Let's have a fun thread here
What is your favorite thing about T's?
I can think of several!
The amazing history behind the car
The amazingly low price of most parts and ease of obtaining them
The looks and smiles you get when you drive around and give rides
How well they respond to Marvel Mystery Oil!
Pick just one? OK, going for a drive.
...not til you getem' all back together!
Being swarmed in the parking lot and the thrill of having their pics in the car.
My youngest daughter likes my car because she says everybody honks and waves at us when we drive the car.
I'm sort of a industrial revolution history buff so I think of my car as a window to a different time in American and it's technology. I do like driving at a slower pace and smelling the roses or cows.
No damned seat belts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Watching the Police video me while driving down the road
George, you hit it. And very early too! Letting people sit in it and taking pictures at shows. Their expressions when they hear you say it usually is priceless. That's actually what I'd like pics of.
The model T people I have met on this forum and hunting original parts! I could go on and on but that tops the list.
Owning and maintaining a Model T Ford is like owning, preserving and "keeping alive", a little piece of American history!
Restoring a T with my wife because she likes the same thing and we spend time together.
I agree with Dallas, it's the people...
Restoring them is fun and stops me from becoming bored and I enjoy driving at a speed I can look around, but people is number one.
Friends I have met along the way!
Giving rides and posing spectators in funny hats and stick-on mustaches for photos.
I agree with all the above,but driving my car in the Montana 500 is at the top of my list
I am a bit like Philip Berg. I am drawn to the whole history. And for all of it, the model T Ford is the ultimate icon of the thirty most incredible years in all of human history. The model T seems to have some nearly magical power to connect those willing to allow it, a personal connection and understanding not only to the model T's history itself, but of all the history surrounding it. Not only the model T's era, but before, and since as well.
That tops my list. I could give a dozen other reasons, both very personal, and common to many other T people.
My T and A belonged to my dad.
When I work on them it is like he is there with me.
The sound is great. Looking for the parts I need or want for them. Talking to people about them. I won't go on.
I'm with you, Fred. Whenever I work on the T or the A, I know the last person on the job was my Dad. Closest possible thing to companionship with him.
That old engine smell.
My TT was my grandfather's truck, so it's like he's there with me. I also love "that old engine smell" as well as the sound of it.
Helping wake one up from its sleep.
I like the fact that I can slow down my world and smell the roses. I also like the people that come up to you and ask what the car may cost, and you tell them that they are not that expensive and they go away with the thought of a purchase.
How incredibly simple they are for how well they worked in there day!
At a recent car show my 23 Touring was showcased among several other special interest cars. On one side of me was a 100 point '63 327, 375hp "Fulie" red on red split window 'Vette. On the other was Ferarri Super America. Which of the 3 cars got the most attention?" I love my Model T!!!!
The ignition system. Its an electro-mechanial marvel.
I am partial to a good smooth flat dirt road in a worthy speedster.
Parking while others who don't know how the T trans works.
I'm with others here about actually driving and preserving a very important part of our automotive history. Secondly, i enjoy the fact that you actually have to use your brain when driving a T, anticipating and adjusting accordingly for the road ahead, and all other obstacles and challenges we forget about driving our modern cars.
Owning and operating a century old automobile that is STILL affordable for the everyday working (or retired) working man or woman .. easy to drive, easy to maintain, readily available parts, and this awesome club that makes so much of this possible !! Thank you, one and all
I enjoy a slow ride on the road less traveled. It is relaxing and teaches patience.
Just driving it, makes life seem slower and also not having to use my foot on an accelerator
The thing I like the most about Model T's, is they are Model T's. Don't forget, a few years back, the Model T was voted the car of the century over every car ever built in the world!
I love bringing back an old relic and making it functional again while retaining the character and life that it shows through aging.
All the better if it has a great old worn but solid look about it...kind of like the tools in my Papaw's auto shop when I was a little guy.
Perfect and shiny is really nice, but not my thing.
John Noonan, a Model T has more chance of making it up and down that driveway without damaging the under-body than any modern car (not including a truck or SUV with a high ground clearance of course).
Best thing about the T hobby is the large number of really good people you get to meet who love these cars.
Not a lot of technical responses. Maybe I AM truly in the minority. I like the T for the way it operates, its systems. No fuel pump, no oil pump, no water pump, its planetary transmission, its unique and antiquated ignition system. You'll never see me driving a T with a water pump, distributor, or auxiliary transmission. Those things take away from the things I love about the T.
