Joseph Cantrell was a carriage builder and repairer in N.Y. at the turn of the last century. Evidently he saw the writing on the wall in 1907, and as the second of the two ads below show, he was beginning to do auto work too:
In early 1912, the business bought a "large six cylinder Ford" to be used for livery work. A New York license was issued in September, 1907:
By 1914, the Cantrell shops have turned their attention to building utility bodies for Ford cars:
And by the summer of 1915, the Model K is up for sale. I wonder if it had a custom body by this time?
The Cantrell brothers went on to build custom bodies and "woodies" for several makes of automobile:
Some of their works of art still exist today:
You dog you, don't ever stop digging.
Hey, a Model K was there when the first Model T commercial hack was built.....
My next story is about the "last Model K." The story begins in 1907 Indiana, goes through Louisiana, into Texas, to Detroit and back to 1910 Texas.....
Thanks for reading.....
I am looking forward to it! Thank you for all these wonderful stories. They really help bring the history to life.