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This is our prized Edison Fireside 2-speed cylinder player we use to listen to such music as 'The Little Ford Rambled Right Along' ca 1914.
Here is our 1927 Ford Model T Roadster, repainted one of Henry's least favorite colors that was last seen on a 1909 Model T. Check out our new leaded glass headlight lenses...barely discernable is the purple haze color that makes night driving virtually useless...but they are cute eh?
Here is the 'new' 1926 Ford Model T Tudor Sedan we built to visit Phyllis' dad in Gulfport, MS in the Spring of 2005. Little did we know that the places we visited would soon no longer exist due to Hurricane Katrina.
This is Phyllis and 'Tommy the Model T Trojan' December 2005
We built this car for the Model T Club of America 2005 National Tour in Gulfport/ Biloxi, MS and we trailered it there to see Dad. He enjoyed a ride in it while we were there:
Dad remembered driving Model T Ford cars when he was a kid. He is pushing those 3 crazy pedals on his own Model T in heaven now...he made it to nearly 92 years young!
1903 FORD MODEL "A" AT THE 2003 PV CONCOURS EVENT
Here it is...the now-famous 1903 Ford Model A (S/N 1448) owned by John Ruccione of Rancho Palos Verdes. I contacted Kim Dobbins who knew John and remembered he had this classic buried in his garage. This car was garaged only 4 miles from my home! After much discussion, John agreed to let me pull it out, clean it up and take it to the Palos Verdes Concours September 14, 2003. This picture shows the rare self- generating carbide headlamps (lower set) and the original Neverout kerosene lamps, the steering 'wheel' that Henry employed when he got tired of the tiller, and the extremely rare original side mounted wicker baskets on slide rails. The original leather straps holding the top and all 3 baskets were recently redone by Frank Harris of the Long Beach Model T club. Kim Dobbins refurbished the upholstery for the event and both John Ruccione and Howard Genrich repaired the 2 cylinder 10 HP engine to running order. This is a 2-speed machine with an open planetary transmission similar to the Model T with 3 pedals and a lever next to the drivers right hand. The brake is a differential mounted constricting band.
Now you can see why the model of the car is a 'Rear Entrance Tonneau' due to the only way you get in and out of the rear seat is via this doorway. I am pretty skinny at only 115 lbs and I have to turn sideways to get thru! You can see the folding seat cushion mounted on the door which further restricts the tight space. Note the umbrella basket on the rear and the side mounted baskets that are contoured to fit alongside the body. The differential is chain drive, the tail lamp is a Neverout 3- color kerosene. Original price of the car was listed at $950 but there is some discussion as to the extra cost accessory items that this car has but were not included in that price.
On Tuesday evening, September 9, 2003 at 10:30 PM we got it up and running! It was MOST unhappy about being awakened from the 30 year sleep and fought us all the way, but with the help of the guys at the Swedish Car Clinic, Howard Genrich, Frank Harris, Al Brockmann and others we had it running on its own until we actually ran out of gas.
The car was the front entrance showpiece at the 2003 Palos Verdes Concours D' Elegance as the celebrated 100 year old car and was the featured attraction. We couldn't have been happier.
Thanks to all in the LBMTC for their time and trouble making MY dream come true!
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