1922 Ford Model T

The Model T “Tin Lizzie”, "The Universal Car" put the Ford Motor Company on the map and made Mr. Ford a very wealthy man.

1922 Ford Model T

1922 Ford Model T

A Car For Everyone

The Ford Model T made it possible for the common working man to own an automobile. This was very much Henry Ford's plan. If you're going to mass produce a product be certain that many can afford to buy it. The story is that Ford paid his workers a wage that would enable them to buy the type of automobile they produced in his factory. Many would go on to comment that the Ford Model T "put the world on wheels". Henry Ford himself called the Model T the "Universal Car".

Much of Ford’s success had to do with the development of the moving assembly line. History will show that Ransom E. Olds actually developed the first mass assembled vehicle with his early Oldsmobile but it was Henry Ford who was credited with devising the moving automotive assembly line. Ford's assembly line was so efficient that by the early 1920's a Ford Model T sold for less than half the price of those built ten years earlier.

Ford Model T simple dashboard

Ford Model T simple dashboard

The 1922 Ford Model T featured in this article is the car model that made Henry Ford famous. The Ford Model T Touring Car was by far the most popular Model T. The Model T itself was on the market for almost twenty years. This was quite a success in as much as there were perhaps about two hundred automakers in the very early 1900's. During the Model T's lifetime many changes were made over the years. The Ford Model T's were considered durable cars which could take a lot of punishment. This was a good attribute considering the condition of early roadways.

For the 1922 model year Ford Motor Company produced 1,301,000 vehicles. The vast majority were the Touring Model with a starter. This model would remain the leader for years afterwards. These accounted for over 500,000 units in 1922. The next largest figure that year was the Coupe with a starter. These totaled just under 200,000 units. After 1925 the Ford Model T was being phased out. All in all, Ford Motor built over 15 million Model T's. It's level of success could never have been imagined by Henry Ford when he built his first Model T in 1908.

1922 Ford Model T Touring Car

1922 Ford Model T Touring Car

The Ford Model A was then produced from 1927 to 1931. This is not to be confused with the very early Model A Ford which was produced in 1903.

1922 Ford Model T Specifications

The Ford Model T came in five styles. There was the five passenger Touring, the two passenger Runabout, the seven passenger Town Car, the two passenger Coupe and the seven passenger Landaulet.

The 1922 Ford Model T was built with a 177 cid (2.9 L) four cylinder engine delivering 20 horsepower.

The 1922 Ford Model T had a transmission system which operated with a pedal rather than a clutch with a sliding gear. There were two forward gears.

1922 Ford Model T carriage top

1922 Ford Model T carriage top

The brake system was interesting in as much as there were no drum type mechanisms. The brake system operated with a contracting band within the transmission.

The average weight of a Model T was between 1,200 and 1,500 lbs. The wheelbase was 100.0 inches and the range was about 200 miles based on it's ten gallon fuel tank.

The ignition was from a 6 volt battery and a magneto. The cars top speed was about 40 MPH. Wheels were made of wood spoke.

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Collectible Ford Model T's

The Ford Model T has always been a popular collector's automobile. It's also been one of the most modified old cars seen on the highway. Old Model T's have also been known to work on the railroad. Some had their wood spoke wheels replaced by rail car wheels and were used as both railroad inspection vehicles and even switcher engines.

The Ford engines were so durable that people found uses for these as twenty horsepower power sources for tasks outside of transportation. There has never been a car built that had so many utilitarian purposes than the Ford Model T. Many believe that the Ford Model T started the car aftermarket trade.

Ford Model T wood spoked wheels

Ford Model T wood spoked wheels

Today you'll see Ford Model T's restored to their original condition by avid collectors. You also may come across Model T's that have been modified into street rods. As far as collector auction prices for Ford Model T's they can be found in a wide range. As always, degree of restoration and modification if any influences price. A car like the 1922 Model T shown in this article may sell at auction in a range of from $15,000 to $25,000 and above depending on the current market. Because so many Ford Model T's come modified, the price range can vary quite a bit.

An excellent book about the history of the Ford Model T is  Model T Ford: The Car That Changed the World by author Bruce McCalley.

