1926 Model T “Fantastic T”
Dad was a machinist by trade and one of his first jobs as a machinist was working the graveyard shift at Disneyland. In fact, he carried a lot of his work ethics and shop habits into the hot rod business that were instilled in him while employed there.
Dad built hundreds of cars over the years, but the first hot rod he built recognized by the magazines was a 1915 Center Door that Street Rodder Magazine published in the August, 1974 issue. Because my dad’s satisfaction always came from building the cars rather than owning them, the next project, a 1926 Model T was soon underway with the goal of building a better hot rod.
The sedan’s chassis was completely hand-fabricated by my dad from 1-1 /2 x 3 inch tubing in our one car garage. Electric fans are mounted to the left frame rail with the air conditioning condenser. The interior features a hand carved dash by Ken Hartley and is outfitted with S-W Stage Ill gauges that matches the stock T steering wheel. Originally the upholstery was a tan Naugahyde. The wheels are Zenith Wire, and about 5 years before the first set of Boyds Wheels were built. The Corvette rear (3.47 gears) were installed utilizing coil-over shocks instead of the stock leaf spring. The Steering is Mustang.
The engine is a 289 Shelby Ford small block mounted to a C-4 Cruis-0-Matic and both are stock. The engine uses a Mallory igniter and a Holley 650 carb with lots of detailing and polish. All fluid lines and hoses, as well as all wiring throughout are aircraft type. The front suspension consists of a custom tubular axle on a Teflon leaf spring. Spindles are early Chevy, while the disc brakes are Corvette.
Street Rodder featured the Model T on the March 1975 cover utilizing the most recognizable amusement park as the background. This was the very first time a street rod had been photographed at Disneyland since it’s opening in 1955.