Well I guess this picture answers the question of what oil people used in the Model T. They went straight to the oil well and ran crude!
Nice! notice the "jerk Line" running horizontally from the derrick. It is leading to a pump jack house that has a steam or gasoline engine belted to a cammed wheel that is pumping several wells strewn over a few acres all at once.
how does he honk the horn?
If really interested in the "jerk line" the Buckley Michigan Old Engine show club has a permanent installation that they operate during their show each summer. Michigan still has quite a few operating oil wells. The show makes for a great day if you enjoy seeing the mechanical items of the day, many of them operating during the show. Buckley is about 20 miles South of Traverse City Michigan. The club has over several 100 acres with permanent train tracks and of course 100's of tractors of all types to see during the show. The show is always held in August. It's well worth the effort to travel to Northern Michigan to see it.
In my earlier years, I would have occasions to go into producing fields that used jerk lines to pull the pumps. Each line would make a creepy sound as the line would slide through the wood guides. At night each would 'MOAN" like someone in agony. Scary because it sounded so real.
Tim, the horn is electric. Headlamps have been converted too. With a bumper, this '12 is "well" accessorized - oil's well that ends well !
Dale, Lew, Jerry, thanks for the oil field information. Mighty interesting !
Here is a engine house we visited this summer at Gallop City MT east of Conrad. The town was abandon in 1933 but they pumped oil with the engine and wheel into the 70's.
Them's some very nice pictures.
Do You have any info what make that impressive oil-field engine is? I'm guessing a 25 h.p. Superior.
Love the add-on electric start and the Corvair-like twist to the flat drive belt!
The Buckly Mi old engine show has a engine running one of these big wheeles.Always the third weekend in Augest there about 10,900,38,11 model TT trucks running all over the place! Bud in Wheeler,Mi.
They have one of these wheels in Kent CT and run it at there annual show. CAMA I think the club is called. Ct Antique Machinery Association.
The Woolaroc Museum near Bartlesville has an excellent model/diorama showing an oil field jerk line setup. I'd post a photo, but that was the trip where my camera was swiped.
They even removed the tire chains for the pic. There's an operational natural gas fueled oil field pump at Drake's well museum near Oil City PA.
They run the one in Kent on Propane.
Dale W, I forget the make of the engine and couldn't find a picture that showed it. This stop was a highlight for me as I love old machinery of any kind.