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Old 02-03-2018, 03:21 PM   #1
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Default Some A's in the snow....

Over in Milton NH had a model T & A snowmobile event that started friday and wraps up sunday.

1st picture is a 29 dropping the wishbone with wheels and installing the one with ski's, several ski set ups and a few more vehicles about to run another loop around the lake.

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Old 02-03-2018, 03:27 PM   #2
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Very Cool !! . Jeff
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Old 02-03-2018, 03:35 PM   #3
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That looks like a lot of fun!
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Old 02-03-2018, 06:14 PM   #4
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Thanks for sharing, FUN!!!
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Old 02-03-2018, 08:03 PM   #5
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Very Cool !! . Jeff
Thatís funny (cool) ! Yep snow is cold :-) Thanks for the pictures!
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It looks like they're having a great time.
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Old 02-03-2018, 09:50 PM   #7
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That is one way to enjoy Model T's and A's in the winter. Thanks for sharing!
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Old 02-03-2018, 11:21 PM   #8
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I love these machines!!
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Old 02-04-2018, 09:42 AM   #9
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Would have been fun to be there!!!
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Old 02-04-2018, 10:06 AM   #10
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That's a lot of work setting these cars up for Winter.
Young kids today would freak out seeing one of those going down the road.
That's one thing missing in the pictures...kids, there are no kids.
Being involved, seeing, and maybe riding around in one of these living history vehicles might inspire some of the younger generation to get involved with these cars and away from their Iphones, Ipads and Ipuds.
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Old 02-04-2018, 11:04 AM   #11
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Would love to see them in action !
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Old 02-04-2018, 12:29 PM   #12
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Did a super bowl run in mine today. Fresh 4" of snow here in southwestern Michigan. Cold ride with no heater but does great in the snow. Drive em year round.

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Old 02-04-2018, 01:47 PM   #13
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That looks like a lot of fun
but why do they all pull off the front fenders ? looks like plenty of clearance with the skis
excuse my lack of knowledge on the subject but born and raised in San Diego limits me with this snow stuff , but I can tell you how to get a surf board to fit in a model A
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Old 02-04-2018, 02:41 PM   #14
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Is this the same group that drives their Ford snowmobiles upstate New York? I know a couple of guys here on Long Island who bring their Model T Fords upstate in the winter to have some fun.
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Funny, I never envied living in a snowy area before.
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Funny, I never envied living in a snowy area before.
Let's trade houses for 6 months of snow and salt.

It sucks!
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Let's trade houses for 6 months of snow and salt.

It sucks!
Well, basically ...that is why I never envied it before!
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Old 02-05-2018, 09:30 AM   #18
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Old 02-06-2018, 12:09 PM   #19
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Sunday, I unexpectedly got caught in a snow storm in my '30 CCPU and here is the performance report. I thought the forecast high was for cloudy, no precip and +25F. It was 14F when I headed 20 or so miles west to Independence, MO, a large town, but relatively easy to navigate. My intent was to help my wife get her disabled mom to church, and afterward have lunch with the family. Part way through the 11:00 hour, I realized it was snowing hard and building up and the 7.50X16 Firestones on the back are helpless in snow. I told Laurie that she and her mom would would have to figure out how to get in and out of the Buick, navigate steps in the snow with a walker, etc. ,because I'm leaving now to try to get the A home. (I volunteered my son-in-law to help the ladies). Here's the report: The streets were slick, traffic moving slow, and for the most part I was able to time my approach to traffic lights so I could keep my momentum up. Forward traction was poor and sometimes slithery, but braking and steering was OK. The manifold heater is adequate at 25F and above, but it was 14F with a 12 mph north wind gusting to 25 making the cabin survivable, but not comfortable, especially when wearing dress shoes. When I got out of town and on the two-lane country roads, the wind had done a pretty good job of blowing the roads clear and visibility was 1/4 to 3/8 mi. so I cruised at about 40. The last time that I reported here on fordbarn that snow filters through the radiator and through the manifold heater, exiting into the cabin as a mist of water, some all-knowing genious responded and said that doesn't happen. Well sorry, it does! Maybe he had cardboard on his radiator. I didn't take pics, but you can see my CCPU on my website, olympicspeedsters.com by clicking on "Gallery". BTW, the website is for you to enjoy, as I'm too old to want to generate a lot of work volume.
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Old 02-07-2018, 09:59 AM   #20
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I sent the photos at the top to a local club member who is originally a New Englander and he sent this:

"Interesting that they have the wheels on the skis in some of the pictures. With the original Model T Snowmobile, made in Ossippee, NH, the front wheels came off at the king pins, and the ski's were put on and connected to the steering mechanism.

The skis were big and heavy, and they were hard to steer. Also, the Snowmobile works best on a flat hard surface. Back in the horse and buggy era, they would roll the roads in the winter. They had a huge roller that was pulled by a team of oxen. The rolled roads made it easier for the sleighs and horses to drive on in the winter. The Snowmobiles just took advantage of the good flat surface. I think they stopped rolling the roads in the 1920's or 1930's.

I did have the makings of a Model T Snowmobile, the front skis, the tracks, the rear axle (Model TT rear axle), the idler axle that was mounted in the middle, and held the tracks from the front. I also had a Model T to put it on. They used the TT truck rear axle because the torque tube was longer, and with semi eliptic springs out the back, this increased the wheelbase so there were two wheels on each side at the rear, to hold the tracks.

They also found that they needed to use the two speed Ruxtell TT rear end, so they would have low enough gearing to make the tracks go. It took a lot of power to turn those tracks."
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