The 1926 MODEL "T" FORD, SEDAN DELIVERY ----That never was!
Ford never built a 1926 Model "T" Sedan Delivery.... So I did!
1926 Model T Ford Hot Rod
I wanted to build a "Hot Rod" but the only part I had was an original cowl. Getting parts for such an old car was almost impossible, so I made my own. I'm not a good welder so I made the body from plywood & oak & fiberglass.
I talked, well known race car builder, Artie Tappen, into building a chassis for me. He designed it as though it was a circle track race car. It has 4 wheel independent suspension, rack & pinion steering and 4 wheel disc brakes.
1926 Model T Ford Hot Rod Sedan Delivery REAR view
Now, I turned Ron Cerci, a high performance engine builder. Working with a 350 ci. small block Chevy he installed a "twin" Magnacharger with side draft Dellorto carburators. "Lots of horse power & low end torque." All this was designed to fit under an original Model "T" hood.
Twin Supercharger with side draft carburetors
1926 Model T Ford Hot Rod Sedan Delivery-- Notice the side mount tire & independent front coil over shocks
Diamond Tuft Real Leather Seat & original steering wheel
Twin Magnacharger Supercharger with side draft Dellorto carburetors -- Notice the 24 K gold plated velocity stacks.
Rolls Royce burled wood dashboard & gauges.
Chromed Corvette independent suspension with GOLD leafed rear end
Now, it was time to paint the Model "T". I had an idea in my head for a very deep, deep paint job. I received a sponsorship from one of the biggest paint manufacturers, PPG. I used pearls as a base & the largest & brightest Metalflake ever made called Global. I topped the flake with a candy maroon color, added some airbrush art & clearcoated everything. After using 110 coats of paint, the paint representatives said that "I abused the products" & would not use the car for advertisements. "Too bad for them." You see, the paint still looks good 20 years later.
You can see the Metalflake glittering, the rose detail & graphics
Miss Motorsport, Midi Miller, posing with Gary's Model "T"
Detail of the Sandblasted glass.
Gary's Model T stands out amongst other hot rods at the Street Rod Nationals.
I wanted the interior was to look, sort of original. Using a very high quality, vat dyed leather Ed Guyer, re-created the original Ford diamond tuft seat. The door panels & steering column were also leather.
I cut down an original burled wood Rolls Royce dash board to make it fit. We used the original Rolls gauges and added a few more for the supercharger.
Paul Levine of Classic Craft hot rods wired the complete car just in time for the first car show. Thanks, to a lot of good friends, for all their help....... I'ts always been a winner!