Hello H.A.M.B.ers! The summer driving and cruising season is upon us once again so like the rest of us, it time for me to start changin' oil, greasin' zerks, fillin' gas tanks and tires and polishing up the brass and chrome on all the cars at my buddies shop....and on my T when I get it back, but that is another story. My good buddy Chris (powerwagonmaniac) and his family have become like family to me over the years and it was actually his dad Bill that sold me the little '26 roadster that would become my lil' black roadster that you all know and tought me everything I know about how to make a project like that work. Both he and Chris helped me put the roadster together and it wouldn't be on the road had they not been there. Bill has unfortunately been dealing with heath issues (poor joints and leg problems from years of commercial sand blasting) and major depression over the last year or 2 and, as a result, has not had any interest in the cars at all (a total 180 from his usual manor) which has been hard on all of us. Chris also has a wife and little boy of his own now, so does not have much time to help service all the cars up for Bill as he used to do, so I volunteered to handle the maintenance on all the cars in the Becker collection. This year we were very surprised to see him become excited about car season! I made an effort to get all cars (the 1917 Hupmobile, 1919 Model T, 1906 Holsman "Auto-Buggy") ready, repair and tuned for him to start driving again only to discover he can physically no longer drive any of them, even his 1919 T touring...a car he has put more mile on then I can fathom! His poor joints and medications prohibit him from even getting his feet on the pedals or even getting behind the wheel of them...which was a big blow for him. Because of this, Chris and I are wanting to but together a another T for him, something simple and low to the ground that he won't have any trouble getting in or out of and be able to drive comfortably. We have a large amount of T stuff already (frame, front/ rear axles, springs, wheels, etc) so we should have a pretty good start ...Oh! and I should mention that this is also going to be a surprise for him...he has no idea we are putting this together for him! Just thought I would post an update on the Chris and I's T speedster project for his Dad, Bill. So far we got the first batch of parts in the paint booth and got them in color Saturday afternoon (after Bill went up for a nap ), then whisked them over to my garage for assembly (since my T roadster is still on vacation in California and so Bill won't see it). The color Chris chose is '68 Pontiac "Verdoro Green Metallic"...such a hideously gorgeous color We have managed to locate an engine from a nice Model T Club member in Renton, WA, but we do have a long way to go yet. Here are a few shots of the painted parts in my garage awaiting assembly. More To come, so stay tuned!