1925 Ford Model T
1925 Ford Model T Roadster.'50s Pro Touring/Road Racer/4 Wheeled Motorcycle!A fresh professional build shown at the 2015 Detroit Autorama Extreme and first on the road since the rebuild May 2015 just 68 miles and climbing! Built completely in our shop for/by the owner but regrettably priorities change and it is for sale. It rides drives and handles great and the light weight 4 speed tight steering and Merc flathead make it great fun to drive. Everything works as it should. All new or re-built except the engine and trans which did not require it. If you look at the other items I have listed on E-Bay you will see that a large part of our business is in vintage parts. This was great for the build as we had a number of parts to pick and choose from and we used parts from 15+ cars to get the look and feeling of what we wanted a early '50s style flathead powered California road racer. The original rectangular tube frame suspension and the body were fabricated years ago by my friend and local racer Mike Taft as a copy of the early 50s championship winning White Brothers '25 T Track Roadster. The original was a single center steering seat transmission straddling belly panned race car that was very successful and had the right "look" and Mike copied it almost exactly. You can see in the photo of the original race car (car #45) how he scaled the photo to get the correct proportions. Mike did a great job as you can see from the photo of his build (car # 010). Notice the center steering the extreme engine set-back (rear carburetor through the cowl) and the rear split wishbones through the side of the body that mounted on the top of the frame. Of course Mike had to add a license plate and run it on the street. At the time I had a flathead T Bucket and we used to chase each other around the back roads. He let me drive it once and I was instantly hooked by by this little quick handling center steering position go cart with a V8! After a few years Mike decided to build a Model A roadster pickup and scavenged all the moving parts off the Track T to build it. He was going to scrap out the frame and cut up the old body but I protested and claimed it. You can see in one of the photos where it ended up for years after hanging from my shop ceiling. For years I tried to give it away to my buddies to build because it was such a cool car but I had no takers!Last spring I realized I had most of the major parts needed to put it back together laying around the shop engine trans front and rear end brakes steering wishbones frame body. Just bolt it back together with a passengers seat (wife requirement) and the steering moved out of the middle and it would be finished! I'd be done in a month or two! How hard could it be?Well not as easy as it sounded. Changing it from a center steer single seat race car to a two seater street roadster was more involved than anticipated. To get two seats in involved removing all the mounts welded to the original rectangular tube frame. The front and rear spring perches had to be custom built and changed the engine and trans mounts custom built and relocated the steering and wishbone mounts custom made and moved and then the rear kickup had to be moved back 6 inches because it was originally in the middle of the cockpit next to the single center seat to help protect the driver. In short the entire chassis had to be re-engineered but in a way that retained the original wheelbase and the race car handling suspension design including the spring in front of the rear axle design Mike built. Then we added all the round tubing fabrication to the frame in the cockpit for protection including the trick intigrated guage mounts windshield mounts grab handle and steering column mount. When this was finished we knew the body would no longer drop down and sit on the top the chassis as original as the top suround bars welded to the frame were wider than the bottom of the body. We had planned for this by cutting the body in two at the centerline and mounting mounting the body from the side. The car was designed so the body panels and trunk are not structural parts and none of the accessories are mounted to them (except the taillights which have a plug connector). As a result the body and trunk can be easily removed in about ten minutes and you can drive it without the body like a big go cart. The body had large holes cut into it for the location of the steering the carberator from the extreme original engine set-back and the rear wishbones that originally went through the body. Determined to use the original body and not to try to bondo it back to the original condition we instead english wheeled some sheet metal and riveted them over the holes. The floor was custom made from marine plywood and the transmission tunnel was built to be as close to the floor as possible as a Ts cockpit is small enough already. To add some foot and get use of the complete length of the body we put a kick-out at the firewall on the drivers side. By using the kick-out and a custom pedal assembly that mounts the clutch and brake master cylinders out side on the firewall we gained enough room that I can wear my cowboy boots and still only hit one pedal at a time. The bell-housing is open to the cockpit and with the Speedway logo highlighted it looks very cool. I wanted a interior that was easy to maintain and I found a coating that included rubber chunks in it that they use on Navy ship decks so I used that on the inside of the body and trunk and the floors and it works great and no worries if you get caught in a little rain. The seats are from the bar in my shop on custom mounts and after years of testing I can claim they are comfortable. The vintage '50s Corvette wheel is easily removable to aide in getting in and out and I like my music so there is a Custom Autosound AM/FM CD mounted in the trunk with the controls mounted between the seat the speakers under the seats. We put a lot of time and effort to make this car the way we wanted it look cool fun to drive and low maintenance. Something you can just jump into and drive instead of wrenching on. We have accomplished the goal and I built it to keep forever but things change and I have decied to sell it. Someone will be very happy.Parts Used in Construction; Frame 1.5 x 3" heavy rectangular tubing. Body fiberglass lengthened T roadster by M.A.S. Engine stock low mileage '51 Mercury truck motor custom headers one piece from the engine out the back and no mufflers. Trans Saginaw 4 speed w/Speedway trans adapter new clutch pressure plate new hydrolic throwout bearing Hurst shifter. Rear end rebuilt stock '38 Ford w/3.78 gears and Speedway open drive shaft conversion. Front end new Superbell 4" drop I beam and spindles. Wishbones split '38 Ford front and rear. Brakes rebuilt '40 Ford w/new master brake lines and wheel cylinders. Shocks rebuilt '50s MG/Triumph hydrolic lever arm shocks. Steering Ross sprint car. Rear sway bar '60s GM. Wide 5 wheels and brake drums '37/'39 Ford. Front and rear springs new Posies model A. Radiator new custom built by Superior Radiator. Windshields '30s/'40s wind wings. Gas tank new aluminum custom made. Gas cap vintage '50s Ford. Tail lights vintage '42 Buick. Trunk latch vintage '30s Plymouth hood latch. Trunk hinges custom leather. Steering wheel vintage '50s Corvette. Horn vintage '28 Packard. Rear view mirror vintage '57 Plymouth. Air cleaner vintage '50s custom T-Bird. Firewall steering box cover vintage '50s spotlight. Glove box Harley accessory. Glove box trim vintage '55 Ford. Gauges new Moon tach/Classic Instruments. Ignition switch vintage '50s German Accessory combination lock no key. AM/FM CD player Custom Auto Sound. Seats the bar in my shop!The car can be seen most anytime by contacting me at the number listed below.I will assist in shipping but I will not arrange it.I have a clear Michigan title in my name titling it as a 1925 Ford roadster.The car don't leave until the money clears.In addition to this car we also sell parts!We continually acquire more vintage sheet metal mechanical and trim parts many N.O.S and we are always in the process of listing new stock so please check out our other items and check back often. Please add us to your favorite sellers list for more updates. It is easy to find out if we have what you are looking for by searching the specific categories we have listed in our store. Please check out all the categories that relate to your needs. Also please see our feedback comments to see what other customers think of our items and service.Thank you for looking.Note: We have been in the automotive parts warehouse and custom car business since 1982 real old school! We try to include some photos of the vintage inventory shop and shop projects in the photos section to let you better know what we do. We don't just sell car parts we live cars. We have a variety of trim cosmetic hard parts and performance parts for late models classics and antiques currently listed many new and N.O.S. We regularly add more inventory so please check our other items and check back often. Contact:Ron Schuman Auto-Tech 164 Grand Ave. Mt. Clemens Michigan 48043 Phone: 1-800-447-8410 Local/Outside US: (586) 783-0103 Fax: (586) 783-2133 E-Mail: E-Bay does not allow us to list a e-mail address so please contact us through E-Bay.