The second photo of this listing is a black and white photo from the Ford archives that shows what a similar coupelet looked like when it was new. All Fords built before 1919 had no electric starter or lighting equipment from the factory. Therefore, this body originally came on a car without a starter and had a pair of kerosene side lamps just like the car shown in the second photo. I believe there are 3 or 4 minor variations of this fixed roof Coupelet which replaced the earlier Coupelet that had a folding convertible top with glass side windows that were raised and lowered with cloth straps rather than mechanical regulators.I bought a similar Coupelet body that was partially restored out of Idaho about 18 years ago. This body has door windows that can be lowered into the doors and rear quarter windows that can be lowered into the body sides behind the doors.
Both of the remaining door or window posts or pillars can be removed and stored so the body becomes a true "hardtop" with no side windows or pillars. I have shown this body with the pillars removed but both of the very hard to find pillars are in nice original condition and are included.They are shown laying on the bottom seat cushion in the 6th photo of this listing. Please refer to the best Model T Ford book ever published for more information on this very special body. That book is "Model T Ford - The Car That Changed The World" by Bruce McCalley. I believe that book is now out of print. What makes this body especially interesting is the fact that it is an all original (except for the sun visor and wood dash panel that someone added a long time ago) un-restored body that is a true "survivor". Of special interest too is the fact that is it still wearing it's original paint. What makes this very special body most likely unique is the fact that it was never painted black like 99.999% of the Model T Fords of this vintage originally were. It appears that this body was black above the belt line and some shade of medium blue or green on the belt line and below.
I can find no evidence of any black paint under the blue or green paint on the lower part of this body. This fragile original paint has most likely changed a bit through the years so I will most likely never know exactly what color this gem really was.
It really does not matter what color this body was because only a true idiot would restore or repaint and therefore ruin a piece of history like this. This very special body has no rusted out sheet metal or even thin sheet metal on it anywhere. As you can see, much of the original paint is still intact but it is wearing thin in some places. The wood frame work is fine for the most part and the doors fit and work well. There is some bad wood at the bottom of the right rear corner of the rear deck and that relatively minor damage is shown in the last photo of this listing.It appears that this body may still be wearing it's original top covering but I cannot be absolutely sure about that. The top is very fragile and is in fair condition except for the right front corner where it is tattered and torn. One can see some bad wood under the covering on that corner. The original headliner is in poor condition and has only remnants that remain. While this body was in the possession of the previous owner, some asshole used a knife to cut through the right hand door panel so he could steal the right hand door pull.
Three of the windows are included but the left door window is missing from the driver's door. The cloth strap that lifted that window is included so I suspect the above mentioned asshole also borrowed that window. If this window was stolen too, I hope the thief later managed to somehow drop it on his toe, get infection in his foot and die a lingering and very painful death. I suspect this window bottom channel might be the same as the window bottom channel that was used in the first Center Door sedans. These sedan had cloth straps rather than mechanical window regulators to raise and lower the windows.
These brackets have a pair of bolt holes above and a pair of bolt holes below the round part that the lamp fastens to. I suspect these side lamp brackets were also used on the early non-starter equipped Center Door sedans and perhaps even the later non-starter equipped coupes that had backward opening or "suicide" doors with full window frames. I have photos of these side lamp brackets that I can send to you if there is any possibility that you have one or two of them. Please help me locate these missing parts if you possibly can. They usually look beautiful when properly restored but I believe too much of the character or something that is hard to describe goes away during a restoration.
You have no doubt heard about those who "part out" a vehicle. I had planned to "part in" a chassis for this body including a hood, fenders and other parts to make it complete.The mechanical parts would be rebuilt but not repainted so that I would have a good running chassis that would look right at home under this body. I found a good original "survivor" 1911 Model T Ford Torpedo roadster body complete with a top and windshield 3 years ago. I have wanted one of those Torpedos ever since I built a Revell Highway Pioneers plastic model kit of a Torpedo when I was about 6 years old. I recently decided I will concentrate on that Torpedo project rather than build a chassis to put under this coupelet body and make a car out of it. That body style is now most often called the "Mother-In-Law" seat roadster because of the single rear seat that would be a great place for the typical mother-in-law.
I have a very nice original un-restored "survivor" late 1914 Model T Ford roadster that will be 100 years old later this month (September). This car was bought new by a woman medical doctor in Virginia City Montana and has a very interesting history. The front axle had been damaged and the steering geometry was not correct so the car tended to "jack knife" if one turned very sharp in one direction. The elderly man that owned it before me ran into a railroad caboose in his front yard with it and damaged the right front fender several years ago.
I would like to find a nice original and pretty much un-damaged 1914 right front fender that does not have the "bill" or lip on the front. It would be ideal if it had good original paint but I can have a professional painter match the patina of the original Ford paint if necessary.
Please help me find this fender and upgrade this wonderful car if you possibly can. I have a true "barn find" 1914 Model T Ford touring that is a true "survivor" and has over 75 years of mud, dust and oily crud on it. The engine still turns over but I plan to leave it just as it is rather than clean it up or make it run.
I have a vintage Rusk Auto House garage that was made as a kit in Fargo North Dakota back in 1912 or perhaps a bit later. It has embossed steel swinging doors, embossed steel siding panels and embossed steel roof panels. It is still in reasonably nice condition thanks in part to our relatively dry climate here in the west. I plan to erect that garage here in my museum and store this 1914 Model T in it.
I plan to display this garage with the swinging doors open and with a mannequin cranking the Ford. I might even motorize the mannequin to make it look as if he is actually cranking the engine. If you thought I was crazy, now you know for sure.
I also have a true "survivor" 1917 Model T Ford touring that was built in February of 1917 and still has the very rare fan shroud on the radiator. That shroud was supposedly only used for a couple of months in early 1917. This car was bought new by Walt Davis who lived in Fort Benton Montana.
Walt was a carpenter and owned a few quarter or half sections of farm land around Geraldine Montana where I was raised. My Grandfather and later my Dad rented a quarter section from Walt Davis. Dad told me that Walt would drive this Model T 26 miles each way every summer to check his tenant's crops. Walt passed away in 1943 and was still using this T as his only car at the time of his death.
Dad figured that this T was the last one that was in actual use in our area. This car still has two of it's original ignition coils that have cases that were molded from a mixture of sawdust and resin rather than wood as most coil cases were. Those coils are black in color and have a large Ford script on both sides. I now have several more of these unusual coils that were used only in 1917 but they are all missing the back panel. Please help me find some more of these coils in really nice condition if you possibly can so that I can complete this very special T.My youngest Model T Ford "survivor" is a gorgeous 1926 touring that still has it's very nice original black paint, upholstery, wood wheels and nickel plated radiator shell. I believe the top is the original one that came new on this car and I believe that it has never been lowered. I also have a rough but still desirable Paco "boat tail" Model T Ford race car body from around 1917 that has the staggered seats. I also have another "taper tail" or "boat tail" Model T race car body that is in good condition from that same era.
It is supposedly a Kingston body but nobody has ever yet been able to verify what make it is. I also have another early Model T race car body that is in pieces. It has a flat sloping deck on the back that originally had a small rectangular deck lid. This body even still has it's original special cast brass windshield posts. I have no idea who made this body either.
The item "Unique Survivor 1918 Model T Ford Coupelet Body Brass Era Pre-16 1916 1917" is in sale since Monday, September 08, 2014. This item is in the category "eBay Motors\Parts & Accessories\Vintage Car & Truck Parts\Exterior\Other". The seller is "toysanyone" and is located in Bozeman, Montana. This item can't be shipped, the buyer must pick up the item.