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Optima Redtop Battery in my 1925 Ford Model T

So I’ve read raving reviews of the Optima Red Top battery… My 1925 Ford Model T needed a new battery so I thought I’d try one out 6 volt, 800 CCA and 1000 CA – and apparently they’re vibration resistant and will tolerate sitting idle for extended periods without losing charge…. we shall see… 

Here’s the video… 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a29gm9aZi7o 

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http://www.fordmodelt.net/ 

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– Mitch.

Mitch Taylor

New South Wales, Australia

www.FordModelT.net

My 1925 Ford Model T – Driving on the Open Road

This video was requested by 11 year old Ian, who seems to have a keen interest in vintage cars; which is great to see…

So this video is for you Ian, thank-you for your interest!

Check out Ian’s channel here: 

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrTPgB-dJsmMwZ13IIMz0VQ

Mitch Taylor

New South Wales, Australia

www.FordModelT.net

Ford Model T – Motoring Over Ben Nevis (1911) Rare, Lost Footage

Top Gear before there was telly: Incredible 104-year-old footage shows intrepid motorists taking a Model T Ford to the top of Ben Nevis – and just like Jeremy Clarkson, they weren’t afraid to mangle a bit of precious peat-land!

 

  • 104-year-old footage showing intrepid motorists scaling Ben Nevis in a Ford Model T
  • The 1911 movie shows team driving across some of the most rugged terrain in the UK to the top of the 4,409ft peak
  • It even draws parallels to Top Gear-like antics, as men blow up a patch of precious peatland blocking their progress
  • In 2004, former host Jeremy Clarkson was criticised for churning up fragile peat bogs while scaling Ben Tongue

 

As publicity stunts go, this 1911 ascent up all 1,344 meters of Britain’s highest peak in a Ford Model T takes some beating – fancy taking a Prius for a spin on the moon? The idea was to show that this ‘affordable’ assembly line American car could more than match the hand-crafted British models (note the American flag at the end of the film). Interestingly, the film starts at the snowy summit and seems to capture the tricky descent rather than the climb. A peat bank is shown in the film being dynamited to make the journey a bit smoother for the Model T.

Behind the wheel was Henry Alexander Jr, the son of Scotland’s first Ford dealer, and between the 9th and the 13th of May, with much planning, the steady ascent was made. Looking at the churning tyres and the odd spot of dynamite along the way the prevailing thought is perhaps “You did it!… But please don’t do it again.”

Mitch Taylor

New South Wales, Australia

www.FordModelT.net

My 1925 Ford Model T at St Josephs Primary School Spring Fair, Taree NSW

Took my beloved Shae in my Model T to St Josephs Primary School Spring Fair yesterday… Here’s the video I made of the event…

My 1925 Ford Model T at St Josephs Primary School Spring Fair, Taree NSW

Click Here to view the photo gallery from the day.

1925 Ford Model T

Mitch Taylor

New South Wales, Australia

www.FordModelT.net

St Josephs Primary School Spring Fair 2015

St Joseph’s Primary School Taree – Spring Fair

1 St Josephs Drive (off Kanagra Dr) Taree NSW

Saturday, 6th September, 2014 – 10:00am – 2:00pm

With special visit by Taree Historic Motor Club Inc.

JAKE DAVEY will perform until 2pm, the SKYDIVE DISPLAY will take place during a break in his set, approximately 1pm

CAR DISPLAY AWARDS – People’s Choice & Children’s Choice

The Spring Fair aims to capture the school spirit and embrace the wider community – all are welcome!

Mitch Taylor

New South Wales, Australia

www.FordModelT.net

Henry Ford and Thomas Edison. Best Friends.

Two of the finest minds in history – Henry Ford and Thomas Edison, the best of friends…

Henry Ford & Thomas Edison

So much so, that Ford gave Edison a 1916 Model T of his own!

Thomas Edison's Ford Model T

The pair enjoyed camping trips…

Thomas Edison & Henry Ford

Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, John Burroughs and Harvey Firestone

Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, John Burroughs and Harvey Firestone

Mitch Taylor

New South Wales, Australia

www.FordModelT.net

Thomas Edison’s 1916 Ford Model T

Did you know Thomas Edison owned a Model T? 

In March 1916, “with Mr. Ford’s compliments,” local Ford agent Hill & Company presented a Model T touring car to Thomas Edison, long time personal friend of Henry Ford. The value of the vehicle was $482.75.

In 1922, Ford and Edison traveled to downtown Fort Myers in the car, stopping, at Hill & Company to talk with Hill and shake hands with his employees. Edison  referred to such jaunts as “motor rides.”

This “Southern Trade” Model T has a 60-inch wide tread, rather than the standard 56-inch tread. The wider tread was designed so the cars’ wheels would fit into existing wagon ruts on the rough roads that often existed in small southern towns like Fort Myers. Edison’s friend Harvey Firestone updated the original wooden wheels with balloon tires in 1924.

Thomas Edison’s 1916 Ford Model T

Mitch Taylor

New South Wales, Australia

www.FordModelT.net