The World’s Narrowest Truck? – A Chain-Driven Brass Model T Ford

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By David Greenlees on Saturday, August 08, 2015 - 08:22 am:



I'm not sure if photos this chain-driven Ford truck have been posted here before?

Do any of you know who constructed it?

You can also view two more photos showing some details of how it was it was constructed at TheOldMotor.com


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Ed in California on Saturday, August 08, 2015 - 08:42 am:


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Royce in Georgetown TX on Saturday, August 08, 2015 - 08:51 am:

Looks like it was made to drive inside a tunnel perhaps. The driver seat is lowered, probably to get the driver's head away from the low overhead. Interesting that it has a speedometer, and a horn. Seems to be made street legal so it can drive from job site to job site.

Very interesting David!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Norman T. Kling on Saturday, August 08, 2015 - 11:55 am:

Might have been made for driving in Europe. Some roads are very narrow, having been made for horses but not modern traffic.
Norm


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Marvin Konrad on Saturday, August 08, 2015 - 11:57 am:

Surely, someone else MUST NOTICE that these are two different vehicles??? Is there some historical connection for the alterations? This link does provide some information on those first photos:
http://theoldmotor.com/?p=148208


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Mark Gregush Portland Oregon on Saturday, August 08, 2015 - 01:14 pm:

Marvin, Ed is having a bit of fun. :-)


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Ken Parker on Saturday, August 08, 2015 - 02:11 pm:

Looks like one of the comments on the link Marvin posted has it. Vineyard work. Rows are three feet greater than the width of the equipment working between the rows in that type of work. The truck is 36" tread which meets the "one to one" rule for a six to seven foot trellis height by six foot+ row spacing.

The disc wheel covers would keep the driver from ripping out the grape vines with the front hubs. Interesting, but why the speedometer if that was the use? Long rows I guess....

Ken in Texas


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Larry Smith on Saturday, August 08, 2015 - 02:55 pm:

Look at the angle of the hand brake quadrant. My guess is this was made from a '13. It has a tea cup pan, and an aluminum crank handle.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Aaron Griffey, Hayward Ca. on Sunday, August 09, 2015 - 02:01 pm:

It appears to have solid tires but it carries a tire pump in front of the seat.
The first picture has a license plate, may be a later picture after it was registered, The second may have been a picture used in advertising.
Orchard truck makes sense. Another good reason to have the driver sit low.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Mike Spaziano, Bellflower, CA. on Sunday, August 09, 2015 - 02:13 pm:

Front tires appear to be pneumatic. Hence the tire pump.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Gustaf in Idaho on Sunday, August 09, 2015 - 06:01 pm:

Looks like the same vehicle to me,if not, the fin damage on the radiators are identical.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By David Greenlees on Monday, August 10, 2015 - 07:31 am:

Both vehicles are the same. This early photos show it after the chassis was constructed and apparently tested.

The second set of images show it after the seat was finished up, and the flatbed and side boards were constructed.


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