Model T


The first production Model T Ford (1909 model year) was assembled at the Piquette Avenue Plant in Detroit on October 1, 1908. Over the next 19 years relatively few fundamental changes were made to the basic design. By 1926 the design was so antiquated that the Model T could not compete with more modern offerings from competitors like Chevrolet.
Ford Motor Company

Henry's Model T changed the world forever. In 1909, for $825, a Ford customer could buy a reliable automobile that was fairly easy to drive. Ford sold over ten thousand Model T cars in the first year of production. As time went on the price dropped dramatically. It went from $825 to $475 within a few years. The reason being is because it became mass produced. Rather then being made by hand, they were made on factory lines. therefore there were many Model T's being produced. So more could be sold and now every American could afford to buy one.

Model_T_275.jpg The Model T was built for rough riding. The reason for that is because there was no such thing as tar roads. All the roads were dirt, rocks, dusty, and very bumpy. So they had to build a car that would be able to handle such riding conditions.


The engine was a 177 cubic inch four-cylinder side-valve engine developing 20 to 22 bhp at 1600rpm. It had a two-speed forward and reverse planetary transmission operated with pedal actuated bands rather than a clutch and sliding gear transmission -- for easier driving than using the conventional clutch and stick operated sliding-gears, no gears to crash.


A= Transmission Neutral / Parking Brake Lever
B= High Gear / Neutral / Low Gear Pedal
C= Reverse Gear Pedal
D= Brake Pedal
E= Two Speed Rear Axle Shift Lever (if Ruckstell 2-speed rear axle is installed)
F= Battery / Magneto Ignition Switch
G= Throttle Lever and Quadrant