Wednesday, July 18th two-hundred Ford Model T’s rumbled into the parking lot and overflowed onto our lawn. The Model T Ford Club International (MTFCI) stopped by on their 2018 tour, a week long tour of historic western PA. We were delighted to give them a tour of the shop and our facilities. We even met a few retired diesel mechanics who were impressed with the technology in these new trucks and how our shop is keeping up with the advancements made in tuning and performance.
Walking out of the building there was almost every year and variation of Model T imaginable. From early models with brilliant brass radiators and carbide headlamps, to fully restored show cars, to original and unrestored cars with patina and cracking paint. There was even a Ford Model TT 1-ton truck with a flatbed car carrier in the back. This was not the first heavy duty truck, but was one of the most popular and affordable trucks available to the mass market. There was even a semi-trailer version. These trucks have the same 20 horsepower engine as the cars, but with a heavier chassis and suspension. In order to carry one ton of weight with only 20 horsepower, extremely low gears had to be used. It had either a 7.25:1 or a 5.17:1 rear end and a top speed of about 25 MPH with the later. We’ve certainly coming a long way now that stock trucks are making between 500 and 600 HP.
It was also nice to see these people actually using their cars as they were intended to be used. Carla, a long time Model T owner once drove her 1924 car from New York to Seattle, only taking back roads due to the 45 MPH top speed of the T. They managed to make the trip in the 100 year old car with zero breakdowns and only one flat tire. The reliability of these cars is amazing.
It was also interesting to see how Model T owners are modifying their cars to make them run better and be more reliable. Not all that different to what we do here at Pittsburgh Power. Some common upgrades are rear disk brakes, 12 volt ignition systems, aluminum pistons, and performance cams. All while keeping the same look and feel of the original car.
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Many of the articles compiled here where written by Bruce Mallinson. Attribution to other contributors is given in the specific articles.