Skip to comments.Meet the N.S. man who has owned the same truck for 70 years
Posted on 07/09/2019 10:31:50 AM PDT by mkleesma
At 87, Randall Pitman is driving a truck that's older than he is.
But much like its owner, Pitman's beloved 1927 Ford Model T still has a lot of mileage left in it.
This weekend, the pair will cover more than 600 kilometres winding from Pitman's South Ohio, N.S., home to a vintage truck show in Crapaud, P.E.I., that's expected to draw hundreds of vehicles and their admirers.
This time, the truck will travel on a flatbed, but Pitman has driven it that far in years past. While he could find replacement parts and fix the antique himself if it met trouble on the journey, Pitman cautions that new parts for an old truck don't come cheap.
The Model T has been with him for 70 years. At 17, Pitman pumped gas part time, earning 10 cents an hour until he'd saved up $50.
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What gas can it take?
I’d think the usual 87 octane, with 10-15% ethanol, no lead might be hard on it.
But, the hardware store gas-in-a-can might be ideal - pure gas, no ethanol, but the price is upwards of $23 a gallon.
I have the same ethanol issue with my “older” Harley. The insides of the gas-lines melted into the carburetor to form a disgusting goo. Nevertheless, Ol’ Blue soldiered onward.
Remember that gas that was available when the truck was built was what the boys at R&T might call dog water (back in the day they called Pemex gas this), low octane and possibly of questionable quality and storage.
I’d be more concerned about a Classic 50s car meant to burn ethyl than this truck.
Nice. Thanks for posting.
Question for Antique Ford aficionado’s. IF a 1931 model ‘A’ is put together from a trailer load of (a collection of) parts from many other ‘A’ model cars is it worth less than a restored original? Curious as to how much less.
Long story about a great guy (now deceased) who made his car from a collection of old parts he had accumulated over many years. Now the old guy that bought the car (eight years older than me) is losing interest in maintaining the car I might consider purchasing it myself.
Nice name for a town. “Crapaud”. French for “toad”.
“I live in Toad, Prince Edward Island, eh.”
Where is N.S. and P.E.I.??
Stupid camera person can’t even give us a shot of the entire vehicle.
Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island
It doesn’t say how many miles it has been driven. Did 1927 Model T’s have odometers?
A town in Nova Scotia is named after Ohio?
Awesome. These days, it’s nigh impossible to buy an auto without a lot of computerized electronic crap on it.
My father had a job in the mid-1930s at a Buick dealership. One of his tasks was to run back the odometer on used cars. I don’t know if any of them were Model T’s and he is no longer with us.
The cost of $23 a gallon isn’t anywhere near the cost of UNLEADED gasoline available in N Nevada. More like $4 +.
I have 2 vehicles that are older.
1976 Chevy 1 ton dually truck with 454 gas engine.
1979 Buick station wagon with 403 Olds gas engine in it.
I add Red Line lead additive to both engines to preserve them. Both were built by a well known racing engine master, and I have to keep them running until I die.
I have owned the Buick for 38 years, and the truck for 33 years. Between them, they have over 563,000 miles on them. I personally put over 250,000 on the truck alone.
Don’t even bother going to local auto stores for parts. I call Summit Racing Parts & they HAVE NEVER LET ME DOWN.
Get a subscription to Hemmings Motor News & buy non-computer cars there.
I get a chuckle each time I drive through Crapaud.
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