1926 MODEL T ROADSTER PICKUP
Early Ford commercial vehicle production was spotty. In 1905 a delivery vehicle was available (Model E), then from 1906-1912 a commercial roadster, and delivery vehicles were produced along with bare chassis for conversion to trucks. From 1913-1917 no truck bodies were produced. In 1917 though the manufacture of a chassis specifically designed for commercial vehicles was the TT a beefed up version of the Model T; a larger gas tank, worm drive rear axle, dual braking, and solid tires.
In 1925, the first truck with a fully closed body was produced. Also, in 1925 Ford produced their first factory-assembled pickup billed as the “Ford Model T Runabout with Pickup Body”- 34,000 were built in the first 12 months.
This 2-passenger 1926 Model T Roadster Pickup has an open cab, no side windows, front seat only, and an oak rear bed for cargo.
Between 1918 and 1927, over 1.6 million Model T trucks were produced by Ford in the USA. Trucks represented 11% of all Model T vehicles produced here, and an even greater percentage in Great Britain.
Model Ts were very adaptable – applications included one that was fitted with flange wheels to run on railroad tracks, a model fitted with handsaws for use by timber-jacks, and one adapted to provide power for milking machines.
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In 1926, Ford Motor Company voluntarily reduced its work week to five days, declaring that workers should also benefit from the success of the company. Ford was also one of the first companies to limit the work day to eight hours, and to establish a minimum wage of $5 per day.