Today I took my teenage grandson out for his first time driving in the TT. He did great!!! I killed it showing him how the planetary works with the Muncie.
This is the kid who was about 2 or 3 years old when I started "refreshing" the old truck. He'd come out to the garage and "help" me for hours. I walked him through the procedure before starting it, letting it warm up a little, then moving it out and it was amazing how much he had absorbed just watching me and asking questions. Of the whole family, he's the one most interested and most capable.
Its interesting that in every family there is usually one that stands out for carrying on the Model T tradition. Not always just T's but the ability to make things and change their enviornment.
I have 3 grandsons but there no question who inherits the model T, because I know he will keep it and use it.
You are very right. I have 2 sons and 3 grandsons (#3 grandson is too young to tell yet at just 7 months), but it's easy to tell who will be driving the TT after I'm gone.
I always use my truck to teach new T drivers. With the Warford and Ruckstell in low, it's nearly impossible to stall while learning to operate the T transmission. Everything happens slower, so there is more time to concentrate and not panic. Have to be careful when student stabs the low pedal like a stick shift like most learners do. TT won't stall, just plows forward no matter what. My old dumpy could haul a cruise ship out of dry dock with that kind of gear reduction. When my new T drivers master the T trans we move on to something lighter and faster. I can't wait to show my daughter how to drive. Just a few more years. Her mother used to be a T driver, could even shift the Muncie with the reach around method. After a near disaster involving a Maserati in a parade, she decided she likes my 1916 Dodge Brothers a bunch better.