Saturday, April 7, 2018


Today at the Lone Star Round Up, I came across a Turtle deck Model T running a Dodge Caravan center bench seat. The owner was nice enough to share details when I told him I had a 26/27 model.

I cross referenced the info on the HAMB and found a post on that confirmed it. This is the ideal set-up. Low in profile, fold-down lever on the passenger side, and a perfect width.

In addition, I met an upholsterer, Stitch in Time, who works with Mercury Charlie and is interested in helping me create a seat similar but not the exact same as the bench in Mercury Charlie's original Tall T, now owned by John Tullis of Dripping Springs, TX.

A quick Google image search revealed the exact seat to be third-generation Dodge Caravan seat, available from 1996-2000.

I'm posting it here for my own reference and will be on the hunt for one. A good day of sleuthing was had by your truly.

Friday, March 9, 2018


Came across this 66 Impala for sale and had to share it as it's the color I have in mind for my roadster. It's a much silver as it is turquoise. And it sure looks nice with a light interior color. I'm thinking silver or white would be the perfect interior color.

My thought is to use a Pontiac engine color for the 327 to stay in the same neighborhood and to contrast it with a silver or pearl white paint for the frame and other components.

ADDENDUM: Just cruised the Barnes & Noble newsstand and saw a great car in Street Rodder magazine. A 1964 Mercury Marauder owned by Dick Uhlenkott. The paint color it used is 2004 Honda Millenial Lake Havasu blue. IT looks like its a color they used in 2004. The only problem is, the color looked varied on the different pages of the article. Doh. If it's this color, I'm all in:

Wednesday, February 14, 2018


The return to our garage begins at my buddy's secret hill country bunker in Cypress Mills, just outside of Austin.  I've had one of my hobby cars, a Ford Model T coupe, stashed for six years. 
Wheeling the car into position to be put on the flatbed, we removed the skates. 

The engine and Turbo 400 Trans came from a '66 Buick. The frame is a Mercury Charlie "Zee Frame" and the rea rend was made to order form John's Industries. Mercury Charlie was well into fabricating the floorboards when progress halted.

The Wheels and tries were chosen to reflect an early sixties aesthetic and to come from the Herman Munster school of hot rodding. If I had to site a couple of references, Mercury Charlie's T would be high on my list. Which is why he has done much of the work to date on this car. 

Someday, this sucker will be back on the road with the name "Lily". 

Next stop, home sweet home. No longer out of sight or mind. 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015


We've had a little setback on the T.  My buddy Charlie, who was going to get bust building it was involved in a serious car accident. The good news is, although he's got a lot of healing and medical bills to pay for, he's up and around and feeling a bit better. The bad news is, our plan to get busy on the T is on the back burner heals up. In the meantime, we'll focus on the roadster.  To be continued.

Thursday, December 25, 2014


I've just compiled a thought dump and am getting ready to send it to automotive illustrator Jimmy Smith, who is going to help Mercury Charlie and I arrive at the look for my T. I'm sure looking forward to seeing where he takes it in sketches. The references are gothic, inspired by the Munster's
and Mercury Charlie's old tall T. I've suggested colors of suede and given a lot of thought starters.
As a sneak peak, here is the steering wheel I'm planning on running and the taillights. They both came from the same car. Can anyone guess?

These one-year-only tail lights and the deep-pitched steering wheel below came from a
1962  Oldsmobile Starfire. I' planning on using both in the T to build on an early sixties theme.

I'd like to create a center console using the 1962 Olds Starfire as reference.
Clearly, the 4-speed shifter gate will need some fabrication