Lithia Springs, GA
Flathead 4 Cylinder
In the days slightly after the horse and wagon and slightly before superhighways, if you wanted something big and heavy moved, you used Fords rugged, reliable, and versatile Model T. This familiar 1927 Ford Model T is a great example with the right look, a bit of patina, and it remains a great deal of fun to own and drive. If youre a truck collector, and I know there are plenty of you out there, you need a big T in your collection and this is an excellent choice. With a no-nonsense, job-ready look, its pretty much the way Henry built it back in 1927, including a coat of honest black paint. The familiar grille and fenders, plus the upright cab all date the truck and make it the most identifiable heavy hauler of all time, and given the values, you dont see them all that often because so few were preserved this well. The bed is finished the way the factory would have done it with wooden planks painted black, and it remains just as sturdy and ready to work as it was nearly a century ago. Looking at the overall form, its kind of cool to think that commercial vehicles also were things of beauty back in the day. Theres not much chrome, of course, but the plated radiator dresses the simple T up a bit and dates it to the end of production (1927 was the final year for the Model T). The interior is simple, as youd expect for a simple machine like this. The seat is simple leatherette, which was Fords name for vinyl, and the floors are not carpeted. The same Model T controls that you got on the passenger cars were used here, too, including a hand throttle, and a set of foot pedals for the 2-speed planetary transmission. Its easy to operate once you see how it works and if youve got the time, the dependable Model T will get you anywhere you need to go as long as theres gas in the under-seat tank. A hard rubber steering wheel is big and beefy and offers plenty of leverage for the steering, even fully loaded. Instrumentation includes just an ammeter that monitors the generators output and the ignition switch, plus a gear lever for the Ruckstell 2-speed rear end that helps with around-town driving. There are windows in the doors and it seals up reasonably well for something so ancient, and youll probably dig the fabric mechanism for lowering the windows: simply unsnap it and lower the glass! The engine is the same 4-cylinder 20-horsepower powerplant that was under the hood of every Model T, but with clever gearing, it moves the truck easily, loaded or empty. Speed isnt the point, reliability is, and this ancient machine will still out-last just about anything made today on the job site. Correct in just about every way, from the individual coils and plug leads to the simple cooling system (Henry finally added water pumps late in production to cope with the added demands of 1920s traffic). The updraft carburetor hangs under the cast iron exhaust manifold and it fires with a familiar sound that forms the background soundtrack for every old movie ever made. The basic chassis is in great shape, and even though it looks spindly and fragile, rest assured that this sucker is robust and ready to work. 23-inch wood wheels with hickory spokes sport staggered tires that manage the load out back. A wonderful vintage truck that always attracts a lot of attention and will be a lot of fun for parades and shows. Call today!