“New” Model TT Arrives at the Museum

The museum recently acquired a 1919 Model TT (similar to the one pictured). It will make a nice addition to our gas station display and our 1920 Model T tractor, 1927 Flying Cloud REO, 1928 Whippet and 1934 Reo fire truck  (which was Richfield’s first fire truck). We acquired the 1919 from a sign dealer in Millersburg, with whom we traded a number of signs of a more recent time period which weren’t a particularly good fit for the museum. (If you happen to have signs to donate maybe we could turn them into a Model A !!)

Our “new” truck is missing a number of parts, but we found a really neat Model T junk yard/parts seller in Kansas. From the pictures it’s quite an incredible place. Acres and acres of cars & parts. As soon as the snow clears, we’ll see about getting a radiator and headlights. Once the frame is repaired and painted we’ll decide which truck bed body to put on it. In the early days of the selling of Ford trucks they came without a bed and guys would fit them out as they wished. We’ve seen many different types, with some being stake beds, some have large tanks for hauling liquids, some became fire trucks and some had insulated boxes for carrying ice, and etc. If you like old cars, and like to work on restoring them, stop on by. We’d love some help in returning the TT to its original condition.

1919 Model TT Truck

The Ford Model TT is a truck made by the Ford Motor Company. It was based on the Ford Model T, but with a heavier frame and rear axle.  The wheelbase of the Model TT was 125 inches (3,200 mm), compared to 100 inches (2,500 mm) for the Model T. They were often sold as a chassis with the buyer supplying the truck body as needed. Mass production with Ford produced bodies ran from 1925 to 1927, but production of the Model TT had started with the first chassis being released in 1917. In 1923, it cost $380.[2] In 1925, a hand operated windshield wiper was added.[1]
It was very durable for the time, but slow when compared to other trucks.With standard gearing, a speed of not more than 15 mph (24 km/h) was recommended, and with special gearing, a speed of not more than 22 mph (35 km/h) was recommended, according to Ford Dealers Data Book 1923.
It was replaced by the Ford Model AA truck.

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