I called Burkhard to see if there was anything new with the Model T. Not really, he said, I’ve painted the chassis. Well, I said, since I have to go to our chacra anyway to pick up my mechanical sheep (he has real sheep; I require a four-stroke engine mounted on wheels with a blade spinning really fast to keep grass trimmed), that might be interesting to see. As I pulled in, I didn’t actually notice this at first: another Model A chassis. But as…Continue Reading “Just another Burkhard visit”

Burkhard’s Model T has now moved from shipping container storage to his garage workshop, on borrowed wheels (his are being rebuilt). Because of course, just borrow Model T wheels. No problem! They’re actually from Francisco, who told him about using rear axle housings to keep the front end level — notice them to the left of the photo. He thought the jacket draped over the back shouldn’t be in the photo, but it struck me as perfectly symbolic: well, at least this thing has value as a…Continue Reading “The rust bucket”

I checked in with Burkhard yesterday, to see the status of the Model T project. He told me that they day before, he had felt like a kid at Christmas after a box full of parts arrived from the United States. Here they are: bushings, suspension and steering bits. And the aftermarket springs. And what of the beast itself? Look at this picture and see if you notice something strange, as I did: His friend friend Francisco, who turns out to be the owner of…Continue Reading “Model T: new parts, old parts, tire changing”

Immediately after I posted yesterday, Burkhard sent me current photos. I think maybe he’s having some fun with me, because the last one is definitely smaller than the next two, and even accounting for perspective, the closest looks bigger. I’m not sure why he feels a need to fix them — it’s just a few bug holes and Model Ts don’t go very fast. But he’s picky. No doubt will insist on new tires as well. I think that’s a front hub below. You can…Continue Reading “It begins: the wheels”

“Don’t laugh,” Burkhard said as he opened the container door. It’s a Ford Model T he plans to restore. Notice the little round springs – those are aftermarket additions. Apparently the T had a rigid suspension. Ouch. He confesses that the radiator has already been restored. And though the hood and fenders have been primed, there’s some serious fender rot which will require some TIG welding. He’ll get someone else to do that, since he doesn’t want to invest in a [Tungsten Inert Gas] welding…Continue Reading “On to the T”