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1926 Ford Model T Tudor


1926 Ford Model T was found after 40 years in a Kansas barn
1926 Ford Model T was found after some 65 years in a Kansas barn

So here’s the story of this barn-found 1926 Ford Model T Tudor (sedan) as shared by its owner, who has it listed in a classified advertisement on ClassicCars.com.

The car was found in a barn near Mentor, Kansas, after being stored there for more than 65 years. The car had been purchased in 1947 by a local doctor. The doctor said he needed an extra vehicle, but the doctor’s son said the neighbors from whom his father bought the car probably needed money and his father bought the car just to help them out.

Anyway, the doctor parked the car in a corner of the barn and simply left it there.

720328_21415802_1926_Ford_Model+T“In the fall of 2012, I was at the farm inspecting another vehicle when I noticed this one in the corner surrounded by boxes and the doctor’s old equipment saved from the practice,” the seller reports from McPherson, Kansas. “I was able to buy the car and finally remove it from its corner over Thanksgiving of 2012.

“Upon getting it back to my shop I set about assessing the car and decided to do a preservation project. I wanted to try and preserve the story of this particular T as much as possible.

“Wherever possible the goal was to save as much as I could about its unique history that included many of the ‘fixes’ that did not interfere with safety or usability.”

So the exterior was cleaned, the cylinder head removed and a new gasket installed, along with replacing old two-piece valves with new stainless steel versions. The carburetor was rebuilt, fluids replaced, along with bushings and wheel bushings. Fuel tank and radiator were cleaned. Transmission bands were replaced. The electrical system was replaced, as were the tires and tubes.720328_21415813_1926_Ford_Model+T

The interior was removed (except the headliner) and cleaned before reassembly. Broken or worn-out parts were replaced with original pieces in similar condition.

“This is a good running and usable Model T not just a car that was (dragged) out of a barn,” the seller says. “I use it regularly around town and have used it on a couple of out of town trips. It is a unique vehicle that gets a lot of looks and always draws a crowd.”

The advertisement notes that the exterior color is “patina/black” and in “good” condition while the interior is “partially restored” and in “fair” condition.

The asking price is $7,500 or best offer, and for another $400 the seller will deliver the car to Hershey (we presume for the upcoming AACA Fall Meet) via enclosed trailer.720328_21415805_1926_Ford_Model+T

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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