Fixing a Flat Tire

We all try to be prepared when setting out on a tour in our Model T’s. The photo above shows Edsel Ford’s 1915 touring just prior to departure from Detroit on his epic drive to San Francisco to visit the 1915 Pan American Exposition. Edsel and the crew at Ford Motor Company tried to think of everything he might need on the trip. We can see many period accessories on his car, including wire wheels, rope, and even a rifle scabbard secured between the spare tire rack and the driver. We know that Edsel and his car suffered several flat tires as well as ruined wheels on his month long drive. It really puts things in perspective when you have a flat tire to fix on your Model T.

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Cobb X Shinn, Witt and other Model T Ford Post Cards

This week we will have the privilege of seeing a lot more vintage post cards depicting humor that involved America’s most popular automobile – the Model T Ford. Truly the king of Model T comic post card illustrators was Cobb X Shinn, but he was not alone. Many of the cards we see today are signed “Witt”, we don’t know who Mr. Witt was but clearly he was quite talented too. Other Model T joke cards were, like the example above, not signed at all but very funny.

The cards seen here are primarily from the collection of Erwin “Irv” Plagman. Mr. Plagman is no longer with us, but we hope he is looking down upon us and enjoying what his son is sharing with us here today.

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2018 Farmington Minnesota 28th Annual T Reunion Tour / Swap Meet and Show

It is 7:45 AM Saturday, June 9, 2018 at the Farmington Minnesota fairgrounds camping area. We pulled in and started unloading. It was a beautiful morning, about 60 degrees F. Wet dew was on the grass. It looked like a perfect day for a Model T tour! The peaceful morning was the perfect backdrop as first one, then two, then several Model T’s puttered, coughed, and snorted to life.

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A Trip To the Gilmore Museum

We recently visited one of the best car museums anywhere in the world. It is the Gilmore Museum, located in Hickory Corners, Michigan. It is not far from Battle Creek or Kalamazoo, Michigan.

A lovely 1908 Stanley sits in front of one of the restaurants inside the Gilmore Museum.

With over 300 cars on display and 300 other cars and trucks kept in storage for rotation on site, this is a massive facility. Marque museums are operated and cared for by the Model A Restorer’s Club (MARC), the Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) the Pierce Arrow Society, the H.H. Franklin Club, and others. The grounds encompass some hundreds of acres. There are multiple buildings, each devoted to a theme. Let’s take a look at a few of the wonderful things in this first class collection. I can’t even come close to showing all of the buildings or all of the automobiles. We will look at a few of my favorites.

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Restoring a Model T Ford Steering Column Part 2

Above we see new 1915 Model T Fords coming down the assembly line at the Highland Park plant circa May 1915. The firewall assembly is installed with the steering column still wrapped in its protective brown paper. The horn tube is secured to the steering column with a bit of twine so that it will be out of the way when the body is dropped onto the chassis. Photo property of the Henry Ford museum.

When we left off in our last installment (here’s a link:)

Restoring a Model T Ford Steering Column Part 1 the steering column was disassembled for restoration. In this edition of Model T Ford Fix we finish the job.

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