I spent my Saturday at an auction, and the 1915 runabout parked outside drew many of the usual comments and questions. One lady asked, "Are you going to drive it?" I told her, "You bet I am. It's a long walk home." But the strangest was from the young guy who asked, "Is it a 32?" I had no comeback for that. I just said, "No, it's a 1915." At least nobody called it a truck this time.
Great story, Steve. Really enjoy your videos and sharing your expertise.
At least nobody asked if you were the original owner!
It's a 32 minus 17
I had a lady at a gas station ask me how many turns of the crank were needed to go one mile. I had no answer.
Sometimes people asks me if it runs. I reply "I hope so! I hate to walk home!" or "I came driving it and sure plans to drive home as
I have a 1927 Fordson tractor and people will ask me if it runs. The answer is no, will you stick around until the end of the show and help me push it on the trailer.
I drove the '17 touring to work for an employee car show but people kept asking me where I parked the trailer.
I was in a car show about a mile from my house a few years ago. Someone asked me, "Did you drive it here." I answered, "Had to. It's too heavy to push that far."
My Coupe is often called a Truck. Also the 1923 Yellowstone Bus. I like to believe people are taken with the old vehicles to the point of not thinking about what they say.
When we were tying the Christmas tree to the Coupe we were asked if it ran. It is puzzling.
It is nice folks come up and ask questions and visit when they wouldn't if we were in a "Normal" car.
Richard it is puzzling, I often think of Bill Engvall when I field those questions.
I am often asked if I bought the 12 new and the reply is always yes and not I look good for 120 years old
When people ask if I bought my T new I tell 'em yeah, but I've only got three more payments.
I heard that a fellow liked to say "Gram-pa bought 3 of these brand new. We finally wore the first one out. We just started driving the second one you see here."
"How fast will it go ?"
"About 200, but you have to roll the windows up" (not explaining that
the windows don't actually ROLL up)
I all the time I have had my truck, I have never been asked if I was going
to drive it. Hmmm .....
When asked "what year is it?" The best reply is "its a 2017 - they're making them again"
The one encounter I remember the best was in the category of complement/insult.
A few years ago I drove my 16T touring down to the winery at the end of our road. As I pulled in to the parking lot I parked next to a guy in a new Corvette. He looked up and said, "nice hot rod" I looked down and replied, "nice Mustang" . We both got a big laugh out of that one!
When asked what year mine is I usually respond with "Dang!, did the numbers fall off the radiator again?"
I've had folks walk up to me and say "Hey! That's a Model A". I replied "No, its a 1926 Model T". Then they proceed to spend the next few minutes telling me its a Model A. I just tell them the title says 1926, smile and leave it there.
I have had people tell me that ford ordered shipping crates with specified holes drilled in them so they could use them to build the cars. I just let it go.
It amuses and frustrates me when some self proclaimed expert, showing off for his wife, blathers on and on about how the car was manufactured, how to drive it, etc. when it is obvious that he has no idea what he is talking about. I almost reached my limit when one of them proclaimed "the danged fool has the steering wheel on upside down."
I'm always fascinated by the folks who see the speedometer drive and point out to their buddies that the car is front wheel drive. Yup, that little bitty gear does it all...
As I think Richard Eagle might have been suggesting, most folks feel the need to say "something", but generally lack the knowledge to say something informed. Mostly, they're just trying to be friendly and are showing interest. No harm done.
One of my favorites was yelled out as I was pushing my T off the road after quitting, "My grandpa used to push one just like that"!
Dave & Jerry - You guys have reminded me of a bit of a "dilema" that I have faced, more than once:
We are certainly ambassadors of the Model T and our hobby everywhere we drive them. Several times, I've had to stand there and "bite my lip" while listening to "grandpa" telling his little grandson, "all about Model T Fords", when it was quite obvious that he really had no idea what he was talking about. While it is so tempting to tell "grandpa" (for example) that,...."no,....that little gear just inside the front wheel has nothing to do with "four-wheel-drive", but there's just no way to correct such a "know-it-all" and make him look like an absolute fool in front of his little grandson! Happens all the time, .....harold
One more that I just thought of, .....how many have heard something like this?
"Yeah, my grandpa had one just exactly like that except it was a Dodge!"
I had a wood bodied TT on the trailer once when I stopped for gas. A guy asked the usual questions about year, tires, gas, etc., then while admiring the wood body asked "Did they have wood back then?"