A couple of weeks ago I posted some pictures of one of my favorite hot rods – a Ford Bucket T. One of those pictures is shown below.
Ford Bucket T Hot Rod
The other day I was looking at the book “Classic Ford Trucks” that was written by the folks at Consumers Guide in 2013. In that book they had a photograph of a 1925 Ford pickup truck which reminded me of the Ford Bucket T. That photograph is reproduced below.
1925 Ford Pickup Truck
As you can see, the pickup truck is the base for the Bucket T. One of the things that I noticed when comparing the Bucket T to the original pickup truck is the difference between the radiator and the cowl is significantly longer in the Bucket T compared to the standard pickup.
This past summer I did see a 1923 Ford Model T at a car show in nearby Holliston, Massachusetts. That car is shown below.
1923 Ford Model T
There was a lot of similarity between the Ford Model T cars and the Ford Model T pickup trucks. The 1925 light duty Ford trucks were essentially a truck body configuration on a car chassis.
This 1923 Ford Model T Had An Interesting Basket Mount
The Ford Model T cars and trucks both used a 176.7 cubic inch (just under 3 liters) flathead four-cylinder engine. These engines had a compression ratio of only 3.98:1 and produced 20 horsepower.
The 20 Horsepower Ford Model T Engine
The Ford Model T cars were very common and many became the base for hot rods. While the standard performance of the Model T cars was pathetic, when fitted with modern V8 engines they became very fast – maybe too fast for the suspension.
With respect to the standard Model T performance, I once asked a fellow who had a Model T Station Hack just how fast the Model T would go. He said that it was not a matter of how fast the Model T would go, it was a matter of how fast you could go and still be able to stop it.