NEVER SAY DIE to a Model T
Ford’s Model T Woody’s are still kicking around. The wooden truck had its heyday was between 1917 to 1923. These pictures below are proof that the Woody is still strong and viable. I guess it’s a throwback from the horse-drawn wooden wagons that dominated the old west as the pioneers forged their way through make shift roads and trodden trails. The model T truck had the same chassis as the Model T car with solid rubber tires. In 1918 Ford’s assembly line produced 3 of these trucks. As demand grew…you know the rest. They grew in weight to about a ton and sold for $399 around 1923. You’d be surprised how many are still around. This Huckster Wagon was sold for $22,000 in 2015 at an auction in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Billboards would advertise The MODEL T FORD !! The Car That changed the world !! You can paint it any color you want as long as it’s “BLACK”
To name a truck the “Express” pickup with a top speed of 20 miles an hour is a bit much considering that vehicles today will easily drive 100 miles of 60 kilometers an hour. (and more). The top speed for any Model T’s were about 20 miles an hour. That’s parade speed ladies and gentlemen. Back then, gas for your car was about 50 cents a gallon. One of R.C. Ayers’ coolest “toys” was the 1923 Ford Model T express truck that has been in the family about 30 years. Flat beds were around back in 1914. But, not quite like what you see today.
After the Clydesdale stopped delivering milk to your doorstep, the milk truck emerged. The original ‘Woody’ milk Truck was popular until a more efficient milk truck took its place. Now, we go to the grocery stores and pick up cartons or bags of milk. No more glass milk bottles with one inch of cream on top! …delivered to your door every morning. The short-lived ‘woody’ milk truck reigned for a good 8-10 years. While they still linger on today.
Judging by the way most of the Model T trucks from the era were treated, it’s a good bet Hansen’s toy was never babied like this in its first life. Ford began offering it’s TT line in 1917 with a one-ton chassis that was not much more than a heavy-duty version of its Model T automobile platform. The trucks rode on solid rubber tires and were propelled through a worm-driven rear axle connected to the 176.7-cid, L-head four-cylinder engine that was rated at 20 hp. The trucks had dual brakes, cowl lamps, front fenders and not much else. The 125-inch-wheelbase chassis carried a base price of $660 and turned out to be popular with the buying public — Ford wound up building a total of 135,002 of the new trucks. published by oldcarweekly.com
I had to share this picture with you. I could not believe my eyes! At 12-15 miles an hour…I hope he does not have to go far to unload the hay. Talk about heyday! Heyday has nothing to do with hay. It means the last hurrah(German Heida). Yes, definitely a ‘last’ for this farmer.
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