I have been puzzled (and fascinated) by a Ford Motor Company advertisement that ran nationally in newspapers across the U. S. on Sunday, February 21, 1926. The advertisement for the Ford Model T includes a paragraph mentioning the "six cylinder Ford" Model K as the as the Ford the Model T planetary transmission was patterned from:
The entire full page ad that appeared in several newspapers across the U. S.:
I thought, why would Ford advertising mention the Model K as the "predecessor", when all the pre Model T Fords had two speed transmissions? Why not credit the great selling Models NRS cars? Or the first Ford, the Model A?
Then, I was speaking with another Model K owner and had an "AH HA" moment.
Can anyone else see why in 1926, Ford would have credited the Model K with the development of the transmission used in the 1926 Model T?
Model K cutaway drawing of the K transmission. Left is forward:
Two pics of our "K" transmission:
Is the wider drum the brake drum?
You got it!
Yes, the Model K is the only Ford to have a wider transmission brake drum and band, prior to the improved 1926/27 Model T. That is the only reason I can think of (but have no proof of) that Ford Motor Company would word the paragraph in such a way, mentioning the (by now) obscure Model K as the "template" for the T transmission.
The other reason I was puzzled by the choice of the "six cylinder Ford" reference is because Ford was rumored to be, and adamantly denied, preparing to roll out a six cylinder replacement to the Model T at the time.
I,ll do a Royce to you Rob, WINK!!WINK!!
I forgot to mention, this was in a British book printed in 1955. No doubt proven wrong by your relentess research.
You really know how to get a guy down.