10k: Original Hot Rod: 1922 Ford Model T Speedster

The Ford Model T was the original hot rod.  It was cheap, ubiquitous, and easy to modify — the perfect recipe for building something for custom.  Ford revolutionized the automotive industry with the Model T and built
15 million of these little machines from 1908 through 1927, so there are quite a few still running around.  Find this 1922 Ford Model T Speedster offered for $10,900 in Monroe, WA via craigslist.  Tip from Jesse B.

It is extremely ironic that every car sold in the USA after 2012 has to include active traction control…but…you can buy one of these and let your 16 year old drive it around.   Regardless, the Model T offers a vintage driving experience that is similar to riding down a big hill in a shopping cart.  Compared to everything else on the road, steering will be sloppy, acceleration abysmal, and safety is counting on being thrown clear from the crash.  However, there is an undeniable appeal of driving this old jalopy to work on a Friday in April.

This is no Chevy 350 powered hot rod, it is powered by a simple and honest inline-4 with Frontenac OHV conversion mated to a Warford 3-speed transmission (in addition to the 2-speed planetary).  The seller assures us these are period correct speed parts, but I’d just be happy if I can merge into a 25 mph street without causing an accident.

The controls on a Model T will confuse most folks used to driving modern
cars; the throttle is the right turn signal looking stalk – timing is
advanced or retarded with the left stalk.  Pressing your foot on the
left pedal engages 1st and 2nd forward gears, middle pedal reverse and
the right pedal is the brake.  There is also some procedures that
require the hand actuated level on the left- but its nothing that
someone used to driving with a PlayStation controller couldn’t easily
get accustomed too.

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