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How To Start And Drive Your Model T Ford

This explains why my grandmother (born 1898) would always ask my grandfather if he`d ``cranked`` the car.

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How To Start And Drive Your Model T Ford. This explains why my grandmother (born 1898) would always ask my grandfather if he`d ``cranked`` the car.
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MrOrange
Male, 30-39, Europe
 2337 Posts
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 6:45:34 AM
Thats a beautiful story Squrlz, sounds liek evenings around the fire would be a treat in your family!

ferdyfred
Male, 40-49, Europe
 11341 Posts
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 1:58:50 AM
I watched a Top Gear episode showing the oddities
but this went far beyond that
great post most entertaining

Zismo
Male, 18-29, Canada
 786 Posts
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 10:55:38 PM
Great post---Thank You.

Squrlz4Sale
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 6018 Posts
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 1:15:35 PM
After I wrote my last comment, I suddenly remembered the greatest Model T anecdote of all (for my family, anyway). I can't believe I almost forgot this; it`s something I learned when I conducted a tape recorded interview of my grandmother when I was in graduate school.

The way my grandmother and my grandfather met was that my grandfather`s Model T broke down in front of my grandmother`s family`s farmhouse. I kid you not. This was in north-central North Carolina. My grandfather asked to borrow some tools from my great-grandfather. My grandfather and Nellie (my grandmother) felt a spark and then my grandfather started "courting" her, driving out to meet her for dates in that same Model T. The rest--including my father and *me*--is history.

Squrlz4Sale
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 6018 Posts
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 12:56:43 PM
One Model T anecdote that I read once, I forget where, involves the car's headlights. Back in the days before GPS and streetlights, it wasn`t unusual to get lost driving on some backroad at night. The Model T`s headlights were dim, so to read a road sign, the standard operating procedure was to creep the car up to the sign, put it in neutral, then rev up the engine, using the throttle lever. That would cause the lights to glow brighter so you could make out the road sign and know how to get home.

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