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PARTS OF MODEL T FORDS USED FOR OTHER THINGS,

Posted: Sat May 02, 2020 1:13 pm
by Richard G
GOING BACK 50---60- YEARS THERE WAS A GUY I KNEW UP IN GAYSVILL VERMONT, HE BUILT A WIND POWER BATTERY CHARGER OUT OF A MODEL T BLOCK, HE CUT IT DOWN AND MOUNTED IT UP SIDE DOWN ON A PLAT FORM BOLTED TO THE BRAKE DRUM OF HALF THE T REAR END, ,IT HAD A THREE BLADE PROP , USED THE MAG TO CHARGE THE BATTERY'S, THIS GETUP WORKED REAL GOOD FOR YEARS, HE USED THE HEAD LIGHTS FOR OUT SIDE, HIS HOME WAS ON A GOOD HILL AND A BROOK RUN BY, HE HAD EVERY THING NEEDED TO LIVE , PLENTY OF VENISON, ECT. I HAVE A 1925 T ENGINE THAT'S USED FOR A SAW RIG, IVE SEEN THE FRAME AND RUNNING GEAR USED FOR A HAY TRAILER, I WORKED ONE TIME ON A T ENGINE THAT WAS USED ON A ROPE TOW FOR PULLING SKIERS UP THE HILL. WHAT HAVEN'T THESE FORD PARTS BEEN USED FOR, NOW SOME OF THESE PARTS ARE GOING BACK INTO CARS, THEY WERE CALLED THE UNIVERSAL CAR, THAT FIT IT TO A --T--.

Re: PARTS OF MODEL T FORDS USED FOR OTHER THINGS,

Posted: Sat May 02, 2020 4:48 pm
by 2nighthawks
In the years not too long after the Model T "era", magazines like Popular Mechanics and Mechanics Illustrated, quite often had articles about practical uses for parts from Model T's, or, practical things that could be built that utilized Model T parts. Especially during the depression I think, because of two reasons; people had no money to buy a lot of the things that could be built by the "home mechanic" such as tools and such, and the other reason that there were so many Model T's laying around in fields, farms, etc, just rusting away. They were considered to be "old-fashioned" junk, even if some of them could be fairly easily and inexpensively put back into running condition.

Re: PARTS OF MODEL T FORDS USED FOR OTHER THINGS,

Posted: Sat May 02, 2020 4:58 pm
by Dan McEachern
Our local bakery had a bread loaf slicing machine that used a T crankshaft and 4 connecting rods to provide the up and down motion to the slicing knives.

Re: PARTS OF MODEL T FORDS USED FOR OTHER THINGS,

Posted: Sat May 02, 2020 5:07 pm
by Bill Robinson
I raise a few cattle. About 25 years ago I had a electric fence charger bit the dust. There was an old guy near Flintville who repaired chargers out in his barn. I delivered my charger to him driving my '26 Pickup. The first thing he did was take me over to his personal charger that he used on his own fence. Inside a homemade wooden box was a 12v battery driving a small electric motor-------which turned rotated an old roller in a Ford timer--------which in turn actuated a Ford wooden coil--------which in turn shocked the pee-rooney out of any cow that got up against his barbed wire fence. :P

Re: PARTS OF MODEL T FORDS USED FOR OTHER THINGS,

Posted: Sat May 02, 2020 5:41 pm
by Ruxstel24
I have a bottle capper with a T steering wheel on it.
I imagine most have seen a jackstand from axle housings. ;)

Re: PARTS OF MODEL T FORDS USED FOR OTHER THINGS,

Posted: Sat May 02, 2020 10:32 pm
by Mike Robinson
A hose reel can be made out of an old T or A wheel when it is damaged beyond use.

Re: PARTS OF MODEL T FORDS USED FOR OTHER THINGS,

Posted: Sun May 03, 2020 1:10 am
by StanHowe
I have a metal lathe made with a lot of Model T parts. It is very cool. I also have wall mounted drill press made from a T starter.

Re: PARTS OF MODEL T FORDS USED FOR OTHER THINGS,

Posted: Sun May 03, 2020 2:43 am
by D Stroud
I have a haymow rope pulley made from a Hayes 30 x 3 1/2 demountable rim. The frame is made from wood with a hook to hang it in the barn with and has a large manila rope to lift the hay with. The rim is in excellent condition, but is missing a lug. I originally bought it at a flea market for the rim (easy fix), but I decided it was just too cool to take apart. Dave

Re: PARTS OF MODEL T FORDS USED FOR OTHER THINGS,

Posted: Sun May 03, 2020 10:10 am
by Grady Puryear
Both of my Grand Daddy's were old time Country Blacksmiths, we never did have electricity, so they flame welded, and it worked as good or better than an electric machine. I think everything on both places were made out of old T parts, both used T axles to make Spurs, they swore by the steel in them. T's were still fairly new then, so axles were reused, and sometimes hard to come by. They had a particular ring to them, I still have a pair my Paternal Grand Daddy made me, as new looking as ever. Trailers were all made out of T's, easy to do,just strip one down, take the engine out, make a simple hitch and you were in business.

