Sunday, April 25, 2010
This Model T is maintained by the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton, which also owns a second Model T. Students learn about simple automotive systems from these cars, which allows them to understand the same, but more complex, systems in use today. Photos of both Model T's can be seen at http://www.princeton.edu/ssp/workshop/model_t/.
There were two functioning Model A or Model T s - one was definitely an A -in my rural hometown of several thousand. One had a truck bed and was the gentleman's sole form of transport. The other was kept for antique purposes and driven to the post office once a week.
I went to an in-law's family reunion two decades ago. One of the family members arrived in a Model T- or was it a Model A. He said it got 25 mpg- which shows how much more efficient car engines have gotten.
Re Southern Roots: My Grandad drove from central Nebraska to Denver and back a couple of years before that in a Model T. When they hit Big Springs, they just drove southwest until they saw the lights of Denver. They met 8 cars on the trip. I bet your grandfather had similar cool anecdotes. It would have been an adventure that I would have liked to have participated in.
Re Boludo 25 mpg: Agreed. Seems like every man I know that owned one of the big battlewagons manufactured c.1950 has similar stories about mileage. They all say those cars could get 20-25 mpg while doing 80-85 mph, BUT those old motors polluted the air.
feeblemind: I should have added in the relative weights to avoid being misinterpreted. Since the Models A/T were a lot lighter than current cars, today's engines ARE a lot more efficient. Moreover, they are traveling at much faster speeds than the Models A/T went. Carrying more weight at faster speeds: today's car engines and car designs ARE much more energy efficient.