Manufacturer: Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Michigan – U.S.A.
Type: Model T Touring Type T1
Production time: 1908 – 1914
Production outlet: 165,832 (1914: all Touring models)
Production outlet: 202,667 (1914: all models)
Production outlet: 15,458,781 (1908-1927: all models)
Engine: 2896cc straight-4 Ford 177 CID Vertical L-head, L-block, side valves flathead
Power: 20 bhp / 1.600 rpm
Drivetrain: rear wheels
Speed: 68 km/h
Curb weight: 700 kg
Wheelbase: 100 inch
Chassis: lead frame made of riveted U-steel profiles on a wooden skeleton with separate metal planking body
Steering: planetary epicyclic gear
Gearbox: manual two-speed planetary unit with a magneto located in front of the flywheel (this magneto supplied ignition current generated in a set of stationary coils)
Clutch: multiple dry plate disc
Fuel tank: 38 liter (case fuel system: gravity type, no pump)
Electric system: 6 Volts
Ignition system: single trembler coil
Brakes front: non
Brakes rear: hand-operated mechanical external contracting drums
Brakes: external braking on the driveshaft
Suspension front: rigid axle, cross two push rods, transversely mounted semi-elliptical springs
Suspension rear: rigid axle, two cast housing halves which accommodate the differential gear and the two drive shafts, cross two push rods, transverse leaf springs
Rear axle: live semi-floating type
Differential: spiral bevel 3.64:1
Wheels: wooden Artillery type
Tires front: 30 x 3 pneumatic clincher type
Tires raer: 30 x 3½ pneumatic clincher type
Options: "Rocky Mountain Brakes" (external band brakes only on the rear axle), balloon tires with steel wires reinforcing the tire bead (from 1925), steel welded-spoke wheels available in 1926 and 1927
– On October 1, 1908, the company introduced the successful Ford Model T (also known as Tin Lizzie, Tin Lizzy, T‑Model Ford, Model T or T), designed by Childe Harold Wills, Joseph A. Galamb and Eugene Farkas.
– At first assembled in Piquette plant and from 1910 in the Highland Park plant.
– It was Fords first mass production car (instead of individual hand crafting). The chassis was drawn by workers on a carriage trough the factory. Later, the sleds were replaced by carts on rails and mechanically drawn ("electric lines").
– This was not the first production line with completely interchangeable parts ever (that was Olds Motor Works, Lansing, Michigan – USA with the Model R Curved Dash), but it was the first time an entire plant worked with this system.
– The bodies were still from other manufacturers until 1919, notably OJ Beaudette and Kelsey.
– It was America’s first automobile with standard left hand steering, while driving on the right was "the right way".
– The Ts in-line engine was the first engine with a removable cylinder head.
– The parking brake works on the tie rods to the drum brakes on the rear axle.
– The Model T’s built prior to 1919 were supplied with non-demountable wheels. This meant that if a flat tire occurred, the tire had to be removed from the rim and a new tube installed. In 1919, demountable wheels were available which allowed for a spare rim with the tire attached to be carried.
– Henry Ford: “Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black”.
– He was constantly telling this joke, because their was only one colour quick enough to dry in the fast production, and that colour was Japanese Black.
– The drying time shorten rapidly in 1926, when they start to use the new "Duco lacquer".
– However, in the first years of production from 1908 to 1913, the Model T was not available in black ☺☺! but rather only grey (only for town cars), green (touring cars, town cars, coupes and Landaulets), blue, and red (only for the touring cars).
– By 1912, all cars were being painted midnight blue with black fenders.
– In 1914 a complete Model T was built in only 93 minutes!!, i.s.o. 12 hours and 30 minutes.
– By the end of 1913, Ford had a market share of 50% in the U.S., and in 1918 was half of the vehicles on U.S. roads a Ford Model T.
– Ford had his own forests (for timber) and garnet quarries (for sharpening the window glass).
– The T-model range was very large: Town Cars, Sedans, Landaulets, Convertibles, Open Tourer, Touring (like this one), Roadsters, Open Runabout Speedsters, 2 seaters, 4 seaters, Coupes, Sport Coupes, Coupelets, Torpedo Runabouts, Delivery Cars, C-cab wagon (1912) etc., even military vehicles.
– Separate chassis ("rolling chassis") were available all years for independent coachbuilders.
– The Ford Model T was the first automobile global built in Detroit (USA), Highland Park (USA), Minneapolis (USA), St. Paul (USA), Dothan (USA), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Geelong (Australia), São Bernardo do Campo (Brazil), Toronto, Ontario (Canada), Walkerville, Ontario (Canada), Copenhagen (Denmark), Manchester (England), Berlin (Germany), Cork (Ireland) and Cádiz (Spain).
– The 1914 Model T was available as this 4-door Touring, as 4-door Town Car (1,699 units built), as 2-door Runabout (35,017 units built) and as rolling chassis (119 units built).
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