I was looking a the cowl differences for the 26/27 cars and ran across this Wikipedia type post for the History of Ford Pickups.
I had to take a good look to see that this 1926 truck has been altered from a coupe I believe. Am I losing it or was this a real factory model?
Here's a 2008 thread discussing that topic: http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/50893/71403.html?1226181056
There exists a few closed pickups made from shortened Tudor Sedans, but there is also discussion in the thread about Ford made prototype bodies in this style for TT trucks in 1927.
There's supposed to be a picture in Les Henry's Model T restoration book - haven't got it close by right now..
Actually Rodger the picture you mention is the one that started me looking at the cowl lengths. I wanted to see which one of the cars were closest to the Experimental Ford TT. So far it looks to me that the 26 Sedan has the shortest cowl that might match that TT.
Can anyone tell me how far forward of the door hinge centers are the body to frame mounting bolts located in the 26 Sedan?
Sorry it's got my curiosity now.
Sorry Roger, I didn't mean to mispell your name.
I must have missed that thread in 2008 anyway here is that TT, notice the shorter cowl.
The Fordor sedan cowl is much shorter than the Tudor and Coupe. The Fordor gas tank is under the seat. It looks to me like the TT cab above was made with a Fordor cowl.
I've looked at this thread several times and unless they've changed the definition of "pickup" it are one. It may have started life as something else but, that's a pickup that right there.
It looks a lot nicer than the one in my profile that I built in 2000. But, I can honestly say that no decent T parts were injured in the building of my pickup.
I have been trying to research this type of pickup. Some were obviously made at body shops by cutting down a sedan body. There seems to be different levels of quality in these conversions. Some are better than others. My dad has one of these hardtop pickup cabs. I have been trying to research it. So far I have not found anything in print that says any of these were factory made. A few years ago, dad was talking to the guy who used to own Howell’s Sheetmetal. He said that he believed that some of these hardtop pickups were manufactured by Ford in 1927, after production of cars had ceased. They were a special order for the Bell Telephone Company.
I have not been able to substantiate any of this. I have seen photos of 1927 Bell Telephone trucks, but they have all been Model TT. The story of the Bell Telephone pickups may turn out to be an urban myth, but I am still looking for information.
I have laid my hands on 1 of the prototype TT's and it is unique to say the least.
It also had a Hemco or Hemco style ,conversion in it.
Mack that set-up is a HIMICO, as I have 3 truck trans and one pan , hogshead, clutch etc. that my grandfather had in 3 TT's