Wednesday, October 22, 2014

1926 Ford Pickup - My Dream Truck

1927 was a transition year for Ford Motor Company as they switched over to Model A from Model T vehicles. Some vehicles from that year have elements of both automobile types. So 1926 was really the last year you could depend on the Model T actually being entirely Model T. I thought they went out with a bang. To me, the 1926 Model T was easily the best looking Model T and probably the best made one as well. It was also the first year that Ford introduced some colors. Up till then, every Ford was painted black at the factory. One of the nicest color schemes they came out with in '26 was green & black trim. I really like the pickup trucks from this year best. If you had one with a woody bed, it just doesn't get any prettier than this:

By 1926, Ford already had options for electric windshield wipers, heater (it got heat from the manifold), and electric start. The only thing you really need to modernize it and make it an everyday driver is disc brakes. And when was the last time you saw a pickup with a ragtop? These looked quite nice with the top down too. The 4-cylinder motor (Ford used the same exact motor for about 20-years) got about 20 MPG and had a top speed of 45 MPH. Perfect for in town use. What more could you ask for?

You may have noticed that this one has the steering wheel on the right. Ford had a factory in Australia, and that's where this particular one came from. They drive on the left side of the road down there.

I hope to have one of these for my retirement vehicle. You can pick up a fully restored one like this on eBay for around $15,000.  In fact, if some nice rich lady wanted to buy me one for my birthday I would consider it grounds for marriage! Just saying.