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A MODEL T CHRISTMAS

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A MODEL T CHRISTMAS

'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS AND THE OLD MODEL 'T'

WOULD NEED TO BE STARTED - A REAL JOB FOR ME.

FOR WE WERE ALL GOIN' TO THE COMMUNITY HALL

OL' SANTA WAS COMIN' WITH PRESENTS FOR ALL.

THE OIL WAS SO STIFF AND THE BATTERY WAS OLD

SHE'D BE SO HARD TO START OUT THERE IN THE COLD.

IT HADN'T BEEN STARTED IN OVER A WEEK

WHICH MEANT THAT ASSISTANCE I REALLY SHOULD SEEK.

I GOT TWO LARGE PANS OF HOT COALS AND ASHES

WHICH I PLACED UNDER LIZZIE IN A COUPLE OF DASHES.

THE COILS, DO THEY BUZZ? TRY THEM ONE AT A TIME

THE GAP ON THE PLUGS - THE SIZE OF A DIME.

I PULLED OUT THE CHOKE AND THE CRANK I DID TRY

THE MOTOR SO STIFF - I THOUGHT I WOULD CRY.

FOR THE CRANK WHEN I PULLED IT - CAME UP OH-SO-SLOW

AND I KNEW AT THIS RATE THE CAR NEVER WOULD GO.

I GOT SOME HOT WATER WHICH I POURED FROM THE KETTLE

OVER THE INTAKE - MORE THAN A LITTLE.

I CRANKED AND I CRANKED - TILL I WAS READY TO DROP

AND JUST AS I DID - IT VENTURED A 'POP'.

THIS GAVE ME NEW HOPE - I RETURNED TO MY WORK

FOR AS LONG AS THERE'S HOPE - I NEVER WOULD SHIRK.

IN THE NEXT FIFTEEN MINUTES - FOUR TIMES IT DID FIRE

JUST OFTEN ENOUGH MY THOUGHTS TO INSPIRE.

I THOUGHT IT ALL OVER - OUT THERE IN THE DARK

LET'S TRY JUST A LITTLE ADVANCE OF THE SPARK.

I TOOK HOLD OF THE CRANK AND GAVE IT A TWIST

JUST THEN I FELT A SHARP WHACK ON THE WRIST.

I FOUND 'TWASN'T BROKEN (WHY WAS I SO DUMB?

I SHOULD HAVE WATCHED CLOSELY THE PLACING OF THUMB).

BY NOW I'D DECIDED TO TRY A NEW TACK

ONE REAR WHEEL I'LL RAISE WITH THE JACK.

AGAIN I TOLD MA TO PULL DOWN ON THE SPARK

IF I GET THIS CAR STARTED - IT WON'T BE A LARK.

JUST AS I WAS GETTING AS MAD AS A HATTER

SHE STARTS WITH A ROAR, A BANG, AND A CLATTER.

THE VIBRATION SHOOK HER RIGHT OFF THE JACK

AND I WAS RUN OVER AS I STOOD IN MY TRACKS.

ABOUT THE TIME IT RAN THROUGH THE SHED

MA PULLED ON THE BRAKE, AND TO ME SHE SAID -

'NOW DUST OFF YOUR PANTS - LET'S DON'T BE TOO LATE

YOU KNOW THE PROGRAM STARTS STRAIGHT UP AT EIGHT'.

WELL, WE LOADED THE KIDS AND WE FLEW THROUGH THE SNOW

OL' LIZZIE AT LAST WAS A-RARIN' TO GO.

WHEN WE ARRIVED AT THE HALL - I KNEW WE WERE LATE

FOR THE YARD WAS PARKED FULL - CLEAN OUT TO THE GATE.

FROM INSIDE THE BUILDING CAME A HEARTY 'HO' 'HO' 'HO'

IT SEEMED THAT OL' SANTA WAS READY TO GO.

AS I RAN UP THE WALK - T'WARDS THE BIG DOUBLE DOOR

IT SUDDENLY FLEW OPEN, AND THEN WITH A ROAR

CAME A STAMPEDE OF REINDEER - I WAS KNOCKED ON MY REAR

ONCE AGAIN THAT EVENING SHOOTING STARS DID APPEAR.

AND I HEARD THE FAT DRIVER - AS I WAS LOSING MY SIGHT,

"MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT"

With sincere apologizies to Clement Moore and our Model T friends everywhere.

This writing was found in a book that was owned by my life-long friend, Vaden Hunley Stroud.

He was the Auto Mechanics teacher at The Hutchinson, Kansas Senior High School from

1927 - 1969. My father had him in school and he knew me every day of my life until his

passing in 1986. There isn't a Christmas that comes and goes that I do not think about him

and my dad and the wonderful old stories he would tell.

The author is unknown and I wanted to share this with the Ford guys out there. Have shared

this with all my early Buick friends and it always brings grins and chuckles.

From our home to yours - "MERRY CHRISTMAS and A HAPPY NEW YEAR"

Terry and Barbara Wiegand

South Hutchinson, Kansas

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It's time to wish everyone a MERRY CHRISTMAS AGAIN. Merry Christmas to Larry Schramm in particular.

Terry and Barbara Wiegand

Doo Dah America

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It's time to wish all of our T Model Ford friends a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and A HAPPY NEW YEAR from all of us Buick Enthusiasts everywhere.

 

Terry and Barbara Wiegand

South Hutchinson, Kansas  -  down Doo Dah way

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cahartley,

Seeing your T in the photo and your being from Wisconsin, makes us think about what it might be like to spend Christmas up in Door County.  We could get a little cabin in Egg Harbor, or Fish Creek, or we could go all the way up to Gills Rock.  That sure would be fun.  It's time to wish all of our friends out there a Very Merry Christmas.  From our home to yours - Barbara and I wish all of you the best Christmas ever!

 

Terry Wiegand

Out in a Cold Doo Dah

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