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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by MrModelT, Nov 12, 2008.

  1. MrModelT
    Joined: Nov 11, 2008
    Posts: 2,674


    Hello H.A.M.Bers!

    I am a 23 year old newbie to the forum and am just coming to the end of my first restoration/speedster/”gowjob” (not quite sure what to call it). My '26 T roadster runs a ’26 mill with .030” over aluminum pistons, lightened flywheel, Chicago “Mark-E” overdrive, 6 inch drop and a 5 inch stretch. I retained the stock ’26 roadster body rather than the traditional Rootlieb kit. I originally intended to add custom fenders, skirts and running boards and well as finished body work, but when I got it into black primmer and started driving it everyone that sees it likes the way I have it…so I decided to leave it just the way it was (with a little added patina since and period accessories). The look and the patina are are to the point that some of the older guys are convinced it is an "original that was just pulled from a barn" I have attached a photo for you viewing pleasure.

    I am now planning my next T and plan to build another “Gowjob” similar to my present roadster. On that note I am looking for photos of late teens to late ‘20s T gowjobs like the one I have attached.

    I am also looking to track down another Chicago Mark-E overdrive as well as information on them for my next T.

    Any help is greatly appreciated!!

    Portland, Ore

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  2. HotRodMicky
    Joined: Oct 14, 2001
    Posts: 1,771


    Really cool car!
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  3. youngrodder1929
    Joined: May 28, 2006
    Posts: 420

    from Vancouver

    cool !! good call on the fenders

  4. mi novia26
    Joined: Oct 2, 2008
    Posts: 43

    mi novia26
    from Montclair

    i have a 26 roadster im working on @ the moment. its going to have a custom frame, 350 chevy moter, 1955 t-bird rear, straight front axle on 1946 ford brakes. hope i will look as good as yours.
  5. MrModelT
    Joined: Nov 11, 2008
    Posts: 2,674


    I bet it will look great! I would like to pics of it.
  6. Love it - the future of Hot Rodding is in good hands!!!!
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  7. VNTGE41
    Joined: Mar 4, 2007
    Posts: 739

    from l.a.

  8. MrModelT
    Joined: Nov 11, 2008
    Posts: 2,674


    check these out. I posted a few videos of my car on you tube. one is an early vid and second is a little more recent. it has a nasty rasp to it and it kinda idles like an old Harley :) it has to be the high lift 20's dirt track racer cam i had ground for it.

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  9. bert haddock
    Joined: Oct 29, 2008
    Posts: 31

    bert haddock
    from England

    An absolute beauty, a credit to you sir.
  10. Rajo 1
    Joined: Aug 29, 2008
    Posts: 40

    Rajo 1

    Your T has a real good look to it. The front frame horns springs and axle look interesting what did you do there? The other roadster you pictured was in Mark Mortons Hop Up mag. There are many cool T`s in the recent Hop Up annuals. I know a little bit about T`s if you want to talk some time PM me ,Paul.
  11. gnichols
    Joined: Mar 6, 2008
    Posts: 11,000

    from Tampa, FL

    NIFTY LITTLE CAR!!!!!!!!!!!! Gary
  12. kustombuilder
    Joined: Sep 18, 2002
    Posts: 7,754

    from Novi, MI

    AWESOME! wish i'd been as focused at that age. i'm only just beginning to get focus at 34. LOL

    how is it someone your age got into that style of hot rod?? just curious. it is usualy guys MUCH older into and building that style of car... i realy like it. does'nt get much more "traditional" than that. nice job!
  13. bitchin roadster you got!
  14. SUHRsc
    Joined: Sep 27, 2005
    Posts: 5,079


  15. myke
    Joined: Dec 13, 2004
    Posts: 2,134

    from SoCal

    I love it...very nice!
  16. That car is perfect, I love it.
  17. spence-d
    Joined: Jul 12, 2006
    Posts: 216


    Never used to be much of a fan of the T's but i think you have converted me.
    Great Job!
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  18. MBL
    Joined: Mar 14, 2002
    Posts: 1,175


    Well not teens or 20's in style...more war time-ish...but here is my 26.

