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Jul 09, 2006 (1:41 pm)
I was watching Fast Inc, this show on MTV and they were talking about these Model T cars and a myth that there were a bunch of them buried out in the desert. Does anyone know if this claim holds any truth?
Overall, it was a quality show, and I'm glad there's finally a reality show that is for car fans/lovers. Just curious about that though.... Anyone else see it?
#2 of 15 Re: Model ts [carlover021]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jul 09, 2006 (2:23 pm)
I'm not sure why anyone would get particularly excited about Model Ts being buried in the desert since they are quite common and cheap. I always figured "buried treasure" should at least be valuable or scarce or something like that.
The myth I used to hear about Model Ts was that there were some still in their shipping crates in an old warehouse.
they used to ship Ts busted down and put them on freight cars to send all over the US.
You can buy a plain jane 1914 Model T in decent running condition for about $6,000.
Jul 09, 2006 (5:46 pm)
I kinda like brass Ts - cute little old cars.
Jul 09, 2006 (5:50 pm)
Brass Ts are worth more, too!
#5 of 15 Re: . [Mr_Shiftright]
Jul 09, 2006 (6:02 pm)
I wouldn't mind having one someday...some of them are less common, too There was the weird center door sedan that debuted as a brass car, and a coupe with landau bars that was classy looking. Not a car for anything more than slow town or rural roads, and little appreciation potential...but cheap, easy to find parts for, attention-getting, and probably not hard to repair.
I've always wanted an early car - maybe pre-1905, but the Brighton hype has keep these fairly pricey.
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).