My 1925 Ford Model T - How to Start & How to Drive
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Update 10 Aug 2012:
My Model T has been fully restored, and I've just purchased a pair of
carriage lights which the car was missing. Updated video to come.
"I MADE A MISTAKE!"
55psi only applies to clincher tyres on earlier Model T's. Since mine is a
1925 model and has split rims and balloon tyres, the correct tyre pressure
I imported my 1925 Ford Model T from the USA, not far from Detroit,
Michigan where it was built.
In this video I demonstrate the T's unusual controls and how they all work,
I show you how to start a Model T, and I take you on a short drive at the
The Model T was manufactured between 1908 and 1927, and was know by various
names including Tin Lizzie, Flivver, T‑Model Ford, or just 'T'.
The Model T set 1908 as the historic year that the automobile became
popular. It is generally regarded as the first affordable automobile, the
car that opened travel to the common middle-class American; some of this
was because of Ford's innovations, including assembly line production
instead of individual hand crafting.
On May 26, 1927, Henry Ford watched the 15 millionth Model T Ford roll off
the assembly line at his factory in Highland Park, Michigan.
1924 Model T Ford- Teaching me to drive the thing
my dad takes her for a spin at first.. then watch him yell at me while i am
trying to drive the 1924 Model T Ford (3.30 minute mark).. it aint easy,
folks... the pedals are NOT where you think they should be.... and forgive
that i was chubby in this vid... it was temporary.
Model T Ford Club of Victoria Cen'T'enary Tour
Model T Ford Club of Victoria Cen'T'enary Tour 2008.
Held at Echuca-Moama in September and October 2008, the Cen'T'enary Tour
commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Model T Ford. 270 Entrants spent
the week touring local towns and attractions providing a great spectacle to
the locals and providing a fitting tribute to Henry Ford and his iconic
Model T 100 years on.
How to start up and drive a 1925 Ford Model T
While still in the Ely neighborhood of Fairlee, Vermont, we get a quick
lesson on how to start up and drive a 1925 Ford Model T. I am not sure how
comprehensive a lesson it is, but I think with a bit of practice, I could
drive this car. Once the car is started, we take a drive down Old Federal
Route 5, which has been truncated, since the new Route 5 was built in the
1930's. The road is also unpaved, which I am sure is the way its been for
years. Imagine being on this road 80 years ago and seeing this car coming
along down the road; this would have been a pretty common sight. At the
end of the road, we turn around in a neighbors driveway, where we see a
couple of newer, yet vintage, cars. I am not sure what the white car is,
but the Chevrolet pick-up looks like it's from the 1960's. Enjoy the view
from the car, as well as the lesson on starting and driving it. If you
have any questions about the video, feel free to message me. Comments are
welcome. The video was taken on August 25th, 2013.
Hand crank start
Filmed at Norgesløpet 2008 in Hamar, Norway. It sure is an American car
from the 1930's but I don't know which brand it is. The cars all looked the
same back than, too. It is an impressive task to start it by muscle power,
Lada hand crank start
I made an attempt of starting my Lada with a hand crank, and it went
smoother than I'd thought. It was unstarted for a week. The preparations I
did before starting, was removing the license plate to access the hole in
the bumper, turning on the ignition and pulling the choke out fully. Of
course I also checked that it was not in gear =)
First Start for 1923 Model T barn car
This '23 Model T had not been run in decades. Pulled the engine and gave it
a full rebuild, then re- installed and overhauled the chassis with mostly
used Model T parts. The car will be kept in the original rusty condition,
as pulled from the barn......but she runs now!
Last licensed in 1948, Ford Model T's like this were popular with farmers.
This was originally a touring car, but the back seat part of the body and
the convertible top was tossed, and a homemade wooden bed put on to carry
produce to market.
1925 Ford Model T First Start
1925 Ford Model T Coupe
This Model T was a Connecticut 'barn find' in April 2012, and had been
sitting since 1976. The car is all original and unrestored and will be
kept as a "driver" in its original condition.
Music Credit: Theme song from Click and Clack: The Tappet Brothers radio
show on NPR.
New Model T Engine in Test Stand
1927 Model T engine, rebuilt by Gen III Antique Auto of Massachusetts.
This engine was done for a client in Florida. It includes a Stipe 280 cam,
nylon timing gear, modified 009 distributor, modern clutch pack, and a high
compression head. Assembled using modern methods and tolerances. It's
been "Balanced and Blueprinted". This video was taken to show our long
distance customer what it looks like and how it runs before shipping it
down to him. If you have a Model T engine you need rebuilt, please give us
a call or drop us a note via email. Our website address is
Model T Ford Free Start
A free start is when the engine jumps to life as the ignition is energized.
The starter is not used at all.