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Old 08-01-2012, 12:08 AM
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Offroad Fab 1930's style

OK I know there are some people ready to elect the picture for "You are not a fabricator when.." but remember this was built during the depression, most likely using some seriously crude tools,zero dollars and of course wood was cheap and a common part of nearly every car from body mounting points to roof structure during this era.



The base vehicle was a 1925( based on engine serial #) Ford model T

Some features include:
-20 HP flathead w/splash oiling
-Two speed stock Ford "automatic" transmission (really innovative actually)
-Second 3 speed A.M.CO. transmission for low speed (only name I can find? -Have been able to dig up zero information related to it except a possible -company from the late teens- early twenties)
-Ford TT one ton worm drive rear ~7.30:1 ratio
-Missing floor for easy inspection of drive train
-Hand crank start -power by magneto only (cuts down on dead batteries)
-One coil per cylinder (for reliability)
-Solid front tires (for reliability)

I was very glad to be able to save this doodlebug, nearly all the 20-30's vehicles on the property were scrapped except this one and a perfect condition 1929 Model A ford roadster pickup.
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Old 08-01-2012, 12:26 AM
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I did get the T' running with minimal work and have tried to address the more serious mechanical issues using new bearings and replacing the misaligned solid transmission to transmission mounting with a flexible joint so the new bearings will last. I have tried to stay true to the nature of the vehicle, functional, built with free/found parts and no paint unless it is black to cover up a new part.

The T-doodlebug is generally is taken wheeling (at my two year old's request) 3-4 times a week although I don't have an off road picture of it. The picture was taken at a local car show where I was pleased to have the judges totally confused not meeting any of their show-n-shine judging criteria! It never failed to have a crowd all day.
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Old 08-01-2012, 12:57 AM
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That's awesome! Thanks for sharing.

Richard
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Old 08-01-2012, 08:22 AM
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Thats awesome
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Old 08-01-2012, 11:05 AM
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Killer. This is what happened when you needed a tractor but all you had was a car. So very cool that you rescued and resurrected the wee beastie. Nice job.

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Old 08-01-2012, 03:37 PM
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1932 Popular mechanics article on how to make this vehicle, won't see an article like this these days...

http://books.google.com/books?id=4-E...page&q&f=false
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Old 08-01-2012, 10:11 PM
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that is cool !!
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Old 08-02-2012, 04:12 AM
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Wow, PM was great, good to see the old timer is being kept original.
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Old 08-03-2012, 06:48 PM
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Another one saved! Great to see it running again! You are doing an outstanding job!
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Old 08-08-2012, 09:41 AM
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Cool. Thanks for sharing this.
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Old 08-08-2012, 11:40 AM
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I say, an oldie but still a goodie. Good, you had it restored. Thumbs up!
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Old 08-08-2012, 09:44 PM
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I found this doodlebug today, it has 1/2 of a model T engine, that is right you can literally cut one in half and run it!

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Old 08-08-2012, 10:01 PM
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Thought I might share a fix or two:

This is the "4th main bearing" or what was left of it. it is ironically at the rear of the transmission, but does help to align things and without it cranks shafts often crack because they have ~60 lbs of transmission parts being supported.



As you can see the babbitt bearing material was completely worn out and most of the metal was gone (those crumpled bits) on the side that saw the most force. Being really cheap I turned out the wasted bits until I hit good metal then turned a piece of 2" DOM to be shrink-fit in place.



Oh the power of a Grill and a snow bank! After pressing in a bronze bearing everything was ready to be put back on the engine. -Remarkably the shaft that rides on my new bearing was in decent shape considering the abuse it had taken it will wear the bearing relatively quick, but is very easy to replace when the time comes.
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Old 08-08-2012, 11:50 PM
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This is both amazing & hilarious considering 1) You found this old beast 2) Got it running again 3) Someone had an ancient article on how a caveman could make it 4) You're now giving lessons in repairing them.

You may well have spawned a new type of Rat Rod or show car class. Hmmm fellas - what should that class be called??
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Old 08-09-2012, 06:23 PM
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You may well have spawned a new type of Rat Rod or show car class. Hmmm fellas - what should that class be called??
"Hold my beer and watch this" class?? SWMBOs Uncle Bill has his fathers Model T tractor, which he converted into
a catapillar type crawler, I'll have to get some pics of it, I know it hasn't run in 30 odd years, but it'd be good fun to
give it a go...
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Old 08-09-2012, 10:34 PM
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If rat rod qualifies as a class I suppose doodlebugs could get one too, I don't see their owners as the show type though..

Steve, old engines have a way of running even after some pretty bad storage, if the T' has tracks it is likely a period conversion look up model T snowmobile or snowflier the conversion kit was first produced in 1921 and is still made today in West Ossipee, NH see www.nhsnocar.com
BTW... model T 4x4 conversions are also still made, using the original tooling

I was always into modern 4x4's, Broncos specifically until my now wife came into the picture with her 31' Model A. The parts for old Fords are still affordable or reproduced and it is a different kind of off roading, with newer vehicles you always feel like you need more suspension travel, more torque, bigger rubber, selectable lockers, etc.. I have really enjoyed going down a different, simpler road.

My next project for the Bug is skis for winter travel, using chains on the rear at first, then I would like to have a go at making tracks, I was going to use agricultural chain, but the guy who had a pile of it in an old barn sold it for scrap before I could get a few dollars to buy it (-of course he scrapped lots of good stuff like a steam tractor too....)
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Old 08-10-2012, 03:08 PM
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Talking Nice!!!

My grandpa tells stories of fourwheeling one of these back in his wild n crazy days when he was in his 20s. Safety was optional back then......
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Awsome...great work!!
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Old 08-19-2012, 04:38 PM
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Think that's the sweetest tractor Ive ever seen! Thanks for posting it up on the OFN.
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Haven't logged in for quite some time, but I thought I might share a little winter offroad modification:

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