June 12, 2012
This is a 1908 ''K'' #882. Picture possible taken soon after being found in 1948.
THIS ROOF STYLE IS CALLED A ''VICTORIA''.
You may note how far back the front seat is . The rear of the front seat is 2ft from the rear chassis cross member This cross member is the end of the chassis and is situated in front of the rear seat. The remaining body structure over hangs the chassis rear ward at the cross member. Thus the door catch is designed with a hook built in it to stop the door coming open when rear sear is loaded with passengers.
March 28, 2011
Appears to be a brand new Model K
July 10, 2008
News Story - "Good Old Days"
May 12, 2008
Forbes Tour with Bob & Beth
March 23, 2008
AC #486 owned by Colonial Motors in Wellington, NZ
February 28, 2008
Breather Idea from Bob
'N' owners may wish to increase the crankcase breathing on your car together with having a dipstick.
I obtained this item from a 1950's era Ford D series English designed truck which I think was also marketed in the USA. I modified the top section to ake a Model T breather cap but as you can see it fits perfect and helps the crankcase breathing greatly.
October 6, 2007
BITTEN BY THE BUG
1908 Pre-production Ford # 2439 with Edsel Ford II behind the wheel
1906 Model N Ford # 132
In 1954 I was first apprenticed as a mechanic into the family’s Ford Dealership which was
commenced by my father in 1910. From the outset there was a strong desire to see what this
car called a Model “T” was all about….. and so began a relationship with the “T” and old
cars that is still very strong to this day.
Having got myself a Model “T” by the age of 16 I soon had it restored and was rallying it locally. However it soon became obvious that a “black iron” 1923 “T” did not rate amongst the local European car owners in the club, but apparently a brass era “T” would pass the test. So I thought that if it was going to be a brass “T” then it may as well be the rarest. The word went out and I soon had a reply that the remains of a 1909 T Roadster #9982 were for sale.
Once purchased then began the world wide search for the usual hard to get missing parts. Naturally this can go on for years (and it did) but during that time I managed to obtain the remains of 3 x 1910 “T’s” and whilst doing the 1909 roadster restoration I also worked on the 1910s. By the early 1970’s I had restored the four cars but had to sell them off gradually to keep the coffers in order.
Then suddenly the word was out that the remains of a 1909 pre production “T” had been unearthed by a bulldozer whilst doing an excavation on a new subdivision in Sydney. Naturally it was a case of “must have” that did take some time and that is a separate interesting story on its own.
On receipt of the remains # 2436 I soon realised how different this car was to the regular production “T”. In fact there were so many changes the production T could well have been called a “U”. Much time and money was spent to have the car ready for the major Ford Motor Company Australian 50th anniversary celebration in 1975. This event was attended by Edsel Ford II and he rode in and was photographed in the car as shown above.
In the early 1980’s word came through that the remains of a 1906 N were available. So off I went again into another major restoration on “N” #132. That certainly opened up a whole new world of contacts (such as Glenn Rand) who helped me considerably along the restoration course. Apart from being not quite as comfortable as the “T” it was so simple and easy to drive that in 1988 I gave it to my then 17 year old daughter to drive some 900 miles on its inaugural run in an Australian held International rally whilst she was still a learner licence holder.
As time went by and cars were still being restored and sold, in the year 2000 the news came that the bare bones of a Ford “K” had been found just 400 miles from where I live. Again this was a case of just “had to have” and so I acquired “K “ # 2. Logic said, however, that this car should never have been attempted to be restored. But hell…. when does logic come into a car so rare....especially when it may well have been one of the first three “K’s” produced in readiness for the Ford Motor Company to show the world at the New York Motor Show in early 1906.
What a project it turned out to be – apart from two trips to the Ford Archives in Detroit, plus the meeting of a whole new bunch of people who knew about and/or owned “K’s” who again helped me no end. Some even came to Australia (eg Cecil Church) to really be convinced that it could be “K” # 2.
Since completing the restoration in January 2005 it has been driven in two major rallies – one being some 800 miles. As much as I tried to eliminate the well known weak points in the car during the restoration, I can assure you it’s still a case of “man against machine” with all the idiosyncrasies of the 6.8 ltr engine and undersized planetary transmission causing their usual problems.
Much as I said I would never do another restoration, in 2004 I got the nod of “yes, it’s your car” on a 1904 Ford Ac that I had patiently pursued right here in Australia for what seems to have been forever. This restoration was a snack as the car was all there but only in a dismantled state. What a great car it has turned out to be (“bullet proof” could best describe it) and I thank Henry Ford and the Dodge Bros every time I drive it!! >br>
1904 Model AC Ford # 726
1906 Model K Ford # 2