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Converting a Ford to a Truckford - video

Post by Rob » Sat Nov 30, 2019 6:14 pm

From the National Archives: (click on the link to see the video)

https://s3.amazonaws.com/NARAprodstorag ... c-3339.mp4


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Post by ewdysar » Sat Nov 30, 2019 6:23 pm

I wonder what the gear reduction is for the sprocket drive? And what happened to the roadster body (which looked to be in like-new condition)?

All in all, a spiffy way to build a one-ton truck...

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Post by hpetrino » Sat Nov 30, 2019 6:38 pm

Eric,
I don't know the precise reduction, but I bet a race with a stock TT, although boring, would be a photo finish. :lol:


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Post by 2nighthawks » Sat Nov 30, 2019 6:46 pm

Just a rough guess by the quick "glimpse" of the chain & sprockets in the video, but looks like about two to one! Lots of power but half the speed, huh? Great video, and I also wondered what happened to those beautiful Model T bodies that were set aside during those truck conversions. I'm sure they didn't get wasted, but then in those days, I can't imagine that there would be too many people "in the market" for a stock "T" body in perfect condition,....???

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Post by perry kete » Sat Nov 30, 2019 7:11 pm

Nice video thanks for posting.
I noticed that when the one fellow attached the sprocket to the axle he only hand tightened the nut to the sprocket but used a wrench to tighten the hub cap. When we assemble something on the T's everyone worries about torque wrench settings.
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Post by Rich Eagle » Sat Nov 30, 2019 7:15 pm

That is truly delightful!
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Post by thom » Sat Nov 30, 2019 10:22 pm

I can't help thinking "what a shame". I'd like to have that body they took off! :lol:

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Post by PDGx » Sun Dec 01, 2019 8:20 am

That was easy.

Looks like a mini Mack drive. Any idea what year that was ?

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Post by CudaMan » Sun Dec 01, 2019 8:47 am

Odd that he only tightened the axle nut hand tight, I hope that after the filming they pulled the gear back off and installed it tightly! :)
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Post by Rob » Sun Dec 01, 2019 9:14 am

Regarding the year, there is one brass T converted into a pickup (15 or 16) at the Robinsons plant. The other T’s look like black radiator with steel coilboxes. My guess is between 1917-19. After the TT was introduced I wonder if aftermarket truck kits were competitive?


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Post by hpetrino » Sun Dec 01, 2019 10:21 am

Interesting question Rob. The June 7, 1921 the price of a T chassis (no starter) was $345.00. At the same time a TT chassis was $495.00. So, did the kits cost $150.00 or more installed? Of course there would be other things to take into consideration, like speed and load capacity. Also, converting a used T would probably be pretty cheap.

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Post by DanTreace » Sun Dec 01, 2019 1:04 pm

Actually have found a hub cap that was on one of these TruckFords. When the hand tightened axle nut falls off in side the hub cap wrenched on tightly, this is the result:



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Post by d stroud » Tue Dec 03, 2019 6:39 am

Very interesting. Of all of the T truck conversions, I have never heard of a Truckford conversion. I wonder if it was marketed under other names, it sure is very similar to other conversions. Dave
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Post by DanTreace » Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:03 am

David

Don't know how long this co. survived, could only find ref. in magazines in 1916-1917.
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