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Unusual Model T's at Owls Head Museum
Posted On: 12/15/2010 7:08AM

During its 20 years of production from 1908 through 1927, Ford's Model T was available in a pretty impressive variety of body styles from sporty little roadsters up to delivery vans and buses.  During my visit to the Owls Head Transportation Museum in Maine last month, I saw several of those variations including a touring car, a nice woody, a 1918 fire truck and a beautiful 1923 Creters popcorn wagon on a '22 T chassis. This 1926 T snowmobile really blew my mind, though!

According to the museum's website, this conversion was invented in 1913 by Virgil White, of Ossippee, NH, and suggested to a Wisconsin Ford dealer. Converted from a roadster pickup, it's powered by the stock 176-ci inline four, which made about 20 horsepower.

The roadster pickup originally sold for $650, and the snowmobile conversion added a whopping (for the time) $395 to that price.

The other trick T conversion is a 1925 Track Inspection Car. It was converted for the Sandy river and Rangeley Lakes Railroad, a two-foot-gauge line, at the Phillips, ME, Car Barn.

It later passed to the Edaville Railroad in Massachusetts and was returned to Maine in 1993. Like the snowmobile, it's powered by the stock four-cylinder. Something I found particularly interesting about this is that it has no provision for leaving the tracks and driving on the road, unlike the track-inspection trucks seen today.

Comments (6)
Avatar By: ___nes___
12/15/2010 10:59 AM

Where's the old school snow gymkhana video of this thing?

Avatar By: GTwildfire
12/15/2010 5:16 PM

The ski mobile one looks like what the postman drove in the Rankin Bass Christmas cartoon (actually stop motion animation)... forget which one, the one with Santa Claus, maybe "Santa Claus if Coming to Town" or something like that. Anyone know what I'm talking about?

Avatar By: ___nes___
12/15/2010 5:58 PM

No clue.

Avatar By: RockShox
12/16/2010 12:34 AM

Red spokes, polished lip, JDM yo! Hahahaha!

Avatar By: ___nes___
12/16/2010 11:36 AM

It needs more Vteks stickers!

Avatar By: FuryPaul
12/16/2010 7:55 PM

GTwildfire, I do indeed remember the R/B special you mention (saw it every year in the '70s), and this does kinda resemble that mail truck. Just last weekend, I was watching something on Adult Swim and one of the bumpers (the station-identification artwork during commercial breaks) was a vintage photo showing one of these T snowmobiles--possibly in U.S. Mail livery.


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