This listing is for a 1927 Model TT Ford truck chassis that still has the original engine that came in it from the Ford factory 86 years ago. The number stamped on the left side of the engine block is 14,749,348. That same number is also stamped on the top of the right side frame rail above where the brake cross shaft pivots on the inside of the frame rail. The second and third photos of this listing show both the number on the engine block as well as the number on the top of the frame. Relatively few Model T's, let alone Model T trucks, survive today that have not had an engine swap sometime in their life.He hauled it home that afternoon and I think his wife was not impressed with it at all so he wound up trading it to me for a large group of Model T parts that he had more use for. This truly exceptional chassis appears to have been neglected but not molested or modified in any significant way.
It could be the basis for restoring a truly exceptional Model T truck just as Ford built it. It appears to never had a Ruckstell axle, any type of auxiliary transmission or auxiliary brakes installed. In my 45+ years of collecting cars, trucks and tractors, I have seen very few Model T trucks that are still virgins regarding modifications. Thanks to our relatively dry climate here in Montana, the exposed surfaces of the steel parts are not covered with rust pits as they would be in most parts of the country. Those parts include but are not limited to the frame rails, cross members, radius rods, drive shaft housing, rear axle tubes and lesser parts which are very nearly as nice as when this chassis left the factory 86 years ago.The cylinder head appears to have left it's preferred home on the top of the engine a long time ago. Since the bore measures to be standard and there appears to be no ridge at the top of the cylinders, I would have to conclude that this chassis has seen very little use.
I can find no water jacket cracks on the block anywhere but it will have to be rebored and most likely completely rebuilt. I removed the oil pan drain plug and found no oil but did find about a quart of water. The left or driver's side of the front cross member appears to have been bent downward a bit somehow. That very uncommon and relatively minor damage is shown in the eighth photo of this listing and should not be too difficult to repair.
Both of the rear radius rods are very straight and without damage of any kind. The front axle beam appears to be dated 11-19-24 so it is from an earlier T. I will be checking a friend's stash of T parts this coming week in hopes of finding a pair of the later style of spindles as well as a front axle beam with the proper date from 1927. The left rear wheel is missing and there is some welding visible on that hub that is shown in the next to last photo. I have an un-restored Model TT C-Cab that is "NOT" part of this listing but is shown in the last photo of this listing.
It came from an estate sale in Nebraska a few years ago. It has the Ford script and the word "SERVICE" painted in silver on both doors. It also has a checkerboard pattern painted on each upper rear side of the top side panels and on the upper back of the cab. It also has the words "BRIDGEPORT NEBRASKA" painted in silver on the upper back of the cab. I would have to assume this cab came from a Ford dealer's service truck and may have had a wrecker body mounted on it at one time.If I restore this cab and put it on a restored chassis, the Nebraska history behind the C-Cab will be gone forever and I believe that would be a serious mistake. I know you have heard about "parting out" a vehicle before. Well, I believe I need to "part in" a complete chassis to put under the Nebraska C-Cab.
I had planned to restore the chassis offered here without painting anything on it and putting it under the Nebraska C-Cab. The problem with that plan is that I really like the earlier 23" rear wheels and have a pair of NOS 23" rims in my collection of parts. I believe this chassis is too new to have been delivered originally from the factory with 23 rear wheels and rims so I decided to offer it here. Please let me know if you believe Model T trucks were or were not available in 1927 with 23" rear wheels as well as the more typical 20" wheels.
The item "Very Scarce #s Matching 1927 Ford Model TT Truck Chassis Un-Molested Original T" is in sale since Saturday, November 23, 2013. This item is in the category "eBay Motors\Parts & Accessories\Vintage Car & Truck Parts\Other Parts". The seller is "toysanyone" and is located in Bozeman, Montana. This item can't be shipped, the buyer must pick up the item.