Hey guys, I've been a lurker here for sometime while I have been moving money, and toys around to start on a project I have had in my head for the last 30 or so years. To build what I see, as a Hot Rod..... Out of all the cars I have built, or taken part in over the years, I've always had more of heart for traditional Hot Rodding. It's what I grew up on, it was my environment and it transitioned into a career of sorts. Frankly, it couldn't come too soon. I was actually pretty close about 10 years ago then a divorce, and the closing of the speed shop I worked for started going under causing me to lose my parts collection. So.... On with the build, and a little back story leading to why this is my first project with a name. During the very early 80's when I was around 9 my family lived a block of 8 mile just into Hazel Park on a street named East Elza. We had a corner house, with nice big lot, and some stumps I used to jump on my bike. About half way down the block lived a guy in his 20's named Donnie who built cars, and by cars. I mean Hot Rods. Somehow, over the course time I befriended Donnie. For the next couple years until I moved away I could ride my bike down and hang out with him while never being turned away except once by his sister who thought I was too young... Anyways... Donnie built cool stuff, and besides my families interest although unable to afford toys until later in life is the primary person who got me into Hot Rods. He built them, his Dad built them, and his friends built them, and I still remember them quite well to this day. I typically don't name a car but given how long I have waited, and my intent, I think it fits. As I've been gathering ideas my original idea was to build a 27 Roadster late 50's early 60's style. After a bit more consideration, and hoping to drive the car more given Michigan weather I decided to build a Coupe for my first, what I consider true Hot Rod build. Two weeks ago while browsing the HAMB classifieds I saw a 26 Model T coupe not too far from me so I decided to take a look. The pictures were decent, the car had a bit of lore about it, and it looked like a good base although I was more interested in a Model A. After a quick conversation I drove out to meet the owner of the car. After a bit off looking, it's now mine and I am quite happy about it. It's also been great meeting a member here and getting back into the traditional scene. The whole experience has been quite refreshing and I can't wait to get started. Yesterday, I drove out to pick it up. Here are some pics once I brought home to start playing with it. The car appears to be almost all original and pretty solid. It is believed the car spent it's life on Harsons island, and was rumored to be owned by the Ford Family. I'm not even sure if that can be verified but hey, it's cool none the less. The car was built February of 1926, this would make black the correct color. Just off the trailer EC1 by kev066, on Flickr EC3 by kev066, on Flickr I believe the original interior should have been grey, although it is quite convincing. EC7 by kev066, on Flickr No evidence of patch panels so far through my inspection. EC2 by kev066, on Flickr EC5 by kev066, on Flickr EC6 by kev066, on Flickr Original patent plate. EC10 by kev066, on Flickr EC9 by kev066, on Flickr Spare is new. EC18 by kev066, on Flickr EC19 by kev066, on Flickr Pretty cool gas sticks. EC16 by kev066, on Flickr EC14 by kev066, on Flickr EC20 by kev066, on Flickr Today I spent a little time in the driveway wiping it down with some wax and grease remover to get a better feel for the body. It's had some touch up work done over the years. I'm kind of happy it appears to have had paint applied directly over the original paint. EC22 by kev066, on Flickr I have to give a little plausibility to the Harsons island lore given the sticker on the deck lid pertaining to water safety. So.... What are my plans... Honestly, I have a few concepts in my head but it will depend on what parts I can find. As of now I plan to build it, drive it, then maybe tear it down and painted it pretty. For now I plan to remove the touch up paint to see what's underneath. Some things I know for sure- No chop, I like it tall. A chassis cut to match the T Banger Original interior Just a simple, no frills prewar street car looking for trouble. I may even leave the tank in the cowl. If I had room I would keep the stock stuff I don't use to build a neat little speedster but I will probably sell or trade it off to help fund the build. So... I'm glad I can finally build this car, and hopefully take part in the HAMB. Progress will be slow as it gets cold here, and I collect parts but I think it's going to be a cool build. Hope you guys dig it.