This is about as different from my '26 Model T as one can get yet I like your version a LOT. You have come up with some very innovative and interesting solutions to some challenging problems. The skills you are demonstrating, especially with metal finishing is really stunning. I look forward to seeing the finished product.
While my father was teaching a history class at our local university he used the Model T as a prop for his class. On the way back home the car started to knock badly. While he made it home he was worried about the condition of the engine. We agreed the problem was the rear main bearing which necessitates a complete removal of the engine and transmission to repair. In truth, a rear main bearing replacement is not a bad job and I have done it on other Model T’s in a day. In this case, however, we were able to remove the entire engine inside about 2-3 hours and then we put the engine on the floor as we had to return the engine hoist. We went inside for lunch, washed our hands and never touched the car again for the next 12 years. In 2000 I was discussing my desire to get the car back on the road with a close friend. His father, a benevolent sort, had been kind enough to break the crankshaft of another engine the previous summer. Having a spare, they replaced the engine on the tour and continued on. The damaged engine subsequently was completely repaired and was ready for installation in a T. Being a spare my friend was looking to sell it to recoup some of the cost of the repair from the previous summer. I bought the engine and arranged to install it the following weekend. We went ahead and rebuilt the transmission that morning and by day’s end, after being dormant for over 12 years the car was once again drivable. For this model there are a few changes I have had to do to the engine compartment. The firewall in the 1927 T Touring by AMT is wrong, with molded in coil and spark plug leads. These were removed and the firewall was sanded and then painted green (dad’s car was originally green and he later painted it with black rubber based paint, using a brush). The engine is the correct late ’25-27 dark green which matches the car. I plan to “dirty it up” a bit as it definitely is in need of some weathering. Then I will add correct wiring and will probably make and install a small oil can to replicate the one dad has hung on the firewall of the real car with a piece of coat-hanger. I have not decided if I am going to go ahead and paint the car by hand with a brush, though to be really authentic I probably should. At best the paint should be no more shiny than statin as a full gloss paint job would really be too much for this car.
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Here is a bit of background on this one. My dad's first car was a 1926 Ford Model T Fordor (yes, that is the correct spelling) Sedan. He bought the car in pieces in 1953 for $50.00. He sold the car when he went to college but was able to buy back the car in 1970. We have had the car ever since. The 1:1 car has a mostly original interior and undercarriage. I rebuilt the engine 20 years ago and have used the car ever since. A holy grail has been to create a model of this car. What I have done so far is to take a Revell '26 Ford Tudor, ground off the door moldings and cut the body off from the beltline up. I retained the top. Then I took a front body section of a AMT '25 T coupe and used it for the front door tops. I used another front half of a '25 T coupe and used the front of the rear windows. For the rear part of the rear windows and aft pillars I used more '25 Coupe parts. Finally, I used the back of another Revell '26 T Tudor body for the backlight and the upper portion of the rear body.I glued these pieces to the retained top and then wedded the assembly to the Tudor lower body. Lots of filler and sanding later and you have the product you see above. Showing my hand just a little, this is going to be the centerpiece of a complete set of all six of the bodystyles of the car Ford marketed as the "Improved Ford" for 1926. This will include the easy one, the '26 Touring, a model I have already finished, a '26 Runabout (unequipped), '26 Coupe, '27 Tudor, and the '27 Roadster Pickup. More to come soon.
To say you are doing justice to this kit is a serious understatement. With all you are doing I respectfully suggest that you should get going on a Duesenberg SJ for your next project...from scratch. Might as well with all the scratch building you have done on this one! I have been away for a while but really like what you are doing. Happy modeling! E-
I appreciate the feedback Skip. A couple notes about the model I posted here. First, there were significant revisions to the fenders-the rears came off an MPC '28 Lincoln Phaeton kit if memory serves me correctly. I like how the wheels look on this one but to achieve this look I had to thin down every single spoke of all 6 wheels. It was very time consuming but worthwhile. If anyone is in the area, I encourage them to look over the '29 Rolls owned by the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, MI. That car has been a major award winner in the past and is holding up very well. It serves as a very good reference for this model, even if you decide to go with different colors. As I did for Art with his ICM 1915 Model T build up, if anyone has specific reference photo needs involving Full Classics and other pre-war cars, I can usually get them in just a few days. This would include the Rolls, Ford Model T's (early and late), Ford Model A's (any stock Model A you could imagine), Thomas Flyer, Duesenberg J's, Packards of the '30's, '40-48 Lincoln Continental, Mercedes 540 K, Cadillac 452, Pierce Arrow, and Lincoln Model L. All of these are sitting almost literally in my back yard so all I have to do is run over with my camera and presto, you have a reference photo. And...it is fun for me!