Here's an interesting Model T-related auction on ebay. It's a 1" x 3" Ford script dealer dash/firewall tag from Corning, Arkansas. (I bid $20 on it.)
https://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-1932-FORD-DEALER-TAG-SCTA-FLATHEAD-MODEL-A-MODE L-T-/112777129635?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&nma=true&si=wCBBAKiW%252FkfSOdwA eijCURNE4Bg%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557
Man, its not that hard to etch brass plate!
A little ferric chloride, some resistant film, a printer and youre in business.
At $980.oo a pop, 10 tags to a single sheet with less than 30 dollars worth of reusable materials involved, it seems like a lucrative venture........
A great demonstration of a free market!! Which I totally embrace
This brings to mind a story my brother in law told me years ago about a conversation he overheard in a restaurant in downtown Dallas. Billie Sol Estes-Texas famed crook- was talking to two men about buying the Texas State Book Depository, where JFK was shot from, that the State considering selling at the time. One of the guys ask what could be done with the building, bad location,parking,karma,etc. Estes said we will tear it down and sell the bricks as collectors items for $10 each. One of the guys ask Estes how many brick did he think were in the building? Estes reply was it really wouldn’t matter we can always get more bricks. Maybe we could go into the tag business.
Oh, I agree! I used to take parts to local swap-meets and have guys whine about me asking 20.oo for a "parts" magneto.
NOW, I just list it on ebay and get 200.oo for it from a dude in Australia who's thrilled to get it.
I still will take a load of big stuff to a local show- engines, tractors, farm implements- but I don't really cut many deals anymore. If I can't find a local person crazy enough to pay my over-inflated prices, I know there's a whole world full of them on the web!
There is obviously more here than meets the eye.
Who know the story?
It included the whole 1910 Touring car with the purchase.
Anything early auto related (pre 1930) with the word Arkansas on it always sells very high. I was bidder for a little while but gave up pretty early in the auction. There is very little "early" stuff in Arkansas as we had no money/no industry/poor roads/and small population. I had a 1929 Arkansas highway map, that I was going to keep. I had framed it and somehow it ended up in my swap meet goodies at the Petitt Jean Arkansas swap meet. I thought it was a nice item so I just set it out for people to look at. A man wanted to buy it but I really wanted to keep it. After about the third time he came back trying to get me to sell it, I said I would sell it for 1000.00 very, very firm. . He coughed/sputtered/kicked the dirt/ and gave a good impersonation of Fred Sanford. Later that evening he came back and gave my wife ten 100.00 bills for it. To this day I have never seen another map like it. To show how few cars and roads we had. The top 1/2 of the state had two roads and two railroads going thru the north 1/2 of the state shown on the map. That's it. Everything else was considered "too rough" to travel by car. The Ford dealer listed on this tag was on one of those roads in the far northern part of the state.
I have enjoyed my local plaque. We found in on a T dash in the dump 40 some years ago. It matches my tire cover.
I'm sure most of you remember Jay's offering of them here and on the other forum.
I collect them - have probably 20 in my collection from all over the US (and two from England) - including one exactly like the one that just sold. Maybe it's time to start posting them on Ebay.....
I have them on all the Ts and As - so I started tacking the remainder to my oil change status board in the garage. Dealer tags on right side of the frame, dealer key fobs on the left. They look good on there, but for $980 apiece, I could live without them!!
I'm not sure what it could be worth, but I'll step up and give you 50.oo for it--as long as shipping is included....
LOL!! Will keep that in mind Dale.
Nice tire cover Rich. Who painted it for you?
Seems a little... steep. Maybe I'm in the wrong business... 42 bids on it? Yow!
Tell you what, tho, I love the status board. I want to see a picture of the Chevy II mower, tho! :-)
Hi Dennis. A friend had an original that had shrunk beyond using. I copied it. One for his Model A and one for my T. I used acrylic artist paint.
It is great having you back posting here on a regular basis!! Did you ever find the running gear you were looking for?
Thank you!! My son made that status board for me as a gift. My Dad used to write oil change dates on the support pillars in the garage and I did the same. My son figured he could come up with something better for me and made that board. He burned in all the logos and then painted them in gold leaf.
I need to start writing smaller to fit everything on there now. The mower is Model T that was combined with an IHC horse-drawn sickle bar mower:
The Chevy II is the only non-Ford in the fleet. It's been in the family for 37 years, had 42,000 miles on it when we got it and has 66,000 now. Sentiment and my son (who is a 60s car guy) are the only things that keep it around:
The one that just sold, sorry but it looks just a little to new. It just does not have the "OLD" look to it. The brass where it had been tacked is just too shinny. Me thinks someone got took. Neather of the 2 tags I have, one dealer Model T era and one body tag 1929 Model A look that nice after years of aging when they were removed from cars.