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 Post subject: Model T
PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2017 10:56 pm 
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I'm in the process of buying this '24 Model T Touring.

It's been in a barn since 1969. My plan is to perfect the mechanicals and keep the body mostly as is. I'll find a way to preserve the remaining original 93 year old black paint and just drive it like it is and enjoy it.

It'll need some new glass and the plan is to find some well-worn upholstery to match the body. The current wheels are good enough to putt around the neighborhood, but I'll need better ones if I want to drive it on the road.


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 Post subject: Re: Model T
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Don,I love it.

As for the upholstery,keep a eye out for a old couch on the curb or go to Good Will.

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 Post subject: Re: Model T
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That's a good idea Danny....an old beat up leather couch would be perfect for the raw materials....never thought of that.

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I'd like to bring out a little bit of shine in that nearly century old black paint (the firewall has a lot and parts of the body do as well) and also stop any surface rust on the rest of the body.

I refuse to spray clear coat on the thing....it tends to make even legit patination like this one has, look fake.

Any ideas on how to achieve that?

I've heard that a very light rubbing with vegetable oil, then rubbing it all off, might work. Any thoughts?

I'm not a fan of what most people call "patina" but this car has legit patina in spades, and I want to use it mainly for putting around swap meets and the neighborhood. I DON'T want a restored T or something I have to worry about. I want something that my future grandkids and neighborhood kids can climb around in.

My '54 will get the royal treatment and a first class paint job and interior, but this will stay raw looking.

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There is a product called Penetrol that can help preserve the paint and may improve the looks of what paint is there.

It is a additive for oil based enamels and is designed to improve paint flow without diluting the paint.

This product works miracles on fiberglass,especially metal-flake,but used straight from the can it will protect what's there,,warning,it will be a little sticky when first applied,let it dry and wipe of the excess.

You can pick up a qt at ace hardware.

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 Post subject: Re: Model T
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The '24 has a tiny crack in the water passage in the head. I found another head to replace it with.

These T's sure are primitive little things. Compression is around 4 to 1. Henry made them that way because the fuels at the time were so bad. With compression that low, you can run just about anything flammable for fuel.


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Brought the T home.


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Looks like the 54 is going to the back of the garage (LOL)

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 Post subject: Re: Model T
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paul274854 wrote:
Looks like the 54 is going to the back of the garage (LOL)


Not a chance! I had the '54 out for a nice drive on Saturday and am compiling my list of things to get done for the next big road trip to the 2018 Convention.

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 Post subject: Re: Model T
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Danny....your Penetrol suggestion was perfect.

After I washed the body with mild soap and water, I rubbed in a small amount of Penetrol and immediately wiped it dry.

The result was exactly what I was looking for...a dull gloss that preserved the original paint, stopped any rust and brought out the old factory Gilsonite Black paint.

Here's a shot of the body which has been treated and the splash apron which hasn't.


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