It's 4į outside and I'm wondering what kind of challenges they faced in Detroit during wintertime assembling model t's. Did they have to fill & drain thousands of cars every time they wanted to move them to the railroad station? How well heated was the plant? How did they plow any kind of significant snowfall? All things we don't even give a second thought to now
I rebuilt mine last winter here in Rochester, NY. I purchased it as a survivor in November and had it disassembled by the middle of December. I hoisted the body up into my 1919 era unheated garage and put the other sheet metal on our front porch. Worked on the chassis in the cold garage with only a propane tank type heater.
I was able to take the engine to a shop where the owner gave me a corner for working. By the end of winter I had rebuilt the chassis and the engine so that by Spring I could install the engine. Then throughout the Spring I worked on the body and other elements so that the first engine test was early August. It was inspected by the middle of August.
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Vinny, I sure haven't seen any outdoor photos of what you ask and I think it's a great question! How did the plants manage the cold and snow?
Save the warmed water with buckets or let it drain out... That takes time to save it.
That could be a lot of water used up during any winter day if not saving it!
We've seen photos inside the plants and it appears to me to be a bit cool in there when cold outside.
At the Piquette Plant, Ford had steam heat radiators under the windows. The windows are single glazed with double hung sash and no weather stripping. The repaired windows are still single glazed, but do have weather stripping.
Come visit during the North American Auto Show this month in Detroit and see for yourself.
Here is a video from 1917 from Dodge Brothers. This is a great video, pay attention right around the 19:00 minute mark, you asked about snow. The Dodge Brothers plant (in Hamtramck) was not that far away from the original Piquette plant and the Highland Park plant was just North and to the West.
Fill with hot water & drain at night?.?
Thatís ridiculous. Totally ridiculous.
Anybody who lives where it gets down to zero or colder can tell you that if you put hot water in a carís radiator and run the engine the radiator will freeze in a few minutes at 20F and colder with or without a thermostat. driving down the road at speed will cause it to freeze even quicker.
They filled the cooling systems with water and alcohol.
My grandfather in Central Wisconsin used kerosene in the family T in winter. He said it smelled 'a little' and was 'hard on the hoses' but it did not freeze (or catch fire). jb
They seem to be dressed warmly in this photo.