These photos make me smile. Can you imagine going into a dealership today and seeing drip pans under the cars?
Yes, the drip pans were pre-oil sight gauges. If it stopped dripping - even in the show room - you knew that you had to add oil.
I wonder what the dealer would say to a prospective buyer about the oil drip pans. After all you couldn't help but not to see them.
Evidently Ford didn't worry a lot about minor leaks which would eventually happen.
Most people didn't have garages and, if they had a garage, it probably had a dirt floor. I don't think oil leaks were a concern. Probably relative to other cars, a Model T didn't leak any more or less. Sure beats horse poop and pee.
Heck...the first year y-block that came in my 54 Ford was a leaker almost from day one.
Ron's comment about horses reminds me that my aunt Mary Parker, born in 1897, recalled that her dad and the other men, when they had to go, went in the livery stable along with the horses. On a hot August afternoon without a breath of breeze blowing it must have been a memorable olfactory experience accompanied by a prodigious turnout of flies.
Steve, I had my '12 Buick upholstered by an Amishman in Pennsylvania. When I arrived at his place once after a 2-1/2-hour drive, I had to pee. He took me to his stable and opened the door to a stall. I tinkled right there with his horse.
Well I guess there is some truth in the statement -- they all do it.
.....this thread seems to be "dribbling" downhill,...... (:^)
I wasn't around in those days but, I do remember seeing brand new Harley Davidson motorcycles leaking into drip pans in the showroom. That's just the way it was back then and everyone accepted it.
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I'm finding it strange you fellers seem to find all of this strange. Talk about convenient, when I'm pulling a horse trailer, I never need to worry about finding a rest stop . . . ;- )
A Ford tradition----
Perhaps a drop or two was evidence that it didn't leak near as much oil as the other leading brand.
To Dave Wells - If the horrible AMF Harleys didn't leak oil, they were out of it.