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Old 03-21-2011, 01:25:00 PM
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I know Model T's are hardly rare but I've always wanted one.
I know the plumber who plumbed our new house had one as he had it parked near the road with a "FOR SALE" sign on it 8-10 years ago during the famous Iola Old Car Show at which time I stopped and looked at it but didn't have $4000 at the time to buy it.......
I recently made a move, am changing some scenery around in my shed....... .......and that T was bothering me big time. I called the owner and asked if he still had it (he does) and asked if it was still for sale. He said "come and take a look at it" which I did. It is MUCH better than what I remembered. PERFECT wood wheels and radiator, electric start, a REAL generator, water pump and the headlights look real nice too.
Long story short: as soon as the ground dries and we get some decent weather I'm driving it home as it's only about ten miles away.
Appearance wise it's not too far off from the one in the attached photo except this one also has a motometer.......



I love this Jay Leno, 1925 T Roadster, video:

http://www.jaylenosgarage.com/video/...adster/231863/
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Old 03-21-2011, 03:43:53 PM
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Well Welcome the the T owners club... A T is a T... There are some things Weird about them but for what they are they are Very Durable and Parts and Very Available when something Breaks...

You'll really have fun with it...
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Congrats Craig!

Post Photos of you flying down the road with your head hanging out and chops flapping in the wind! Onkel G will be in the passenger side doing the same thing on his side!

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^ Don't start THAT again.......
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I've owned probably 20 or more Model T's through the years. They're a lot of fun and as was mentioned in an earlier post, if something breaks or tears up you can readily acquire parts. Here are a couple that I've had. The Blue one is a 1912 Touring. It was owned and restored by Ted Aschman, a former President of the Model T Ford Club of America and the author of "Tinkering Tips" that deal with a lot of Model T "fix its". Ted won a national first with the car when he had it. The dark green one (looks almost black) was also a winner and was a very neat auto. I traded them both off for engines so that should tell you where my true love is.....
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Old 03-21-2011, 04:32:05 PM
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Purdy snazzy stuff Tommy.......

The Ford dealer here in Rosholt had a 1908(?) touring T. It needed work but was all there and drivable as I recall. He kept it in the showroom for a long time as his father, from whom he got the dealership, owned it.
There were many offers from buyers and he finally sold it to an industrialist from Brodhead, Wi. It sold in the late 60's for $8000 as I recall.
Once sold it underwent restoration and, as far as I know, it's still in his collection.
I paid less than half of that for mine and even gave my friend a substantial tip as he really lowballed himself.......

Sadly, or maybe not so sadly for ME, many early cars have fallen off in favor as younger collectors are focused on cars they can get into and drive to California without worry.......or cranking.
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hi tommy nice Ts !!! ive also had several in my lifetime. never had a brass T tho. just sold a 25 touring. got a few parts left but nothing earth shattering. our show is going to be on tonight on the history channel "pickers" at 9 pm. dont know how to post it on here or i would have.....come see us...ed
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Boy, Craig, get you & onkle G in the same car would that be a treat! That'd be worse than me & gomer!LOL have fun withyour new toy Bill
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Looks like you got a heck of a deal there at 4 grand.

$8,000.00 in the 1960's ???? That guy must have really wanted it bad.

You did good at that price in todays market, especially if it's in as good a shape as you say it is.
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If you check ebay Model T completed auctions you'll see later T's aren't high dollar cars.
I don't care anyway........I bought this to have FUN....... .......
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And Fun You Will Have !

Along with getting plenty of "Thumbs Up" every time you drive drive it, and people turning around to follow you hoping you'll pull over so they can look it over and share stories on it.

You don't get that driving a chevette
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Old 03-22-2011, 05:08:28 PM
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Congratulations Craig, T's are my favorite car. Sounds like you got a deal you could not refuse. Your right though the later T"s are not real high dollar.
I have a 1917 touring, and have not done a complete restoration on it because after all the work and money it is still a low dollar car. I would rather put the same work and money into something that will be worth more.
It is perfect mechanicly, it just needs to be taken completely apart and prettyed up, along with a little body work, paint, new upostery, and top, and tires and....... before you know it you have emptyed your bank account. It still looks decent so I just drive it once in awhile like it is. I guess I will break down someday and do the complete restoration. Maybe when I get caught up on all my other projects!
Remember if you have to stop fast push all 3 pedals!
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Congratulations Craig on your purchase of a Model T! Knowing your background, I'm sure you'll get a great deal of enjoyment from driving your T. . . after you get used to it's numerous idosyncrasies. In my opinion, these cars are meant to be used and enjoyed. While they are in no way a highway car due to their speed and braking limitations, if you can get them on the back-roads, they are truly enjoyable. As Ken said above, the fact you can get replacement parts without breaking the bank from several suppliers and other Model T guys, make using these cars less of a $$ issue if something is needed. While I am lucky enough to own Brass Ts, the car I drive and ENJOY the most is a basically unrestored 1927 that spends it's time traveling down the gravel roads and generally looks gray from road dust instead of black and green. The Brass T's are great to look at, but the classic black Model T that changed the world, they are the ones you can really enjoy! At the present time I'm "overstocked" with Model T's with four driveable ones, one I'm making up out of parts and enough parts for about two more operable chassis. I think it's great that the cost of the average Model T has stayed affordable so more people can get involved with them. I'd say they are the most fun you can have for the money in the entire old iron (tractors/steam/cars) hobby. You're going to gets lots of smiles per mile with your Model T.
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Craig,
Roger alerted me that you'd joined the ranks of the "Car of the century" owners. I've been pedal shifting for over 57 years now and it is still a thrill. They are fun, durable and people love seeing them out and around. I did my finest restoration on my coupe. That DOES NOT make it a show car. I did that work so I could drive the dang thing! The truck will stay original, thanks to Roger. He reminded me that once you start sanding and spraying primer or paint, it can NEVER be "original" again.

This was my Ts in 1955.



This was about three years ago in Kalispell.



This was years ago on the farm. Again, Congratulations and I'll bet you'll never be sorry. Well maybe when the darn thing quits on you and until you figure out what caused it, you'll get over being sorry again. Gary

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I'm getting REEEEEEEEALLY itchy to get that thing home.....but our stupid weather put a major crimp in that plan big time.......
On Monday my wife went to Stevens Point shopping with a friend and she brought THIS back.......
It's a roadster, obviously, but at least I can look at that in the meantime.......
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Craig, I know you well enjoy your new T. I bought my first one a 1922 roadster in 1971. sold it for part of the down payment on a house in 1974. bought my 2nd in 1972 3rd T in 1985 and still have them. here is my 14 T shelling corn last year at the Sandwich Il. fair.
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^ Ooooooooo.........BRASS.......
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Yes Brass, but its just a driver never need to clean the brass, never will.
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It just dawned on me....... .......I got this original "The Model T FORD CAR AND FORD FARM TRACTOR" book, written by Victor Page in 1919, a number of years ago from an old friend.
It's sort of a Wendell Kelch thing I guess......he had a 30-60 Mogul book and we all know how THAT turned out....... .......
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Craig,
Enjoy your car, I never got to ride in one until
Gary Y. took me for a spin in his last fall, It was a new experience for me. He might say his car isn't show quality but I would disagree with him.

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