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Practice Pays Off – Bryan Fritsch Learned By Experience as he Crafted his ’27 Model T Roadster Pickup

Practice Pays Off – Bryan Fritsch Learned By Experience as he Crafted his ’27 Model T Roadster Pickup


The best place to learn any craft is through experience and on-the-job training – hands down. Just ask Bryan Fritsch, the owner and builder of our Goodguys Feature Pick from the 39th Grundy Insurance All American Get-Together. Bryan has helped train plenty of rookie police officers on the job throughout his 25-year law enforcement career. And he assumed the role of trainee throughout his five-year journey building this ’27 Model T roadster pickup, learning to weld, form metal, and even sew as he saw the project through to completion

“There were a lot of do-overs along the way,” Bryan says. “But I was lucky to have access to the right tools and the right direction thanks to my friend Ben York, Jr. at Roseville Rod and Custom. For years we’ve gone to breakfast on weekends, and I would bring different parts of the ’27 to the shop to work on, then take them home to see if they fit right.”

Bryan had messed with a couple Harleys over the years and fiddled with his first car, a ’63 Corvair, so he had some experience and knowledge about general wrenching and mechanicals, but that was limited to maintenance and bolt-on parts. About six years ago he was looking for a project car, but really had no idea what he was getting himself into when he pulled a ’27 Model T roadster pickup cab off its perch atop a shipping container where it had been languishing for years.

Bryan was undeterred by the rusty cab and saw it as a perfect opportunity to get his hands dirty and learn a bit about the art of metalwork. There was no rush, it was a challenge, and it was something completely different to clear his head from the work week. By the time the cab was finished, he had stretched the quarters five inches, chopped and narrowed the grille shell, formed a shorter bed, chopped the tailgate, and fabricated a bed floor that exposed a rare aluminum Halibrand 101 quick-change rearend.

The cab came with a couple crusty, tacked-together frame rails that were far from capable of forming a solid foundation, so Bryan sourced some .120-inch wall square tubing and got to work. With the advice of Ben and the Roseville team he worked up a new set of rails supported by a V8-60 dropped axle and a set of Posies springs. He even got a geometry lesson in building a Watt’s link rear suspension that secures the rearend with quarter-elliptic springs. A set of ‘39 Ford brakes was incorporated along with Ford wide-five wheels wrapped in Auburn Deluxe treads.

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1927 Packard 426 Speedster – Peter Stevens @CollierAutomedia


Udo Müller’s labor of love – for a great cause

Call it luck or call it fate. In either case the survival of this 1927 Packard 426 Roadster helped a lot of people.

The bushfires of February 2009 that swept across the state of Victoria, in Australia, were started by a fallen powerline. More than one hundred seventy people perished, and more than two thousand homes were destroyed. In the little town of Marysville, thirty-nine people died and the town was effectively obliterated. One of the town’s residents, Dean Laidlaw, had recently loaned his 1927 Packard to the Marysville Museum Collection, so, fortunately, it was not at his house when the ferocious fire struck the town – in fact, the twenty-car museum was one of just a handful of buildings that survived.

Following the devastation, Dean decided to sell the car and donate a significant amount of money to help his local community get back on its feet. The car was auctioned by Shannons in late February 2009, an Australian company called Rainsfords Collectable bought it. Rainsfords advertised the car on the website of PreWarCar, where Udo Müller read it. Udo has a business in Germany restoring classic motorcycles and cars, and he felt both inspired and capable of restoring this fine automobile. On the 11th of May 2009, he bought the 1927 Packard without having seen it

Described as being in “unrestored” condition, Udo stripped the Packard down to a bare chassis that he started to completely rebuild. He overhauled the engine, fitting new pistons, bearings, bushings, and gaskets. Much bodywork was needed, particularly on the wood frame, which was not as good as he had hoped. And so, as he was “running out of steam,” he took a break from the project.

Meanwhile Odo had been sharing his lovely 1936 Riley 12/4 two seat sports car with his daughter Johanna, among others. They raced on the glorious beach on the island of Rømø in Denmark, the annual celebration of speed that takes place in a very relaxed atmosphere where classic US style hot-rods race alongside aero-engined monsters and pre-war sports cars. Racing at the 2021 Rømø Motor Festival inspired Udo to build a new Speedster body for the Packard.

Udo has always enjoyed woodworking, so he decided to make the body out of wood with a leather covering typical of late-1920s sporting cars. Working by himself on weekends and in the evenings, he set a deadline of the 2022 Rømø event, which is where I first saw the car.

THE MODEL T @FordMotorCompany



The Model T was introduced to the world in 1908. Henry Ford wanted the Model T to be affordable, simple to operate, and durable. The vehicle was one of the first mass production vehicles, allowing Ford to achieve his aim of manufacturing the universal car. The Model T was manufactured on the Ford Motor Company’s moving assembly line at Ford’s revolutionary Highland Park Plant. Due to the mass production of the vehicle, Ford Motor Company could sell the vehicle for between $260 and $850 as Henry Ford passed production savings on to his customers.

The Model T was first tested by Henry Ford himself who took the vehicle on a hunting trip to Wisconsin and northern Michigan. The Model T became famous for the stunts it could perform including climbing the stairs of the Tennessee State Capitol and reaching the top of Pikes Peak. After the test of his own product, the vehicle was shipped to its first customer on October 1, 1908.

