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More custom French Model T's. I get sidetracked way too easy......

Posted: Thu Feb 28, 2019 7:54 pm
by Rob
During my searches of French sites (keep it out of the gutter....... ;) ), I kept coming across a Ford in the twenties competing in hill climbs and other events. Finally, I noticed this twenties Ford ran a hill climb that the Ford Special ran in 1911. I thought i'd compare times, and see how a later day T did vs. one of the special engines (the French Ford Special was only a few cubic inches than a standard T, but had the same features as the other Specials, external mag, pressurized oiling, etc.).

This is a little of what I found. This particular type was built by Charles Montier. Montier became involved with automobiles and racing in the late 1890's. By the time he introduces the "Montier" T, he's a Ford dealer with his own garage. Below is a link with one of the Montier Specials that still exists, along with a history of the cars. Montier improvements included an overhead valve kit and patented lowered front suspension, along with rear lowering, shocks, and other features.

https://ford-t.jimdo.com/ford-t-montier/


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Beside two Bugatti's at the 1923 Twenty-Four Hour Le Mans:
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Winning the 3 liter division and 2nd best over hall in this 1924 French hill climb:
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So many T's, so little time.......

Re: More custom French Model T's. I get sidetracked way too easy......

Posted: Fri Mar 01, 2019 7:38 am
by Rob
My friend John Page, a regular poster from Australia, sent this email with additional Montier information. John later wrote that he's been unable to log on to the new forum, so I'll post his note:

G’day Rob,
Just noticed your Forum Thread on the Montier Fords.
Back in 2013 Chris Martin one of our Aussie Model T enthusiasts published a little booklet on the history of the Montier Fords.
See Attached Forum discussion from that time.

http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/33 ... 1386736167

I have a copy of his book. Not sure if he has any now.!!
Best regards, John.
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Another photo of the Montier Specials:
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Re: More custom French Model T's. I get sidetracked way too easy......

Posted: Fri Mar 01, 2019 11:58 am
by Kaiser
Rob this dig of yours is going to end up looking like a prairie dog town :lol:
Keep digging, i love it !

Re: More custom French Model T's. I get sidetracked way too easy......

Posted: Fri Mar 01, 2019 4:28 pm
by Duey_C
Excellent sidetrack!
Loved the French video too! Gosh they talk fast, if I could've read the dialog I could've gotten most of it. :)
I had a '73 German Ford Capri. It was only good for 105 MPH tho.

Re: More custom French Model T's. I get sidetracked way too easy......

Posted: Sat Nov 09, 2019 4:40 pm
by Chris Martin 2
Just found this and as I have not been on here for a log time I had to register again to log in. Yes, I do still have just a couple of copies of the Montier book left, but for the cost of postage they are probably best kept for Australian members, contact me at ckmart2017@gmail.com
If anyone in the USA wants one I can forward enquiries to the publisher or you can visit the website direct at https://www.velocetoday.com/ and Peter can supply copies from there. Since publication I have tracked down another survivor in the USA but I will start a new thread about that one.

Re: More custom French Model T's. I get sidetracked way too easy......

Posted: Sat Nov 09, 2019 5:25 pm
by Rich Eagle
Magnifique!