Old Photo - Riding The Running Board

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Model T Ford Forum: Forum 2014: Old Photo - Riding The Running Board
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Jay - In Northern California on Monday, August 11, 2014 - 11:06 am:


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Norman T. Kling on Monday, August 11, 2014 - 11:55 am:

That boy should hold on somewhere else. If the door should suddenly pop open, he would be on the ground.
Norm


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By John Manuel, Lafayette, La. on Monday, August 11, 2014 - 12:04 pm:

Norman, that was my first thought but they don't seem to be moving.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By G.R.Cheshire on Monday, August 11, 2014 - 12:14 pm:

Driver seems to have a "bowl cut" haven't seen one of them in years


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By John Semprez-Templeton, CA on Monday, August 11, 2014 - 12:19 pm:

That boy likely lived to serve in WW2... don't know if he was able to hang on though. Old pictures like this freeze one moment in time... wouldn't it be interesting to know how life worked out for him?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Ed in California on Monday, August 11, 2014 - 12:27 pm:

Those ears are a very rare accessory braking system, they create drag to aid in stopping.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Henry Petrino in Modesto, CA on Monday, August 11, 2014 - 12:29 pm:

John,

I often have that same thought when T pictures with infants or children are posted. In some of the photos from the 'teens an infant would be over 100 now (if still alive). I can't help but wonder how tings turned out for that person and how long he/she lived.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By John Semprez-Templeton, CA on Monday, August 11, 2014 - 12:53 pm:

Henry, our old Fords are like time machines. If they only could talk!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Burger in Spokane on Monday, August 11, 2014 - 01:08 pm:

Nothing good ever came of anyone associated with a Model T. This crew is living proof of that ! :-)


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Bill Rigdon on Monday, August 11, 2014 - 01:24 pm:

Riding the running board was SOP back in the day. If the door came open, one just hung on and hopefully the driver would slow down quickly and you would come slamming back to home base. Of course Model T's never slowed down quickly unless they hit something.

Running boards reminded me of my Grand Pa's '36 Ford coupe with a sturdy 3' X 6" platform on the back hooked to the bumper brackets upon which he used to haul bags of chicken feed. My cousin and I spent many a trip to and from town sitting on the wooden rear platform. At night we would drag our heels (on our shoes that had heel plates) and make sparks. Don't need no stinkin seatbelts.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Hap Tucker in Sumter SC on Monday, August 11, 2014 - 06:39 pm:

Appears to be an early to mid-ish 1917 model year car based on the equal length windshield hinges and the black radiator & crowned fenders. [Ref: http://www.mtfca.com/encyclo/doc17.htm

APR 19, 1917 Acc. 78, Ford Archives
Windshield hinge (with the unequal length arms) noted.

While probably not acceptable today, I rode many a trip on the running board. And with our 1918, with the 30 wt oil in the engine, you could set it up for a free start. Parked on the concrete --level or just a hint of down hill. Or even on low cut grass. Emergency brake -- off (or for many years it didn't work anyway). Hit the fender hard. The spark lever would move just enough to start the engine and the car would start to roll forward. Jump on the running board as it went by. Don't trip -- it can get away from you if you let it go too far.

Fondly remembered,

Hap l9l5 cut off


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Allan Richard Bennett on Monday, August 11, 2014 - 07:58 pm:

Hap, fitted with accessory 6 bolt demountable wheels too.

Allan from down under.


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