Driving through time – the Henry Ford’s Model T Fords

Recently I was privileged to be introduced to Ken Kennedy who is the manager of the driving collection of cars at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. Ken is quite a clever Model T mechanic, and he also is a T owner. Ken drives his own Model T’s on tours and local club events. This guy has what must be the dream job to end all dream jobs for a Model T enthusiast. He gets paid to do what the rest of us have to do for free.┬áThe driving collection at the Henry Ford consists of 14 Model T’s, a TT tow truck, and several Model AA trucks. There is also a Model AA bus. Let’s take a look at the shop, and learn what it takes to care for this fleet of lovely antique vehicles.

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Model T Ford Postcards by Cobb X Shinn

Cobb X Shinn was an artist who specialized in greeting cards. About 1914 Ford Motor Company hired him to pen a series of humorous cards that portrayed the Model T as iconic, inexpensive, yet superior to other cars of the day.

Shinn was a young man of 27 at the time. He went on to serve in the US Armed Forces in WWI, and lived in the Midwest until 1951 having a long career in illustrating mostly post cards and greeting cards.

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Model T Accessories: We Love Them!

When the 1909┬áModel T Ford was introduced in the fall of 1908 Ford was already the leading car manufacturer in the world. Within weeks of the first Model T being sold there were accessories available to “improve” it. Then as now, there were accessories that made claims that were either partly true or completely untrue. Other accessories offered genuine improvement. In any case they offer today’s Model T enthusiast interesting options to add to the car, or to hang on the garage wall as a conversation piece.

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