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HISTORY OF THE LITTLE FORD

 
 

This Model T Ford was mfg. in 1925 by Henry  Ford's FORD MOTOR CO.


Between 1925 to 1927 I have no information.


In 1927 a new title was issued to Mrs. Bairds' Bread for a 1927 light delivery
truck, gross weight 1600 lbs.  This is where our history begins.


Mrs. Bairds shortened the wheel base by 28 inches and narrowed the axles by
15 inches then had other items cut to fit.  The following is a short list of
what was cut down;  front axle, rear axle, drive shaft, steering column, tie
rods, fenders, splash pans, running boards, radiator, fire wall, radiator
shell, and hood.  The wooden spoke wheels were cut down to use 19 inch tires,
and a delivery body built.


Bairds' sold the truck to Newman Baking who either sold out or merged with
Worth Baking sometime before 1942.


In 1942 Carl M. (Shorty) Nickell bought the truck for $75.00.  It was used for
a delivery truck, hauling CARL'S POTATO CHIPS. About 1945 due to WWII and a
potato shortage Carl's closed its doors.


T truck was then used as a family car and later as a second car until 1948,
(this was the last year it was liscened)until 1976. Due to a cracked valve
seat it was no longer driven. 


From 1950 to 1975 it lay in a state of deterioration and oxidation, mold, mildew
and rot waiting for the last piston to rust away.


In 1970 I started research on the Model T and Henry FORD,
looking for any information that might help restore the little truck I rode in
as a kid.


In 1972 with as much knowledge as I could remember,  assorted books and parts
manuals I began buying parts and started a long awaited project.


In late July 1975 my brother Jerry & I pulled what was once a Model T truck
out of the head high weeds and the real work started. After 28 years of decay
all wood was rotted to almost nothing and everything was a layer of rust.
All panel body parts were rusted beyond repair.


Using all old body parts for patterns new ones were made. Replacing the
rotting wood wheels with used 30" wood wheels.
After a lot of time,  sandpaper,  paint, elbow grease, a new battery,
re-chromed radiator shell,  and parts orders, once again that pile of rusted
metal looked like the Model T truck of 1927.


July 12,1976 after almost a year of work,  $1539.49 almost 1500 hours of
work,  one Model T received its' first state inspection  ( state inspection
started in 1951).


You now see the result of a childhood dream,  to once again ride in and really
drive THE LITTLE FORD............


Restored by
Richard L. Nickell
    son of
Carl M. Nickell