This post is going to start out running all over the place so pay attention or you may get lost .......
The model-T is up to as far as I'm going to take it and I'm just waiting on some parts before I can get the engine running.
Once the engine is running .. then I am going to put it up for sale so then I'll be waiting some more until it sells ( and that may just take awhile ).
So ... my next big project is to finish a 1947 Plymouth convertible that I bought way back in 1968.
I paid $ 35 for it at that time. It didn't run and when you opened the door you could see the grass that was under it because the floor was all rotted out of it.
Unfortunately I do not have any photos of what it looked like then but this is what it looked like in 1972. We lived in Traverse City, Michigan and that little girl standing beside it is 53 years old now.
Behind it is my 64 Jeep woody. I made the top from the back of a VW bus and the windows for the doors came out of a 57 Plymouth two door hardtop.
I used the Plymouth mechanism in the wood doors so I could crank the windows up and down. The Jeep had a turbocharged 215 CID Aluminum V-8 engine out of a 1963 Olds Cutlass.
We drove 47 for our vacation to Florida in 1973 and this photo was taken at Bradenton Beach.
Heading home from that vacation we ran into snow and I had to pull over and take this photo south of Atlanta.
We moved to Goshen Indiana in 1974 and I drove the car for a couple of years more. It still had the old flathead six in it and it started using oil so I decided it was time to make a street rod out of it. The old six cylinder came out and that was the last that the car was ever on the road.
I was working a minimum 50 week working on the Plymouth off and on. The years went by and I built up and drove other old cars and motorcycles and the Plymouth kept being being pushed farther down the priority list.
Over the years, I've had several old cars that I finished and drove for awhile. The oldest was a 1936 Plymouth 4-door Special Deluxe and the newest was a 1960 Chevy El Camino. I also built a few street rods up for other people.
As time went by we would get hard up for money or I would se something else that I wanted more then what I was driving so I would sell the car I was driving at that time.
That is the only reason that I still have this 47 Plymouth. All those years, I had never gotten it completed enough to where it was worth anything so it never went up for sale.
I did have it running for a little while in the late 80's with a 350 Chevy engine in it but it wasn't anywhere close to being able to put on the street.
The 350 Chevy engine that was in it then ended up being the first engine in my 1959 Chevy truck when I first put the truck on the road in 1995. I have been driving the truck regularly ever since 95 and it hasn't gotten sold simple because it has always been worth more to me then what anyone would have been willing to pay for it.
So ... here we are in March of 2021 and the 47 Plymouth has been sitting in storage, with no engine in it since 1995.
This is what it looked like yesterday sitting in the back of my son's garage.
That red convertible top was put on new in the early 90's but I'm sure it would brake into little tiny pieces if I tried to raise it up now.
Since I stole the Chevy engine out of it I have put this engine together to go in it instead.
This is another 1957 Chrysler 354 Hemi with Holly 2-berral, tripower carburetors. This photo shows a 3-speed transmission on it but it has since had a 350 Chevy automatic adapted to it to go into the Plymouth.
.......................... Okay .. now, I cant bring this over to my garage yet because the model-T is still sitting in the spot where I need to put the 47 Plymouth to work on it.
Also .. there is no point in starting on the Plymouth until after the model-T is sold because I won't have enough money to work on it until then.
Some of you will remember this cart that I had built out of an old Bolens Ridemaster. We used this a lot when we tractor shows and that trailer bed on the back sure came in handy.
I sold this but I would still like to have something like this to run around on at the shows.
I have been to a few tractor shows down here and I've been using the R/T tractor to run around on. It works out al right but I miss not having the trailer box and I can't take a rider along with me on the R/T.
So while I'm waiting on parts for the model-T and then waiting for it to sell, I'm going to build another 2 - person cart with a trailer box on it.
This is a 1939 Standard Twin Viking model ( originally a 2-wheel garden tractor ).
I got this from my good friend, Jerome Wilber and someone had converted it to a riding tractor with rear wheel steering.
I also got this garden trailer box from Jerome at the same time.
Edited by jdcrawler, March 22, 2021 - 10:49 PM.