Clayton Paddison's 1926 Ford
1926 Ford Model T Roadster owned and built by Clayton Paddison of Portland, Oregon. The Model T Roadster was Clayton's first build, and it took him 2 years to create. Clayton was 23 years old when the build was completed. He bought the car from the great grandfather of a friend that had bought it in 1967 as a project car. The project was never started. 
Clayton retained the stock 1926 Ford body, and considered adding custom fenders, skirts, running boards and a glossy paint to it. After having the car primered, Clayton drove it around for a while. The response on the car was overwhelming and he decided to keep the car in its open-wheeled configiration.
The car is powered by a 1926 Ford motor that was bored .030" over and fit with aluminum racing pistons to lighten the top end and a high compression aluminum head to raise the compression ratio to 6:1. Clayton had the original cam re-ground with a much taller .280 race grind like they did on dirt track racers of the 1920s. A full set of stainless steel valves and a lightened flywheel. The magneto magnets on the flywheel were removed lightening it by 75 pounds. The engine was hooked to a "Mark-E" auxiliary overdrive. The newset part on the car is a single barrel carb from an early 1960s Ford Falcon. With all of the engine mods and overdrive the car cruises real nice at 55, but can make 60-65+ according to Clayton.
The body rests on a modified Model T frame. The front of the frame was fit with frame horns from a 1912 Cadillac 30 in order to use fork mounted 1913 Studebaker headlights and also as a subtle profile changer. The rear was done in the same fashion, but with a front clip from a 1923 or 1924 Buick. The front suspension was lowered 9 inches using old Laurel Underslung brackets. The rear was lowered the same amount by splitting the rear axle housing and switching side, putting the spring perches to the bottom. A set of extended hand made shackles were used to get the finished stance which also lengthened the wheel base by 6 inches. 21 inch wire wheels from from a 1926-1927 Ford Model T were installed with the original Ford wire wheel hubs. Clayton abandoned the original Model T steering mechanism in favor of a stronger column/gear box from a 1924 Willys-Knight fitted with 1913 White GA "30" hand controls and a "push-pull" steering. The steering arms and drag link were donated by a 1925 Buick and an early Dodge.
After enjoying the car for a while Clayton began to construct a top for the car in November, 2008. The top was made from hand bent aluminum tubes fitted with plastic joints.
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