We flew to Toronto to see the progress at Fawcett Restoration on our 1907 Ford Model K. Below are pics showing the original red color and black pinstripe, next to the repainted frame color. The shop is matching the original deep red.
The cowl "skin:". The original Murphy fasteners for a roll down windscreen and side curtains can be seen at the front of the cowl. It looks like this roadster also had a windshield at one point, with stanchion post holes in the cowl.
When finished, the K should look like this photo, without the windshield:
Many thanks to Huey, Linda, Peter and Lise for putting us up for two days.
Rob I always enjoy your post and info on your model K. I don't consider it OT at all. What a great piece of history you have! I look forward to more post on its progress. Thanks for sharing,
Will you reproduce the wheels like original, or just the one valve stem? It would be nice if someone who has that setup would show us what they look like up close.
Hi Rob, Thanks for the progress report. I enjoy following your restorations as they're always very interesting. Good material for your someday book on Model K's!
Nice! Early progress always seems to be slow. A bunch of pieces painted, and beginning to go back together and things seem to move along a bit faster.
And you know! I always enjoy the model K posts!
Thanks for sharing.
Can you educate us on what looks like multiple valves on each tire in the period photo?
While looking for an answer to the "extra valve stems", I stumbled on this interesting video from Coker Tire. They are now making wood wheels, too.
My guess is the extra "stems" are actually an alternative to the rivet used to hold the felloe to the rim.
I too am proud to call Huey, Linda, Peter and Lise good friends! Wonderful people!!
The extra "valve stems" are attached to wedges inside the tire. When you tighten them down the wedges force the tire into the curve in the rim to prevent it from coming off.
So its a bead lock? Dirt bikes do that to keep the tire from spinning on the rim and tearing the stem from the tube. Scott
Learn something every day!
Thank you for the update! It is always good to see parts of the car we normally could not see.
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Thank you for posting this. What an exciting project! I can't wait to see how this develops. In my opinion, you could post much more material. This stuff keeps the fires going for me! Cheers, Bill
Rob, That's a neat car. Thanks for posting. I saw a touring K up at Hershey last year. They are big cars.I too wonder about the extra valve stems.
Thomas,The video on Coker's wheel building was very interesting. Pete
Thank you for the progress report
This would be where the modern term lug nuts come from.
It would be nice if Rob could give you a close up view of the tires. They are not the same as the clinchers on a Model T.
Thanks guys. Dave H., I started a separate link with a 1907 article showing several types of tires, including those used on 1906 and 07 Fords:
I think we're going with repro vintage shocks. The K at speed really hits bumps, and this may be an attractive and beneficial accessory (hope so):
Like. :-) That big K won't try to buck you off anymore. :-)
That's exactly what it feels like when hitting a bump at 60 plus. When we took her over 70 mph (only once) a tiny bump caused a part to come off the carb and was lost. I hope friction shocks help.
That is going to be one gorgeous machine. -Might it be finished in time for the next driving season?
Our goal is in time for the Brass and Burks tour in PA this spring. Peter Fawcett and his group are professional and focused. I'm impressed with how quickly they've tackled this project, in spite of how often the owner thinks of new additions and tasks.....