Nice pic Jay! At first I was expecting to see a "filthy guy", not a filthy Ford!! Ha ha. Just re-affirms an earlier post of mine where I mentioned it sure seems these people are hard on their cars! None of my cars ever would look that bad, modern or the T's!
I believe the condition of the car is testimony of the kinds of roads it traveled...
Am I right that those headlight appear to be older that the car should have on it? Or are the whited out by the camera?
Country folks didn't spend a lot of time worrying about how dirty their cars got. Probably got washed in the rain or very few times a year.
Looks like it's probably an early '14. Check out the speedometer gear and crank handle.
Just once, I would like to see a movie set in The Great Depression or earlier where every car parked along a dusty, down-on-its-luck cow-town curb looked like this instead of being coated in immaculately spotless paint and shod in brand-new wide white walls, and dripping with every conceivable accessory-including the trucks!
You have a point Dale. I think a lot of us would get a surprise on what T's really looked like before paved roads and city streets became the norm.
I remember watching a few movies set in the era back in the earlier '70s. This was after the famous "Bonnie and Clyde" and included the original "the Godfather" among several others in a few short years. I think it was in the "Dillinger" movie (1973). About halfway in the movie, John Dillinger is on the run, and meets up with some friends at an auto camp/hotel. Set during the depression, in an auto camp filled with down-on-their-luck migrants, (sort of in the background) is parked one of the most beautifully restored 1910ish model T touring cars you have ever seen, complete with bright white tires!
I never did hear who owned that car. But it was well known in the hobby that a couple local car clubs (somewhere in Texas if I recall correctly) helped provide cars for the making of the movie. It was a common snide remark (I am not the only one!) that you could almost hear the conversation: "Oh Jim is such a great guy, and his car is so beautiful. You just HAVE to put his car in some of the scenes---"
One wonders if the movie people aren't the only ones to blame for such anachronisms. It was a beautiful car. But it sure didn't fit into that setting.
Wasn't the truck that was used in the depression era classic movie The Grapes Of Wrath a Model T Truck? I remember the truck well because it looked so ragged out. It was pretty authentic looking as far as being a vehicle that looked like it really was used and not slicked up for a movie.
Up to the 1950s, some of the major film companies owned their own vintage automobiles. When an early auto wore out, it was junked. A few years back, a member stated that his 1910 T touring was found upside down in a California dump. It had been a movie prop.
John, as to the Joad's truck in "Grapes of Wrath". Owning a Model T, I'd be proud if the Joad's ride was a T as well. If you look at the radiator emblem, however, you can tell it's a Hudson sedan that's been converted into a truck. Being a Hudson myself, I always "Look for the White Triangle" :-)
According to the text of Steinbeck's novel, it was a Hudson Super Six.