Check back regularly as I will post pictures as the restoration progresses.
May 19, 2018 Work Day
Getting the Model T Ready for the Somers Memorial Day Parade!
The first thing my Mom and I did was to clean-out the cobwebs and spider eggs that were still in the undercarriage of the car. We then wiped it down completely.
We thoroughly washed and waxed the car to bring out the nice shiny "Japan Black".
I am so grateful for my sponsor, Mr. Arnie Guyot, for his extreme generosity in helping me to complete this project. I would also be remiss if I didn't thank his wife Elsie, who put up with us for months while this project was going on at her home.
May 12, 2018 - Fundraiser at Frasers Hardware
A big shout-out to Mr. Dan Fraser who gave us space to hold a fundraiser for this project in front of his store. In spite of the extreme rain, many of my Scout Brothers and Leaders came out to support and assist me.
Thank you to the following scouts for hanging out in the rain to help me fundraise!
Dani Cicogna, Jake Daly, Tommy Garrity, Wren Hayashi, Liam MacDonald and Michael Witkiewicz.
May 6, 2018 Work Day - Almost There!
Mr. Tom Leonard, knower of everything Model T helped me to put the final mechanical touches on the car. It took quite a bit of know-how and especially installing the new radiator in properly.
April 22, 2018 Work Day - One Month 'Til Launch!
I received a check today in the amount of $500 from the Somers 50 Reunion. Here I am with Mrs. Debbie Osborne Migliaccio and Mr. Ron Miller who are members of that group. I was truly touched by their generosity and as a result of their donation, they join my list of Platinum Sponsors.
Supervisor Morrissey helping me remove a jammed cotter pin before we re-install the front axle.
Arnie and Jeff inspecting the the wheels.
We are prepping to install the front axle back into the Model T.
^ Everyone pitches in to get the front axle back onto the car.
< The wheels being installed back onto the Model T.
April 8, 2018 Work Day - Subtle Progress
We were working on installing new rear spring shackles, reassembled the hubs today.
My Dad is right there with me every step of the way. He really helps me to keep this project on track!
So grateful that Arnie is helping me with the technical aspects of this project. He's very knowledgeable when it comes to auto mechanics and I have been learning more than I ever imagined from this project.
Our resident Model-T Expert and Master Mechanic, Mr. Tom Leonard. We never know what he's going to show up with! Today it was a 1927 Chevrolet One Ton Truck.
Of course it started right up!
It's also very nice to see Grace and Jeff Zimmerman here. Grace has lent my project lots of support for which I am thankful!
March 19, 2018 Work Day - We made great progress today!
The new firewall was installed and wires connected through to the buzz box.
The front undercarriage requires repair and fresh paint.
We will be cleaning the existing wheels and tires and installing them back on the car.
The radiator had to be special ordered, which we did a few weeks ago. We are still awaiting its arrival.
Parts for a 1917 Model T Ford are not readily available! No surprise there......
We cleaned up the inside of the car including the seat, floor boards and floor covering. What a great looking car, both inside and out!
March 10, 2018 Work Day - We may need more funding!
We took out the old damaged firewall.
We discovered possible problems with the wheels. They need closer evaluation.
Third Work Day - The Model T is running!
Somers Town Supervisor, Rick Morrissey joined us today and jumped right in to help-out!