The 1923 Ford Model T Touring Car (10 views) M60 Home     Restorations Gallery

This period advertisement shows a Model T touring car
					bursting out from behind a family outing nature scene. The Model T is black, the background for the nature scene is peach colored. The father is wearing a brown shirt with matching , and mother in a lovely yellow sack dress with white collar and cuffs, white stockings, and low heels hardly appropriate for camping. There also is a dalmatian dog, and a blond haired child in a pale blue shorts outfit with
					white sleeves and an aqua belt coming from within the family size white tent.

This Model T came to its new home in the back of a Dodge pickup truck. The photo is deceiving as the phaeton was severely rusted and had holed and rotted, bent and twisted metal for the body and fenders. I believe Elliott's experience with old iron said the T would be a pretty routine challenge for him. This always amazes me. In fact, Elliott never worried if a car was just too far gone, though I sometimes figured sixty percent of it had to be rust. This Ford was just such a one. As it happened, he made a prize-winning beauty of it.

The Model T came assembled to Elliot's house in the back of his Dodge pickup truck. The photo is deceiving as the phaeton was very severely rusted and had rough metal for the body and fenders. I be This photo is of a pickup bed filled with various Model T parts.
This is a nice shot of the finished chassis. Unfortunately,
				we lack a 'before' photo. As an aside, note the workspace, which is generous and nearly spotless by Elliott's
				point of view. The man works miracles in the midst of chaos -- at least, chaos to me! Ok, this is one of two views of the undercarriage from below. This view looks forward.
This is a view of the undercarriage from below and looking back. The similarity to the Model A was eerie. Much of the T reveals the heritage upon which the Model A
				wash designed. With the engine in the car, the firewall in and wired from the magneto box to the engine, Elliot has a running chassis and a grin miles wide as he takes a spin in the driveway.
a very good view into the black, tuck and roll back seat. The upholstery is very nice as usual. A full-on view of the T Model interior from the rear. Along with	the four spoke steering wheel are the spark and throttle control rods, the three foot pedals and the, um, emergency brake handle...?
A top down view of the car from the left rear corner. The demountable rims in silver look great with the painted wood of the wheels. The spare is mounted at the rear. The body, splash shield, fenders and running board look beautiful in gleaming black. The driver's door is just a molded but non-functional impression. The rear passenger door is a working door. Bit of a stretch, though. This is pretty much a duplicate view of the driver side, but from the right rear corner. The top of the big, two part windshield manages to look classy, to be honest, at least to me. A rearview mirror is attached to the windshield frame. Both the front and rear passenger doors work on this side. The back stop light is mounted to the spare tire wheel.
To me, this view is beautiful. The neatly folded top, the wasp's waist of the black touring car's body nestled , the demountable rim and tire low on the body, and the axles, differential, radius and brake rods, and the wooden spokes -- a symphony in black. I'd go crazy trying to do justice to this original T-Model wiring diagram. Nevertheless, everything is there from the starter (yes, this tourer had one) to the coil, terminal block, ignition and lighting switch, and, well, etc. etc. etc. Unlike the systems diagrams for my wife's '91 Corvette, it is actually really fun to trace along the lines, picturing the real thing.
Do you like Mr. Ford's Model T? This wonderfully inelegant lady from simpler times is standing in full black on black profile, with a little peek at here interior. I've considered the restorer of the beautiful automobiles in this collection my closest friend. A world renowned musician, a fine conversationalist, and an instinctive mechanic who is a young man still, a young man who often requires tools unavailable at Pep Boys or Harbor Freight. He makes them in his labyrithian jungle garage and moves right along. In this photo taken when the T was still a work in progress his son, age three maybe, is ready to crank it over. The bottom of the radiator is about shoulder high to this earnest, snow-suited little fellow with his matching red cap and bright yellow sneakers.
A front quarter view, of a Ford ready for an afternoon drive up into the mountains. A trio of photos. The first is of the man himself, in his element, a basement garage, one of several that have witnessed his works. The second is a seated Henry Ford, pensive, working the rim of a snappy hat he's holding in his hands. Last, a smiling father holding a happy son, posed beside the Ford.ftp-dom.earthlink.net
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