My engine seems happiest when my GPS speedometer is reading 32 mph.
Such a pity that's too slow for the highway, 'cause on smooth, level ground, ol' Penelope could just drone along like that all day. -
What's your Model T's happiest cruising speed?
I concur. 30-35 according to my very accurate OE Stewart speedometer.
Will year and body type perhaps factor in ? Lizzie is a 1913 runabout, I generally roll with the top up and the rear curtain furled.
Mine is happy around 35-40...I have a Ruckstell with 3:1 gears. If the oncoming hill is of any significant size, she likes to hit the bottom at about 45 mph and will usually maintain 35-40...
I might add, she likes it best at somewhere around 60 degrees outside.
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Our tenure with the model T was pretty short. Using a phone app, our 26 roadster felt comfortable between 37 and 40. The 27 speedster 40-45 but the bitsa 23 RPU enjoyed hanging at 30
Yup, Iíd say between 30-35. I do drive up to 40 on occasion and have had it up to 47ish .... but clearly the engine doesnít really like such high rpms given the standard rear axle.
The 26 RPU is happy at 28-30 mph. Im good with that also.
The ol' TT has low speed rear end gears and a Muncie. Flat out in high/high my wife clocked me at 32 MPH, but that's screaming. It's much more comfortable at around 23-25 MPH.
I should add...she's cool with cruising around 65mph...when I hit the nitrous oxide switch, but only for 60 seconds or so !!
My 27 Tudor with OD 47-50, 26 Roadster 42-45, 25 TT with high speed worm gear 33.
My í26 Runabout likes 35-40. Sometimes I find myself doing 45+. At this speed, the engine still seems fairly happy and car is stable with regards to steering etc. This is with totally refurbished steering components. Even though I have RM brakes, I wouldnít want to make and emergency stop at the higher speed.
20-25MPH. Used to be faster... but she's getting tired.
In my mind that's the bigger question. How fast a T will go should be limited by it's ability to stop, not horsepower.
Mine stops on a dime...as long as said dime is glued to a brick wall !!
No special modifications for speed, so 35-38.
"...that's too slow for the highway..." depends on the highway. A US highway (or former US highway) that parallels an interstate often is almost empty.
What is that on the left, a horse, Steve ?
Can't quite make it out...
Amish buggy, hidden by a windshield bug. Yes, you can get a splatter at 30 mph.
You must have slow bugs in KS.
In over drive on the flat, stock rear end, 50+. Way faster then I want to go! In direct anywhere from 30 to 40 seems ok. But then again I don't have an app or speedometer and the 50+ was told to me by the Model A driven by a friend that was behind me. (My car: Chevrolet overhead, cast iron Warford, VW carb and Bosch front plate)
30-35 seems to be the happiest starts to make vibration noises at about 40
33 seems perfect to me. I have one that can go over 60. Some would not make 20 in my beginnings. Most pleasant at 33.
Depending on the road, 35 to 40. 3:1 gearing. 1915 touring car with more or less stock engine. Distributor, Stripe 280 cam, and shaved low head. I will occasionally do 45 if it is a really nice road and traffic justifies it.
I'm thinking 30-32 with a '15 touring. I'm likely just a sissy with the wood spokes. I believe the engine is all stock. I have a cell phone mount on my window (along with an EZPass... he he he he.. no, really) and I use the GPS. My Steward shows a tad slower than she is actually running..
Separate comment... can you 'adjust' the Stewart speedo to dial-in closer to the actual speed?
Based on 55 years of driving T's I believe my engines last many times longer at 33 than at 45 to 50. Others rebuild better engines than I do and results may vary.
Mine goes great at 55 sitting on a trailer...very smooth no engine noise. LOL :-)
Steve, that can not be Kansas in the photo. That looks like a hill to me!
It's a Missouri hill.
This is a Kansas Hill.
To add a little bit to this.
Iíve found that if Iím driving ordinary roads that if I figure a AVERAGE of 27mph for a 2 or 3 hour trip works out to a comfortable drive!!
35 + or - . I got up to 49 once on a long downhill. I don't plan on doing it again.
30 to 35.
I figure the 27 roadster likes around 30 mph. It stops very quickly at that speed with the original wide brake band .
28 to 30
Speaking of how fast will a Model T go...Odd no one picked up on this gem:
Police: Man crashes Ford Model T, taken to hospital
Posted: Nov 23, 2018 10:01 PM EST
Updated: Nov 23, 2018 10:01 PM EST
SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A man was hospitalized Friday after the antique car he was riding in crashed in Clairemont Mesa, police said.
A 49-year-old man was driving his 1920 Ford Model T roadster on Chateau Drive with a 40-year-old man in the passenger seat around 2:30 p.m., San Diego police Officer Robert Heims said.
The driver lost control of the classic car and went over the curb near Varley Court, crashed through a fence and landed in a deep ditch.
Paramedics had to take the driver to a hospital to be treated for head trauma, though his injuries weren't considered life-threatening, Heims said. The passenger escaped with only minor bumps and bruises.
