Love this pic Jay, kudos like usual. It just goes to show how T's were probably viewed more as a utility and not just a form of transportation, especially in the rural areas. Most of us here on the forum treat our T's much differently because they are old and we want to preserve them, back then they needed to do a job, do it well, and they didn't care what it looked like. Seems like he pulled the top up to keep the sun from baking his bacon...
That T certainly served it owner(s) well. I'm sure it could tell us some wonderful stories.
That chicken looks none too happy with it though.
what year is it?
Dennis is right! Speaking of years, the car is a '17 or '18.
That chicken sure gets around! I saw it on a TV commercial hitching a ride around the country. "Free Range". Looks like a 19-early 22 car. Probably a starter car with electric lights but non-demountable tires. My guess it is a few years old and has seen quite a bit of service going back and forth from the farm to town.
Gosh I only wish I had Dennis's quick wit!!
Looks like that chicken is wanting to go peck the wheel. That poor car sure looks pretty downtrodden. I agree with you John, but you know, even as cheap as they were back then, that had to be quite a chunk of the budget and you'd have thought they'd treat it a little better.
That chicken should back off. There may be a manifold cooker under that hood.
I once watched a chicken jumping up and pecking butterflys out of the radiator. They're funny birds.
If the windshield brackets are original to the car, they do not have the casting for the oil side lamp to bolt onto. Those were used on the starter equipped open cars starting mid 1919 and continuing until the slant windshields were introduced with the 1923 models ref: http://mtfca.com/encyclo/U-Z.htm#wshld . The rear axle housing still appears to have the oil filler plug at the higher level. It was relocated about an 1 3/4 lower during 1919 see: http://mtfca.com/encyclo/P-R.htm#rax2 If both of those are original to the car, then 1919 is the most likely year with mid-1919 being most likely.
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Thanks Hap - I was guessing c.1920 but you have refined the date nicely. I have recently acquired an unrestored 1919 roadster and it was nice to see a period photo of the same model.
Thanks to Erik for spotting another photo of the same car. It doesn't add a lot of additional details but it might show the owner. The link is: http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/506218/562471.html?1439373646
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