1927 Ford T Track Roadster
A Nostalgic Re-creation
Neil was 17 years old in 1954 and in High School. His dad took him to Portland, Oregon (the nearest large city) to look for a car. They looked in the Sunday paper and Neil spotted a ’27 Ford-T Roadster for sale. He bought the car, and had a tow bar fabricated for the trip back to Lewiston, Oregon. The Roadster had a top, a ’32 Chevy grill, but no engine. Neil found a new ’49 Ford V8 flathead for the Roadster. The engine ended up with aluminum heads and lots of chrome. Mr. DeAtley has been in the car hobby ever since.
This car was built in-house and completed in 2011. The build evolved into a very streetable showpiece. The fit and finish of the car is superb. Jim Martin did an outstanding job creating a myriad of original details that add up to a very high-quality car. For example, the Wildwood master brake and clutch cylinders are mounted under dash with Clevis end joints. Fluid reservoir remotely mounted under hand operated cowl vent. This fabricated assembly was painstakingly engineered to fit into the tight space under the dash/cowl.
There is no water pump or alternator visible under the hood. The Stewart Electric EMP pump is mounted behind transmission, and the frame is used to conduit water. The Powermaster 105 amp alternator is driven race car style from a pulley mounted to the pressure plate.
The body is a 1927 Track-T by Wescott. Body extensively reworked in-house; rolled rocker/belly pan look added to rear of body. Door latching mechanism reworked—feels and sounds very solid and satisfying. Fit is perfect. The hood and side panels were custom fabricated and the Speedway nose extensively modified.
Gary D. Smith, former GM designer, designed the graphics.
The Track-T build worked out very well. The car has a great stance. The paint scheme has a nostalgic connection to paint schemes of the past in terms of both color and shape, but with a modern flare. Much effort went into the design and layout of the graphics to ensure that the lines complemented the body forms and look good in all views. Exposing the engine within the graphics as they loop through the hood side panels adds a definitive hot rod touch without sacrificing the sleek lines of the car.
Perhaps the most important test of the car is that it works great and is a blast to drive.