Could anyone with torpedo photos please post them? I am trying to work out the different variations in doors offered and the way the back seat is finished (Where it meets onto the deck infront of the petrol tank.
Thanks in advance
This is the best I can do on short notice. I found it last night on ebay.
It's really just a teaser with that tree there.
I have some others but have to learn the scan thing.
Attached is a video link showing a reporter riding in a Torpedo. As the video shows, Model T's are obvious "chick magnets".
Also attached are "commandeered" torpedo photos taken from a google of T Torpedo. I also threw in an open runabout, because that may give a better view of how the front of the seat looks (and open runabouts and torpedo's appear to be very simmilar, other than the cab).
See also Trent Boggess web site at: http://oz.plymouth.edu/~trentb/Torpedo/TorMay7Y2K.html
Note as Trent points out in his web site there was some variation between body makers. So things could easily have been done more than one way. And in the case of a NZ car -- it would have had a Canadian body which may or may not have been the same as one of the USA produced bodies.
And just as the 1912 Ford tourings initially used the 1911 two piece firewall and had slightly different/lower dipped (removable) front doors and later the 1912 body used the single piece firewall and the doors were slightly different. The 1912 torpedo models also had two different door heights that appear to be tied to the change from the two piece firewall t the single piece firewall. See the illustrations in the 1911 and 1912 model year catalogs at: http://mtfca.com/books/bookmenu.htm
Hap Tucker 1915 Model T Ford touring cut off and made into a pickup truck and 1907 Model S Runabout. Sumter SC.
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I would like to point out that the 1911 Torpedo/OR did NOT have a tool box behind the gas tank. Many people moved the tank forward and added that tool box just like many people tossed the turtle deck on later roadsters in favor of the wood pickup box.
Question,Is the bead on front fenders the same as on the rears on the torpedos?
Why is a Torpedo a Torpedo, not a Speedster?
The term "speedster" is a body style not made by Ford. You can make a Model T speedster, a Pierce Arrow speedster, even an American LaFrance speedster. You can make it any way you want. There are no right or wrong ways to build a speedster.
The term "Torpedo" is the name given by Ford to the 2 seat Model T body styles in some years.
Both terms mean fun!
(.....and then, there's the "Runabout"!)
If this photo will help this 1911 belongs to a friend of mine.
That looks like an 11 open runabout (evidently the same as the Torpedo, except open cab, vs. doors) with a toolbox added (as John Regan mentioned above).
We now have one, and it "sits" completely different, due to more slanted steering column, lower seat, and more leg room (the seat sits further back than with a touring or roadster/runabout).
When he did that car he had all new fenders and running boards and such made by Rootlieb.I have the chance to buy the original,fixable sheetmetal and gas tank at a fair price.Thought about getting the stuff and useing it on my speedster project,IF i can get this rusty 47 pontiac going good enough to take a break from it.
Some interior views of a '12 torpedo
Alex I have an original body 1911 torpedo with doors. It is a Stynoski winner. I have It at home its is a Beaudett body serial # B7735 the serial numbers should be on the seat rizer and under both doors. If you have a September October 2005 issue of Model T times its on the cover with the story inside. I have thousands of hours of research in it. I would be glad to help you any way I can