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    Greetings!! I am new here...in the process of finalizing the purchase of a 1926 Model T Touring. I have loved these cars all my life and now I am in a position to own one and am pretty excited! Currently I'm reading all the info I can get on care and maintenance as well as places to get parts and repair advice. The car I'm looking at is 100% complete but has not been cranked or driven in about 5yrs. The current owner picked it up in Fla. on a whim and its been in his garage for 15yrs. She's a bit dusty but really solid and will look fantastic all shined up. Anyway.. I look forward to getting to know people on this forum and sharing this passion for the Model T.

    That80sGuy
    AKA William
    Last edited by That80sGuy; 10-13-2017, 09:18 AM.

  • #2
    William, WELCOME to the VFF!!
    You wana look waaay far up da road and plan yer route because the brakes are far more of a suggestion than a command!

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    • #3
      Welcome William

      Many of the Model A guys are T people also so post away your questions here on the T forum.
      3 ~ Tudor's
      Henry Ford said
      "It's all nuts and bolts"


      Mitch's Auto Service ctr

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      • #4
        This is the car I found. Would changing the color to one of the avaiable in 1926 affect the value? I want to keep it period correct...just enhance the cars over all look.
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        • Rob Patterson
          Rob Patterson commented
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          NO...PLEASE dont paint it. Get it running and driving well and preserve the car. clean it up, polish it detail it and keep it original. They are only "original" ONCE.
          By the way, I'm new here too, welcome.
          Cheers,
          Rob

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        • #6
          Whew, very nice find there William. Personally, I'd leave it as is unless you plan to do a restoration. Painting it will just take away from the patina.
          You wana look waaay far up da road and plan yer route because the brakes are far more of a suggestion than a command!

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          • Mitch
            Mitch commented
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            I agree with Wiz, just clean it up some and it will be perfect. Looks great thanks for the pics

        • #7
          I can't tell for sure..it may have been restored previously...no telling how long ago. The current owner has no documentation. I could try to track down the guy who owned it in Fla. But the story goes he was a contractor who got it in trade for some work. The title is clean though...so maybe I can track back further ownership.
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          • #8
            Are you going to crank it up and drive her or just buy it as is? Do you know what it takes to properly paint one of these cars?
            3 ~ Tudor's
            Henry Ford said
            "It's all nuts and bolts"


            Mitch's Auto Service ctr

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            • #9
              Currently it does not crank..the guy can't get it to start..lots of gas just pours out when tries. Something is stuck. If I get it...it will need to be towed to my house. The asking price is 10,500. I have seen the prices on fully restored and driveable cars for not much more. This one needs some TLC..so I am hoping to get it for under 8k.

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              • Mitch
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                With a non running car you have to assume the worst, engine etc so don't over pay or walk away.. I think 8 is very stiff for a non road testable unit JMO

              • BNCHIEF
                BNCHIEF commented
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                Pull the plugs, these cars had a starter but can you hand crank it ? if not it is stuck price is high if motor is stuck, also when you do this put the rear on jack stands and put the emergency brake lever back halfway from full forward this puts the car in neutral. Since this car has set a long time it is possible that the plates are stuck together as it is a multi-disk clutch. If it is sitting there and does not want to turn that is one possible reason for the problem. I do not believe the car is original as ford used japan black and it get dull over time but it looks good i would just clean it up get it running join a good club and have fun. Pm me if you need something i have had t,s for 40 years always happy to help and welcome to the best forum on the internet. The model t ford club of america is a great national club and they also have a forum dedicated to model t fords than you can imagine. And welcome here as well.

            • #10
              So what would be fair? Around 6k? I definitely don't want to pay too much. Also...I'm not afraid to dig in and get dirty doing my own work on it. Was hoping to find a fellow enthusiast close by to learn from. I know there is a Model T club not far in Columbia SC. I'll be joining that forum as well.
              Last edited by That80sGuy; 10-13-2017, 03:35 PM.

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              • #11
                Not running is a huge gamble over being able to hear and feel out a vehicle. I would say 6K is more in the ball park but this is my opinion, others may vary.
                Maybe post your general location in your avatar so if there are others nearby they may reach out to you.
                3 ~ Tudor's
                Henry Ford said
                "It's all nuts and bolts"


                Mitch's Auto Service ctr

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                • #12
                  Updated my info. If there is anyone near and willing to go look at the car with me... I would very much appreciate their expertise and advice. I'll buy lunch and help with gas money to get here! lol

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                  • BNCHIEF
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                    If i was close I sure would help you, go to the mtfca and look up chapters that will help in the meantime I will do some searching for you and let you know. Do not get in a hurry he is not going to sell the car for that price not running and he probably has no clue about it either.

                  • That80sGuy
                    That80sGuy commented
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                    Yeah...I'm cooling my jets and just trying to learn all I can before making an offer. You can see in one pic there is a MG body parked in front of the T. He needs to sell the T so he can finish the MG.

                • #13
                  "Whut duz it take to paint a car"?---Like, sandpaper, masking tape, paint & a spray gun.----$8,000 to $10,000 paint jobs are PURE INSANITY!!!---It's called GREED!
                  Dad Practical

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                  • BNCHIEF
                    BNCHIEF commented
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                    I have seen beautifully painted cars than can barely get off the trailer.

                  • Mitch
                    Mitch commented
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                    I guess i got ripped at 15K and that was with a discount
                    Included all body work

                  • BILL WILLIAMSON
                    BILL WILLIAMSON commented
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                    Chief,
                    Chuck Kallas, MASTER painter/body man/mechanic, re-did Minerva, my Early '30 all BLACK Coupe.
                    He fixed a huge L/F dent, where I ran under a Chev truck, refined all her fenders, repainted EVERYTHING below the body, with Synthetic Enamel & a hardener.
                    After 3 days in the sun, he cut & polished EVERYTHING, including the mediocre BLACK Lacquer body paint, from 1996. It came out like a GORGEOUS, COMPLETE re-finish job!--NO Overspray, or ANYTHING, ANYWHERE!
                    Cost me $1,600.00, TOTAL, including RED body striping.
                    Bill Elated

                • #14
                  I checked and surprising to me the mtfca does not have a chapter in georgia, the mtfc international does have a club in georgia and the man has a listing for contact hope that helps.

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                  • That80sGuy
                    That80sGuy commented
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                    Yeah.. I found that out as well. The nearest MTFCA to me is Columbia SC. That's about an hour away....plus they are planning an event in Aiken SC in December. I plan to get in touch with them.

                  • BNCHIEF
                    BNCHIEF commented
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                    The mtfca is pretty much a driving the international is not and I am a life member of the mtfca an hour away is good for you.

                • #15
                  Yours does get off the trailer when was the last time your dad bought paint?:rolling

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                  • Mitch
                    Mitch commented
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                    I'm not sayin a word

                    K-ssoonnn Quiet

                • #16
                  Your Dad must be busy he hasn't given us any

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                  • #17
                    looks great, do not paint it! Just my opinion, seriously looks great.

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