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Early Ford Registry

Model N Ford Restoration Project

12/10/2016 Latest update from Rick Lindner:

10/17/2012 Latest update from Jerry and Norm:
Finished assemblies and parts displayed at Piquette, while we are waiting for a wishbone.












5/8/2010 Latest update from Jerry Van: The hood is at the refinishers getting ready for finish. No exact date to be returned but they're working on it.
The body is ready to start final wood prep before finish. Chassis is ready for assembly. Engine and transmission are rebuilt and ready for final assembly. Front axle and differential are rebuilt and ready for final assembly. We may be held up while we wait for donations to finish final painting as it will be very expensive even though some of that work is being donated.

Now you can make a 501(c)3 tax deductable donation right here with a credit card, check or PayPal account. You don't even need a PayPal account to do this. Just click on the "Donate" button and select the amount and type of payment. We will contact you to arange the 501(c)3 tax receipt.

2009-2010 More donations received.
As it does for many of us, the winter season has really slowed down progress on the Model N project. Since our last update, Tim & Connie Morsher have sent in a beautiful reproduction battery box, copied from an original. Tim and Connie have been great supporters of our project as have many others.
Norm Bolz and I have also been busy refining some details of the seat, (previously donated by Dan Mari). Since the seat and body were from different sources, there was a slight fit-up problem. It became obvious that the easiest solution was to make a new base for the seat buckets. A little sawing, gluing and routing and we have a new seat base that agrees with the dimensions of the body. I don't believe the body or seats were made wrong to begin with. As has been documented, the seats varied some in width over the production of the N. I think we just had body & seat possibly based on different eras of N production.
We are really looking forward to better weather that would allow us to bring the body outside for sanding, sealing and priming. Both Norm's and my indoor areas are full of "stuff" and not conducive to body work. Even Model N sized bodies. Such is the plight of a collector.
We are still in need of an NRS wishbone and a steering pitman arm. Anybody? And , of course, we could always use cash donations for the purchase of paint and other parts & supplies.
Thanks for the continued support of the Early Ford Registry and its members!

7/26/2008 Radiator Photos from Jerry Van.
Brassworks did a fantastic job on the radiator. They had trouble with their supplier for the crankbox casting so we sent an original from the parts pile for which they gave a generous discount on the completed radiator.

7/25/2008 Latest Photos from Jerry Van.
Pictures show the new axles being made, the coilbox restoration and new lid with new insulators donated
by John Biggs and new switch by an anonymous donor. Also resizing worn out bores in the differential gears.
The new radiator arrived today and pictures will follow, (not out of the box yet).

Newly delivered to Detroit are the wheels. Rebuild donation by Bruce Balough. Now we're rolling!.

Update on March 28th, 2008. The wheels have been restored!
Update December 21, 2007

Great strides have been made since the delivery of the project to T-Plex. Jerry Van and Norm have sorted, evaluated, cleaned, measured, repaired, blasted, primed and painted alot of parts. Engine and Transmission parts have been taken to Minneapolis where a team of EFR'ers have been getting it ready. Wheels have been sent to the spoke shop. A new radiator is on order from BrassWorks. We received several parts we needed as donations, and several members have sent very generous and much appreciated cash donations. Some excess parts are being sold on EBay.
Don't wait long because the excess parts will be gone soon.
All in all, the project is moving right along. It's too soon to predict when the car will be running. Check back often to read about progress and see new photos.

Adopt-a-part

Now you can adopt a part or parts for the restoration project. We need money to purchase some new parts. In addition, we must pay for some outside work, like upholstery and paint. You can specify that you want your donation to go toward a specific item or area. Some ideas are paint, top covering, an oiler, electrical parts, and brass work. For example, you could donate $25 to adopt a couple of brass hubcaps. Donate $100 to adopt 4 inner tubes. Donate $250 to adopt a wheel. Donate $500 to adopt paint purchase. Donate $1000 to adopt part of the engine rebuild. You get the idea. Jerry Van Ooteghem knows what we need and can make any donation worth your while. If you act NOW, your donation will be eligible for the 2007 Tax Deduction. No mater how large or small your donation, you can help. Click to send Jerry Van email

501(c)(3) Tax Receipts

We are planning to send the 2007 501(c)(3) tax receipts for donations of money and parts about January 1, 2008. There is no prescribed format for the written statement. The receipt will be in letter form with sufficient description to support your contribution. In the case of cash contributions, the amount of the contribution will be stated. If you donated parts, we will describe the part or parts fully. It is your responsibility to determine the value of the items. It's not too late to make a tax deductable donation. Contact Jerry now.   Click to send Jerry Van email No mater how large or small your donation, you can help. Thank you again for helping our organization preserve our most important heritage - An operational Model N Ford - being restored in the place where it was first built!

Thanks to a generous gift of two Model N Cars (in parts) from Richard Oswald, we have accepted the task of making a running piece of history.

You can participate in this project.



Now you can make a 501(c)3 tax deductable donation right here with a credit card, check or PayPal account.
You don't even need a PayPal account to do this.
Just click on the "Donate" button and select the amount and type of payment.
We will contact you to arange the 501(c)3 tax receipt.

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