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Old 04-15-2011, 07:25 AM
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Seen a lot of youtube videos of these things.

I am a car nut and mostly like working on the old vintage stuff like Model A's and Model T's.

Been toying with the idea of buying one of these cars and not just working on other peoples toys. So got to asking a friend who has an amazing collection, in fact most people don't even know what he has for a collection because he doesn't disclose all his shops!

Told me the other day he had one of these when I said it would be cool to find one... said he has one! This is a 1929 Model A Mail truck. He has a set of skis for the front but they are locked up in another parts location. So I had to go get some pictures...










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Jackpot! Have fun with the new project
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Other project that lead to finding this, started out working on an old 1918 Amoco Model TT, "Tanker Truck."


So last summer I go to get it and the thing has no compression and starts overheating. NOT GOOD. Told our car club about it (club owns it) and said we need to fix this thing. They agreed. Also said we need to make it a little more modern to make it more driveable and to last, so suggested changing it over to a 12v system and use a distributor on it, which they also agreed to! Score! So decided time to yank the engine!!!



Not much to them!







Stripped down and after getting it back from Bore and rework... .080 over




Pistons in, crank in, and the magneto coils, magnets, part of the transmission with the bands..



Head on, transmission cover on, just getting ready for hogs head and pedals



And finished product. Engine should make around 19-22hp with the bore over, and with the new transmission should haul the vehicle pretty good. Plan to install the engine next week sometime, should take about two nights to replace front suspension, put new engine in, wire up new electronics and connections, and get running correctly.
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Old 04-15-2011, 07:50 AM
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Painted original Ford green just like from factory... Black port is the exhaust and the gray is the intake. New high flow carb and alternator.



Hogs head on and pedals on, VERY nice job on the transmission, grabs the clutches very clean.


Finished side view




And also another cool part, fter we got done I asked if anyone looked for a stamp date or engine ID number on it, they all said no. Well looky what I found!!!

Usually they are never complete with engine code and cast date. This is not the original engine and original prob. died a slow death just like this one originally did, that is a LOT of weight on the backs of these...

So looked it up, cast date says right there March 14 (also my Birthday ha!) of 1919. The engine code says 3,214,197, which is the number of engine in order form start of production that went into a model T. (Ya, 3 million+ engines before this one, and still 1919!) So it equates this one was installed in some kind of model T in July sometime of 1919.





So now that engine builds are done, time to get going back on our summer fun! Gotta fast forward to around the 6 minute mark I believe....


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Jackpot! Have fun with the new project
If I could afford it right now I would restore it, but I have enough on my plate right now...

The offer stands tho with him, said he won't sell it to anyone else so maybe in a couple years!
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Finished the truck, runs GOOD!

Drove it wide open at 16mph and it has tons of power, and gets to running rpm in high gear in no time at all. Have a few adjustments on the valves and and the flywheel yet but maybe next winter when we replace the whole body with fresh woodwork.

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Nice pics.
As a teenager in the mid-1950's I had a Ford model "AA" ( yes "AA") truck.
It was a 1929 1-1/2 ton, with two speed transfer case behind stock tranny, and a worm gear driven differential.

I have pics somewhere could take some time to find, lol.
I paid $100 for it in 1957. Sold it in 1971 to buy a new yamaha snowmobile.

Hmmm... 20/20 hindsight, still wish I had that truck. Only got $500 for it in '71.

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Yup, ruckstell axle conversion was a great thing on these to add a second higer gear to them, making in gear, drive gear, and then high speed. Would love to do that to this one but the added weight of the tank and non-conversionable truck gears makes this truck not an option. These engines do lug some great power for what they are moving, with some good go fast parts they are capable of 60+ mph.
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Very neat old T Rob!
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