I found this in a book of New Zealand and Australian historical motoring records, I hope you enjoy it much as I did.
What a great story....fun to read.
I agree, a great story. Clearly Vanadium steel helped to assure the success of the Model T, initially at least. One question though. I've read or heard that over time Vanadium steel was progressively phased out. Is that true? And if so was that made possible by advances in steemaking?
Trent Bloggs discovered the demise of vanadium steel when he reviewed the Ford purchase orders over the years of Model T production.
fun reading, thanks Kevin
Thank you. :-)
These tough little buggers being called flimsy...
Thanks for the comment Tony. Can we assume that a culture of continuous improvement meant that equally durable and strong grades of steel were developed over time and they replaced Vanadium? Or did the Model T lose some of that characteristic robustness towards the end?
Model T's were more than "flimsy-looking." They WERE flimsy. Although they were tough as nails as far as dependability is concerned, the frame rails and front crossmember were flimsy. I have rebuilt many Model T's from the frame up, and almost all of them had bent frames. Most had cracks in the front crossmember. I have just begun working on a customer's very original '15 Touring Car, which I took down to the bare frame so I could fix it. Both frame rails were bowed toward the driver's side more than 1/2", and the passenger's side had a 1/2" sag at the crankcase ear. The only unusual thing about this car is that the driver's side frame rail had no sag. I guess it got pushed up when the collision occurred.