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Old 01-17-2022, 03:45 PM   #1
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I found a '26 Ford 4 door in my area for sale. It looks like (in the ad) that it needs everything. It has wire wheels. Is that stock? The top looks to be....somewhat there.... Would this be a big project (without seeing it you wouldn't know) especially with the wood body frame. I assume they're wood?
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Old 01-18-2022, 07:30 AM   #2
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Wire wheels are stock. Does the car have a soft convertible top or a hard metal top with a cloth insert. If it has a metal top with a cloth insert, it has wood bows inside with batting and wire mesh. Not difficult to do.
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Old 01-18-2022, 08:10 AM   #3
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Neither. The whole top looks to be a solid piece of cloth/vinyl that has been partially pulled back. It appears to have bows running parallel to the body. Wish I could post pictures.
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Old 01-18-2022, 10:28 AM   #4
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A lot depends on condition of the metal and the original wood (if it is original). Fordor cars, whether model T or Model A, have a lot of wood framing in them so they can be a challenge to restore. Fordwood and others can supply kits for the wood bodies but they take a lot of time to fabricate so are not inexpensive. If a person has wood that is good for patterns and they do wood working then the DIY guy can save the labor. If the wood is restorable then it should be retained and repaired as needed. Tooth picks and dowel plugs can be used to fill bad screw and nail holes.

The Fordors were among the more expensive products Ford made and can carry a good portion of passengers in comfort and style. All of these cars are worth saving and there are a fair amount of parts sources for the Model T. Ford made so many of them that parts still show up on flea-pay. Wire wheels came first as an option and then became standard. A lot of 1926 cars still had wood spoke wheels.

The 1926 and 27 models were the last of the line so they had a lot of improvements over the earlier models. These cars even have serial numbers on the frame for the most part. Hopefully, the car is pretty complete and most parts are restorable. The better the condition, the easier the restoration. These simple cars are a lot less difficult to restore than more modern cars and shouldn't break a person's bank to do so.

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Old 01-20-2022, 05:50 PM   #5
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If the price is right grab it, I love my 26 Fordor. Find someone in your area who knows T's and check it out with them, another set of eyes may or maynot see things the same and steer you clear of a potential costly repair.

Good luck and let us know how you make out.

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Old 01-21-2022, 08:48 AM   #6
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worth buying for parts and keeping the wheels- dont pay alot for a project- too many T projects out there now


ps if its rough enough, think speedster project..........
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Old 01-24-2022, 06:24 PM   #7
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Well....it's been a week, did you pull the trigger on a deal
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Old 01-25-2022, 11:22 AM   #8
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Wire wheels were option in 26, stock in 27.
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Old 01-25-2022, 12:30 PM   #9
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Well....it's been a week, did you pull the trigger on a deal

I have not yet. It's still up for sale. I should go look at it, at least. The big problem I have is where to put it. I have the money to get one, the desire, but no place to put it.
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Old 01-26-2022, 05:42 PM   #10
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That's a bummer, storage is always a problem and a good warm place to work on it helps.

Well keep reading up on service/maintainence and aquiring tools, hopes you get something in the near future.
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My experience tells me ' garage first then the car '
Elsewise the car will suffer, as will you, watching Mother Nature chew at it.

I've done cars with and without. Garage First.
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1926 Ford Model T Fordor Sedan
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Old 01-28-2022, 04:43 PM   #13
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Well, that one got away, but I suppose it's just as well. Henry made a few more.......
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Well, that one got away, but I suppose it's just as well. Henry made a few more.......



that can always be said, if one waits too long.
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Old 01-31-2022, 10:10 AM   #15
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This weekend I did find a 1918 Touring car that was converted to a truck for cheap. It's all surface rust, but could be fun like that. Hasn't been started in 15 years.
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My experience tells me ' garage first then the car '
Elsewise the car will suffer, as will you, watching Mother Nature chew at it.

I've done cars with and without. Garage First.
Where there is a will, there will be a solution.


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Old 01-31-2022, 04:31 PM   #17
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That looks close!
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Old 01-31-2022, 04:46 PM   #18
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That looks close!
It is. I had to remove steering wheel and spare wheel from T, yet the steering shaft punched hole in ceiling.
The lower sedan is 3/8" from scratching the roof.
But it works and keeping any vehicle in 120F heats we have would be consider vehicle abuse.
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