Looking for help to determine the history on a 1924 Forest Patrol Model T.
I am a volunteer with the San Bernardino National Forest who owns this vehicle. Wildfire Prevention Volunteers is the group that takes this vehicle to static events and drives it in parades etc. We also maintain this vehicle for the USFS.
We have all wondered what forest it patrolled in.
It was purchased from a private individual in the state of Washington, title says he acquired it in 1978. Washington DOL verified this but has no record prior to 1978 on this vehicle.
We have contacted the USFS in Washington State, they have no records for 1924 either. National Achrives same, no records for 1924. But, if we could narrow it down to the forest, there might be diaries etc.
"Fantasy" rig ! We have more than a handful of forests around here - Mt. Baker, Snoqualmie, Rainier, etc., etc.
Casual internet research yields a number of period photos of 1930s Ford trucks and at least one Chevrolet with that same US Department of Agriculture Forest Service shield so it may be possible that earlier they used Model T Fords. But a person would have to do some serious research to see if that were the case.
If the Forest Service did in fact purchase and use Model T Fords, I would also wonder whether or not the Model T in question was originally a Forest Service vehicle or if the person who restored decided to make it one by giving it a green paint job and putting the logo on the side.
If I were researching the history of the vehicle, the first thing I would do is search for the person who sold it in 1978 and see what his story is regarding the vehicle. Hopefully, he is still alive.
Found this online.
I spoke with an Archeologist/Historian for the Pinchot National Forest. He said they have lots of pictures of Model T trucks that came to their forest from Portland during that period. But no roadsters We discussed the T-110 under the shield. He was not sure if that would be a lead to the forest it patrolled.
Alas, my understanding is that the owner from 1978 passed away
I tried to zoom in on that Trinity vehicle to see what the number was under the shield, alas, I couldn't read it.
Btw, the picture of the fire patrol vehicle "riding the rails" is one of our presentation pictures to the public. We share the history of the Model T Fire patrol vehicles doing this and the public loves that piece of history!
Thanks for the responses thus far, any more ideas?