1927 FORD MODEL T "MILK TRUCK"
If you lived in the city in the 1920s and 30s, a putt-putt in the alley announced the very early morning arrival of the milk truck. Glass bottles were used for doorstep delivery of fresh milk and customers rinsed the empty bottles and left them on the doorstep for the milkman. Many was the morning that he arrived so early that the milk froze before the family was awake – and the cream on top of the milk would solidly “rise up” about an inch, wearing the round cardboard lid like a hat.
This milk truck did not deliver to city folk but to residents of the Boothbay Region. It was built on the larger TT chassis, with a steel cab, and was used by Claude Miller to deliver milk here until 1956. The Ford-built express body with roof and screen sides was available for $110. The chassis cost $375.
It has been said that customers purchased milk from Claude Miller mostly because of his method of delivery rather than the taste of his product, though that was excellent also.
This was the last year the Model T. was produced. In the nine years it was in production, 1.6 million Model T trucks were manufactured by Ford.
As was done with our milk truck, Ford Motor Company sold Model T truck chassis which were later converted into trucks of various types. Over the years, these chassis were used to produce fire tenders, school buses, buses, milk wagons, grocery trucks, delivery trucks, petrol bowsers and others.