A friend just found this car and asked me if I knew anything about it. Unfortunately, these are the only photos he has. Inside the trunk lid are about 10-12 of the dash plaques from the SCVMTC Endurance runs that date through the 1980s. Can't tell you much more about the car except it has a Sherman head. The current owners knows nothing about the car's history.
Does anyone here know anything about this car, the builder or any existing photos? Thanks in advance.
Speedster #65 first entered the SCMTF Endurance Run in 1990. It was driven by Tony Astoreano with Jackie as co-pilot. In his third Endurance Run in 1993, Tony and Jackie came in first. They were members of No. CA MTF Club. The car has a Ruxtell and a Sherman head.
Thanks, Don. I wonder if someone before Tony and Jackie owned this car, since the plaques are from the 1980s. It does have an old Sherman super head and a Ruckstell. If anyone else has any additional information or photos, that would be great.
Ron- you might contact Bob Rankin up at North West Vintage speedsters. Bob is the keeper of the car number registry for the west coast and he may have some info on the history of that number if it was registered.
HI Dan- Thanks for the reply and suggestion. Checked the NWVS car number registry and nothing comes up for this car. Hope you are well.
So I got up off my duff and went and looked through old Endurance Run programs, and Car #65 was entered in the 1981 Endurance run by Bert Schoenstein and the mechanic was Karl Schoenstein.
I knew the car looked familiar in the picture Ron posted but. . . .
I knew Bert pretty well back then, and spoke with him quite often when he was building the car, and quite possibly may have sold him the Sherman head that is on the car now. For the '81 Endurance run, the program indicates the car had a Ricardo Head, Bosch Ignition and a downdraft carburetor (shudder!.
Bert's day job was as an organ builder at his family's business in San Francisco, Schoenstein and Co. So if you can imagine someone with the skills to work on and build organs, I'll leave your imagination to how they would do building a Model T speedster. Here is a link to the current Shoenstein & Co website:http://www.schoenstein.com/. Dan
Since this one was built by organ makers, we're going to need pictures of the exhaust system, in it's entirety
Thanks Dan, I'll pass this on to my friend. The car somehow found its way to the midwest and my friend asked me to inquire about it.
If he gets the car, I'll have him post photos here.
If anyone else has additional information, please feel free to share it here! Thanks.