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Model T

An inexpensive and easy to maintain automobile introduced by Henry Ford and the Ford Motor Co. in 1908. The first Ford Motor Co. automobile, however, was a Model A, introduced in 1903. It had a two-cylinder, eighthorsepower engine, wooden wheels, a two forward speed transmission and was not the Model A introduced as a successor to the Model T. Between the original Model A and the Model T there were the Models B, C, F, K, N, R, and S. The Model T still had wooden wheels, but a substantial four-cylinder engine, a separate coil for each cylinder spark plug, and no electric starter. It also had electric lights powered by a magneto. Ford pioneered the use of high-strength alloy steel, and cast-off Model T rear axles were much favored as a source of steel for farm repair work. Even though the engine was substantially more powerful than that on previous models, it was still sometimes necessary to back up hills, since reverse had a lower gear ratio than the forward low gear. Another reason sometimes cited for backing up hills was that if the gas tank was low on fuel, going uphill in a forward direction would tilt the tank so much that fuel would not feed to the carburetor.
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Noun1.Model T - the first widely available automobile powered by a gasoline engineModel T - the first widely available automobile powered by a gasoline engine; mass-produced by Henry Ford from 1908 to 1927
auto, automobile, car, motorcar, machine - a motor vehicle with four wheels; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine; "he needs a car to get to work"
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Features classic cars, motorcycles and trucks of every make, model and year, from Model T's to Teslas and everything in between.
In 1926, when the Ross Island Bridge opened, Portland had only about 258,000 residents, Interstate 5 didn't exist and Ford was still making Model T's.<br />Now, about 65,000 vehicles use the bridge on an average day, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation.<br />During the evening commute, traffic can extend a mile south on Barbur Boulevard as cars wait to turn right onto the bridge, taking their turns one at a time at a stop sign.
Draw a straight line from Henry Ford's Model T automobiles down the years through Model A's to the Sears Economy tractor, and in the middle of it all you will find the fingerprints of John Morley, Forest Lake, Minnesota.
The calendar begins with an image of the Montauk Point Lighthouse, foregrounded by waves breaking in a small cove (c1900), and continues with scenes of Ford Model T's parked outside the Freeport Repair Garage (c1908); people dressed in Victorian clothes, replete with parasols, strolling the Long Beach Boardwalk (c1911); and two sailboats cruising by Shelter Island at sunset (c1905).
And in the process of being branded a menacing monopoly, Rockefeller's Standard Oil made gasoline so cheap that Ford found a mass market for Model T's.
The museum contains over 15,000 artifacts including: Ottoman weapons from the 1200s, rows of antique cars like Ford Model T's, a Turkmenistan veil embroidered with jewellery from the 1700s, a mosque shipped from Syria, old bikes from the 1880s, a Bedouin tent and various dhows and pearl diving gear.
In his book Any Colour--So Long as It's Black, John Duncan describes the process Henry Ford went through in 1906 when designing the Model T. The Ford Model N was already out and doing pretty well.
But what would stun the music execs if they pulled their heads out of their rear ends is that their audience, today's teens, never knew any different, the free music/YouTube/ Spotify/digital world is all they've ever experienced, and despite inane protestations from the boomer-driven media that vinyl is making a comeback, akin to stating that Model T's are replacing Teslas, the past is never ever gonna return.
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However, one 'mega-raid' that Wolfe might care to mention in a future edition was the incredible journey of three young Brazilians (Leonides Borges de Oliveira, an ex-army officer, Francisco Lopez de la Cruz, an ex-naval officer and Mario Fava, their 20-year-old mechanic) who set off to New York from Rio de Janeiro in 1928 in two Model T Fords.
Who doesn't conjure thoughts of gangsters in the late 1920s and early '30s, terrorizing the streets of Chicago, riding on the running boards of Model T's while firing Thompson submachine guns?
In the 20% and 30% the first hot fodders discovered the dry lakes about 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles in the Mojave Desert and drove their stripped down Model T's and Model A's up to the vast expanses of exceptionally flat salt beds with names like El Mirage, Muroc, Rosamond, Bicycle, and Cuddleback.
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