Steve Jelf- southern KS

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About Steve Jelf- southern KS

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    I was born a barefoot boy at an early age. Lived in so. CA until 1985 & escaped the urban frenzy.

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  1. Yes, I know the type of wheels, and that stems like this were used on them. Schrader made these in several sizes. The Schrader 777 was used on Model T Fords. I just wondered what particular cars used this larger 725.
  2. The metal stems on tubes currently being sold for 30 x 3 and 30 x 3½ tires are larger than the Schrader 777 used on Ford cars. They are a reproduction of this Schraeder 725 valve stem. I wonder if anybody here can tell what cars used the 725 stem. One person suggested that it resembles the stems on his Pierce but he didn't know their number.
  3. This replica 1886 Benz was shown at the 2010 Chickasha swap meet by McPherson college.
  4. South of Arkansas City, Kansas: Jereldine Parker, teacher at IXL school, visits with a mom driving a mid-twenties Model T Ford.
  5. As you might suspect from the photo, I enjoy life in the slow lane. I've enjoyed touring and traveling in a 1939 Packard and other modern cars that are now considered antiques. In fact, the only car I have that doesn't qualify as an antique is my daily driver, a twenty-year-old Camry. Of my seven other vehicles, the three Model T's are my favorites. Why? Others have mentioned the amazing availability of parts, the wealth of information, and the wonderfully active, helpful, and enjoyable MTFCA forum. Perhaps even more attractive are the mental and spiritual aspects of life in the Model T world. Everywhere you go in a T you are your own parade. An unrestored original Model T showing its age will often draw much more attention at a car show than the gorgeous T-bird or 55 Chebby parked next to it. Cruising at 30 mph in a car designed in 1908, on a country road that would have been considered a highway in 1908, has its own special flavor and enjoyment. As noted above, some T's, especially the very early ones, can command great gobs of money. Others, being very plentiful, are a beautifully cheap entry into the antique car world. Many folks are most interested in the cars of their youth. But there are rarer individuals who love things from before their own time. Those things can be Civil War reenactment, steam locomotives, classic radio shows, horse drawn farm equipment, and early automobiles. For that small part of the population, the Model T and other cars of its era have a special attraction. In this particular case, I would agree that a 1926 "ragtop" (touring? roadster?) would have to be VERY nice to get $8500 from me. That means mechanically very sound and cosmetically near new. A running fixer-upper, a 1926 T that can be driven but needs some things fixed, should be no more than seven grand at the most. If you belong to that small part of the population with enough interest in the T to buy one, find an experienced Model T person (there's likely a club near you) to go with you when you shop for one. It can save you money and hassle to have somebody there who knows what can be trouble for you and what it might cost to correct it.
  6. That was me. Ten years ago I sold the sign business, and it was sold again three years ago. But they're still making the signs. Here's the current website:
  7. Blasted another demountable clincher rim. Two down, three to go, then I'll get them galvanized. Nondemountables were stock equipment in 1923, but I'm going with the optional rims that are more convenient if you have a flat.
  8. I know of two approaches for the hobbyist with limited funds, which is a lot of us. One is to buy an unrestored car that may be in rough shape and not running, but mostly present, and make it a restoration project. Expect it to take a long time and cost more than you'll ever get back. Another approach is to let somebody else take the financial hit, and buy a car you can drive and enjoy right away. The guy who's selling it, if he did the restoration, is almost certainly losing money. Both these approaches have their pluses and minuses. After realizing that my "projects" would take years because I have other things I have to do, I combined the two approaches. I still have the projects to work on when time permits, but the last two cars I bought were running and "restored" so I could drive and enjoy them right away. That's in quotes because while they both look pretty good and are drivable most of the time, they both also have things that need to be fixed. So I can drive one while I'm fixing the other, and also put in a little time on the projects when I can. Of course, this is mostly Model T Fords, and life in the slow lane, as it's called, is less costly than some other old cars.
  9. When an old person dies, it's like a library burning to the ground. I still occasionally wonder about something from before my time, and wish I could ask somebody who was there. I grew up with people who were born in the nineteenth century, and their kids, all gone now, and now I think of things I should have asked them. I think I can answer one of your questions. When cars were run in a garage, a flexible metal hose to the outside would be attached to the exhaust pipe.
  10. I agree that appearances can be deceiving, and when you buy an old car it can come with $urpri$e$. I bought a great looking '23 Ford touring that turned out to have been neglected mechanically. The guys who did the body had done a fairly good job, but I had to replace the spindle pins and bushings and all the suspension bushings and had to rebuild the carburetor. Currently I have the rear axle apart to replace the notorious babbitt thrust washers that failed. Despite all that, by buying a complete and drivable car needing a few repairs I'm financially far ahead of where I'd be if I restored a basket case. Most restorations are a financial loss. There's nothing wrong with that as long as you know it going in. Restoring a car can be a wonderfully rewarding hobby. I have a couple of projects myself. But I believe the best approach is to start with a good, complete, drivable car after somebody else has spent the dough to get it that way. Let them take the loss. I like having an old car to drive and enjoy while I work on the long term projects which inevitably take longer than you think they will. As for your specific question, I'm not familiar enough with those modern cars to suggest a price. I'd do as others have suggested and look at what similar cars have sold for.