The Mad River Ts Model T Ford Club, a Chapter of the Model T Ford Club of America, serves T enthusiasts in the northern Miami Valley of Ohio. Our site provides a journal of club happenings along with pictures and commentary from tours hosted and enjoyed by the club and its members.

Thursday, April 3, 2014


Hurray!  Huzzah!!  Bazinga!!!

Brian and Danny humbly announce the
Schedule of MRTs’ Evening Socials

(Well, Brian is humble, anyway.  Shush.)


And now, the rest of the 2014 story:


Same day of the month, which is Third Thursday, same time (7 p.m.. plus or minus one minute) every single, ever-lovin’ month at Panera in Troy


17 April

15 May

19 June

17 July

21 August

18 Sept

16 October

20 November

18 December


Hard to remember the night?  Just think TT.

(Oops, that could be Third Tuesday, or Tuesdays and Thursdays – never mind)

Any questions – call someone and yell “HELP!”

  (Excuse the date format – Brian does Air force date-speak)


Friday, March 21, 2014

We Made It!

Spring is here.

Greet it with us tomorrow at the Spring Planning Meeting.
Prez Danny and VP Brian have big plans. Help them fine tune the Tour Season.

Heck Yeah near Piqua.  Saturday, March 22, 11 a.m. meeting.  Order brunch at 10:30.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Be Careful!

When driving your T in a new area
make sure you consider the local wildlife.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Featured Member T - March/April

1927 Fordor Owned By John Dete, Driven and Maintained by Jim Naderer
(Photo Courtesy of John and Jim)

Our Featured Member T is the 1927 Fordor owned by John Dete, maintained and driven by our newest Mad River Ts member, Jim Naderer, both from near West Liberty in Logan County.  Our founder, Miriam Williams, would be so proud to add another Logan County Model T which I believe came most recently from a Champaign County farm. It’s an absolute beauty!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Monday, January 27, 2014

January Evening Social

The Mad River Ts Evening Socials

The January evening gathering has been scheduled for Wednesday evening, the 29th at 7 p.m. by VP Brian Mettling.  We hope you will join us at the Panera Bread store near I-75 at 1920 W Main Street in Troy.  Enjoy some hot chocolate or coffee and an evening dessert along with some fine fellowship with T lovers.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Featured Member T - January/February

After A Long Rest, A 1919 Speedster Awakens…
By Mad River T Member Dave Barker

Ed. - See Dave's first start.
In 1926, just southwest of Philadelphia, a father bought his son a used 1919 Ford Roadster for his birthday. Seventeen year old Tommy enlisted the help of his best friend, and the boys set about modifying it immediately. They removed the body, replacing it with a home-built sheet metal cowl, and pine plank body. Mechanically, they replaced the magneto and original timer with a battery and distributor. They also replaced the original cylinder head with an early RAJO 8-valve head. The idea was, similar to many others since, to make the car into a unique, faster, sleeker Speedster that resembled many home-built racers at the time.

Once completed, the boys drove it for several years, until now twenty-one year old Tommy became ill with kidney problems. Unfortunately, Tommy succumbed to his illness, and passed away in 1930. In memory of his son, Tommy’s father gave the car to the friend who had helped him modify it and had enjoyed it so much with him during those years. The friend was my grandfather, Don Barker.

Don drove the Speedster for the next few years, until he was married and moved to Sidney, NY in 1933. Unable at the time to bring the car with him, it was stored in a chicken coop on the family property near Philadelphia. It was to sit there silently for over 20 years.

In 1954, fifteen year old John Barker (my father) convinced his dad to bring the car to Sidney, NY. They put it on a trailer and hauled it back to New York, where John and his best friend set to work disassembling, cleaning, and putting it all back together. In April of 1955, the Ford was back on the road.

For the next twenty-five years, it was driven on nice weekends in the summer and stored in a garage the rest of the time at John’s home in Binghamton, NY. My brother and I still recall the thrill of riding in the car with my dad or grandfather at they drove it to local car shows when we were young. We actually got to learn how to drive it in the summer of 1977 when my grandfather took us to our school parking lot, and (with permission from the school superintendent) taught us how to drive it when we were 13 and 14 years old.

In June of 1979, we took the car off the road after we noticed the valve keepers were very worn. After closer inspection, dad decided the engine needed a complete overhaul. With the best of intentions, the restoration was begun in 1980. My brother and I (with help from dad) took a keen interest in disassembling the car, creating wiring diagrams, documenting measurements, finding (or having made) parts for the engine, etc. New valves, keepers, and tappets were needed for the head, and we had a local machinist turn the new valve stems and faces down to the needed specs. He also made new keepers and tappets. The old head gasket was mailed to a company in California, and they made a beautiful replacement copper clad one. Doug’s Speed Shop on Upper Court St, honed the cylinders, installed valve guides, sent the block to a company in Glens Falls, NY to have babbitt bearings poured, and reassembled the engine.

We brought the engine home and put in the garage in a big plastic bag, wrapped in blankets. The rest of the car, now disassembled, was scattered in various areas of the large garage.

Life got in the way for all of us, and the engine, and all the rest of the car, in pieces, sat there for the next 35 years. Never forgotten, and often thought of through the years, we all felt sure that someday one of us would make the time and effort to restore the Speedster.

In August of 2012, I spoke with my family members, who all still live in or near our family home in Binghamton, NY. I proposed to them that I transport the car (still in pieces) back to my home in Beavercreek to begin work on restoring the Speedster. I started with three of the Simplex wire wheels in September. Another trip in December brought the front end, and about a dozen large boxes of various parts. In May of 2013, I was able to trailer the remaining parts back to Beavercreek, including the frame, engine, transmission, rear-end, body, etc.

Over the last year, I’ve spent much of my available time working on the car; disassembling, cleaning, painting, reassembling, etc. Two weeks ago, I was able to start the engine for the first time. What a true thrill to hear that familiar rumble after all these years!

I’ll continue to work through the winter months, with hopes of getting the car on the road in the Spring of 2014.

Ed. - See Dave's first start.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014