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Nearly a century old, but it will do 40 MPH

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The car is original other than the distributor, which makes it run more smoothly. The car is original other than the distributor, which makes it run more smoothly.
Parts were actually easy to find, it just took time to get the car back in fighting condition. Parts were actually easy to find, it just took time to get the car back in fighting condition.
LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) -

It's nearly a 100 years old and runs like its new. We're talking about a 1915 Model T, which is now on display in Longview.

Jim Hurst of Pegues-Hurst Ford in Longview received a big surprise when the Model T pulled up at the car dealership. He thought it was crated up in storage.

It took 87 years of experience to make it road-worthy.

It's been in a box for 20 years, but the beast has been set free. A couple of years ago over at Pegues Hurst Ford they got the idea to see if they could get the old Model T running, without telling Jim Hurst. They got a couple of their best on it.

Ken Martin retired after 42 years as a Ford mechanic, and Gary Arneson has been working on Fords for 46 years.

"The thing started out as a small deal, we were just going to put a radiator in it and it just kind of amplified from there. We ended up, the engine locked up before we could get it in. We had to pull the engine out and overhaul it. We had to take a hacksaw and cut the tires off of it because they wouldn't come off. We had to rewire it, a new wiring harness. It just kind of grew, said Martin.

Parts were actually easy to find, it just took time to get Mr. T back in fighting condition.

"It runs good, it's smooth, but I don't know if it would go all the way to Tyler or not," Jim Hurst said.

The car is original other than the distributor, which makes it run more smoothly. It's complicated to drive.

"Once you got it going you put it down here, and you would change the spark advance depending how much fuel, and this is exactly like your accelerator here," Jim said using what looked like blinker controls.

It also has no brakes, you just kind of downshift.

"You have full coverage insurance?" I asked Jim.

"I don't know that anyone would insure it," Jim admitted.

It's covered under their company. The car's been with Pegues Hurst over fifty years, and Jim believes it came from Marshall, TX, but he's not 100 percent on that.

"All you have to do is check the Car Fax," I pointed out to Jim.

"Check the Car Fax," Jim laughed.

The car will be on display at Pegeues Hurst Ford in Longview. The dealership, which is 98 years old, is the third-oldest car dealership in Texas.

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