The revolutionary vehicle saw the placement of the steering wheel on the left side, allowing passengers easy access to and from the cars. The vehicle was also the first to have its engine block and the crankcase cast as a single unit, the first to have a removable cylinder head for easy access, and the first to make such extensive use of the lightweight but strong alloy known as vanadium steel. The Model T’s agile transmission made shifting gears easy for everyone. These improvements and innovations allowed the world to move towards a more urban way of life. The early Model T came with a tool kit, packed the gas tank under the front passenger seat, provided a windshield as an option (before it was standardized), and had to be cranked to get it going.

A common myth is that all model T’s were black. While Henry Ford did say “Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it’s black,” the policy was in place solely for efficiency and uniformity. The car was only offered in black from 1914-1925, however before and after that various models of the vehicle could be purchased in a variety of colors including blue, red, grey, and green.

The vehicle also became famous for its unique nickname—Tin Lizzie. There are various accounts of how this nickname was acquired by the Model T. Possible origins include the popularity of the female name “Lizzie” during that period to a famous Model T racecar named Old Liz. Despite the popularity of the nickname Tin Lizzie, the Model T had dozens of nicknames.

The Model T was so popular Henry Ford once said: “There’s no use trying to pass a Ford, because there’s always another one just ahead.” By the early 1920s more than half of the registered automobiles in the world were Fords. More than 15,000,000 Model T’s were built and sold. In May 1927 a ceremony was held to honor the end of production of the Model T. It was the end of an era.

While the vehicle is more than 100 years old, its legacy is timeless. The vehicle had many new features that were unique for its time. The low price point allowed many people to become a Ford owner, should they choose it, and caused Ford Motor Company to be a household name.

Source Ford Motor Company

With an Offy under the hood, 1927 Ford Model T street rod is one of the few that deserves to wear that track nose – Daniel Strohl @Hemmings


These days, we’ve become accustomed to track noses as just another option in the sea of hot rod aftermarket items. Sporty, yes, but all too often backed up by an otherwise standard street rod. However, the track nose on this 1927 Ford Model T-based street rod for sale on Hemmings.com is entirely fitting, given that the builder of the car chose to power it with a real-deal Drake Offenhauser dual overhead-camshaft four-cylinder. Once the hood is up, not even the screaming yellow zonkers paint can divert focus away from that jewel of a racing engine, and we’re sure there’s a story about how the engine came to power this car, along with many stories of frightened and delighted passengers who went for a ride thinking it was just a regular ol’ 1-800-street-rod. From the seller’s description

includes: A 255 cu in Drake Offenhauser engine with original magneto and water plumbing system, Dual two barrel Mikuni carburetors, Dry sump oil system, Custom built tube headers and exhaust system, Steel tube chassis, Ford automatic transmission, Ford 9 inch rear end with three link rear suspension with coil over shocks, Front drop chrome axle, Ansen type five spoke wheels CNC profile cut for original machine finish, Wilwood front disk brakes with chassis mounted master cylinder and bias valve, Custom radiator with electric cooling fan, Rear mounted battery with under seat disconnect, Hand fabricated upholstery and carpets, Fiberglass body with aluminum hood, radiator nose and louvered side panels. Car is currently licensed and insured and ready to drive

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Criss-Crossed Conveyors, River Rouge Plant 1927, Ford Motor Company by Charles Sheeler


A realistic painter as well as a photographer, Sheeler rarely failed to uncover harmonious coherence in the forms of indigenous American architecture. His series of photographs of the Ford plant near Detroit was commissioned by the automobile company through an advertising agency. Widely reproduced in Europe and America in the 1920s, this commanding image of technological utopia became a monument to the transcendent power of industrial production in the early modern age.

Ladle on a Hot Metal Car, Ford Plant 1927

Charles Rettew Sheeler Jr. was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He attended the Pennsylvania Museum School of Industrial Art from 1900 to 1903, and then the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, where he studied under William Merritt Chase. He found early success as a painter and exhibited at the Macbeth Gallery in 1908.[1] Most of his education was in drawing and other applied arts. He went to Italy with other students, where he was intrigued by the Italian painters of the Middle Ages, such as Giotto and Piero della Francesca. Later, he was inspired by works of Cubist artists like Picasso and Braque[2] after a trip to Paris in 1909, when the popularity of the style was skyrocketing. Returning to the United States, he realized that he would not be able to make a living with Modernist painting. Instead, he took up commercial photography, focusing particularly on architectural subjects. He was a self-taught photographer, learning his trade on a five dollar Brownie. Early in his career, he was dramatically impacted by the death of his close friend Morton Livingston Schamberg in the influenza epidemic of 1918.[3] Schamberg’s painting had focused heavily on machinery and technology,[4] a theme which would come to feature prominently in Sheeler’s own work.

Source – Wikipedia


Buick Master Six Roadster 1927


The Buick Master Six was an automobile built by Buick from 1925 to 1928. Before then, Buick was using the six-cylinder 242 engine in their high-end cars and a four-cylinder engine in their smaller, less-expensive cars, but for 1925, they dropped the four-cylinder engine and designed a small six, which they called the Standard 6, to replace that end of the market. They coined the name “Master Six” for the high-end cars, now powered by the 255 engine released the year before.

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1927 Packard Found in Abandoned Philadelphia Factory Sitting for Over 40 Years – IronTrap Garage


In this episode Matt, Mike, and the team from Cabin Fever Auction Company travel to Northwest Philadelphia to help rescue a 1927 Packard sitting in a closed down Machine shop / Factory since the 1970’s and off the road since the 1950’s. John Paul’s Father has owned this building since the 1970’s and bought the Packard in approximately the 1940’s. The property is being sold and the family wanted help relocating the car to a proper garage so they can attempt to get it road worthy again. We tagged along to document removing the old Packard from it’s tomb.