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

  1. Rizhto
    Joined: Jul 30, 2007
    Posts: 80


    Brought my T home eventually. I've been trying to sell it because I have a severe bike-fever and space is a never-ending problem. However, now that I was looking at it in my carage last night, I felt I was getting heretic thoughts... precious....
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  2. MrModelT
    Joined: Nov 11, 2008
    Posts: 2,657


    So Its been a long time since I posted here….but I figured It was time for an update.

    So with Charlotte’s arrival in August and a number of high profile builds that came through the shop…the roadster got shoved to the back burner.

    Its been sitting on that back burner for almost three years now, up on jack stands (Sad, I know). The worst part is, its been exiled to my buddy’s shop (cause he has the room I don’t) while the last two big builds were going on. His shop is new and he has not had the floor poured yet, so its just gravel. This winter while I was up there, I noticed the moisture had really taken its toll and done a lot of damage.

    Last weekend, I made plans, cleared so e floor space and brought her home for cleanup, reactivation, major service work and a face lift to get her back to “Fighting Trim” again.

    The biggest deal is the steering wheel. The moisture trapped in the building warped and buckled the steering wheel, splitting one of the finger joints. It will take time and patents to repair.



    A lot of the old, surviving nickel plate work is also nearly gone, so most of that stuff was sent off to be replated. I also ordered a set of Muroc Mfg. Co. stacks for it, to replace the frog mouth scoops I used when I finished it in 2012.


    She also got a very thorough cleaning, de-mildewing and some touch up work.

    I struggled actually posting this….as I’m quite unhappy with myself for allowing all this to happen, but I ultimately needed to own up to it and fix it all.

    After all we have been through together, I owe her that much.

    ~ Mr. Model T.
  3. 64 DODGE 440
    Joined: Sep 2, 2006
    Posts: 4,083

    64 DODGE 440
    from so cal

    Looking forward to seeing it back in all it's glory. Understand the delays, life and family take priority. Sometime projects need to get put on hold. God knows, mine seems to be on a continual hold.

    That little girl has a smile that definitely lights up the room.
  4. Congratulations Clayton- Charlotte is adorable!
    Totally understand "life getting in the way"- our oldest is about to graduate from high school :confused::D:D, but it's great to see that the roadster is coming back out into the sunlight
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  5. Fock' I love this thing. Sh*t happens, man.

    LIFE !!
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  6. Blackbob
    Joined: Nov 19, 2008
    Posts: 103


    Nothing that can't be sorted out or improved upon. Time to create some happy T memories with Charlotte :)
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  7. Know the feeling - was started, but far from finished, with a G28T engine rebuild, when Sofie was born, so it's been laying open for +16 month now... :oops:
    Glad to see someone (else) is getting something build! :D Keep up the good work, Clayton @MrModelT!
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  8. Six Ball
    Joined: Oct 8, 2007
    Posts: 3,171

    Six Ball
    from Nevada

    I love this car! It will just have more character when fixed and Charlotte will be driving it before you know.
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  9. ZZ Top Chop
    Joined: Aug 12, 2018
    Posts: 337

    ZZ Top Chop

    Sent from my SM-A102U using The H.A.M.B. mobile app
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2020
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  10. 40two
    Joined: Feb 19, 2012
    Posts: 1,780


    Nice to see you back, Clayton. Your cutie is a real cutie. You will fix the T back to former glory.
    Cheers, Carsten
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  11. Crazybillybob
    Joined: Nov 8, 2010
    Posts: 312

    from Ohio

    Glad to see you getting the old girl right again! Hopefully I can follow your lead and get mine out of the shop this year too!
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  12. MrModelT
    Joined: Nov 11, 2008
    Posts: 2,657


    I have been really hoping to see that. The rear suspension mods are looking really good!


    So I got all the Nickel Goodies back for the roadster the other day and I have to say, it really dolled the old girl back up! I did the headlight bezels, Moto-Meter, Cap, thumb screws for the windshield, thumb button for the Ruckstell shifter, Steering wheel hand throttle and spark levers, etc.



    I also fitted it with a pair of Muroc stacks from Muroc Mfg, Co.

    I also pulled the Steering Wheel and brought it in the house the let the dry, warmer air work it's magic. The it actually worked quite well, and its almost round again. Yesterday (amid quarantine boredom) I strapped it up with Cargo straps to keep it together and pull it back round the rest of the way and glued the hell out of it. Next is a good coating of Poly Spar Varnish to seal it against moisture.

    More to come...

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  13. Six Ball
    Joined: Oct 8, 2007
    Posts: 3,171

    Six Ball
    from Nevada

    It's looking good. What size are your front tires?
  14. MrModelT
    Joined: Nov 11, 2008
    Posts: 2,657


    I'm running 4.75/5.00 - 19" Lucas tires on all fours...with those M.W. Co pin-drive split rim Wires. Same size as a '30-'31 Model A.
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  15. Man, I love nickel- so much "warmer" than chrome!
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  16. MrModelT
    Joined: Nov 11, 2008
    Posts: 2,657


    Since I'm board in quarantine, I got a lot done on the T.

    The wheel is finished (got 9 coats of spar varnish)..
    I also figured I would pull the column and give it a once-over and a fresh coat of paint while I was at it.



    Once that was all done, it was time to re-assemble it and all the new nickel goodies..




    I also took some time to fix an old problem. The LH Door latch has always been messed up (spring was gone), so it would pop open on bumpy roads. I happened to find a new LD latch while shop sturing the other day, so decided to swap it out.




    More to come

    ~ Mr. Model T
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  17. Six Ball
    Joined: Oct 8, 2007
    Posts: 3,171

    Six Ball
    from Nevada

    The wheel turned out nice, lots of character. The new nickel is classy. Though probably not PC I need something on my roadster that says "RETARD". It would explain a lot.
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