Model T Heaven at Washington

Ben Williams October 1, 2020 6 No Comments

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On the afternoon we visited with the Antique Auto Ranch, owner Tom Carnegie drove this 1927 Model T roadster to function as his everyday driver.

Back at the mid 1970therefore, a 15-year old boy followed his brother into some local Spokane components lawn and helped him to get some needed things to get a Ford Model T restoration. There has been a direct fascination with this charming yard, and more than 45 years later, Tom Carnegie remains mesmerized from the Antique Auto Ranch.

The lawn’s unique proprietor saw something in that young child and asked him whether he’d like to come back to work in the ranch. Then, if the first owner decided to retire at the mid’80therefore, he inquired the young Carnegie when he had been interested in purchasing the business. The response was “yes” and ever since, this place has become the go-to spot for Model T Fords. In addition, there is a wide selection of additional old cars around the home.

Antique Auto Ranch was first established in 1964 on the floor of that which had been a huge poultry farm. Many of those automobiles at the yard are here because the’70s and in case you are prepared to dig up, you never understood what you may find. In that the rear of the lot stays a long-abandoned home that was the house of the poultry farmer. Today, that this ramshackle abode is home to tens of thousands of components such as generators, carburetors, starter motors and other unsorted and uncataloged mechanical products. The construction probably provides refuge for a few wildlife, also, which restricted our own mining interests.

In daily use for making runs to the post office or delivering parts is this tried-and-true 1926 Model T roadster pickup.

In daily usage for making functions to the post office or bringing components is that tried-and-true 1926 Model T roadster pickup.

For Carnegie, the components yard operation is really a sideline; his real interest is in the restoration and preservation of this Model T Ford, along with his expertise is understood round the world. Customers frequently find Carnegie’s abilities which keeps him quite busy.

For Carnegie, Ford’s T is not only a job, it’s an all-consuming fire and he’s really on very top of his game, particularly when it has to do with the famous Montana 500, a endurance race for Model T Fords. There are particular standards on the way the cars in this race have been put up with just minor alterations being undertaken. Being a timed event, rate is not the most crucial variable, however, reliability and motorist endurance is. For that the 60th run of this Montana 500 finish on June 24, 2020, the winner was Tom Carnegie. This was his 24th year of contest dating back to 1975 along with also his 8th total first-place win. His old brother Rick is also a regular competitor using his very first entrance being back in 1972!

During our latest trip to the Antique Auto Ranch, we discovered Carnegie working diligently about the restoration of many Model T engines and their publication planetary transmission. Most of the business now comes in rebuilding those search engines and other mechanical components. He additionally provides a few Model T reproduction and replacement parts, along with his client base comes from nearly every continent.

Even though it’s well picked over, it was still interesting to find a 1935 Chrysler Imperial Airflow in a parts yard.

Even though it is well chosen over, it was interesting to come across that a 1935 Chrysler Imperial Airflow at a parts lawn.

Another aspect of this Antique Auto Ranch is its own Monday nighttime get-together which Carnegie hosts for local Model T owners. It is an opportunity for people who share Carnegie’s enthusiasm to come and learn from the master. Several of those regulars will also be participants at the Montana 500 race.

While investigating the lawn, we discovered several very old components including a pile of first Model T eyeglasses, engines, rear axles and other things to form the foundation of a restoration, or another Montana 500 competition. The combination of components also includes vehicles constructed well after the Model T Ford. Other vehicles we seen ranged mostly in the late 1940s to the mid 1960so without a newer.

Carnegie’s first love is breathing life into old Model Ts. This is one of about six engines he was in the process of rebuilding on the day of our visit.

Carnegie’s first love is breathing life into older Model Ts. This is one of roughly six engines he had been in the process of rebuilding the afternoon of the trip.

The eye candy is not only from the salvage yard or perhaps in Carnegie’s store. Parked from the lawn during our trip was a Model T roadster pickup that Carnegie says he uses to operate parts round the Spokane Valley. He additionally has many automobiles he succeeds as every day drivers and perhaps not surprisingly, they’re all Model Ts. He runs them yearlong, and it can get mighty chilly in Washington State’s oriental area with temperatures frequently running well below zero levels.

Now comes the tricky part: establishing a trip to the Antique Auto Ranch. As mentioned previously, Carnegie spends all the days working on the restoration and rebuilding of search engines and other components. Like some other craftsman, he relishes from the privacy he finds in that labour. For that reason, Antique Auto Ranch is available two days per week to get customers to see Carnegie welcomes people every single Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to five p.m. On rare event, an out-of-town client can call ahead and make an appointment to see.

An engine block in the yard behind the Antique Auto Ranch shop. According to its number, this engine was produced in November 1917 making it more than 100 years old!

An engine block at the lawn behind the Antique Auto Ranch store. According to its number, this motor has been created in November 1917 which makes it longer than 100 years old! )

Today, many of Carnegie’s parts business is managed via the web and he has a helper that helps bundle and send parts to enthusiastic customers around the globe.

Antique Auto Ranch
2225 N. Dollar Rd.
Spokane Valley, WA 99212
509-535-7789
www.antiqueautoranch.com

We found stacks of Model T frames ready to serve as the basis for restorations.

We found heaps of Model T frames ready to function as the foundation for restorations.

Solid fenders and additional sheet metal remain on this 1957 Pontiac Chieftain sedan.

Solid fenders and additional sheet metal stay with this 1957 Pontiac Chieftain sedan.

Lots of sheet metal and an original frame, engine and transmission could serve as the basis for a runabout roadster.

Lots of sheet metal along with an original framework, transmission and engine may act as the foundation for a runabout roadster.

Having given up many parts, there were still a few more to be found on this 1956 Chrysler Windsor sedan at the Antique Auto Ranch in Spokane Valley.

Having given up several components, there were nevertheless a few more available with this 1956 Chrysler Windsor sedan in the Antique Auto Ranch at Spokane Valley.

This 1950 De Soto Custom looks like it took a significant center-hit, which lead to its presence at the Antique Auto Ranch.

This 1950 De Soto Custom seems like it required a substantial center-hit, which lead to its own existence in the Antique Auto Ranch.

Scattered around the shops of the Antique Auto Ranch are real treasures such as this period aftermarket “Spring Wheel,” a great idea that was poorly executed. It was later deemed a failure.

Scattered across the stores of this Antique Auto Ranch are real treasures like this period aftermarket “Spring Wheel,” that a fantastic idea that was badly implemented. It was later termed a failure.

This 1951 Cadillac sedan has most likely been in the Antique Auto Ranch inventory for far more than 40 years.

This 1951 Cadillac sedan has probably been at the Antique Auto Ranch stock for more than 40 years.

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