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1930 Oldsmobile Deluxe


The automobile featured in this article is the 1930 Oldsmobile Deluxe. The Oldsmobile brand was on the higher levels of the General Motors price and luxury ladder.

1930 Oldsmobile Deluxe

1930 Oldsmobile Deluxe

The 1930 model year for just about all automakers was a challenging one. The model year began at about the same time as the great stock market crash in the fall of 1929 and the onset of the long Great Depression.

When the 1930 Oldsmobile models starting coming off the assembly line many car buyers however had not yet felt the full impact of the coming Great Depression.

Ransom E. Olds

A man named Ransom E. Olds along with financial partners began the Olds Motor Works in 1896.This was when Olds began selling his one cylinder four cycle Runabout in 1896. This was the curved dash Olds car which was produced until 1904.

What some might not be aware of is that Ransom Olds actually turned out America's first mass produced automobile. This was even before Henry Ford turned out his first car in 1903. The difference between what Ransom Olds accomplished compared to Henry Ford's assembly line was that Ford assembled cars on a moving assembly line. The moving assembly line concept is what is credited to Ford.

1930 Oldsmobile

1930 Oldsmobile

Olds bailed out of this company in 1904 after disagreements with a few investors and began the REO Motor Car Company. He ran this company right through 1936. The Olds Motor Works then joined GM in late 1908. General Motors historical information stated that this occurred about two months after Buick had joined GM.

Meanwhile Ransom Olds was at the helm of REO. Ransom Olds REO company ceased producing automobiles after 1936 but did continue to build trucks for years afterward.

General Motors placed the Oldsmobile brand in the middle of the product ladder. General Motors and it's leader Alfred P. Sloan believed in offering the car buying public several GM brands that they could move up to in luxury and of course price.

1930 Oldsmobile Deluxe Sedan

1930 Oldsmobile Deluxe Sedan

The End of the Oldsmobile Brand

As most know, General Motors discontinued the Oldsmobile brand in 2004. Sales had been dropping steadily. Profitability for the brand was also an issue. Also, beginning in the 1990's Oldsmobile felt stiff competition from some of the more upscale imports.

This announcement was quite significant to automobile enthusiasts in as much as the car brand had been around for 106 years. Ransom E. Olds sold his first automobile in 1897.

Oldsmobile's history was such that the car brand is also credited with introducing the first all automatic transmission in 1938. The Oldsmobile brand also introduced the first high compression V-8 engine in 1948. Oldsmobile history also mentions that the brand was the first to utilized chrome decorative parts. In essence, the brand had been around for a very long time and was credited with much automotive innovation. Oldsmobile's peak years would have been during the mid 1980's.

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1930 Oldsmobile Deluxe front seat interior.

1930 Oldsmobile Deluxe front seat interior.

1930 Oldsmobile Deluxe Specifications

The 1930 Oldsmobile Deluxe came with a 197.0 cubic inch 3.2 Liter 6 cylinder engine. The engine delivered 62 horsepower. All 1930 Oldsmobile's were equipped with six cylinder engines.

The car's transmission was a sliding three speed manual. Wheelbase was 113.5 inches.

Front brakes were three shoe drum with the rear brakes being outside contracting.

The suspension on the 1930 Oldsmobile was semi-elliptic spring at four corners. A straight front axle and a live rear axle.

The 1930 Oldsmobile Deluxe four door had a weight of about 2,800 lbs. The new car price for this model in 1930 was in the range of

Both wood and wire wheels were available.

Every Oldsmobile model in 1930 was offered to the buying public in three trim levels. These were named Standard, Special and Deluxe.

Oldsmobile built a total of 524,000 vehicles for the 1930 model year. Out of these totals, 14,400 four door sedans were produced. In it's lifetime, 107 years, Oldsmobile produced over 35 million vehicles.

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1938 Ford Half Ton Pickup


This 1938 Ford Pickup is a beautiful vintage truck. The year 1938 saw the Ford Motor Company come out with a smaller V-8 engine while competing intensely against General Motors. The 1938 Ford truck designs also a completely new restyle from previous model years. The cab in the 1938 model was the first redesign in three years. The truck's grille had a new oval shape. This new truck restyling was kept unchanged through 1939.

