A register for Model T Fords
Fifteen Million or so Model T Fords were produced. The guesstimated survival rate may be 300,000 world wide. Has any one through clubs, or associations ever compiled a geographic register identifying motor VIN and current location with owner optional?
R U volunteering?
George ; Olivier Chabanne can help you. He made a list of model T's . You can find him onder :
You would be hard pressed to find them all. I have a couple extra blocks in my garage, and the 3 cars I drive all have Model T engines, but none are the original engine. Other blocks have been melted for scrap and some are boat anchors. Most people with Model T's today, don't know whether the engines, bodies or other parts are as they came from the factory. And some such as I know that they are a pile of parts which were gathered and re-assembled to be as close as possible to an original car. Other cars are in barns or out in a field and will be discovered at a later time, and others are owned by non club members.
So, if you want to take on a nearly impossible task, go ahead!
A head count from the MTFCA & MTFCI (if they have one) would be a good start but no where near a reasonably accurate count.
In previous discussions of this, some have suggested compiling data from state/province/national motor vehicle registrations, insurance company records, and similar sources. It would be a huge task, and would miss a lot of T's. Obviously MTFCA, MTFCI, and other club lists would be inadequate because there are so many T's in the hands of non-members. In my own county (population about 30,000) I know of at least a dozen Model T's and TT's, and I'm sure there are others I don't know about. I don't know how many there are that don't appear on any list, but an extra 25% or more wouldn't surprise me. A great many T's are complete but remain unseen because they're not running or because the owners hardly ever drive them.
In addition to the difficulty of locating them, there's also the aspect that the data collected would be significantly flawed. For example, I am sure my TT is a 1918 truck. However, it has a 1923 engine that was installed sometime prior to 1946 (long story how I know that). When I registered it for the first time in about 60 years I was able to satisfy the DMV of the fact that the engine is a 1923 model, so using the engine number as the VIN I registered it as a 1923, which I know it isn't.
Of course you'd also need to figure out a way to filter out all the "T-Bucket" big block V-8's that don't have a single actual T part in them but are registered as a "1923 Ford Model T".
Henry is correct all 1923's are suspect I saw one with horseless carriage tags on it as he was trying to explain the the State Trooper that it was registered as a 1923.... The State Trooper wasn't buying that Henry Ford would put a Chebby engine and transmission in a model "T"
As much as I would like to see such a registry, it is utterly impossible for the reasons mentioned above. I've seen these things attempted for special interest cars before and only a tiny percentage get registered. Most would never hear about it and many won't care.
No I don't want to volunteer or reinvent the wheel. I did forget the ford-t.fr site that has a listing of year and body type. Albeit being readily found and identified or even linked so it can be found and added too is difficult.
I was also thinking something similar to the following:
When I retire maybe then I would consider an ambitious register project.
"The State Trooper wasn't buying that Henry Ford would put a Chebby engine and transmission in a model "T"
I don't see why not as all '32 -'34 Fords came from the factory with 350 SBC engines. If you don't believe it, try to find one that doesn't have one in it.
Really, in a Model T, a 1918 cheby engine with a motor numbers between 2449180 and 2831426? Oh, with the two speeds forward one reverse transmission? Is that 350SBC mentioned really two 490s? Maybe even a factory 1918 Chevrolet D4. Who needs a proper Model T register?
I keep the register for Model T's here in New Zealand and have done since the formation of our club. There are around 1000 numbers recorded [engine numbers]along with rego numbers, owners, history where known and a photo if supplied. The biggest hassle is getting co-operation from the members. However, I am often called upon for dates and history and general knowledge. I would doubt anybody would have the time to record all the numbers of Ford T's in the USA. It is relatively easy here because we are a small country. Predominantly Canadian numbers which adds to the interest and of course RHD down here.
I'm a member of the Model T Section here in Western Australia. I'm currently compiling a list of all T's in our state. I have them catalogued as Cars, Trucks and Speedsters
Also have photos of each one and a brief history documented if known. Believe the number should be around 100 when finished as they still keep being found. Haven't bothered too much with engine numbers yet but that could be done later. The main reason was the ability to have them on a data base so we can email all owners with items of interest, Technical Tips and club activities.
Alan in Western Australia where it is 41 Deg C Today.......
The forecast says today will warm up to 41º here too, but that's 41º F. I wouldn't mind the 41º C for a day, as long as it doesn't become a habit.
Have you checked with the MTFCI and the roster they once had?? 41,Someday i think we will see 31 but? Bud.
At one time on the net there was such a thing. I know for sure because I registered my '24. The database could be searched by year or body style. A few years ago I tried to find it but it had vanished. Someone out there probably still has all the data but who knows where it is.