1912 depot hack plans

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Geoff Jenkins on Tuesday, October 08, 2013 - 07:49 pm:

Hi All
This has probably been posted many time before, would anybody know where I could get a set if plans for a 1912 depot hack or something similar even the dimensions would be a help, thank you Geoff


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Hap Tucker in Sumter SC on Tuesday, October 08, 2013 - 08:42 pm:

G’day Geoff,

From your profile this appears to be your fist posting -- we would like to say “Welcome aboard!” And if this is your first T – please let us know and we have some items folks routinely post for new owners etc.

Since 1999 Jay Cramer of Wagon Works and before him Dale Feazell have been selling wood plans to build very nice York #803 depot hack for the T and the Huckster Wagon (canopy delivery) for the Model A. The York body was heavily researched and is a very close replica of the original. For the Model T, they also have plans for a Huckster Wagon and a Delivery Van in both T and TT versions. The Huckster Wagon cab can be built separately, and there is a plan for an express box. Unlike the York #803 these two T and TT bodies are not direct copies of any specific make, but bear some similarity to Hercules and other bodies.

T plans are aimed primarily at the 15-25 chassis. The front of the body fits up against the back side of the firewall on the chassis. They can be modified to fit the earlier chassis with the rectangular firewall and hood former by either building the front of the body to replace the firewall or by fitting the front of the body against the back of the firewall.

Jay’s e-mail is: jaycrameratsignaol.com -- replace “atsign” with @ or at least that was a good address the last time I contacted him. Below is a copy of the cover from his York #803 plans:



Here's a good thread with info: http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/118802/167784.html?1288542520
And here's some more http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/331880/361499.html?1368751026

One additional thought to consider as you design/build a depot hack body -- how tall are your garage doors and how tall are you? Sometimes if you make the roof an inch or so lower it will fit in your garage better. Also folks seem to be a bit taller and larger than back in the 1920s. You many want to consider giving the driver a little more room by moving the seat rearward a little etc. And in many cases if the car is to be used by more than one person it would be nice if you could move the seat back for the person who is over 6 ft tall or move it up for the person who is closer to 5 ft tall. Has anyone seen some good options for modifying the depot hack plans so the front seat could be adjusted? I’m short – so I have not had a problem with the Model T seating (not yet anyway). But one of my son-in-laws is around 6 ft 6 in so in a case like that – it would be nice to be able to adjust the seat when trading out drivers.

Below is another approach that Terry Horlick built and previously owned. Modeled after the theme of the Stanley Steamer Mountain wagons. [Never seen a Stanley Stearmer Mountain wagon -- please see the U-tube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTjag3KBisE ]



Another plus for that design - you can put the top down and it will drive through even a short garage door opening. And you do not have to have a extra height enclosed trailer for it to fit.

Respectfully submitted,

Hap l9l5 cut off


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Terry Horlick in Penn Valley, CA on Tuesday, October 08, 2013 - 09:15 pm:

Another plus with that car is that you can remove one or two seats and have a nice little delivery wagon... if you can spare the 15 minutes it takes to do the "conversion". The negative for that design is that it is tough for older folks to get into the rear seat, also putting a lot of weight in the rear seat un-weights the front making the steering quite interesting!


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