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48 year old picture of a car I'll own someday

Discussion in 'Reader's Rides' started by Blue Oaks, Jan 13, 2020 at 8:23 PM.

  1. Blue Oaks

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    I was over at my folks' house the other day and saw this gem of a picture. That's my dad in 1971, the day he bought his '10 T from Bill Harrah. He eventually fully restored it, and has driven it about 20,000 miles since then. I drive it from time to time. It's fun, though my mom says, "I'm never quite sure if it's a treat or a treatment to ride in it."

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    Here's a recent pic of those same two old timers.

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    That is freakin' cool.
     
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    The car is fun to drive, provided you're going down a straight country road with no turns. With the positive camber on the front wheels, it really doesn't like to turn!
     
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    Damb cool ride! That thing is like Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Be a bugger to store and upkeep unless you have a really decent garage. What is its top speed?
     
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    My dad has a nice shop in his backyard where he keeps his cars. Since it's in CA, the elements are not too difficult to deal with. Polishing the brass is probably the biggest maintenance item! Top speed is probably 35 or 40?

    My long term goal in life is to buy a house with a large enough shop to inherit and properly store the half dozen or so vintage cars my dad has.

    His current stable:

    1910 T Touring
    1913 Oakland Touring (unrestored, but we rebuilt the engine)
    1924 T Coupe (he restored it in the 60's, sold it, then bought it back about 40 years later!)
    1932 Model B Woodie Wagon (Dearborn Award Winner)
    1932 Model B Five Window Coupe (Dearborn Award Winner)
    1935 Phaeton (he's currently restoring it to Dearborn Award standards)
    1939 Convertible Sedan (mostly original, never restored but in great shape)

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    Wow! That wagon is just killer! I would have that thing at the beach with a couple of long boards sticking out the back. Car storage here in NE is hard. Hard winter is about 4 months long and the long soak leaves stuff vulnerable to mice and moisture. You would be amazed as how much damage a single mouse can due to the vehicle and the rollercoaster weather causes moisture issues in unheated garages with cement floors. Only about 75 more days till I can unpack the roadster.
     
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    The best thing in the collection is your dad, you’re a fortunate man to still have him!
     
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    Dang. Yeah, we have rats and mice. They're pretty bad. That's why I'm happy some bobcats have moved in close by.

    Let's see the roadster!
     
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    Thanks, yeah he's pretty solid. Tough ol SOB. He's 83, beaten cancer a few times, and still goes out and works in the shop just about every day.
     

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