Model Ts were such a common part of life in the teens and twenties that they got bent to all sorts of strange uses.
I enjoy some of the odd pictures I've come across, and decided to start posting them on days when I was in a 'T' mood
but it was too cold to work in the shop.
If you've come across pictures of Fords 'reconfigured' in an interesting way, I'd love to see them.
The Model T Ford Snowmobile Club of America is dedicated to
Model T snowmobile conversion enthusiasts. Thousands of these conversion
kits were made between about 1915 and 1930. One of these was used to deliver the mail in Central Lake, Michigan in 1923. Dad grew
up there in the 30s, and somewhere we still have a newspaper
clipping of the car in use, a 1923 runabout with a snowmobile kit on it. As an aside, we recently learned that his
father owned the first Model T (or any other car) in Central Lake, and provide taxi service for the area in the
The Chase Track
In 1921 the Ford Model T was tested with the
Chase Track System. Top speed of the vehicle was 25 to 30mph depending on
conditions. The Chase Track was made of canvas and cleats. You can
check out other early cargo and personnel carriers beginning at the turn of
the last century at
For many Ts, their final task was powering a sawmill or other piece of farm
equipment. This particular rig, a 1926/27, was recently for sale on eBay. My
own T engine survived in this form, with the radiator, hood, firewall, and
half the old frame salvaged from an original car. The previous owner
bought it at a farm auction in the seventies.
One of my favorite adaptations is for rail. The first pair of
pictures is locomotive #8 from the Sierra Railway. The second pair is
a Colonel Stephens Railcar, from the British Stephens Railway of the 20s
Model T Tractor conversions were so common that they hardly qualified as
oddities. Both Sears Roebuck and Montgomery Ward offered conversion
kits in their catalogs, and dozens more companies offered products -
everything from a simple rear wheel replacement to building a tractor from
the ground up using as many T parts as possible.
You can see more pictures and information on the Fon-du-Lac tractor
This one-man submarine is in
Military Park. It was used by
bootleggers running between Davis Island and Vicksburg during Prohibition,
and was powered by a Model T engine.
Peggy, the flying Model T
Peggy, short for Pegasus, of course, started out life as a 26-27 Touring
car. But from 1936 to 1972, American Legion Post 239 of Lawrenceburg,
Indiana 'flew' her at parades and public events all over the
country. Local members shortened her frame, adding wings in front and a long
'tail' with a seat mounting high atop and a caster underneath. With
proper weight in the back and perhaps the assistance of a marcher pulling
down on her 'tail', she was driven down the street on her rear wheels.
This made her hard to steel, what with the front wheels often high in the
air, so marchers would lead the car around in circles and figure-eights from
curb to curb. Cowbells, horns, and other gimcracks added to the
spectacle, and her passengers got a wild ride.
I discovered Peggy enshrined in a glass display in front of American
Legion Post 239 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, and took a few pictures.
Unfortunately, they were from a camera phone, all I had with me at the time,
and of poor quality. Fortunately, I wasn't the only one to spy Peggy. Visit
DennyGibson.com for a very nice photograph and
stories about Denny's road trips.