I have to wonder what happened here?
"I told you not to mash the low peddle when we were doing 35!"
i dont think it hit a train, not enough real damage, i think they just took it apart????? charley
Herb, I would love to know where that was taken. It is in Arkansas due to the sign. There are not many good photos from the T era from Arkansas. Nice picture, thanks for posting it ...
That's the "before" photo of Hurst's 27 RP 😀
I agree with Charley. Probably just being parted out. and probably on the "poor side" of the tracks ....
Such as life on the 'wrong' side of the tracks!
First glance was a 'tie' in the race with the train. But, there appears to be a few extra parts suggesting a salvage yard of some sort or it was put out to pasture on private property. Looks to be a steering column just past the hogshead and engine block. Makes you feel sad for the ole' truck!
Used Reverse as a brake?
Maybe cars crash there often and people simply abandon the remains, hence the sign.
Wow. That was one fast train.
Starter is still in the hogshead.
I convinced myself that the car was not hit by a train causing the engine to be thrown out. The left front fender and wheel appear to be on the car and intact. I cannot visualize a way an engine could be thrown out and torn apart leaving that much of the front still together and fairly straight. At least, not by a train. Coupled that with the fact that cast iron block and hogshead neatly separated from the rolled steel pan. The blown-apart transmission thread clearly showed that cast iron breaks up into little pieces, some of which stay bolted to the pan.
Great photo though! Does make one look closely and think.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
Perhaps the driver had Mexican the nite before.....
May be the driver did stop at the second stop sign, that put him smack bang on the track!
Now would that have been put there by a clever rail worker or a road gang worker?
Are school puts a wrecked car across the street from the high school kids parking lot to make them think about their driving.
I kinda wonder if it was on a some other flatbed or something headed to the scrap yard and fell off after hitting the bump of the tracks? A train hit wouldn't take the pan off the block that clean. Looks to have been disassembled prior to being deposited on the side of the road.
Gary Hammond has it figured out.
The might before caught up with him!
The plate glass windshield isn't even broken but is pretty dirty indicating it has sat for a while. This is probably The Great Depression. Could be someone tried to get it running and found a serious problem and gave up.
Is it my eyes or does it look like the block and hogs head cover castings both have large sections broken away?
For Sale. Disassembled for your inspection
Erick! i dont see it. charley
Yep very strange--but what's with that steering wheel? Late '27 wheel or ???
I seem to remember a passage in "The Grapes of Wrath" where their vehicle broke down and they took a piston out of a wrecked car that had been hit by a train and got their car going again. Maybe this is the donor car.
Considering that the manifolds are laying on the fender my guess would be that they pulled the engine to see what was wrong with it and then abandoned the whole thing; took the new tubes out of the tires, took the coils and what little stuff they could pack with them and left it.
Or maybe they went to get parts and when they came back the tubes and rims were gone -- never know.
"Ran and drove good when parked"
Just a pile of abandoned stuff. There's even a second steering column laying beyond the engine & hogshead.
I though about that same passage from Grapes of Wrath. I love that book. Favorite part was when they left Noah behind. Dad read it many years before me, (probably when it was first published), he saw I was reading it and just said, "It never gets ant better for them".
True only the Lft front fender is visible as far as nose damage goes but I don't feel that this is a train hit. Sure looks like a field stripped car. Appears the pan is removed/gone. Quite a few odd bits laying around too.
I can not place the license plate. It is a high number and the year appears to be on the right. I searched all the southern states and the big states for the 1920s and30s on the license plates of the world web site. It does not seem match any plates.
I loved the movie, even though they did change it up a bit.....your dad was right....it never gets better for them....ya, that part where they wrap the copper wire around the rings to get the piston is was an unusual amount of detail for a book wasn't it....
I agree that this was probably a desolate spot near the tracks where stuff got thrown or abandoned. Common when we were kids, but non-existant today....
Steinbeck was a T guy for sure. Bits turn up in a number of his books and you can tell he knew what he was talking about. Cannery Row has a great bit concerning the hobo's getting a T ready for a trip and a bit later on when the tip breaks off the carb adj. needle. East of Eden has a superb bit where a Model T salesman demonstrates starting & running a T. Don't recall if the Grapes of Wrath truck was a Dodge? Your Dad was right for sure. In fact the movie ends where the book should have as the last 3 chapters are redundant.
It's too far from the tracks to have been hit by a train. Abandoned and broken up for parts.
I read Grapes of Wrath many years ago. I liked the parts about repairing the car along the way. I think it was a Dodge. Lots of Steinbeck's work has interest to old car people. The rest of it I can't comment on as political stuff is inappropriate here.
Maybe it's my old eyes but isn't the starter on the wrong side of the hogs head?
It sure looks like it is on the right side.
We are looking at the front of the hogshead. The starter is on the left side. And figuring it's a left hand drive, you can see at least a couple of the pedals as well, on the left side. The steering column appears to be resting on them.