I was out in the 14 again, this time with some unwanted excitement.
We stopped by the Mennonite bakers. The kids always get excited when we stop by, and asked if I would take them for a ride.
Coming up to a country intersection, a car blows the stop sign at a high rate of speed turning right at us in our lane before being able to get on his own side of the road. I hit the brakes and pulled off the to the side of the road. Right behind him was a sheriff car in hot pursuit. We met another sheriff coming from a different direction at high-speed, lights and siren blaring.
When I took the kids back home four sheriff cars had the culprits pulled over and in handcuffs searching the car. The kids were were very excited telling their mother all abut it.
Other than that some nice fall scenery.
Glad that didn't have a bad ending.
Hope the miscreants were jailed.
The girls look like they could be cousins to the Old Order(aka horse and buggy)Mennonites in my home neighborhood.
Your car is awesome!
Great picture with the kids!
Ditto to what Jim E. said! Glad they didn't plow into you!
Dang those girls are so cute!
Wow your fall color is great compared to ours!
Nice to see you like to run with the touring's top down too! So do I! Only way to go in my book.
I don't suppose the girls' dresses are made from feed sacks, but they sure remind me of the ones my aunts wore that were. I've worn a feed sack shirt or two myself.
The thought of getting t boned with those babies in that car makes my blood run cold.
Steve, when I was about 10 years old, I had a lot of female cousins. At holiday time my mother the expert seamstress would get a bunch of fabric seed sacks and sew then into pinafores.
I was just about their size so when it came time to hem them guess who had to wear them? I had to put dress on and stand on the dinning room table while my mother pinned the hem. Of course my older brother had a field day at my expense. The hemming session always ended up with me in tears.
You're good to those kiddos and all kiddos deserve that. :-)
What a beautiful automobile.
What grand scenery!
brasscarguy, I can relate in a way.
The crosses we bear.
On the 14, it's the way I like T's the best. This is the best driving T I have ever driven. The car runs and drives so smooth and trouble free. When I drive it I never want to stop, that is the reason I have put so many miles on it. It's all genuine Ford except a new day timer, Z head and Ruckstell rear end.
If we had gotten hit it would have been head on. The results would have been the same. Seconds can make a difference. Every time you go out you take a chance, it's less if you stick to back roads which we are lucky to be able to do where we live. We also say a little prayer for protection and I think it worked this time. You also have to be very aware of everything going on around you when driving.
On the girls, they are as cute as they look and get so excited when we drive up in a T. The dresses on the three older girls are homemade, the little one looks like a Polly Flinders, like I use to buy for my nieces when they were little. The color isn't as good as it usually is, we have had a lot of wind so it's going fast.
Just reading this now, WOW. So thankful your ride ended well !!
You would have as much protection from a crash as if you were on a bicycle. And having passengers is terrible to even think of.
Glad to you were kept out of harms way. An exciting T ride indeed. The girls sure look like they enjoyed their T ride and the scenery. Who knows, maybe one or more future Model T enthusiasts in the back seat.
I'm glad nothing bad happened. -I do hope the danger these thugs caused you and your passengers will translate into an additional charge they'll have to face in court. -This is no small matter.
Thanks for the concern everyone. Bob given the way things are, they were probably back on the street that night. It's hard enough getting anything they actually do to stick, they wouldn't even bother with what might have happened. It must be very discouraging to be in law reinforcement at this time
Hey brass car guy, I was the youngest of four brothers, so I didn't wear any hand made clothes (except socks and mittens), but what I did get were hand-me-downs from my brothers. I hardly ever got anything new. This is not a complaint - in the '40s and '50s, most folks didn't waste stuff. I'm still a packrat by nature.
I thought that I was looking at Little House on the Prairie.
Where are you located? Is that lake Erie?
Steve, we are in central NY. The lake is lake Ontario.
Dan, beautiful scenery! I attended SUNY Oswego, briefly, so the view is familiar to me, but I was unaware of a Mennonite population in NY.
Beautiful scenery, beautiful little girls, beautiful T. I have a lot of respect for Mennonite and Amish people.
Yesterday was the last day of the season for the Mennonite Bakery, so we had to go. It was 38 degrees so we took the 25 Coupe. No excitement this time. The girls were still barefoot. The radiator developed a leak, so I will have to pull it and repair it tomorrow. When I went to put it away last night, the right front tire was flat. We haven't driven it since last fall, we drove about 90 miles yesterday, it ran perfect. no Ruckstell in this one, but I kept reaching for the shifter!
That right front might have picked up a horseshoe nail.
Dan, the Coupe is looking wonderful.
Dan, you had me worried! Glad everything is ok. Speaking of heads, I've got a Giant Power I need to install on my '25, but I'm having too much fun with my '13 runabout!
Enjoy the rest of your autumn.
The first picture is just so sweet.
I don't think I could live the Mennonite lifestyle but I have a great deal of respect for them. I'd be willing to bet the scumbag being pursued by the Sherriff was not from the mennonite community.
Mike, LOL, it's always possible as there are some around. Will find out today. My first flat in years.
Thanks Rich, It's original paint and very good original interior. I bought it years ago just to save it from a hot rodder,and was going to resell it. After I drove it I decided to keep it. It's really different from driving a touring. We use it when it gets to cold to really enjoy the touring and it extends the driving season.
Larry, glad you are making progress on your 13.
I also have a lot of respect for the Amish and Mennonite. As a teacher dealing with students and comparing the Mennonite children I have dealt with, there is a world of difference.
Dan, what fun you are having there. So glad you enjoy the surroundings and watch out for them too, i.e. seeing the oncoming car in time.
You're a true Model T ambassador taking the kids for rides. If their faces are any indication, they sure are enjoying the experience to the max!
Bought my first car from a Mennonite minister back when I lived in Kansas. Don't have any people like that where I am now!
I didn't get to fix the radiator and the flat tire until today. The lower tank seam was where it was leaking, so I soldered that. The tube was leaking air at the rubber covering on the valve stem. I had a few metal stems I had saved from old tubes. I used one to replace the original, and saved another wise good tube.
Made an error and posted the same pic twice
Looks like one of your '56 Fords is keeping a close eye on the job !
Love the look of both the cars, and the fact that they are both dialed in mechanically makes you the envy of the "original" crowd. Just curious, is the red barn in the coupe photo on your place? If it is do you have any history on it? Brings back memories for me of a farm in central PA.
On another note, the "Skunks" that the sheriff's deputies captured in this age of body and dash cameras probably got off light. Twenty five years ago they probably would have been thumped and released….educational lesson learned. Oh, the flood of nostalgic thoughts and memories of times past…….
Dick, it's probably jealous it's not being worked on. It's been on the back burner,should get back to it after the first of the year.
Evan, the coupe is set up a little different than the 14 in that it has a Ford low head and no Ruckstell. It runs as strong as the 14 with the exception of not having a Ruckstell. On both cars I had the cams reground by Chaffin's which makes a big difference.
Yes the barn is our place. It dates to the 1800's, not exactly just when. The house dates to 1820 with later additions. As with most farms there were T's here in the day from pictures I have and remains out back.
thanks for sharing the wonderful pictures.It is so nice to see in this crazy time we are living. Where are the news channels showing great things like this instead of all the Nut jobs out there. Again, THANK YOU