My grandfather, long deceased, told me stories of pioneering in Western Nebraska when I was a boy. Around 1914 he became the first resident of Broadwater, Neb. and opened a store. Sometime after that he began buying Model T fords. He said he bought a new T every year. He said he never went anywhere without having a flat tire. He related he had a cut out on his T and being a practical joker he loved roaring through town at 3AM following a party. When he referred to a cut out, was he talking about a header he could release? Or was it a whistle?
It could be either as they both run off the exhaust. What ever happened to the one year old T's? Did he collect them or trade them in?
heres an exhaust whistle under a "T"
It had a pedal sticking up through the floorboards that you stepped on and that would operate linkage hooked to a two position valve that diverted your exhaust flow through the whistle.
He's lucky one of his neighbors didnt spend a night sleeping on the porch with a shotgun!
The term "cut out" was usually meant for a pedal operated exhaust by pass before the muffler, supposedly to get some more power out on the open roads, not in town. Exhaust whistles were also made and operated by pedal, but the whistle pedals weren't made to stay down as a cut out pedal could.
Cut outs and pedals are available as repros.
Cool story. Imagine buying a new T every year! Wonder for how long? He must've been pretty well off financially I would think.
My Grandfather was sort of a gambler when it came to business. He moved around opening banks and stores. He never said what he did with the old cars as he bought new ones. Of course at that time they were nothing but daily transportation and costs very little. He did tell me that when driving in the plains and it got dark you simply went to any farm or ranch house and they would put you up. They had dance parties in Western Nebraska that went on nearly all night. It must have been a great time to live.
Now I want one in order to terrorize my own neighborhood.
Curtis, what a nice glimpse into the teens. Thanks for sharing this.
Don't need a cut out to terrorize, annoy, piss off the residents. We have plenty of Harleys with megaphone exhausts to do that.
I will agree on the Harleys.
The heading of this thread (Grandad's Model T) made me stop and have a think. My first grandchild (due in December) will be able to say that about MY model T.
My how time flies!
Maybe I'll just wake up the neighbors who ride loud Harleys.
I looked under my recently purchased T and noticed the strange looking muffler. There is very little opening for exhaust gasses to escape. Is this set up good for power and efficiency or for just quieting the motor?