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Old photos - stripping a wrecked 1914 T

Post by Terry_007 » Fri Nov 22, 2019 10:34 am

Recently found an interesting batch of photo postcards showing the wreck of a 1914 touring. The car looks to have been rolled over and was apparently hauled somewhere, rolled onto its side and stripped for parts. It's an interesting series of cards.
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Re: Old photos - stripping a wrecked 1914 T

Post by hpetrino » Fri Nov 22, 2019 10:51 am

This photo shows my grandfather(standing on the hill) and my uncle (with the sledge hammer) breaking up a T. Judging from my uncles apparent age I'd say it was taken in around 1943. They were probably breaking up an old hulk for a WWII scrap metal drive.
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Re: Old photos - stripping a wrecked 1914 T

Post by Erik Johnson » Fri Nov 22, 2019 11:01 am

That is either a 1912-13-14 or 1915-16-17 Minnesota license plate. (Minnesota had three year plates.)

I have a public Minnesota motor vehicle registration directory for 1912-13-14. Also, the original registration ledgers are at the Minnesota Historical Society.

If it is a 1912-13-14 Minnesota plate, 29873 was registered to H.C. Calver of Mantorville, MN for a Ford.

I do not believe they are stripping the car.

First photo is the scene of the accident. They are putting it back together so they can tip it back over and roll it back to the farmstead which is the last photo.

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Re: Old photos - stripping a wrecked 1914 T

Post by Kaiser » Fri Nov 22, 2019 11:09 am

These guys are not stripping that car, they are creating 'Patina' , that car will be put in the barn for another 50 years to serve as a college fund for their grandkids, they know what they're doing :lol:
Or could be that the axle bearings needed servicing and a KRW axle stand was beyond their means, so they solved that problem the easy way...
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Re: Old photos - stripping a wrecked 1914 T

Post by Derek Kiefer » Fri Nov 22, 2019 12:10 pm

It looks like a 1913 to me, judging by the doors.


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Re: Old photos - stripping a wrecked 1914 T

Post by Terry_007 » Fri Nov 22, 2019 12:28 pm

Yes, could be a 13 on closer inspection. Wish we could see which the windshield folded. The way it is in the photos isn't the way it's supposed to ! I have no idea what the original sequence of the photos was, so depending on how you arrange them, you could tell different stories. Wouldn't it be interesting of that car still survives.
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Re: Old photos - stripping a wrecked 1914 T

Post by Burger in Spokane » Fri Nov 22, 2019 12:29 pm

Always thinking the exact opposite way, I have been puzzled my whole life by the
contempt that people have for old stuff, and the fascination that they have for new.
It is almost a universal human trait. Those young guys beating on the old Tudor
probably thought a new 46 Ford was the cat's pajamas, but the old Model T was
sledgehammer worthy, and they probably felt similarly about ornate Victorian
architecture vs. the ugly wartime housing boxes that were popular at the time,
or dishes or furniture or .....

As a kid, the junk piles on all the farms around our place were filled with the
cool old junk of long ago, meanwhile our neighbors were working hard to buy
plastic and boring replacement stuff, just because it was "new".
More people are doing it today than ever before !


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Re: Old photos - stripping a wrecked 1914 T

Post by Kevin Pharis » Fri Nov 22, 2019 1:30 pm

I’m not so convinced bout the first pic...

Looks like they’re just changing a flat to me! ;)

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Re: Old photos - stripping a wrecked 1914 T

Post by Ruxstel24 » Fri Nov 22, 2019 1:37 pm

Boy, I would’ve loved to have that tudor Henry....
Before the sledge hammer attack !! :o

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Re: Old photos - stripping a wrecked 1914 T

Post by perry kete » Fri Nov 22, 2019 2:00 pm

We don't need no stinking brakes!

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Re: Old photos - stripping a wrecked 1914 T

Post by Dallas Landers » Fri Nov 22, 2019 2:31 pm

Three photos of trials after installing front brakes Perry?

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Re: Old photos - stripping a wrecked 1914 T

Post by dobro1956 » Fri Nov 22, 2019 3:30 pm

I'm leaning toward fixing what needed fixed to get it to roll back home to the farm.

On another note. My dad and his cousin ran a salvage yard in Yale Okla.from about 1949 till about 1956. Dad always said they liked the big cars. He has told stories of cutting up Lincoln's, Cadillacs,Pierce Arrows, and even a1936 Cord. I used to have a pic of dad in a white T shirt, blue jeans, a pack of cigarettes rolled up in the T shirt sleeve, hair greased back, standing beside the 1936 Cord. He had a lit acetylene torch in his hand lighting a cigarette in his mouth. He looked just like Fonzie from Happy Days. Dad said right after he lit the cigarette he cut the Chord into 100s of pieces.

Dad said most junk yards hated the Model T's. as well as most other T era car. He said they had too much wood in them. They would pile the wood based cars up all year long. Then when they got the first good snow of the winter they would set them all on fire. After they burnt, it was just a matter of picking up the tin parts and cut the remaining parts into smaller pieces.


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Re: Old photos - stripping a wrecked 1914 T

Post by wayne sheldon » Fri Nov 22, 2019 3:53 pm

You guys are good! At first look I thought it was a '14 also. However, looking closer, it very definitely is a '13!


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Re: Old photos - stripping a wrecked 1914 T

Post by Scott_Conger » Fri Nov 22, 2019 6:32 pm

Erik/Donnie

I agree with you. Definitly looks like they're changing a wheel and most certainly dragging home in last picture. Wonder if that was before or after the funeral?
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Re: Old photos - stripping a wrecked 1914 T

Post by Dom Denio » Sat Nov 23, 2019 8:27 am

The fourth photo with the driver behind the wheel shows the broken top irons removed. It is logical to determine it is the last photo because the three previous photos show the broken top still connected to the car. Just saying!!!:-)


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Re: Old photos - stripping a wrecked 1914 T

Post by John kuehn » Sat Nov 23, 2019 2:22 pm

Looks to me the 13 or 14 T was being put into shape enough to get it home and then to be made into a cheap farm or go to town or so driver. Just a guess but a lot of T’s that had torn up bodies but serviceable chassis wound up that way. And then the inevitable but trusty trailer!! Model T bones found on farms and in fields prove it!

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Re: Old photos - stripping a wrecked 1914 T

Post by GEmering » Sat Nov 23, 2019 6:08 pm

I could use one of those '13 rear wheels.
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Re: Old photos - stripping a wrecked 1914 T

Post by jmc » Sat Nov 23, 2019 6:44 pm

I wanted to see if I could find the serial number for the car from data collected for another project. It looks like it is 193353 which puts it into the January 1913 production.
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Re: Old photos - stripping a wrecked 1914 T

Post by Dan Hatch » Sun Nov 24, 2019 7:50 am

I should have taken pictures of the last 13 Touring I parted out. I know you guys would have loved to see that! Dan

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