You Ford detail gurus look close at this picture, a new Model N with a bad rear axle. The caption on the Ford pic says ''Mr. Shirk, the oldest Ford mechanic, 78 years old'' at the Ephrata, Pa Ford dealer. circa 1908. This guy was born about 1830! An excellent photo of the jack and an early oil can.
I wish I could look that good at 78 years old!
clean living and no stress....
Frank, I just pray that I MAKE IT to 78 years old!
I love old pics like this, thanks Gary. Just think, this guy went from probably shoe-ing horses as a young man to a "master mechanic" all in one lifetime. I'm just in awe at the progress this country saw from the late 1800's to the early 1900's.
Great photo. Tried to flip it, but despite attempts it always uploaded like the first
I cropped one edge
Love the picture and the way the tools are lain out
I've seen most of the tools and jacks before but not the oil can.
Is that a Ford oil can or just a general type for the era.
I'm betting Mr. Shirk isn't 78 in that photo or else it wouldn't be necessary to mark it as "circa". Probably something like it was marked-up in the 1940's to celebrate the man that's now 78 and that's a photo of him from about 1908.
Walter I have to agree, that guy is no where near 78 in the photo.
Neat photo. Some lathe in the back ground!
I agree the photo doesn't have the right color for a 1910ish photo. It is a sepia tone photo from a later date made to look old. It was 'antiqued"
Do you agree?
If Mr. Shirk is 78 in that photo I'd like to have some of whatever he drinks.
No grey hair . . .
Perhaps some axle greasy formula on the hair to prevent early retirement.
Or maybe Shinola!
Great photo. Without a little more of the car to see, it is difficult to tell if it is a Model N Runabout or Model S Runabout. The very early 1906 to early 1907 Model N Runabout bodies were a little smaller but the later 1907 to 1908 N Runabout and S Runabout bodies are the same.
They both have the pointed rear deck while the Model R has the rounded rear deck.
With the rear fenders removed and not being able to see if it had a running board bracket or a step plate -- it could be either body style.
The both used the smaller 28 x 3 clincher tires.
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It looks like 2 oil cans. I've never seen the tall can with the 2 reinforcing ribs made around the sides. He's using a packing crate for a work stand, not a ratchet or socket in sight, only open end wrenches and a machinist's hammer. The rear axle looks spotless, like it's off a new car. The body varnish looks real good also. I believe it is a period photo. I scanned it from a Ford calendar I've had for 25+ years. That's why the sepia color showed up.