1925 Ford Model T Coupe – sold

1925 Model T Coupe - eBay photos 0221925 Ford Model T Coupe, commonly referred to as a ‘doctor’s coupe’ back in the day, this nice old antique is in excellent condition, recently restored.  

I purchased this car several months ago and it was in relatively good condition when I bought it, and appeared to have had an easy existence.  Much of the car is original and virtually rust-free,  several restoration/repair items have been performed to include:
  • Engine has been disassembled and gone through for any significant problems.  New rings were installed, valves were lapped and adjusted, bearing clearances were adjusted/shimmed to the specified 15/1000″ clearance, cylinder head was resurfaced, new nickel plated head bolts and copper gasket installed.  When I purchased the car, I discovered that the original 1925 short block was severely cracked and the cylinder head was warped, and was no longer serviceable, and was replaced by a serviceable 1921 era short block and cylinder head.  The original damaged short block has been retained, and can be purchased separately and shipped separately from this eBay listing, please contact seller if the original block is needed for authenticity purposes, and seller can price this damaged block for sale and shipment based on location of the ultimate purchaser.  
  • All tires including spare have virtually zero miles on them, although they were installed at some point in the past by the previous owner(s), and are road ready.  All rims including spare rim have been serviced to insure reliability and all wood spokes have been checked for tightness and re-varnished with 4 coats of spar varnish.
  • New radiator installed
  • Brake light actuated by foot pedal added for safety during operation, was not original equipment
  • All three locks have keys and function as they should: ignition, passenger door and trunk.
  • Coils have been tested, tuned and are functioning perfectly
  • Runs on both battery and magneto
  • Minor upholstery upgrades, although the existing upholstery is in very good condition with no tears or fraying apparent.
  • Fresh trunk liner and carpet installed
  • Door panels re-upholstered
  • All windows adjusted, serviced, lubricated and all 5 moving windows function as they should
  • Carburetor rebuilt
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This nicely restored car runs, cools, stops and starts as it should, all systems including headlights, tail light and brake light, map light on dash and generator all function well and it is a reliable touring vehicle, and it does not appear to have excessive mileage on most of the components of the vehicle.  Minor issues include a few oil leaks (standard on all Model T’s), and is equipped with a non-original horn although the horn present is era correct.  Many knowledgeable antique car enthusiasts have insisted that this 1925 model year Ford did not come with cowl mounted oil lanterns as standard equipment.  I researched this issue, and have determined that indeed these functioning oil lamps were standard on all 1925 Model T’s that were not equipped with optional generators.  This car’s lamps are authentic original equipment, and are in excellent working condition, with fresh oil and wicks that are ready to light when needed.  Additional comments have been made by the same knowledgeable enthusiasts regarding the wooden spokes on the standard equipment wheels: Henry Ford had them all painted black.  These spokes were originally painted black, and one of the prior owners took painstaking efforts to remove the paint and stain and varnish the original hickory hardwood.  I personally prefer this look to the standard black paint, and chose to leave them as they are, even though this is not how the factory produced them.  Certainly if this is an issue with any subequent buyer as to originality, these spokes can be repainted black without much problem or cost.
Sold on an ‘as is, where is’ basis with bill of sale only and Alabama registration certificate.  I purchased this car from an individual in Alabama who provided the registration document but insisted that no title was issued for cars of this age by the State of Alabama.  Accordingly, no title will be issued with sale, but likely the subsequent buyer will not have an issue registering this car and obtaining a title in states that require such documentation.1925 Model T Coupe - eBay photos 0321925 Model T Coupe - eBay photos 0561925 Model T Coupe - eBay photos 0441925 Model T Coupe - eBay photos 019
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By oldmotorsguy

1935 Chrysler Airstream Touring Sedan – sold

DSC_00201935 Chrysler Airstream Touring Sedan.  This great looking car was restored to near original condition around the late 1980’s or early-to-mid 1990’s.  The gentleman I purchased it from owned it from 1996 and had taken great care of it, using it rarely in parades and a few car club functions.  This older restoration still looks in excellent condition and runs and drives smoothly.  It has an in-line 6 cylinder engine, with a three-speed manual transmission with overdrive.  It appears that a hydraulic brake booster has been added to the brakes, and gives an assist in bringing this 3,050 pound car to a stop without great effort. 

Of significant note, when I parked this car in my wife’s spot in the garage while I worked on some minor mechanical issues after I purchased the car, and after I drove the car to test all of systems, it appears there are absolutely zero fluid leaks: no rear end or oil pan leaks, no anti-freeze, no leaks of any kind were present on the garage floor when I moved the vehicle after about a week of minor maintenance in this one location.  Ordinarily, 80 year old machines almost always leak something, but not this old beauty. 

The previous owner tells me that he had recently spent $1100 on the brakes, and from what I can tell from driving the car, and by the way it stops it appears money well spent.  The engine starts immediately when cold with a manual choke, and warms up quickly.  No noises, unusual vibrations or visible emissions are present, and it runs quietly and smoothly.  All gauges work as they should, and while the speedo works OK, it makes noise at certain speeds. The paint is a lacquer application as was popular in older restoration, and is checking most noticeably on the front passenger door and passenger side hood section, in addition to nicks and scratches in the paint in other areas but it really does not detract from a general excellent appearance overall.  A truly nice looking car that has been superlatively maintained over its lifetime.  There is virtually no rust anywhere, and looking at the undercarriage suggests this car was never run in foul weather, and as of the last 25 years has been a relative trailer queen more than a daily driver.

The following are items that are non-operational, but may disappear from the listing as I am continually working on these items:

  • Turn signal lever has broken off.  Accordingly, I can’t tell if the turn signals work or not, but I am in the process of correcting this.  Turn signals were not OEM to this car. 
  • Heater is not connected to the cooling system. ( IMHO, this car is way too nice to be run in the cold weather anyway, but that’s just me.)
  • AM radio is non-operational, but all the components seem present and intact.
  • The speedometer/cable make noise at certain speeds.
  • Fog lights (aftermarket additions) are non-operational 
  • Rear passenger compartment overhead light is non-operationalDSC_0023DSC_0032DSC_0032DSC_0039
By oldmotorsguy