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1926 Ford Model TT at the August 2015 Leander Car Show [gallery]

2015-08-08

The good thing about the monthly Leander TX Car Show is that it isn’t just the usual stuff… there are standouts that you’d never see anywhere else. The standout at the August 2015 show was phenomenal: a 1926 Ford Model TT pickup truck. Fully restored (although converted from 6v to 12v for practicality sake). The TT is based on the Model T, although considerably beefed up.
The TT is a rolling history lesson in American industrial design. Small wonder it was also produced worldwide – United States production alone was about 13 million from 1917 to 1927.
Look at the amazing details on this truck: a wood body, a worm rear axle, high and low drive, no clutch, cable rear brakes (no front). Need heat? Pull up a floorboard – they are removable. Need cold air? Raise the windshield. It has numerically high gearing, and a low top speed (optional gearing raised the top speed to 22 mph) – no wonder given the state of the roads in those years. It uses a standard Model T 20HP engine.
Consider how far we’ve come: 90 years later the 2016 Ford Raptor pickup truck doesn’t have a single piece of wood in it. The body is made of military spec aluminum, and the frame of steel alloys that weren’t even dreamed of in 1926. Same for the drivetrain: the second generation twin-turbo EcoBoost V-6 makes over 450 horsepower and a 10-speed automatic transmission supports a top speed of over 140 MPH (also helped by numerous aero tricks, and despite otherwise having the Cd of a brick). With a foot of shock travel, the Raptor could easily maintain today’s legal speed limit on any of the public roads of 1926.
It’s really great to see this TT, and it’s a reason why the monthly Leander show is a must-see.

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