As Ford reached the end of its 1911 model year on September 31, 1911 the automotive industry knew one thing for certain. The Model T Ford was the best selling car on the planet! Ford had sold about 40,000 Model T’s during the 1911 model year, about 25% more than it had sold during the 1909 and 1910 model years combined! Nearly the entire chassis and engine had been revised during the 1911 model year, making production easier and the cars more reliable. No doubt the 1912 season was going to be even better for Ford.
Ford announced its offerings for the 1912 season as the touring, town car, torpedo runabout, open runabout, and the delivery car. Not shown in the catalog but available were the bare chassis. Not advertised or listed in the catalog, a handful of 1912 Model T coupes were built, probably for Ford executives. At the beginning of the model year the touring bodies were the same as those used at the end of the 1911 model year as seen above. The firewall is the “two piece” variety. Ford announced at the beginning of 1912 model year that new removable “fore doors” would be standard equipment on all Model T tourings. Ford was doing this in response to trends seen in the rest of the automotive industry. The Model T was “old fashioned” looking with no front doors.
Ford had been producing the Model T as its only model since the fall off 1908. Introduced as a 1909 model year car, the Model T went on to dominate the marketplace in its first year. This was no surprise to Ford’s competitors as the plucky Ford Model N – R – S had dominated in the years prior. By 1915 one would think that the rest of the industry would have figured out how to make a better and less expensive car than Ford. As we shall see, that was not how things worked out.
Above, the “new” 1915 Model T was simply an updated 1914 with less brass on the cowl lamps. Most 1915 Model T Fords looked just like the car in the photo above.
9:00 on Friday morning looking north from our spot in the west side of the South building. We are the only occupiers of our row on our side of the walkway. On the other side, against the wall, four vendors occupy spaces where there were 10 vendors as recently as two years ago. We’ve been coming to Chickasha for the annual Pre War Swap Meet for about 37 years, with no more than a half dozen missed in all that time. This year’s meet was good, but like last year it was not as good as it had been the year before.
There is no comparison to the feeling you get from driving your Model T surrounded by a group of other Model T’s. Suddenly you and your car are transported back in time. Everything is simpler. The air is fresher. You stop worrying about unimportant things.
The Model T Ford does not drive like a modern car. The controls, other than the steering wheel and the brake pedal, do not operate anything like a modern car. In this article we will seek to inform the first time T owner / driver so that we can enjoy these cars the way they were meant to be enjoyed – out on the road, with the wind rushing by.
A Model T Ford showroom in 1925 has oil stains all over the floor left by brand new Model T’s.
This issue of Model T Ford Fix will be the first of several installments dealing with ways to lessen the amount of oil leaking from your Model T. In this case I am working on a 1910 touring. The hogshead had multiple leaks from a number of typical spots. We are going to show one method to eliminate leaks from the pedal shafts in this article. We will show you how to make the tooling necessary for the job, as well as performing the modification to the hogshead itself. Let’s go!