When the 1909 Model 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.
When the new 1909 Model T Ford first came out of the Piquette assembly plant in the fall of 1908 it was a much different world than today. Gasoline was originally produced as a by – product of kerosene production. It was marketed as a cleaning fluid and sold in drug stores and hardware stores. You could generally buy a gallon can of gasoline for about 30 cents, which sounds inexpensive, but in 2017 currency it is equivalent to about $8.07 a gallon! We have much better quality gasoline today, and it is much cheaper.
When Ford started building the 1909 Model T in the fall of 1908 there were not oil grades such as we have become familiar with today. The Society of Automobile Engineers (SAE) which was formed in 1905 did not identify oil grades for several years. The industry standards for motor oil were far different from what we have today. There were oils designed for motor car “cylinder use” in other words, oil to use in the crank case. Continue reading “Oil for the Model T Ford”