I just want to open the door and step through, I'd love to be there.
That's the Minneapolis assembly plant. The building is still there.
Another view of the same tractor and trailer can be found here:
I think it's interesting that the tractor has a truck license plate, which indicates it could have been driven on public streets in Minneapolis, not just in and around the grounds of the plant.
I would hate to try to stop that thing on hilly roads! At best the Fordson had very little in the way of a brake and if I remember right you had to press down on the clutch to get to brake which meant the transmission was then not holding back.
The driver probably has skills and half a brain. I bet he's using a low gear and using the engine as a brake.
But still, if it popped out of gear it could be hard to find one again - and the clutch brake system didn't come on the first years of Fordson production, I think?
That "Half a brain" driver as you called him is out earning a living and being a productive citizen, has more then likely lived thru some of the toughest times, and contributed to the growth of this great nation! To sit at a computer 90 years later and judge a man amazes me.
Dennis, I don't think James was insulting the driver. In todays society, half a brain is a compliment and that is how I took his statement. Relax!
Wouldn't you love to find that tractor and loaded trailer parked in a warehouse somewhere and forgotten.
Today that driver would be better off if he sat at home and collected food stamps and welfare rather then working. How times have changed!!
(Message edited by fordmodelt on March 24, 2016)
Dennis I wasn't insulting the driver, I was complimenting him. Calm down.
And look at all those "floor boards" the radiators and other parts are crated in ;)
Erick, check the trailer, same tractor, either different trailer or another load?
Appears to be the same trailer - hard to read the Minnesota "Z" trailer plate but appears to be same number, 1-347.
I agree, different load in photo in other thread. Didn't notice until you pointed it out.
With the license plates and all of the advertising on the trailer, this was surely driven outside the plant. He is on the way to the nearest railroad depot with a much larger load than a TT or any other truck could haul.
That assembly plant was located on a railroad line and had its own spur/siding for the loading dock.
How about a water shipping terminal? Delivery to local dealers? License plates and advertising wouldn't be necessary inside the plant, and I doubt that a large trailer would be loaded with such a variety of different parts to move just inside the plant and unload again. It was going outside for some reason.
It's already outside the barbed wire fence and heading somewhere. There is a Model T behind it and possibly one more. There could be a row of Model T's back there being delivered to local dealers along with parts. Could even be part of a parade. Looks like maximum advertising value is being utilized for sure.
Interesting discussion. But what caught my eye at first glance was the bar across the gate that appears to mark a maximum height. I don't know if that would be intended for loads going in or going out, but that trailer is right up close to it. Somewhere, there is probably a doorway with an opening one inch higher than that bar.
Great photo! And I would LOVE to have that tractor!
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2