Ford built the first 2499 Model T Fords with water pumps. The brand new 1909 above is one of the first 2499 cars equipped with a water pump. The crank ratchet is made to hold the crank in either up or down position, a feature that was deleted during the redesign for all Model T’s serial number 2500 and subsequent. While the water pump idea didn’t work out for most Model T’s, it does make the earlier cars more interesting and valuable to collectors. Few were built, fewer exist, and those that do exist for the most part are never driven. The ones that are in private hands do get used, some more than others. As a result many of these cars that are driven have to be repaired frequently because the water pump design is not very good. Let’s take a look at what it takes to rebuild one.
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When we left off last time the car was running. To review the previous installment click here:
How To Drive A Model T Ford Part 1
When the Model T was being sold and driven as a new car most Americans lived outside of cities on farms. There would seldom be any other car on the road. Meeting another car would be at a minimum an occasion to wave and honk. Perhaps you might even stop to exchange pleasantries, and to view the other driver’s machine.
Today most of us are faced with the challenge of operating our Model T on the same road as other modern cars with their not – so – attentive drivers. You and your Model T need to be on your game to stay safe out there.
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Recently we had a trip to The Benson Ford archive to work on some documentation. One day it seemed like time to go for a walk through the museum. As a matter of fact it is always a great time for that. The Henry Ford Museum and the adjacent Greenfield Village complex and farm are one of the many great things that resulted from the genius and vision of Henry Ford and the industrial greatness that is typical of of Detroit. Let’s take a trip through the museum and see the exhibits this month.
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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.
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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.
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