Jeff Perkins / Mn

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  1. That is kind of an old legend with various twists that has circulated about over the years. In my years as a rural mail carrier I kept hearing about someone who had an old Corvette in his basement. Eventually I did get to the bottom of the mystery. This fellow had a 1955 Corvette in a little shed in his back yard. The story goes that years ago he disassembled it and brought parts down his basement to refurbish. He was very reclusive and would neither talk about or allow one to see what was going on. I did gain his confidence enough that he told me about it. Can’t see it though, until it’s done. Well.....he eventually passed on. Yes, it was a 1955 Corvette. I was allowed to view the project by a relative taking care of the estate. The unrestored body shell was sitting on a mostly restored chassis. Engine still down the basement in pieces. The rest scattered about the house. Later that week I helped a relative push the car on a trailer and I watched it all go down the road. Never found anything else out about it.
  2. I found this 1904 Locomobile in the porch of a farmhouse out in the country about 10 years ago.
  3. Our library has had that magazine for years....I always enjoyed reading. The magazine business is sure dying.
  4. As everyone here who has purchased any old car the loving hands of time have touched them all. I bought a Model T years ago that did not have one, not even one cotter pin installed anywhere visible! I think I checked bolts, nuts and installed over 40 pins. The more you dig into these cars...........
  5. Good Story (English one!). I have a friend in Norway who sends me the monthly Model A Ford Club of Norway magazine, called Avisen. Great pictures but I cannot read it at all. It is not online so I cannot have it translated. I will email Keith’s link of the Norwegian story to Ivar. This, another somewhat related note. A friend here in Minnesota currently owns a Model A Ford Phaeton that his grandfather hid from the Nazis. He kept it in an abandoned mine shaft until the end of WWll.
  6. From John Mereness: “Basically, enjoy your car, make it better every time you touch - little stuff, and after you have driven it a while then make more major decisions.” It took me a long time to learn that. Too many friends bogged down on “projects” I am having a sign painter friend make one with that quote for my shop. Now back to our topic, well, sort of. I vote for deep maroon wheels and whitewalls on the Auburn. I always wanted to do that with my Model A Cabriolet but never did.
  7. Ya better post a picture when installed! This one received a wash, wax and complete inside and top detail today.
  8. I will tackle that project on my 1930 A Tudor next winter. I will also add a Mel Gross F-100 steering box.
  9. Sounds like the Klaxon is out of adjustment. It likely needs internal cleaning. There is an article in a fairly recent issue of Skinned Knuckles which explains cleaning and adjustments of these. Should be on the internet.
  10. I have followed this forum off and on in the past. I find the effort and perseverance of the people who post progress on their long term projects fascinating and inspiring. Not enough inspiration though for me to take on some of these big projects. I have often thought it would be interesting to learn what others have done to their cars on a short term basis. Like “what have you done today” or this week or this month to fix, improve or whatever your car(s). I will start by posting a picture of my humble Model T with its newly rebuilt and installed front suspension. The driving nature of this car was totally changed by this procedure. Very rewarding. What are you doing to your car now?
  11. Growing up in the 60’s and 70’s we always thought of the ‘56 Chevy as the “poor sister” of the tri-five crew. NOT anymore.....a red and white ‘56 convert would be my first choice of ownership among those three years. Now I think the 1956 Chevys are the best looking of the three years. That is a very nice color combo on this one for sale.
  12. Thanks for posting these Bob, I wasn’t there (Midwest) but always enjoy old home movies of car shows. There are a few among some guys here, I will try to dig some up.
  13. Gordy, the “artist” who built that car years ago, told me that was his idea too but never got around to it.
  14. Here is one I know is for sale in Minnesota.......
  15. Some pics of interesting accessories one seldom sees on a Model T.....
  16. The most accessorized (or “excessorized”) Model T I have ever see was one I unearthed in 2015 after an almost 50 year slumber. If I recall there were over 20 accessories. First picture is after I cleaned it up, second picture is Louis Secon, builder of the car. This b/w picture was taken at a car show celebrating 25 years of the AACA!
  17. Yes, I have the same disease as you........this from last Saturday, 15 deg. F. and I could not be happier. First drive since total front suspension and rear differential rebuild. I could not have been happier. I also started and drove my Model A that same day. Nothing like bringing them back to life to keep us motivated! Thanks again for posting your videos, excellent!!
  18. I don’t believe there were much in the way of options available on the Model T in those years. Closed cars came “fully equipped” and open cars were either equipped with starters, generators or were left basic, as meaning without these accoutrements. Any options were dealer installed, such as a spare tire and/or a speedometer. There were a plethora of aftermarket items available. Ford was very streamlined in production methods thus keeping costs down
  19. I have posted this on various Ford forums in the past, I am posting this here in the event someone out there would have one of these cars in their possession. I hope to find one of these cars for the fun of it. I have a friend who has approximately 20 invoices of T's sold through Auto Service Company of Copas, MN. He allowed me to make copies. Hopefully someone will have one of these cars. Most all list the name of the original purchaser of the cars. Some invoices have two or three cars listed on them. Below is a picture of one of the invoices. Here are the serial numbers of the invoices I have: 4042906 Touring 4021430 Touring 4044107 Roadster 4061694 Coupelet (starter and clincher rims!) 4088349 Coupe 4149749 Coupelet 4136099 Touring 4167055 Runabout 3956061 Runabout 3956071 Touring 3731131 Sedan 3759731 Roadster 3761011 Touring 3755286 Touring 3385132 Touring 3434507 Runabout 3416583 Touring 3361714 Touring 3314863 Runabout 3244780 Touring 3231066 Touring 3376398 Touring 3534732 Coupelet 3832855 Touring 3806237 Touring 3833021 Coupelet I guess I have 26 all together. All open cars were listed as being equipped with starters. Some state demountable rims. If anyone out there can match one of these numbers with their car I will gladly send a copy of the invoice to you.
  20. Excellent video! I am really enjoying this thread. Thanks for taking the time to post!
  21. Having sold nine brass Fords and seven Model A’s (all within 7-10 days of listing) in the last 35 years the biggest thing is KNOW YOUR MARKET. There have been ups and down aplenty. I ask a fair price and do not negotiate much. When I buy, I explain the market to the seller, make my offer and leave my card after inspection. I stick to my offer and 90% of the time I get the car. Sometimes it takes 6 months. I realize this niche is and does not apply to everyone or other cars. This is what works for me.
  22. Yes, we are a society obsessed with protecting ourselves from ourselves..... https://nyc.streetsblog.org/2020/01/28/op-ed-yes-gov-cuomo-car-helmets-could-save-lives/
  23. Thank You for the education Matt. My ‘69 had the Cleveland, likely NOM. Back in the early 70’s we did not care about originality, just wanted to go fast. Since my car was 4 years old when I got it and had been through the drag racing wars who knows what it had for guts from the factory. Your car with the Marti Report has its provenance. Again, Thank You!
  24. WOW! Having owned one of these years ago I can state they are a great car. Wish I was 20 again! BTW, mine had the 351 Cleveland, I do not remember if the Mach 1 came with the Windsor, the Cleveland was the hot motor. Please correct me if I am wrong. Best of luck with this sale....it should go FAST!