This project was covered in four issues of Street Rodder Magazine called Retro-T
- Condition: Used
- Make: Ford
- Model: Model T
- Type: Roadster
- Trim: Steel Ford Roadster Hot Rod Buick Nailhead
- Year: 1927
- Mileage: n/a
- VIN: 14914801
- Engine size: Buick 215 Aluminum
- Number of cylinders: 8
- Drive side: Left-hand drive
- Vehicle Title: Clear Want to buy? Contact seller!
1927 Ford Model T Steel Ford Roadster Hot Rod Buick Nailhead
This all steel full fendered Model T Ford roadster was a project started by Ridler award winner Bob Gutske in the early 1970s. I acquired the project in 2003 after it had sat for many years with just the body, fabricated chassis, very low mileage Buick all aluminum 215 CI mini nailhead motor and Jag rear end. It was all the components to build a full fendered T roadster as they were built in the early days of hot rodding. As Road Tour Director for Street Rodder Magazine I had many contacts in the hobby. After some fab work was done byBMS Engineering in Youngstown, OhioI moved the project to Wade Hughes in Cincinnati for the body work.They mounted the body to the chassis. I had the Jag rear end gone through completely by an import car specialist. Thedual Rochester carburation work and engine set up was done by 215guru Dan Lagrou of D&D Fabrications in Michigan. The Gearstar transmission is from a Chevy V-6 S-10 using on of D&D's adapters.
The rolling chassis was then sent to Barry Lobeck's Hot Rods in Cleveland. At Lobecks head fabricator Dan Tesar decided to stretch the frame 2 inches to center the front wheels. The IRS was powder coated and stabilizer bars were added. The front end is a Chassis Engineering 2" dropped chrome axle with matching spindles. The front spring is a Durant Enterprises mono leaf.Chassis Engineeering disc brakes are up front and Stainless Steel Brakes did the work on the rear discs. Wheels are Wheel Vintiques and tires are Michelein from and Goodyear rear. The Lobeck team fabricated new floors and installed Triumph TR2 seats. Pete Hagen fabricated the hood and side panels. Mark Mindzora at Lobecks sprayed the green suede paint job. The car then went to Woody's Hot Rodz in Lawrenceburg, Indiana for the tan interior. Gauges are Classic Instruments. The Flaming River column is topped with a Lobeck Steering wheel with a quick release mount. Sherm's Custom Plating did all the chrome work. The car was sent to Rod Tops in Michigan for the top which breaks down and fits in the trunck. Rod Tops also made the tonneau cover and window inserts .
The build up of this car was covered on the September - November and December 2003 issues of Street Rodder Magazine.It was known as the Retro-T project. The complete feature was in the December 2011 issue of Street Rodder. The top fabrication at Rod Tops was also covered in the July and August 2012 issues of Street Rodder. I have driven this car about 2,000 miles since it was completed. It is a great example of how hot rods were built in the early 70s but with some modern updates. There are some minor blemishes in the paint and the front shocks show some chrome wear. It is a fun hot rod. Who ever buys this car will get copies of all the Street Rodder Magazines that contained the coverages of the build. I will also include the original photos that I used for the build up articles.
Please ask questions before you bid. The winner will need to make a $500 Paypal deposit immediately. It will need to be picked up in Youngstown Ohio which is midway between Cleveland and Pittsburgh. I can also help to arrange shipping. The buyer will be responsible for all shipping costs. Call with any questions Jerry Dixey 330-506-9169.
Youngstown is about 3 hours from Columbus. I can help coordinate delivery to the Goodguys event in July. We are also about 6 hours from Louisville for anyone going to the NSRA Street Rod Nationals. In either case the car would need to be paid in full after the auction ends. I can store it until either of these events but the winner will be responsible for the shipping charges.