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Jul 17, 2006 (6:04 am)
No, I know what you mean about a lot of the t's being cheap/not that rare. When I was watching it on the show, they were talking about it being early 1900 model t's (so maybe the kind you're talking about). I mean, to be honest, I dont know a whole lot about cars, I am just fascinated by them. And to me, the fact that there were very nice looking antique cars buried out in the desert summer was just pretty neat to me.
#7 of 15 Re: . [carlover021]
Jul 17, 2006 (7:33 am)
You should look into seeing one in person, maybe driving one. Prices aren't high, you could spend money in a much worse way. The prices might not ever shoot up, but they will only go down to a certain level.
Some of the very earliest Ts (like 1908 production) would be worth a premium I think.
#8 of 15 Re: . [fintail]
Jul 19, 2006 (2:35 pm)
Having had a T in the past, they are about as simple as they come. No fuel pump, it's gravity fed. No water pump it's thermo-syphon. The magnetos could sometimes be challenging, but they're easy to find replacements for. Mine used to like to blow out voltage regulators, the lights would get real bright and then a little puff of smoke up by the generator and bye-bye regulator.
Jul 19, 2006 (3:52 pm)
1908 models are unique in that they don't have the 3-pedal transmission, just two pedals like modern cars.
#10 of 15 Re: . [Mr_Shiftright]
Jul 19, 2006 (6:13 pm)
Yeah, something about the handbrakes on the early cars were different too, IIRC.
In the smallish town where I spent part of my childhood, I remember a guy would drive a late brass T quite a bit during the summer (top speed limits in the city - 30 mph).
Jul 20, 2006 (7:41 am)
With a new head and two-speed rear end, you can get them up to 60 mph or more if you have the guts to do it.
I always loved the home-built Model T Speedster style. I'd love to build one someday.
Jul 23, 2006 (7:58 pm)
thanks for all your help fintail. ill definately look into it because there was something about those cars that really drew me in. although i must say- the majority of the cars on fast inc i wouldnt mind having for myself. too bad im not some a-list celebrity the fast ashleys will shop for.
#13 of 15 Re: buying a model t [carlover021]
Jul 23, 2006 (8:39 pm)
What kind of gas mileage would a Model T get using todays 87 octane? Wasn't the gasoline back then substantially lower in octane?
#14 of 15 Re: buying a model t [jsylvester]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jul 24, 2006 (7:47 am)
You'd probably get around 20 mpg. With the low compression, I'm not sure a Model T would even know what high octane was if you fed some into it.