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Parked for 50 Years: 1926 Ford Model T

The heavy coating of dust should be a fair indication that this 1926 Ford Model T has been sitting for a while. In fact, it has just emerged after being hidden away in a barn for more than 50-years. The photos indicate that it is a solid car, and it would be a pretty good candidate for a restoration project. The Ford is located in Starlight, Pennsylvania, and is listed for sale here on eBay. Bidding on the Model T has now reached $3,050, and the reserve has now been met. With 43 people also watching the listing, it would appear that interest is high in this classic.

If you want surface corrosion, then you’ve come to the right place. However, if you are in search of actual rot, then you will need to look elsewhere. The Ford does appear to be solid, and I agree with the owner when he says that there are no obvious signs of accident damage. The hood is missing off the car, but these are pretty easy items to locate. The timber bows from the roof have also gone, but once again, reproduction parts are readily available. The owner says that the doors open and close cleanly, so there is plenty of promise present in this car.

Having sat in a barn for half a century with no top, it really isn’t a surprise to find that the interior is looking pretty sad. There is no doubt that it will need a full restoration, but at least it does appear to be complete.

There are no photos of the 177ci flathead engine, and the owner doesn’t give away any hints about its condition. However, after sitting for so many years, I think that it would be a fair assumption that even if the engine does turn freely, that a rebuild might be on the agenda. One item that seems to have survived nicely are the wooden wheels. The owner says that there are no signs of rot, and it is actually quite possible that a thorough inspection by an experienced individual or company may reveal that they are fit to be reused.

It appears that I’ve been on this planet longer than this Model T has been in storage, but I know one thing for certain: The Model T was a popular project car back then, and it remains a firm favorite amongst people who are looking for a restoration project today. They are a car that evolved from a simple design, which tends to make them a simple car to work on. Their sheer numbers mean that original parts can still be sourced today, while there is also a thriving industry that produces high-quality reproduction parts. I can understand why so many people are currently watching this listing.


  1. Avatar photo Doug

    The Model T Coupe is one of my favorites but would sure love to have this car in my garage to work on!

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  2. Avatar photo Johnmloghry

    I’ll have to pass on this one, because I’m just not physically able to take on a project like this anymore.
    God bless America

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  3. Avatar photo karl

    It certainly looks solid enough for a restoration, and I’m sure everything would be available to do the job , I just don’t know if it would be something that would need to be done by yourself to make it worth doing

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