"You drove that here??!!!"
Letting people see you don't really need electric starters, GPS and all that stuff to get from one place to the next.
I would say it's driving the T every chance I can. If I don't drive it to work ... I take a little drive as soon as I get home from work. When I walk in the house my wife always asks me (knowing the answer) if I've been out in the T .... as she looks at the top of my head. After a drive my hair is always sticking straight up like Martin Short's character Ed Grimley on Saturday Night Live.
There is not really an active model T club in my area. It's a shame ... would be fun to get together with other T owners from time to time and swap technical information, share other interests, loan tools etc. In all the years I've driven a T it's been a pretty solitary hobbie for me. The only time I ever saw other T owners was at the bigger car shows that were not very close to where I happened to live at the time. Guess that's why I love going to Hershey ...
The T was the "car of the century," Don't get me started on VW being the best seller of all time either. The T sold more then 15 million cars in 19 years to a poorer world population with fewer roads and half the population of today. VW took 65 years to sell 22 million units in a richer world with more roads and twice the population of the T era. Which car had greater market penetration? The Bug ain't even close.
Oh, I don't know.
I think it's fun having a car that starts easily with a hand crank.
Going for a drive and showing it to other people.
They're Model T's !!! A link to a different time that is still remembered by some dreamed of by others and in its own way being relived by those of us fortunate enough to be care-taking one. We meet the best people in a "T".
John Noonan...I can't believe my eyes looking at those new houses with those almost vertical driveways! Are those builders on drugs? I've never seen anything like that before, and probly never will again! That is beyond insane!!
And now back to our regularly scheduled program...Just one of the things I like about my Ts....
And of course this!
Had a great time the other day giving rides at the local Senior Center after another club member and myself put on a presentation. They had a blast. So did I!
Those driveways in John N.'s photo are special Model T driveways.
On cold winter mornings when the battery is low and the oil is too thick to crank, you open the garage door, turn the switch to MAG, have your wife roll you back 'til the rear wheels go over the precipice, then stomp the reverse pedal.
By the time you're out in the street the motor is running and you are on your way to work. No oil too thick for that driveway !
Caution: Keep a good grip on the steering wheel so you don't jack knife on the way out.
The ignition system. When I was a kid I remember asking my dad about the wires coming out of the firewall. He didn't know. Then I got one and that's the best thing. Every time I work on my Hudson I wish it had 6 coils and a timer instead of a distributor, and a magneto wouldn't hurt when the battery is dead.
Dick...that's too funny! Never thought of that! Every time I look at those pics I shake my head in disbelief! Like to know where they are. Like to know who the stupid building inspector is (or should be, "WAS").
I'm going with Steve and say driving it is best. Using it to get somewhere is fun for me.I am just beginning to enjoy this part.
RE; John Noonan...I can't believe my eyes looking at those new houses with those almost vertical driveways! Are those builders on drugs? I've never seen anything like that before, and probly never will again! That is beyond insane!!
The owner of the car dealership I worked for had one just as steep, only it was longer and curved at the top and bottom. One of the guys that I worked with and I had to go over and clean the snow off it, boy was that fun!
My favorite thing about my T is, Fourth of July morning I had a knocking in the engine. I removed the intake exhaust and head, Then removed oil pan cover to reveal a loose bearing. Shimmed the bearing replaced intake exhaust and head. Then reoiled and made it in time for the parade!
During the Whitefish tour I stopped for a break and their was some steam coming from the radiator overflow tube at the bottom. A women came up and asked me what type of car it was. I said it's a "model t Ford, 1911 Ma'm".
She turned around to her husband and said "Honey look this car runs on steam".
I got to thinking about using the steep driveway to start the T engine by coasting backwards. There's one more little complication:
On those cold mornings, the T is going to need quite a bit of choking to get it started and keep it running. That means your wife is going to have to hold the choke wire out while you roll backwards. And you need to be careful to not step on the brakes too abruptly. If you stop too quick, you wife will get a "Ford" imprint in her forehead from the logo on the radiator.
She could just stand on a creeper and roll with the T.
It's all about the horse power and torque!
At some point in the distant future, the people that lived in those houses will be classified by historians as "cliff dwellers"!