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Here is a splendid 1914 Ford Model T Runabout. This brass era car represents a distinguished period in automotive history. It has the brass accoutrements that make these cars so special, along with original features like an acetylene generator, wooden spoke wheels, white tires, and more. But this is more than a 107-year-old piece of history; it is also a running and driving car.
This Model T is the product of an older restoration. The body was painted dark green while the fenders remain black. All metal and wood pieces are completely solid throughout. The top is in good condition and folds / raises easily. But the real discussion point on this type of car is the use of brass on so many components. There is the “Ford” radiator, the bulb horn, and the scuff plate. The headlamps, side lamps, and tail lamp all have painted bodies with brass caps. There many other brass pieces throughout; hardware, fittings, hub caps, instruments, trim, steering wheel, and more.
The 177ci 4-cylinder engine runs well and has been replaced at some point. This one has been retrofitted with a 12V battery and electric foot starter, though the hand crank is there too if you’re up for it. The engine fires up easily and runs in both the BAT and MAG switch positions. The car drives right down the road and is actually great fun to drive! The braking system also works good and is plenty capable for this light automobile. Note the crankcase has also been equipped with a dipstick, making it much easier to monitor oil level.
The interior is a real trip through time. The bench seat is in very good condition while the wooden steering wheel with brass spokes is a piece of art. The parking brake lever, low/high pedals, and reverse pedal all work smoothly. The side lamps and tail lamps provide a steady flame when lit. The old headlamp acetylene generator now houses a small LP tank with a control valve. While this doesn’t produce a very effective forward light source, it is fun to demonstrate. The manual windshield wiper is also a good conversation point. Instrumentation consists of a clock on the left side and speedometer on the right side, though neither is operable.
There just aren’t many functional Model T’s any more. When is the last time you saw one of these at a car show, much less on the road? It’s hard to believe anything 100 years old can still make such an impression and offer so much entertainment, yet still provide a means of transportation.