1927 Ford Model T Hot Rod: Touring Edition


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A few days ago, we featured a Buick LeSabre from the website Repocast.com, and our readers Alan and Edd both spotted something else hiding in the auction pages: a very strange hot rod being sold as a 1927 Ford Model T Touring here on Repocast! This is an odd duck indeed, as most T-buckets seem to offer seating for no more than 2. Well, this repo’d project car is a different take on the classic hot rod with room for 4. Of course, the extra weight of passengers shouldn’t be a problem for the turbocharged Cadillac V8 shoehorned up front. I can’t imagine what it’s like to go through such an extensive build only to have a car repossessed – that has to be a bitter pill to swallow. While I don’t have much experience with vintage hot rods, perhaps our readers can tell us if this Repocast find is a good deal or not. Let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Vince Habel

    How do they cool it?

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    • Bob's your uncle

      Could that be a braided coolant host connected at the front upper corner of the passenger side head? If so that looks like it goes under the car perhaps to a remotely located radiator?

      I searched the HAMB for the builder’s name off the display board hoping to find a build thread or discussion on the car, but there were no hits.

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      • JW454

        Those air scoops on the sides at the rear of the body may be intakes for cooling air to a hidden radiator.

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    • Tirefriar

      That was the first question that popped into my mind. If they are indeed running the radiators behind the back seat this can create some serious heating issues. Think Pantera…. Still a very cool engineered creation that at $5k is perhaps 1/4 of the build price as it sits.

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  2. George

    I particularly like that it’s a tank motor that was rebuilt in 1945.

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  3. grant

    So many questions. How does something like this get repossessed? How would one get a loan against it? Maybe it was seized by the court in a bankruptcy? How does it cool? Why spend so much time and money only to use a crappy Clarion?

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  4. jeff6599

    Though these engines found use in rocket launchers, personnel carriers and other military vehicles for WWII, their design years earlier was intended for Cadillac use and continued so through 1948. Rugged motors.

    Model T roadsters of that era (1926 and 1927) are not referred to as T buckets due refinement of the design. These bodies resembled the following year’s Model A much more than the previous year’s (1923-1925) Model T (T bucket). Additionally, because this is a touring car body, it becomes known as a T tub.

    You can always identify a younger journalist with lesser knowledge and then when they put something in print, it becomes fact to those who aren’t aware of the errors.

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  5. Grid Michal

    I’ve been a marine engine tech for 57 years. My pet peeve is people who jump into repairing things without having a clue what they’re doing. Invariably it costs them twice as much when it has to be fixed right, and I spare no words telling them. Not long ago a baby bird was wind-swept from a tall pine in our yard, and dropped–alive–right in front of me. For two days, with no guidance asked for, I kept the bird alive and growing. The bird croaked. I suddenly saw the relationship between my customers and their engines, and the bird and me. I wrote an abject apology which was published in one of the magazines I write for. At age 70, I’m finally learning to keep my trap shut about other peoples’ ignorance.

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