Re: PARTS OF MODEL T FORDS USED FOR OTHER THINGS,

Posted: Sun May 03, 2020 9:09 pm
by Dan Hatch
Find a Lejay Electric manual. You will see a lot of T parts repurposed in one of them.

Re: PARTS OF MODEL T FORDS USED FOR OTHER THINGS,

Posted: Sun May 03, 2020 10:21 pm
by A Whiteman
An idler pully for a machine-ee-thingh
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Re: PARTS OF MODEL T FORDS USED FOR OTHER THINGS,

Posted: Mon May 04, 2020 6:06 am
by D Stroud
I also have an implement seat mounted on a T axle housing half for a stool. No, I didn't make it, I found it at a flea market. :) Dave

Re: PARTS OF MODEL T FORDS USED FOR OTHER THINGS,

Posted: Mon May 04, 2020 10:35 am
by got10carz
T frame rails welded together to hold up the loft in my shed.

Re: PARTS OF MODEL T FORDS USED FOR OTHER THINGS,

Posted: Mon May 04, 2020 10:37 am
by got10carz
T running boards make steps to get to loft.

Re: PARTS OF MODEL T FORDS USED FOR OTHER THINGS,

Posted: Mon May 04, 2020 4:14 pm
by WayneJ
From a previous forum post, here is a band saw, made from ….
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Re: PARTS OF MODEL T FORDS USED FOR OTHER THINGS,

Posted: Mon May 04, 2020 9:43 pm
by Richard G
WAYNE, YOU GET THE BLUE STAR ON YOUR FORHEAD, THAT SAW IS SUPER, THANK YOU ALL FOR SHARING .LOOKS LIKE T THING WILL BE AROUND FOR ANOTHER HUNDRED YEARS.AND THEN SOME.

Re: PARTS OF MODEL T FORDS USED FOR OTHER THINGS,

Posted: Tue May 05, 2020 6:53 am
by tinman080
Replica car builders use a few T parts too..
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Re: PARTS OF MODEL T FORDS USED FOR OTHER THINGS,

Posted: Tue May 05, 2020 7:04 am
by Bill Robinson
A home-made Father's Day gift from my son a few years ago. It really draws a lot of attention from visitors to my shop.

Re: PARTS OF MODEL T FORDS USED FOR OTHER THINGS,

Posted: Tue May 05, 2020 7:40 am
by perry kete
Taken from past posts I do not own these items.

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Re: PARTS OF MODEL T FORDS USED FOR OTHER THINGS,

Posted: Tue May 05, 2020 8:39 am
by Mighty1924
Winter time projects
Shelf from radiator shell
T Wheel table
Bench with running board in back
We use the table and bench on our patio.

Re: PARTS OF MODEL T FORDS USED FOR OTHER THINGS,

Posted: Fri May 15, 2020 4:00 pm
by Rich Bingham
Back when I first became enamored of the Model T Ford, before the demise of the forty acre farm (circa 1962) it seemed nearly every farmstead in our corner of southeast Idaho had one of these one-row spud diggers in their bone pile of discarded machinery. Now, like the small farm, they have disappeared along with the abundance of rust and really good junk we used to find in that period. This one has been elevated to relic status, adorning the owner’s mailbox location.

I’m pretty sure there’s an interesting story about them I never bothered to learn. There were so many of them it suggests they were the product of a cottage industry rather than the result of individual tinkerers. They could be a reasonable source of a few internal parts if your rear axle needed attention. I’d guess their working heyday would have run from the mid-1930s through the end of WW II, maybe as late as the mid-1950s. They were horse-drawn implements converted to tractor PTO power by virtue of the adapted Model T drive train. Most (like this one) were mated to three speed transmissions from Chevrolets or other small cars.

Re: PARTS OF MODEL T FORDS USED FOR OTHER THINGS,

Posted: Mon May 18, 2020 9:06 pm
by halftracknut
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still in use today....rl

Re: PARTS OF MODEL T FORDS USED FOR OTHER THINGS,

Posted: Mon May 18, 2020 9:22 pm
by Richard G
BILL ROBINSON--I CAN SEE WHY, AND BEING MADE BY YOUR SON MAKES IT VERY SPECIAL INDEED, BOY THIS HAS BEEN NEAT TO SEE THIS THINGS THAT WERE ONCE PART OF A FAMILY CAR, THINK OF IF EACH PART COULD SAY WHERE IS BEEN..