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    I believe this is a TT one ton truck with an aftermarket coach built body.



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    Growing up we had a neighbor, retired Army Lt. Col. Crawford, he had a beige model-t that he would drive a couple times a year. He was a great tall rotund fellow with a little tiny Chihuahua. I always thought it was a real treat to see him and his tiny dog driving slowly around the block. His car looked just like this model from amazon, same color too. it even had the little round windscreen.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoeyawl View Post
    Yes both the distributor, and a water pump did wonders for the "T" almost a must have for modern times, like 1925...
    There must have been a million accessories made for the T.

    Did you use your coil to light up neon bulbs?
    That was a fun trick when I was a kid.
    Here's a fully accessorized T engine:

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    I like all of the Brass-Era cars.

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    I have read that since they didn't have a fuel pump, to go up steep hills, you would have to back up the hill to keep the fuel tank above the carbs.

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    Mum came out from England to West Oz as a 'Ten Pound Pom' in the early '50s looking for an Australian bloke with a MT, whilst Dad was sent out from England by my grandparents to avoid being conscripted into the Suez crisis. Legend has it that Mum and my Aunt were picked by Dad hitching in the arid countryside inland from Geraldton by Dad who was driving an MT at the time.

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    My Dad met my mother in a dance hall on the other side of the state, having driven there in his Model T. He had a wooden box bolted on the back to keep his tux neat for the dances.

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    My Dad has 5, I think, at last count, including a replica of the 1-ton truck his grandfather emigrated into Canada in (from Michigan) in 1928.

    I helped build the body of this one:



    http://www.vintagewings.ca/VintageNe...-70-Years.aspx

    They are totally practical cars. Ford was a genius in matching product to the market -- first-time car owners from middle-income brackets, in an era before paved roads, when most farms and houses had only a few basic tools.

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    Nice video.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy W View Post
    I have read that since they didn't have a fuel pump, to go up steep hills, you would have to back up the hill to keep the fuel tank above the carbs.
    My father said the same to me about the Austin Seven, but his explanation was that reverse was the lowest gear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy W View Post
    I have read that since they didn't have a fuel pump, to go up steep hills, you would have to back up the hill to keep the fuel tank above the carbs.
    The Model A also lacks a fuel pump, but the tank is quite a bit higher than the engine.

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    The bloke who owned the airfield I worked at, back in the early 70s, used to pick up the odd interesting car. One was a model T flatbed, used by a local seed merchant until the late 60s. We used to use it to check the runway lights. The gears DID take a bit of getting used to..

    Another morning, I walked into the hanger to find a big red firetruck from Haarlem parked in the corner. I asked him about it. Got it at an auction and thought you might be able to use it. I replied 'I hope not'

    Driffting a bit, but another day I found a Ferrari 250 GTO parked there.

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    #45, no guards on that monster. You'd have to be very sure of your footing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by skuthorp View Post
    #45, no guards on that monster. You'd have to be very sure of your footing!
    That's for sure--and I'd be vearing safety glasses...

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    I have read that since they didn't have a fuel pump, to go up steep hills, you would have to back up the hill to keep the fuel tank above the carbs.
    I heard from an old guy driving one that the sump arrangement made this necessary, or else the front bearing would burn out from lack of oil. No oil pump, they used splash lubrication with an oil flinger, and if there was no oil at the right place, no lubrication.

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    restored?... some of us are old enough to have driven them before they needed restoring
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy W View Post
    I have read that since they didn't have a fuel pump, to go up steep hills, you would have to back up the hill to keep the fuel tank above the carbs.
    I live in Reading, PA. We have a steep hill here called Mt. Penn where the inventor of the fuel pump tested his cars. I have also heard that cars had to back up hills due to the gravity feed. His name was Duryea and every Summer there is a sports car hill climb race up Mt. Penn on Duryea drive. This part of Pennsylvania was an early "Detroit" with at least a few manufacturers such as Sterling located here. The town of Fleetwood about 12 miles out of Reading still has the Fisher body plant where the Cadillac Fleetwood, custom coaches, were supposedly made.

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    Here's one reason off roading a Model T is possible. This is a car that was made for a different world than the one we live in now...

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    Better yet... Vintage test drive footage

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wA2P76gQUCo

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoeyawl View Post
    Better yet... Vintage test drive footage

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wA2P76gQUCo
    This is great!



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    Moving some non political content up front...

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    From the the video in post #45...

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    Bump...

    This is a deal
    https://sfbay.craigslist.org/pen/cto/6179584565.html


    I would offer about half...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoeyawl View Post
    A lot of "options" for the Model T
    (My neighbor collects T speedsters, and has some fancy engines)

    This is not a speedster!
    Aft drive sprocket, good, you don't need a compensated track that way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by leikec View Post


    Here's one reason off roading a Model T is possible. This is a car that was made for a different world than the one we live in now...

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    That is what's known in the industry as high axle articulation. I had not heard of RTI or ramp travel index, but looks like they mean the same thing. A tandem bogie (walking beam) on a solid axle give fabulous articulation.
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    image.jpg

    Love this T!

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    Don't love the whitewalls though- definitely out of period.

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    First thing this mourning I saw a fellow driving a Model-A convertible coupe, It looked pristine!
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    Quote Originally Posted by birlinn View Post
    Don't love the whitewalls though- definitely out of period.
    Actually... Whitewalls are period correct.

    "Early automobile tires were made entirely of natural white rubber, but that white rubber compound didn’t offer sufficient traction and endurance, so carbon black was added to the rubber used for the treads. Using carbon black only in the tread produced tires with inner and outer sidewalls left showing the original white rubber base"

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    Quote Originally Posted by leikec View Post
    image.jpg

    Love this T!

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    The green is also period correct for the car.

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