    There are some good books out there that show some early racing. "When the Hot Rods Ran, has some cool early Muroc pics but I think they are from 1938...

    You have a REALLY Nice T MAN! I totally dig the purity.
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  19. I'm still drooling over your car.
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  20. flynbrian48
    Joined: Mar 10, 2008
    Posts: 7,176


    Great car, nice vids. Very impressive!
  21. Rathbone
    Joined: Oct 14, 2004
    Posts: 480


    That car is fantastic! I've always loved T's but I also like to drive with modern traffic. How fast can you maintain a speed in it? Where'd you find your old parts? The dash is killer!
  22. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 28,284


    NICE! WELCOME to the HAMB! How about some details on the lowering brackets you used, car sits just right for a late 1920's car. What is that steering column and box out of? Franklin?
  23. great job... im building my first rod (25 t) and i'm just hoping mine turns out half as good as yours!
  24. Rathbone
    Joined: Oct 14, 2004
    Posts: 480


    Do you have any build pics?
  25. retro54
    Joined: Apr 1, 2004
    Posts: 736

    from PA

    MrModelT... dude, you are right on! Spot on... I think someone went back in time and brought you back.... so could you please offer up some more specifics on the car... I think we all would love to know more... welcome... good to see some 1920's styling cues....
  26. BianchiCorp
    Joined: Sep 24, 2007
    Posts: 147

    from East coast

  27. VanHorton
    Joined: Apr 7, 2007
    Posts: 585


    NICE car dude... im in love...:eek:
  28. MrModelT
    Joined: Nov 11, 2008
    Posts: 2,674


    Since you all are asking for more data on my car, I felt obligated to oblige, so here is the run down on my car:First off, she is all T front to back (first thought with most is that it is on an A frame). The ’26 mill has been bored .030” over and runs aluminum racing pistons to lighten the top end. I had the original cam re-ground with a much taller .280 race grind, similar to the old dirt track racers of the 20’s and topped this off with a full set of stainless steel valves. The magneto magnets on the flywheel were removed lightening it by 75 pounds, an old trick to get more RPMs which yields about 200 (ups the redline to about 2000 from 1800). Behind the Stock T planetary trans is an original accessory Chicago “Mark-E” auxiliary overdrive with a “Granny” low, standard T in direct and 3 ¼ to 1 ratio in overdrive. I’m currently running a stock head, but will get a High compression head soon. The car is currently breathing through a single barrel carb off and early 60’s Ford Falcon (the newest part on the car). With the engine mods and the overdrive, she cruises real nice at 55 all day. The frame is stock T with a few mods. The front modded with a set of frame horns from a 1912 Cadillac 30 in order to use the fork mount ’15 Franklin headlights and as a subtle profile changer. The rear was done in much the same fashion but with the front clip from a ’23 or ’24 Buick. The front suspension was lowered using the old Laurel underslung brackets. The rear was lowered the same amount (almost on accident) by splitting the rear axle housing and switching sides (right on the left and left on the right). This put the spring perches on the bottom and with a set of hand made extended shackles got the finished stance. To complete the chassis, wire wheels were installed, with ’26-’27 Model T 21” wires up front and ’28-’29 Model A 21” wires in the rear for a not so spindly look in back. The original Model T steering system was abandoned in favor of a stronger column/gear box from ’24 Willys- Knight and “push-pull” type steering. The steering arms and drag link were donated by a ’25 Buick and possibly a teen’s era Dodge.

    I have included a few build pix…and I have plenty more where that came from. I well over 1,000 that I took over my 2 year build on this car.

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  29. sodas38
    Joined: Sep 17, 2004
    Posts: 2,326


    Wow this is a cool shot right here. That T looks awesome.

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