My bone stock '14 touring car is very happy at 32 to 33 mph.
At 35 it starts to run a little hot, It starts to make noise around 37, at 40 the noise seems to go away, but it has to be a pretty cool day to sustain 40 without overheating. Fastest I have ever went is 45 on a 40 degree day.
Compare that to a Model A where I catch myself accidentally doing 50. The person that bought the last T before the A was likely disappointed. I love my T, but the A is way more car.
My 21 touring with standard gears is very comfortable at 35 20 40 miles per hour but it is easier to drive at 25 to 30.
55 to 60,in the race car.
35 for all the others. All have standard gears.
31... simple as that
Mine is equally grumpy at all speeds.
Each of mine seems to run best at a different speed but they are all between 28 and 35.
I can comfortably drive my 13 at about 35-37. The 26 Touring will easily do 50 but can manage gusts up to 54 with the top down (according to my wife in a 2015 Yukon directly behind me). With the tops up both cars drop about 5 MPH.
My old girl definitely likes being top less...wait, we're still talking Ts right ? lol
My dad had put a roll up rear curtain in the top, not correct for a 24 touring, but quite functional. Tops are like a big parachute and the wind gusts can whip you all over the road.
I don't have a speedometer, but when I go fast, it feels like 100 in a modern car, until someone passes me! I have passed a meter which says how fast I am going and it said about 42. I can go faster but even at that speed, don't want to over drive the brakes. I can slide the rear tires with the Rocky Mountain brakes but it still moves with the tires sliding, so I don't want to go too fast.
the 26 roadster likes 45-50 the 27 touring likes 40-45 and the 15 roadster likes 35-40
I agree with Joe F.....30 is tops for my Tís and 40-45 tops for the Model A. Those are my most comfortable overall speeds.
It depends on how dusty the track is.
My camper T liked 70 kph (40 mph). It would pull the camping trailer at 50 mph (good electric brakes on the trailer), but 40 mph was more relaxing.
I liked to run around 50 but could keep out of the way of traffic (CA bay area) on the highways. (warford)
My car likes 38 and 43. but it has a ZHead, Ruck with 3/1
I typically cruise in my 26 coupe at 35 mph. I have had it up past 50, but it starts to get kinda noisy at 45.
Youse guys keep talking about engine noise...
Just turn up the radio !!
I just turn my hearing aids off!
I never hear excessive engine noise, rattles, squeaks, or other objectionable noises. I just leave my hearing aids home.
What ever happened to #77?
My primitive pickup with 3:1 and a milled Prus head likes 25-35 and 45-55, but not 38-43 mph, it gets an unpleasant unbalance at that speed that I try to avoid.
I agree with the 30 to 35 mph. My car will cruise all day long at that speed. But I discovered, quite by accident, while on tour in Florida. We had the opportunity to take a dirt/sand road for part of the tour. The road was in pretty good shape, but still a dirt road. Most cars were running about 25 mph on this section of road. My car just purred along at 25 mph. It handled the ruts, the unevenness, the hills, everything at a very quiet, strong, 25 mph. Try it sometime...
She should be somewhere up in your area.
I will take a look around.
My 1911 with standard gears likes 35-40.
My 1915 and 1919 with 3:1 gears like 40-45.
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My 23 touring cruised along at 35 to 40 no problem. The "Light Express Delivery" seemed happiest at 20 to 25 mph. But that was one tired Model T...
No speedometer and seldom bother with GPS, so I can't be sure, but I'm gonna say between 35 and 40. I've had it over 45, but that is just pushing it too hard. I'd be lying if I said I never exceed 35, though.
You can put me in the 33-36 category. My T seems pretty happy at that speed.
The score to date:
36 responses for presumed "stock" T's, 32mph average
11 responses for T's with "speed equipment" 46.6mph average
2 responses for TT's - one "stock" at 24mph average
one with higher speed gearing - 33mph average.
I'm with Kep. My 26 Touring is tired and sounds strained above 40 kph (25 mph).
I don't see any Montana 500 guys posting here about where their cars are "happiest". I guess it would be above 50 for sure?
My Torpedo likes 40 to 55 if the road and traffic is good. Dyna Beads and engine balancing is critical.
My 26 Touring hums along fine at anywhere from 25-45 mph. There really isn't much difference in smoothness anywhere in that range. When you can adjust for timing and carb changes, that really helps get the best performance at any rpm. So what it really comes down to is what is the driving speed I really enjoy the most, and that's right around 25-30 mph. I enjoy taking my time and seeing all the things I miss when normally zooming right by in the F150. The truck gets me from point A to B. The Model T gives me a driving experience I just never get in the new vehicle or get tired of.
My experience in my 26 cut off touring is about the same as Kevinís above. The T doesnít much seem to care.
The "sweet spot for my '27 is 34 gps miles per hour.
MINE IS JUST HAPPY TO GET OUT, interesting to compare a 96 model t to a 96 year old human, there both beautiful in there own way.