1924 Model T Pickup is Ready to Run Some Moonshine

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The Model T is an iconic vehicle, paving the way for this country to become a nation of drivers who could actually afford to buy a car.  A whopping 16.5 million of them were sold across 19 production models, which is still top ten all-time.

For all the things that the Model T did right, there are a lot of things that make it not so much fun to drive today.  With a mere 20 horsepower and what amounts to a horse buggy like suspension, they aren’t exactly safe for modern highway transportation.

That problem, plus the cheap cost of entry, led to a hot rod revolution.  The Model T is a blank canvas for modification, and is cheap and easy to work on.  The one you see before you is pretty unique – intended to be a moonshine runner, which is a role typically played by later (40’s and 50’s) model Fords.

This T ditches the stock horse and buggy effect by siting on a custom frame with modern suspension. Vintage wheels give it a throwback look, as does the matte black finish and super tall, unchopped roof.

The drivetrain produces quite a few more than 20 hp now, with a 1969-1970 spec Mustang 302 under the hood.  It’s backed up by a C4 automatic transmission and 9-inch rear end, making it all Ford.  That’s significant in a world of Chevy small block powered hot rods.

The retro theme continues inside, with a Mexican blanket for a seat cover and a wooden shift lever. All in all, it’s a cool package that definitely stands out from the crowd.  But if you really want to run moonshine in it, that might not be such a good thing.

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Brett Foote is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other sites.

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