Ford introduced the one ton, heavy duty, TT truck in 1917. It was the most radically different Ford Model T variant ever produced. While its used the same 20 HP engine and transmission, it's chassis was 25 inches longer than the standard Model T, and was beefier, too. TTs had a different rear end, with worm gears and lower ratios, to enable the classic Ford Model T motor to move a ton of freight. Speed was the trade off. The result of lower gear ratios, designed to haul freight, and an approximately higher weight of 900 lbs over the heaviest regular T is that TTs drive significantly slower than regular Ts. If you push them hard they might reach 24 MPH, but they are far happier at around 20 MPH. Many were also fitted with one of the few Ford Motor Company approved after market "conversions," namely the Ruckstell rear end, which was an "Under-drive," or granny gear, that reduced ratios even further to provide even lower ratios for tackling steep hills and muddy roads. Another significant difference between the TT and regular Ts were twin rear leaf springs, one per wheel, unlike regular Ts that had one set of cross beam leaf springs at both ends of the vehicle. The TTs rear wheels were also different from the front, with shorter, stouter, wooden spokes and wider, stronger, tires.

 

In 1924 a factory made cab and metal bed became available. Sales were beginning to slip due to improving competition, and the classic "C cab" was introduced as a lower cost alternative to having a local company build one. The cabs were noisy, cramped and crude, lacking any creature comforts, while the metal beds were very shallow and not particularly sturdy. Neither was popular with folks who used TTs to make a living, especially while the bare chassis and engine combination was still available. A factory built enclosed cab made out of metal finally became available in 1926.


BEFORE...

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DURING...

BODY
We are redoing the doors and replacing the inner door skins and during the process inspecting the door hinges.
Meanwhile both the cowl and firewall are being cleaned and epoxy coated.

We are installing straight swing arms and moving old bracket to new location then welding old holes closed.

WOODWORK
Our expert wood craftsman Installed body panels and roof kit as well as rebuilt the lower wood sills for both the front and back side and made wood roof tack strips all around perimeter.  He is going to have to back engineer the wood sill dimensions before he makes the specialized cuts required.

BODYWORK

After doing the body work we are taking the vehicle through the final prep, and paint stage.  The body is to be painted dark green while the firewall, the windshield frame, radiator shroud, mirrors, frames, screws and fenders are to be black.
Next we are installing new safety including both glass lower and upper window frames.

Finally we are adapting the new mirror to existing old mirror mount.

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Got started on the body work, getting it ready to get some paint on it.

These are studs to pull out the little dents that are on the body.

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Got a new coat of primer on these parts. Now the process of getting it ready for the paint is almost done.

We have gotten the doors and some smaller pieces painted.

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We have gotten the cab painted, then we will start putting the doors back on.


AFTER...