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Model T Ford Pickup Truck
I recently won a "Merit of Excellence" award for this replica of a 1909 Model T Ford pickup truck from the James F. Lincoln Arc Welding Foundation. The truck is 8 ft., 4 in. long and 4 ft., 8 in. wide. It's powered by a 5 hp. air-cooled Briggs & Stratton engine through a centrifugal clutch with a belt for smoother control than a chain drive. It has a 27 to 1 ratio that drives the truck at approximately 10 mph. I designed it for use in parades.
The truck was selected for the award because of the simplicity of design. It carries two people in comfort and can be moved in the back of a regular size pickup. What makes it unique is that it authentically represents the original model and yet I used only miscellaneous materials I had on hand. Only the shuttle oil lamps and the mechanical "oo-gah" horn are original equipment.
The tubular steel frame incorporates a special welded cornerjoint that added strength to the overall design. The front axle and spindle joints were shaped to the correct dimensions and then welded for proper steering characteristics. (Bill Short, Rt. 2, Box 230, Hamilton, Mo. 64644)

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1991 - Volume #15, Issue #6