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My runabout turned into a roadster today

Post by Mark Osterman » Sun Apr 21, 2019 7:06 pm

This pickup box sat in my back yard under a tarp all winter. The car came to me with the side mount spare so when the box was made available I figured it was meant to be. I also bought the factory rear mount spare so it can be switched out either way. For me the box is a potential tintype darkroom, a stage for medicine shows or a platform for camping. We’ll see.
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Re: My runabout turned into a roadster today

Post by Ruxstel24 » Sun Apr 21, 2019 7:17 pm

The patina goes great together, like the bed was always there. I like it :D


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Post by Scott_Conger » Sun Apr 21, 2019 7:18 pm

Very nifty, Mark! Has a great look to it.
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Re: My runabout turned into a roadster today

Post by Mark Osterman » Sun Apr 21, 2019 7:20 pm

Evidently I built the same car as an AMT kit. Nyuk Nyuk Nyuk!
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Post by Ruxstel24 » Sun Apr 21, 2019 7:27 pm

I used to work there, but I had to get up too oily in the morning :lol:

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Post by Retro54 » Sun Apr 21, 2019 8:04 pm

Mark, this is great! Love the look and utility. I'm hoping to achieve similar with my '15 cut down touring.
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Post by Dallas Landers » Sun Apr 21, 2019 8:14 pm

Nice! You will love that box. I use mine all the time for everything.


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Re: My runabout turned into a roadster today

Post by Allan » Sun Apr 21, 2019 8:34 pm

Mark, when I read your post title, I thought, "Why would anyone turn a really useful car into a show piece that is useless?" The I saw the photos, and was reassured. There is nothing quite as useful as a buckboard.

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Re: My runabout turned into a roadster today

Post by Mark Osterman » Sun Apr 21, 2019 8:47 pm

I just thought it was funny that Ford called the ‘23 T a runabout when it had a turtle deck on the back ... and a roadster pickup when the turtle deck was replaced with a slip-on pickup box. This is not a permanent conversion for me as I plan to switch out runabout for roadster as needed. Just like the idea that I can since I have the rear mount spare with the turtle deck ... and side mount with pickup box. Nice to have that flexibility.


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Post by Tom Hicks » Mon Apr 22, 2019 8:49 am

Best of both worlds, and it really looks good, wear matched!
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Re: My runabout turned into a roadster today

Post by Original Smith » Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:43 pm

Looks good Mark. Roadster, runabout and torpedo were all being used in 1924, so, it's not likely yours went from one to the other, however it did become a pickup. I'm wondering on your spare tire mount. Does it vibrate a lot? I have a real authentic accessory made out of a real Ford spare tire carrier. Without the two straps attached, it vibrates pretty bad.

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Re: My runabout turned into a roadster today

Post by Duey_C » Wed Apr 24, 2019 6:45 pm

That's gorgeous Mark!
My '18 was a pickup into the early 70's.
Would you do me a huge favor? Would you take a photo or two of the bottom of the box?
I have a similar old box here but there's something funky/amiss for mounting it to the frame.
It's on another T and the floor sags some.
When Maw ain't lookin', I'm gonna take off the very nice original-paint turtle deck/trunk, meant for a later car, that I cannot properly fasten down anyway, hang it back up on the wall and put the box on to see...
Since I lost my mind mind, I feel more liberated

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