatly appreciated. It has been several years since I have driven Sambuca, because during those year I some how (honest Honey) acquired a 1926 coupe and more recently a 1926 touring.
Bend the ruckstell shifter out of the way.
Thank you Chadwick, I will be asking for more advice at our club meeting on Monday.
Harold, I lengthened the frame on my 1919 fire truck to accommodate a Muncie (13 1/4") used a piece of model T frame from a homemade trailer.
I removed the old rear cross member, straightened the ears out. Cut the trailer frame off about two and a half feet and slid it over the frame and bolted it together. It was a tight fit but came out to 13 1/4" longer with a few taps with a hammer. Don't know if you can get it on fare enough for a Warford. Gave me more room in the cab. I don't think it handles bad at all. It is a fire truck so I don't drive it fast but it does ride nice.
Try a TT frame . . .