For Sale By:Private Seller
Exterior Color: black with red pin strip
Model: Model T
Drive Type: rear wheel
For your consideration is a 1914 Model T Ford Speedster. New items on the car include: All new paint by a professional painter in a booth for all the sheet metal (all steel, no fiberglass), all new wiring, floor mat, light bulbs, spark plugs, ammeter, brass data plates, firewall and brass rim, exhaust manifold and gaskets, radiator hoses and clamps, fan belt, and new starter switch. You will notice the headlights are marked with a V on the top. The headlights were made by the Velie Automobile Company which was active in the same early years as Ford. These headlights are original from about 1910/1911 and are not aftermarket items. They have been restored and new halogen 12 volt bulbs installed. For the most part, Speedsters were/are "put together cars", similar to later hot rods. While this Speedster is titled as a 1914 model the engine is a 1922, cast in January of that year. In the early years when these cars were first being made the builders of Speedsters would use whatever they could find to build the car they wanted. The car can still be crank started but there is a 12 volt battery under the seat and an alternator and electric starter. I normally start the car on battery using the starter but it will run on magneto but not as well as on the battery. You will note that three of the tires have matching tread while the right rear is a different tread. I debated new tires but some folks would like all white tires and some prefer all black tires. The present tires, while not new, are suitable for most Model T driving----just one has a different tread. You may bid with that in mind. I do have a clear Texas title. Shipping is the responsibility of the buyer and the car is for sale locally so the auction could be ended early if a local sale takes place. Preferred method of payment is wire transfer. You are invited to make a personal inspection before bidding. Thanks for looking.
Ford Model T for Sale
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Auto blogWed, 09 Oct 2013 15:01:00 EST
As automakers continue to find uses for autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicle technology, Ford of Europe has announced that it is developing a self-parking system for future use. More advanced than the Active Park Assist already offered in many Ford products, the new Fully Assisted Parking Aid can take full control of the vehicle and can navigate angled and perpendicular parking spots.
While today's Active Park Assist can only parallel park with the driver controlling the gas, brake and gear selection, Fully Assisted Parking Aid can operate steering, gas, brake and gear selection all while making sure the car is properly parked in the intended space. As with APA, the driver pushes a button to make the car look for a proper spot (at speeds of up to 18 miles per hour), and when an adequate space is located, the operator pushes another button (either inside the car or outside via remote control) for the car to park itself - the button must be pressed throughout the whole parking maneuver. Even though Ford says that the car can effect gear selections on its own, the system must still start from Neutral, and the automaker isn't saying whether the car can put itself into Park when done or put itself in Drive when the operator is ready to go.
Ford is also taking the opportunity to announce its new Obstacle Avoidance technology. This automated system is able to detect objects - including pedestrians - in the road, warn drivers of said objects and, if needed, stop and steer automatically to avoid hitting the obstacle. Both systems are still in the prototype phase, so there is no word as to when we could see either on a production vehicle.
The poor first quarter earnings of Ford and General Motors are having an effect all the way up the food chain. Both automakers struggled with recalls in the first three months of the year, and, according to The Detroit News, they have responded by increasing the percentage of bonuses tied to vehicle quality for salaried workers, including top executives.
GM announced that 25 percent of bonuses (up from 10 percent) for all salaried workers would be tied to its vehicle quality standards. The automaker revealed in its financial report that it spent $1.3 billion on recall-related repairs in the first quarter, and net income was down 86 percent.
Ford also increased the quality proportion of bonuses for about 26,000 salaried workers all the way up to CEO Alan Mulally from 10 percent to 20 percent. The company announced in its report that the amount paid out in warranty and recall claims was about $400 million higher than expected in the first quarter. Its net income fell 39 percent from the previous year. "The change reflects how critical quality is to our overall business," said spokesperson Todd Nissen speaking to Autoblog.
With the introduction of the aluminum-bodied 2015 Ford F-150 (and the likely use of aluminum in future Ford products), Ford is looking to help its dealerships reduce costs related to repairing this more labor-intensive material. Automotive News is reporting that Ford dealers with body shops will require an estimated $30,000 to $50,000 in equipment and training to work on aluminum, and to help alleviate the financial burden of the new F-150, Ford has announced a special 20-percent discount on this equipment.
Dealers will be able to save up to $10,000 on tools such as welders, air-filtration systems and rivet guns and to create aluminum-specific work stations. The new F-150 goes on sale in the fourth quarter, and dealers have until October 31 to take advantage of this deal, according to the report.