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In about 1958, my dad restored a 1927 Ford Model T Roadster. The car was rough, to say the least but a little sand blasting goes a long way.

Unfortunately, there was no hope for the turtle deck (the trunk) which was totally rusted to pieces.

What to do?

Well, you could get fiber glass replacements (bucket T's are pretty popular with hot-rodders). Instead, my dad and I scoured the junkyards hoping to get lucky.

Then my dad started looking for Ford dealers who were in the same building they had been in in the 1920's. He found one, seven miles away in the town of Marion Wisconsin. We drove over, went up in the attic and, sure enough, there was a turtle deck that had been removed in 1927 when some farmer converted his roadster to a pickup. In those days, the license was cheaper for a pickup.

We blew the dust off that turtle deck and the paint was like new.

True story.
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