1938 Ford Half Ton

1938 Ford Half Ton

If you look at advertisements for the year, Ford heavily promoted their Flathead V-8 trucks. In addition to the half-ton pickup the company heavily promoted their new one-ton pickup as an economical truck to operate. Ford said that this was it's answer to truck buyers asking for a heavier truck with the same performance and economy as the half-tons. Springs, axles and frame were touted as being strengthened to handle the heavy loads.

Ford Motor Company Trucks

Ford Motor had long been a leader in truck production starting with their first truck, the Model TT. That truck was followed up with the Ford Model AA. These of course led to the popular Ford F Series which were introduced in 1948.

1939 Ford Pickup

1938 Ford Pickup

The early automakers recognized the feasibility of commercial vehicles. Why can't a farmer haul his supplies with a motorized vehicle? The question was what to build and how to market it. Ford actually built it's first truck in 1905, just two years after building it's first car. This first truck was essentially a cargo area behind a drivers seat. In many ways just like a horse wagon except with a motor.

By about 1913 there were outside suppliers who would provide Ford with various truck body styles. These were customized to the Model T chassis. It appeared that nothing really successful came together until the year 1917 and the introduction of the Ford Model TT.  The Model TT came out as a one ton vehicle that was built on a strengthened Model T frame that could handle the heavier load. These first Model TT's were sold as a chassis and cab only with the cargo bodies being installed by one of several outside suppliers.

At one time, coach work companies were commonly employed to install customized car bodies. They are still in existence today throughout the U.S.

Split windshield on 1938 Ford Pickup Truck

Split windshield on 1938 Ford Pickup Truck

1938 Ford Half-Ton Pickup Truck Specifications

The 1938 Ford Half-Ton Pickup came with an L-Head V-8 delivering 85 horsepower with the 221 cubic displacement engine and 60 horsepower with the 136 cubic inch version. Ford came out with a 95 horsepower V-8 with the 1939 models. All of these Ford flathead engines had a two barrel carburetor.

The truck had a 112.0 inch wheelbase and an overall weight of about 2,700 lbs.

The 1938 Ford Truck had an overall frame length of 157.4 inches and a width of 30 inches at the front axle and 44 inches at the rear axle.

The rear truck bed dimensions included a length of 77.7 inches, a width of 44.0 inches and a depth of 22.2 inches.

The 1938 Pickup came with a three speed manual transmission. Brakes were drum with manual cables.

1938 Ford Half Ton Pickup grille

1938 Ford Half Ton Pickup grille


The Ford Motor Company offered several options with their 1938 Half-Ton Pickup. These included a radio which would cost about $45 installed, a sliding rear window, dual windshield wipers and a heater. What were options decades ago are now mostly standard equipment. Over sized tires were also an option during the 1938 and 1939 model years.

The Ford Motor Company produced a total of 410,263 vehicles for the 1938 model year. That year's production was affected by a recession and numbers for all major automakers rose in 1939.

The 1938 Ford Half-Ton Pickup sold new in 1938 for about $590. This was reportedly the lowest priced new pickup truck you could buy in 1938.

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A Restoration and Collector's Truck

Cars and trucks from the late 1930's are both popular collector's cars and restoration projects. Both Ford's and Chevy's from this period make great restoration vehicles. The 1938 Ford Pickup is also a good car to make into a hot-rodder. Many of them have been. A lot of course depends on if you're lucky enough to locate one for restoration.

Some of the things about the 1938 Ford Pickup that collectors like include the trucks styling, a good sized interior and the fact the the trucks were generally very well built.

Some rebuilding projects on the 1938 Ford Pickup can start with the cab only. After that it's just finding the right parts to put together a replica of one of the more popular vintage trucks

If you find one of these trucks restored to a high degree the chances are they won't come cheap. Any asking or auction price is going to be affected by several things. The degree of restoration is the primary one along with the rarity of the vehicle and the collectors car market in general. Also, how many of the original parts are still on the vehicle and in what condition.

A 1938 Ford Half-Ton Pickup in pristine condition could sell for anywhere from $15,000 up to $40,000 or more.

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