but they simply are not Rushtons. Well this is true, but then they are as well if not better built, but unfortunately not the time machine the original would be for a paddler. (if robust enuf to still be used) This thread hit home with me not for all the furious debate and opinions, but on a personal note when my attitude changed 2 years ago. For years restoring motorcycles we did the frame up thing, and although remaining true to the original intended finishes, they were nevertheless redone, losing all of the originality. The resale market then swung dramatically from the over restored to the original, even if battered or only traces of finishes remain. I believe Michael echoes my own evolved view - when selling off part of the family estate I sold a 1923 Doctors coupe Model T to a collector and his father in New York, it was the last year for suicide doors and so on. We acquired it from the original owner, he passed on at over 80 and had received it from his father, the town doctor, on turning 16. It was unrestored and had not run since 1969. The point of my ramble is that the purhcasers, two rather knowledgeable fellows were so ecstatic at finding an unmolested original car (their words, but apt) that they spent the next hour in front of me confirming as well as denying theories on assembly and build practices at the factory in the '20s. They took it home, had it running 2 days later and are currently using it. I would normally have disassembled the entire car, and refinished each piece, no doubt losing the link Kathy speaks of. To properly restore a model T you should buy one part enamel, put it in a crude paint gun, and stand back about 3' and shoot the car as it rolls by at 2 miles/hour, just like Henry did along with dust, bugs and sags. NOT BASF 2 stage paint, 1000 grit wet sand and clear coat and so on. Hence my original reply of strip, sand and paddle - unless president Taft's signature is on it in pencil. Nothing beats using it like John says, but in some cases I absolutely side with Michael and promote preservation over restoration, even at the expense of not having it useable if it is a repository of information. I'll get off my soapbox now.