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1919 Ford Model TT


Engine Type:
4-Cylinder, 20 Horsepower, Electric Starter

Transmission Type:
Planetary 2-Speed with 3-Speed Aux.

Truck Information:
This 1919 Ford is actually a Model TT, which is a little heavier duty truck than a Model T. Most TTs have a planetary two-speed transmission; this one has a three-speed auxiliary transmission as well. That gives it more gears to haul heavier loads. Road conditions back then were lousy. People had to drive in mud, and the roads certainly weren't plowed when it snowed. With a two-speed transmission you would have a narrow power band. In one gear it would be running wide open, in the next gear it would be lugging. If you had more gears to choose from, you could find the ideal spot to actually run the truck. The engine in the Model TT was the same as the Model T car; it had very little power, four cylinders, very simple. Just about anybody could afford one and about anybody could fix it. This truck came from the factory with just the chassis, hood, fenders, steering wheel, and a place to sit. It was up to the buyer if they wanted to add a cab with a roof, windshield and bed. A truck could have been bought from the factory with a cab and bed, but many people chose to make their own. There weren't any safety standards or requirements to comply with, so people just built what worked for them. The current owner purchased this truck from a construction worker in 1964. The truck then resided in a machine shed in Apple Valley, Minnesota for 40 years. Restoration took place over the course of four years and was completed in 2008. This truck is on loan from John and Elaine Fischer of Hastings, Minnesota. Top Speed: 25 MPH



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