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 1926 Model TT Restoration: Tow Truck Finishing Touches 
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This will be a long term thread, updated as I get stuff done.

By way of background, I bought this truck for my dad about 35 years ago. Dad was an auto mechanic, so this was right up his alley.

A note about my dad. He was a WW2 vet like everybody’s dad was in my generation. Dad was a Seabee with NCB 40. Spent 3 years in the South Pacific. Was at Espiritu Santos making runways to allow air support for Guadalcanal. Was at Finschhafen, Los Negros and Saipan. Spent a lot of time carving runways out of jungle while being shot at. Dad didn’t talk about the war much. He did show me lots of black and white pics of Japanese soldiers stacked 6 high around Seabee fighting positions. Dad was a BAR guy and was also pressed into duty as a counter sniper, shooting Japanese soldiers out of palm trees. Dad was always a great shot. Anyway, the war got over and dad moved back to Port Townsend and married my mom. They had 6 girls and 1 boy. Dad worked hard all the time. Later in life he wished he had spent more time being a dad, but I thought he was a great dad!

When dad finally retired, he was a bit lost and in my mom’s hair. So I bought him the Model T to restore, figuring it would keep him busy. Dad fixed up a basket case and here is what he ended up with:

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Dad died about 5 years after finishing the truck. He loved that thing. Drove it all over Port Townsend and in the annual parade. Even won a trophy or two. After dad died the truck sat in his garage for 10 years. When mom passed away I brought the truck over to my place, squirted oil in the cylinders, and put it up on jack stands. And there it sat for 5 more years. Recently I got the urge to get it running. Last week I spent a couple of days checking it out. It was truly stone cold dead. Battery dead, starter failed bench test, generator iffy. Wiring all brittle. Carb gunked up. Radiator leaks and the water pump too. God knows what else, but a least the motor isn’t seized.

So I have my work cut out for me. My son is coming down this weekend to work on it with me. Just like I used to work on it with my dad. More coming as I make progress!


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Thu Feb 21, 2019 9:26 pm
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I have been hoping for this thread. :thumbsup2:

Post up if you need some welding, machining, or the odd part. I'll be following this thread. Love that old rig.


Thu Feb 21, 2019 9:28 pm
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Very cool.

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Thu Feb 21, 2019 9:32 pm
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Super cool!!!

My dad has some street rods and we take them to shows sometimes. It’s an awesome way to spend time with him. And the cars are fun to be around too.

Keep us updated with pics!


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Thu Feb 21, 2019 9:35 pm
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PMB wrote:
I have been hoping for this thread. :thumbsup2:

Post up if you need some welding, machining, or the odd part. I'll be following this thread. Love that old rig.

Thank you sir! I may take you up on that kind offer!


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C-Cab even!! Cool! :thumbsup2:


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Bad ass man. Can’t wait to see more. Similar story with my dads 30 model A. Been sitting in Texas for much longer though. I Have been struggling with what to do with it. Maybe your build will motivate me.

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This is fantastic. Looking forward to more!

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Too cool! And a great history

You're welcome to use my blast cabinet, tire machine, etc.

Never know what kind of specialty tool you might need but someone here probably has it

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Way super awesome endeavor!!!

Please, please, please post up some before and after pictures!! Lots of pictures!!! I want to see the life you breathe back into this machine!

Thank you for posting.


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RocketScott wrote:
Too cool! And a great history

You're welcome to use my blast cabinet, tire machine, etc.

Never know what kind of specialty tool you might need but someone here probably has it

Thank you Scott! You may be hearing from me once I learn what I’ve gotten myself into!


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I am very busy these days, but if you need assistance or a tool to borrow, just call me

Thank you Casey!


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What a cool project! Can you post any photos of how it looks now?

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