Feeling Blue: 1915 Ford Model T

left front

This old truck sure is blue, but not in the depressed kind of way. As a matter of fact, you can’t look at it without either laughing or smiling! It’s currently listed here on eBay in Spokane, Washington and was restored in 1983 by the seller’s father. It hasn’t been driven in over 15 years. It looks like it was well done and held up pretty well.

inside

It seems to have the standard 3 pedal arrangement, from the left, the high low shift pedal, in the middle the reverse pedal and on the right the brake pedal. The shift lever must be for the two speed Ruckstell rear end. The engine has a distributor conversion and an alternator with a 12 volt electrical system. Those will eliminate a lot of the popular Model T maladies. Coil springs were added for a better ride and the Ruckstel two speed rear end makes it more driveable.

left rear

The restoration kept the looks original even with the updates. The sides of the body are aluminum but the fenders are steel. The woodwork looks like it’s very well done and in good condition. Even up close it looks pretty nice with just the one spot on the running board. It will be interesting to see how realistic their expectations are about the value of their truck and what the reserve is. So would you leave the blue paint, or would you change it? I hope the buyer will appreciate this truck. Perhaps some company will buy this for advertising.

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Comments

  1. randy

    I like it, it makes me happy. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Mark S Member

    Very nicely done how ever the restorer had to be colour blind. Nothing wrecks hundreds of hours of restoration work faster than a bad choice of colours. I personally would have gone the more traditional route of say forest green with black fenders and running boards finished off with gold pin striping. My other choice would have been red and black with gold pin striping. Very nice (T) all the same.

    • Matt Tritt

      Exactly. I doubt that there was a person alive in 1915 who could have tolerated a vehicle painted like this – – – maybe gypsies, but they would have covered it with noodlework too. And pulled it with a horse.

  3. shiro1303 Member

    Nice truck
    I have to agree with the others on the color but it is correctable if the purchase price is low enough.
    biggest issue I have with ad are these two lines:
    “I believe it can be started and driven with very little work” and right after that “I can give a lesson on how to drive a Model T” Well if it takes so little to get it running why not do that before putting it up for sale? and how are you going to teach me to drive it if it doesn’t run?

  4. Barry T

    Just where could you drive a car of this vintage in 2015? Where I live the Amish buggies would be passing you more than likely.

  5. RayT Member

    Neat little truck! The blue needs to go away, at least for me, but that’s not a big issue. Had a little more concern when I read David’s description, but am pretty sure the “modern” modifications can be reversed without much effort. The “coil springs” are, I believe, a period accessory, as is the Ruxtell axle, so those ought to stay.

    Where I now live, we have narrow streets and a posted 20 mph limit on most of them, with a peak of 45 way out on the edges of town. This “T” would do just fine. And it’s a little newer than some of the residents, I think….

  6. recar

    Did I miss something here? My reading suggests that this is not a model T, but rather a creation that someone once made that uses a few- very few- parts from an actual T.

    • David Frank David Member

      I know several people who drive their Model Ts all the time including one fellow who drives his to the museum. With the modifications that were made to this truck, it will easily drive 40 or 50 MPH. As to the color, ug, but think when this was done. Remember the sixties and seventies? As to it being original, most of the trucks of the day had custom bodies not built by Ford. It wasn’t until 1917 that Ford began building truck chassis, the Model TT and those didn’t come with bodies, but were supplied by the buyer.

  7. DT

    seems clear its a Model T with a custom built body on back,the front,the hood and the fenders are original

  8. Donnie

    back then was it not any caller as long as it was black

  9. Rex Rice

    Fun truck! With 20 hp, no water pump, no steering gear, no wiper motor, no front brakes, one spring per axle, fold out windshield, no gas pedal, what could be more simple? This is the last year for the brass radiator. Lose the blue!

  10. dogwater

    Nice little truck ,but it yard art to me

  11. Howard Munday

    I like the color! Of course, I’m a Tar Heel but God loves tar heels and that’s why he made the sky Carolina Blue! I also like the mods to make it road worthy and much safer for driving! Shorter long trips at that age! I’d make it into an antique “RV”! My wife would use it to travel around the southeast to see our kids and grand kids! Maybe one last trip to Alaska before we croak!

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