Mi friend gave me this book:
it is awesome issue - I believe it is made by Ford factory
Sometimes, when I read it, that's exactly what my copy looks like.
What a great find.
I have a Spanish version.
If anyone else has other non English versions please let us know here and include a photo.
Ron the Coilman
I would guess that there were probably French and German editions too, as well as other common languages.
Is that official issued by Ford co?
Ron : I have the Dutch Version and an German [ Hand buch ]
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of you
Toon and Ditty Boer
Nice find Misha!
Interesting that it is a 1926 edition.
There were no Ford dealers at that time in the Soviet Union, nor do I think Ford was officially exporting cars there...but I could be wrong.
I would LOVE to find a German one for my collection.
Ich bin von Deutschen.
Ich will ein Deutsches Buch auch finden. Seit sechs Jahren studiere ich Deutsch.
I don't speak, read, or write Russian, but it might be possible there was a Russian market for the Model T Ford preceding the Model As, as Ford did in fact manufacture Model As in Russia later. It may be the Model As followed the introduction of the Model Ts.
The Soviet government in the 1920s, following the 1918 Revolution, had little hard currently to buy foreign goods with, plus foreign governments and companies were not that keen to deal with them.
Despite this, it's probable though that Model Ts made it there during that period, but I doubt were talking about a large number of cars.
"Ich bin von Deutschen."
Hey, I remember you when you were pinstriping cars in the '50's........
I think it would be great to have a collection of those service books from different countries. Not that I could read them but maybe display them. Very nice thread Michael.
That is so fantastic! All the non-English manuals would be a great addition to any T book collection. But any for a language you also speak is even more fantastic. However, the Russian manual must be incredibly rare and therefore extremely wonderful to be able to have! Congratulations!
It is wonderful for me to hear from you! I always look forward to your postings on this, our world, forum.
Drive carefully, and do enjoy these winter days! W2
Thank you Wayne. I really enjoy this forum. It's very slowly teaching me more than simply fixing Model T's. Hopefully over time my social skills will improve.
Sometimes guys on this forum do not communicate very well because either they don't read whole threads in detail, or when writing, they abbreviate instead of using whole words and/or whole sentences, or they try to be "cute" using slang or try to be "cool" using made-up terms; forgetting that lots of folks from all over the world read the forum and struggle with English. And I see more and more of that stupid "texting" creeping into the forum. Here is an example of what I'm talking about.
Mike Garrison - (Mike G.)
Michael Gotesman - (Mike G.)
Harold, I know you've got a point in there. I wrote something on Michael Grotesman's thread. Wayne says he likes to see Michael on here. I enjoy seeing Michael on here too. It's so interesting when he can add something the way he did. I mistakenly read Wayne's post wrong and misunderstood he was telling Michael Grotesman he was happy to see him on here. Wayne's always a real nice guy and I do appreciate his posts. However you've got some kind of a problem that I misunderstood Wayne. Why don't you give a little better understanding of what it is you're saying.
And Michael, please excuse me for putting an R in your last name.
Ford did not make model A Fords in Russia, the Russians did. They got the Model B or A engine manufactoring stuff and the machines & equipment to build model A phaetons from Ford USA.
They also built their version of the AA trucks until about '49.
they were called GAZ. The later cars around '36 had a grill like our International pickups.
There are a few GAZ engines that have found their way into the U.S. There is one here in Hayward.
Are the GAZ engines a completely different design? If a person saw a GAZ would they be surprised to see a truck that looked like an AA but wasn't.
Apparently it was a NAZ-A 1929/36 before the name change to GAZ. Russia was working with Ford on this.
Ok, so there was direct communication between them. That's interesting. I often wonder and think I've heard some about relations between Russia and the US prior to and during WW2 and always got the impression that though we were allies we weren't necessarily the best of friends. I would imagine Roosevelt and Stalin were a couple of old guys that were pretty set in their ways and didn't necessarily always see eye to eye.
I believe I have seen on this forum an ad in Russian for an early Model T Ford. I think it was about 1911 or so. Perhaps someone who is good at the search feature could find it.
I used to be able to do it by I have had trouble lately.
It was years ago.
No problem as far as I am concerned. The model T Ford seems to be almost unique in the world. It is loved by young and old alike all around the globe. This has helped model T owners from around the world to come here, post questions, share discoveries, and a little of themselves. I see all that as a good thing. We have regulars from Denmark, Spain, Brazil, and Russia in addition to a large group from Australia and New Zealand. My apologies to the many I did not mention for reasons of brevity.
A couple years ago, I began putting last initials with first names when commenting to or about another poster. There became enough Mikes, Dans, Johns, and even Harolds to need to keep them straight. It would appear that even with last initials we can still get confused. There is not one regular, or even occasional, poster on this site lately that I wouldn't want to stay. Yes. We go "off topic" a bit much for some of us. We even "thread drift" a bit much. But most of that , I think, is good. We are mostly friends with a common interest.
I think, when most of the rest of the world becomes more like most model T Ford caretakers, most of the world's other problems will begin to simply go away.
Merry Christmas, and/or Happy Holidays! W2
PS I still think all those non-English books are incredible.
Back on thread.
But Wayne, This is the second time I took one of Michael's posts away. I try to pay attention and for what it's worth I have read the entire thread have been since the beginning. I always try to keep up with the threads. And I happen to like talking to people in New Zealand and Holland and Washington and Canada and, oh ya, brevity. And darn it Wayne I meant it. I really do think you're an all right kind of guy.
I think it would be interesting to find a bunch of the books from different countries for the MTFCA museum. I wouldn't know where to even start looking unless maybe ebay.
By the way: while waiting for my Ford shipped, I have translated manual 1919 - it is exactly like this found book
Merry Christmas, friend.
I think Henry had a soft spot for the Russians, after all he sold them 40,000 in one hit, 1915.
Here you go, Herb, 1912:
I don't remember the source of it, but it wasn't from the Forum, I don't believe, as I have it in .bmp also, from Jan, 2005.
Irreplaceable for Russian roads... It is so timely...
Federal road near Irkutsk
I remember when that Russian ad was posted on the forum. I don't really know more than a few phrases in Russian (a self-taught crash course preceding a tourist visit there in 1970), but I did learn the Cyrillic alphabet at that time and there were letters in the ad that puzzled me because I wasn't familiar with them. A Russian-speaking friend of mine told me that there had been a spelling reform after the revolution and that some letters had been dropped from the alphabet. I saw the same phenomenon in the Dutch manual that Toon posted. In 1947, there was a spelling reform in the Netherlands, so seeing a Dutch manual from the Model T era looks just a little bit "off" to me (e.g. the manual uses "repareeren," which is currently spelled "repareren"). Although American English has evolved as far as usage, the spelling has remained the same.
Just another aspect of our hobby, I guess....
It gives a whole new appreciation for what Constantine experienced on his last leg of the "Melbourne to Moscow" journey on a 99 year old suspension